Langham Court Theatre Presents "Picnic" by William Inge
South Vancouver Island
Wed. November 11th, 2009 – Sat. November 28th, 2009 8:00pm - 10:00pm
"Picnic" - An American Classic
The rosy ideal of the American Dream - the perfect family living
perfect lives in their home with a white picket fence - has
inspired and haunted American writers for generations.
The play "Picnic" by William Inge is set in small-town Kansas in
the early 1950s. The play bubbles with all the exuberance and
expectations and energy of youth and young love. At the same
time it lets us see behind the idealized façade of a perfect
America, exposing the loneliness and doubts that many people
feel and the hollowness for many of that grand elusive dream.
"Picnic" opened on Broadway in 1953 and immediately won
many prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
and the New York Drama Critic's Award. The movie version in
1955, starring William Holden and Kim Novak, won two Academy
awards, a Golden Globe Award and was listed as one of the
10 best films of that year.
"Picnic" is as poignant and relevant today as the year it was
written and is now firmly established as a theatre classic.
"Picnic" is the second production of Langham Court Theatre's
81st season and is directed by Sylvia Rhodes, a thoroughbred in
Langham's stable of directors. "Picnic" opens Thursday November
12 and runs through Saturday November 28, with a 2-for-1
Preview on Wednesday November 11. Matinees are on Saturdays
November 21 and 28 at 2 pm. Tickets and more information
are available at the Langham Court Box Oce by calling
(250) 384-2142 or online at langhamcourttheatre.bc.ca