Porchlight Theatre Company presents an outdoor production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at the Redwood Amphitheatre located at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross beginning August 16.
This outdoor production of "Our Country's Good," takes audiences to a New South Wales penal colony in the 1780s where a group of Royal Marines and convicts come together to stage a production of "The Recruiting Officer."
Convinced that art and theater could inspire and restore the human spirit, a British lieutenant plans to present a stage play featuring a cast of misfit and illiterate prisoners when he meets opposition from his fellow officers. This award-winning play by Timberlake Wertenbaker features a storyline pulled from journals and other written accounts that touches on love, death, comedy and profound thought.
This play contains language more suited to adult audiences.
Co-directed by Ann Brebner and Tara Blau
Picnics are welcome. Blankets, warm clothing recommended.
WHEN: Aug. 16 to Sept. 8, 2012
OPENS: Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
CLOSE: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
7:30 p.m. Industry Night - Monday Aug. 27, 2012
7:30 p.m. Pay What You Will - Thursday, Aug. 16
PAY WHAT YOU WILL PREVIEW:
Thursday, Aug. 16. Tickets sold at the door.
TICKETS: $15 to $30
General: $25 with advance web site reservations.
$30 at the door.
Seniors and Students: $15.
WHERE: Redwood Amphitheatre
Marin Art & Garden Center,
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957
To view map, click here.
PROMO VIDEO: http://animoto.com/play/STtdjFE0VlnYBMwdNy2rvQ
NOTE: The quote ~ "We left our country for our country's good" is part of a prologue believe to have been written by George Barrington in 1796 for the opening of a Sydney theater. Barrington, was an Irish born pickpocket chronicled in the London press for escapades, arrests and trials. In 1790, Barrington was sentenced to seven years' transportation. On the voyage to Botany Bay convicts on board planned a conspiracy to seize the ship. Barrington disclosed the convicts' plot to the captain, who reported Barring ton favorably to authorities upon on reaching New South Wales. As a result, Barrington received a warrant of emancipation in 1792.
Porchlight Theatre Company, based in Marin County, California, is an award-winning theater company established in 1999. The company features professional actors in outdoor summer productions presented at the Marin Art and Garden Center, in Ross, California. Porchlight Theatre Company also presents experimental staged readings, special theater events and educational programs (this year featuring African American poet and writer Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance). Porchlight Theater Company has been honored with several San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle nominations and awards including the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Production for "Enchanted April" in 2007 and "Wild Honey" in 2003.
Porchlight Theatre Company is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization
Photo by Thais Harris