Another secret-keeping Texan family is at the heart of Horton Foote's Getting Frankie Married...And Afterwards, getting its world premiere at California's South Coast Repertory March 29-May 5.
South Coast Repertory's artistic director Martin Benson directs on SCR's Mainstage. Opening night is April 5.
In Getting Frankie Married, Mrs. Willis, the grand matriarch of a Texan clan, is dying. She refuses to go, however, until her bachelor son Fred is married. He's willing if his longtime sweetheart Frankie will consent, but there's a secret in his past that may derail their plans. Foote wrote the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, The Young Man from Atlanta, as well as the Academy Award winning screenplays for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies."
Nan Martin is Mrs. Willis with Joel Anderson as Fred and Juliana Donald as Frankie. Martin's many SCR appearances include Road to Mecca, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Buried Child and The Show-Off. Donald has a recurring role as Dennis Franz's love interest on "NYPD Blue."
Also in the cast are Linda Gehringer (Hold Please) as Georgia Dale, Jason Guess as Bill, Annie La Russa (Freedomland, Tongue of the Bird at the Mark Taper) as Constance, SCR founding artist Hal Landon, Jr. as S.P., Kristen Lowman as Isabel, Randy Oglesby ("Boston Public") as Carleton, Jennifer Parsons (Off-Broadway's Smoke on the Mountain, Steel Magnolias) Sarah Rafferty (Second Stage's Gemini) as Helen and Barbara Roberts as Mae. Designing Getting Frankie Married are Michael Devine (sets), Maggie Morgan (costumes), Tom Ruzika (lighting) and Dennis McCarthy (music).
Tickets are $19-$52. South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For tickets, call (714) 708-5555. South Coast Repertory is on the web at http://www.scr.org.
— By Christine Ehren