When: Oct. 18-27 2012
Michael Cristofer’s varied career has included acting, but he has also written successfully and conspicuously for the big screen, including the films Falling in Love, The Witches of Eastwick and The Bonfire of the Vanities. Yet winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, as Cristofer did for his 1977 opus The Shadow Box, pretty much solidified his identity as a writer for the theater. ACT I inaugurates its 2012-13 season with the drama, which takes place on the grounds of a large hospital, where terminal patients who have reached the end of their treatment have agreed to be part of a psychological study. The play’s challenging spiritual philosophy on life vs. death — plus moments of humor — emerges through Cristofer’s realistic characters and their emotionally tough yet connective conversations. The play is under the direction of David McGinnis, and the cast features Matthew Smith, Jennifer Bennett, Wes Richardson, Macon Kimbrough, Benjamin Papa, Christi Dortch, Patricia Rulon, Memory Strong and Joyce Jeffries. Singer-songwriter Heidi Burson showcases her strong brand of soulful, piano-based pop nightly as the pre-show entertainment.