Now Playing -- through Sunday October 20
The Six Basic Rules
A romantic comedy by Mara Lathrop
Louise and James Pettigrew request the honor of your presence for their six most outrageous attempts to achieve wedded bliss.
Will they make it to their Golden Anniversary… Will they even make it all the way through their wedding night? Are they completely off their rockers or will love prevail?
A riotous comedy celebrating marriage!
The PT Leader calls it "an enjoyable light comedy for adults... Four community stars!"
Location: Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend
Time: Approximately two hours, including one intermission.
Ages: Not for kids -- portrays adult situations.
Louise Pettigrew -- Michelle Hensel
James Pettigrew -- Charlie Bethel *
Everybody Else -- Austin Krieg
* Performing by Special Appearance Agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
The playwright (and director) Mara Lathrop comments:
"THE SIX BASIC RULES is about what happens when an immovable object and an irresistible force get married.
"But who is the irresistible force and who is the
immovable object at various points along the way in fifty years of
"When I wrote this play -- almost twenty years ago -- I thought I was poking fun at my parents. But with two more decades of my own marriage under my belt, and I know now that I was poking fun at my husband and myself all along."
The Six Basic Rules opens at Key City Playhouse on Friday October 4th at 8 pm with a preview on Thursday October 3rd at 7 pm. Tickets are $18-$20 with discounts for students. The first Sunday and Thursday performances are pay what you wish. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday's show begins at 7 p.m, and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30. The Six Basic Rules runs three weeks until October 20th. Call 360-385-KCPT.
Michelle Hensel and Charlie Bethel star as married couple, Louise and James Pettigrew who at the top of the show are young newlyweds on their honeymoon. This couple barely knew each other when they eloped after a whirlwind, week-long courtship. Now they’ve got their whole lives ahead of them to figure each other out. Will they make it to their Golden Anniversary…will they even make it all the way through their wedding night? Are they completely off their rockers or will love prevail? This is a riotous comedy celebrating marriage, written and directed by Mara Lathrop who creatively moves Louise and James through 50 years of married life. In each scene this couple ages 10 years, and by the end of the play they are in their 80’s and it is their 50th anniversary. Marriage can be hell unless you know the six basic rules!
Hensel and Bethel are no strangers to the Key City Public Theatre Stage. Most recently Michelle Hensel was seen as Ariadne Utterword in KCPT’s production of Heartbreak House, and last season she delighted audiences as Herrick Simmons in The Art of Dining. Charlie Bethel just finished an appearance in Shakespeare in the Park at KCPT playing the part of Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and he wowed audiences in his one-man show, in the 2012 Holiday production of This Wonderful Life.
Set designer is Terry Tenneson, costume designer Paula Lalish, lighting designer Terry Asla and director is Mara Lathrop. Mara Lathrop who also wrote The Six Basic Rules takes a turn as director of her own show. The last play by Mara Lathrop to be presented on the Key City Public Theatre stage was the well received world premier of The Garden of Monsters in June 2011. Mara Lathrop’s work has been described as “beautifully realized” by Variety, “flawless in its simplicity and understanding” by Backstage, and “wickedly witty” by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The location is Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. Tickets are $18-$20 with discounts for students. The first Sunday and Thursday performances are pay what you wish. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday shows are at 7 p.m, and Sunday shows are a 2:30 matinee. "The Six Basic Rules" runs for three weeks as a part of our Fall Repertory of 2 Contemporary Plays. More information is available at www.keycitypublictheatre.org or by calling 360-385-KCPT.
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