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Student groups to present ‘Barefoot in the Park’

Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park comes to Statesboro as Georgia Southern University student organizations Theatre South and Alpha Psi Omega present their annual student production at the Averitt Center for the Arts on March 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Barefoot in the Park chronicles the story of newlywed couple Paul Bratter, a conservative young lawyer played by Matthew Morris, and his irrepressible bride Corie Bratter, played by Amanda Starling, as they struggle with marital discord when the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up house atop five flights of stairs.

The Bratters shake hands and commence their new marriage in a New York apartment — complete with bad plumbing, a hole in the skylight and very odd neighbors. Arguing over mothers, adventures and walking barefoot in the park, the straight-laced Paul and free-spirited Corrie discover that marriage isn’t just six days at the Plaza Hotel. This classic romantic comedy is one of Simon’s longest running hits, with more than 1,500 performances on the Broadway Stage since its debut in 1963.

The student production features first-time director Austin Bolay, who recently won the dramaturg award at the Region IV Kennedy Center for America College Theatre Festival.

“Neil Simon is often called the King of Comedy, with his witty dialogue and strong characters. As director, I plan to make this production of Barefoot in the Park a story that is accessible to all ages by presenting a story about love and the many challenges that all couples encounter,” Bolay said. “We will be exploring the blind absurdity of love and the consequential effects it has on people when people attempt to rationalize it.”

To reserve tickets contact the Averitt Center Box Office at 912-212-2782.

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