TROY — Troy Civic Theatre is proud to present its latest production, “Chapatti,” which is set to this weekend at the Barn in the Park.
Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Encore performances will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
The Dublin-based play, written by Irish playwright Christian O’Reilly, tells the story of lonely sixty-somethings Dan and Betty, who cross paths and kindle a warm and gentle relationship amongst their beloved pets.
“The word ‘chapatti’ comes from an Indian flatbread that Dan has every day for lunch, which he feeds every day to a dog that adopts him,” said director Marilyn Mays, who is directing her second production with Troy Civic Theatre. “It’s really a story about older people who are very lonely and take great comfort in their pets. Dan has his dog, and Betty has her cats. It’s through the love of their pets that Dan and Betty find each other.”
Mays explained the desire to produce “Chapatti” with Troy Civic Theatre came not only from the show’s great reviews, but also its minimal presentation and unique actor requirements.
“What I liked about it so much is that it involves older actors,” Mays said. “There aren’t very many plays that ask for 60-year-old people. There also aren’t many plays that lend themselves to this space so wonderfully. Every piece on the stage gets used multiple ways but in different ways, so you’re never confused about whether you’re in Dan’s apartment or Betty’s apartment.”
Jim Walker and Barbara Lurie, who portray Dan and Betty, are Mays’ husband and sister. According to the director, the show was “a real family affair.”
“It’s easy to direct, when you only have to worry about two people,” Mays said. “We’ve known that we’ve wanted to do this show for almost a year. It will speak to anyone who has ever been in love, anyone who has been lonely, or anyone who has owned a dog or cat.”
“Chapatti” runs approximately 90 minutes, and has no intermission.
Tickets are $16 for all performances.
“Chapatti” is sponsored by Troy Animal Hospital and Bird Clinic.
For more information, visit www.troycivictheatre.com, or call the box office at (937) 339-7700.