Albany, Ga. –-Theatre Albany will open “Getting Frankie Married –And Afterwards” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Horton Foote, Friday, February 1 for two weekends. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize (“The Young Man from Atlanta”), Foote is also the recipient of two Academy Awards for his screen plays, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Tender Mercies.”
Set in Harrison, Texas, “Getting Frankie Married…” concerns Frankie Lewis, a traditional girl from a traditional town, who has been leading an un-traditional life. For over twenty years she has been Fred’s girlfriend, and though she longs to be married, Fred has never asked—until now. Why the change of heart? Fred’s mother may be dying, and she would like to see her son married before she goes. But that’s only part of the reason. There’s the other embarrassing matter of another woman, a younger woman, who is suing Fred because she claims to have quit her job after Fred proposed to her.
“This will be the third Horton Foote play we have produced,” observed Mark Costello, the plays’ director, “’Dividing the Estate” was two years ago and “The Trip to Bountiful” was in 2003. I think the element that draws me to his work is his characters. Many are based on people he knew growing up in Wharton, Texas.” His admiration for the human spirit is can be seen throughout his works. In an interview Foote stated, “I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at to discourage them, to kill them, to break their spirit. And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and they don’t ask quarters.”
Costello added, “I think our audiences would be struck by the similarities between Wharton and Albany. Both are primarily agricultural with major crops being pecans and cotton. His plays maybe set in Texas but the themes are universal.”
Featured in the cast are Kelly Mullins as Frankie, Bill Mackenzie as Fred, Joy Johnson as Mrs. Willis and Sara Mackenzie as Helen Vaught. Also, featured are Betty Vaughan Sweat as Mae, Kate Funk as Laverne, Leigh Ann Young as Constance, Kathleen Stroup as Isabel, Jennifer Kirk Bowers as Georgia Dale, Stepehn Syfrett as Carlton Gleason and Ray Johnson as S. P.
Mary Lou Beasley is the stage manager and is being assisted by Becky Parker. Stephen G. Felmet has designed the set, Sarah Donnan has assisted with the costumes, Ann Brim Streat and Karen McNally are in charge of make up, Alex Donnan is handling sound, and Kimberly Lawson is manning the light board,.
Performances are scheduled for February 1, 2 / 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees February 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (229) 439-7141.