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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

LAST THREE PERFORMANCES OF HAMILTON-GIBSON COMEDY "THE VIEW FROM HERE" ARE THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 19 & 20

Photo by John Eaton
Sarah Vickery (left) of Wellsboro plays Carla, a snack-eating, tabloid-reading, horoscope-following neighbor who keeps Fern, played by Johna Neal of Wellsboro (right), apprised of the outside world. Fern cares for infants in her home.

The last three performances of Hamilton-Gibson's production of "The View from Here" will be in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and this Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for this weekend's shows.

This comedy is about a woman trapped in her own home by anxiety who takes care of babies for a living. Playwright Margaret Delaney's treatment of the ways that fears limit people and their search for hope is sensitive, respectful, never mean, clever and hilariously funny with an uplifting message about the way people care for each other.

Set in the 1980s in Kentucky, the story takes place in Fern's house, which is frequented by her sister, Maple whose husband left her after 12 years of marriage; Fern's crazy neighbor, Carla whose view of life is grounded in tabloids; and another neighbor nicknamed "Arnold Palmer" because of his love for golf whose wife has just moved out taking everything except their baby and crib.

"Performing for an audience right now is a gift and lots of fun," said Johna Neal who plays Fern. "The audiences on Sept. 11, 12 and 13 were warm and supportive. It is always a pleasure to perform a comedy for people who are willing to laugh, even sometimes at the uncomfortable parts. It energizes us."

"Audience members who made their thoughts known were incredibly generous in their praise of 'The View from Here'," said Director Thomas Putnam. "Many thanked us for providing live theater and following COVID-19 safety protocols.

"One of the great joys of live theater is the experience of performing a show repeatedly in the same room with a completely new group of people each time," said Putnam. "The combination of people also changes an audience’s chemistry. For example, if you switched out a few members of our audiences this weekend, it would have been a whole new ballgame for each one as well as the cast. For this reason, each performance is organic, alive and vibrant," he said.

"This cast - three women and a man - is amazing," said Putnam. "The challenges of bringing this play to fruition have been unbelievable and, I think, have deepened our respect for each other, broadened our appreciation for each other's talents; and nourished our sense of humor. All four of them are fun to be around."

"We really enjoyed our 'full' houses this past weekend," said Karin Knaus who is cast as Maple, Fern's sister. "It’s been so much fun to perform for live audiences, especially when they are very responsive to both the jokes and the emotional moments.”

"It was so wonderful to finally perform for an audience," said Sarah Vickery cast as Carla. "To be able to have their feedback through laughter and expression felt great. Prior to this show, I didn’t know Nick Duffy who plays Arnold and Johna Neal who plays Fern. Being able to meet them and make new friendships during this time of social distancing has been a true gift. I’m looking forward to this weekend's performances," Vickery said.

"I like Carla's big personality and love all the stories she tells. She is comfortable with her friends; they're like her family," said Vickery who was cast for her first HG role as Shelby in the 2015 production of "Steel Magnolias” and also appeared in the HG Women's Project 2017 "What She Wrote" production.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60. No tickets are sold at the door. They have to be ordered in advance and prepaid online at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

Seating is limited. Reserved seats allow HG to meet pandemic social distancing protocols. All audience members are asked to wear masks and have their temperatures taken upon entering the building.

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