CARBONDALE, Colorado - Thunder River Theatre Company's production of "Visiting Mr. Green," by Jeff Baron, opened Friday for a three-weekend run.
The play continues tonight at 7:30 p.m., at the Thunder River Theatre, 67 Promenade, Carbondale, and will continue Dec. 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. for all performances, except the Sunday, Dec. 13 matinee, which will be at 2 p.m.
"Visiting Mr. Green" is described as "a cannily crafted comedy about family, friendship and forgiveness."
"Mr. Baron is one of the world's most-produced playwrights in the past decade, with well over 300 productions in 22 languages in 37 countries," according to a TRTC press release.
"Visiting Mr. Green" is his best-known play, earning numerous awards including Best Play in Israel, Mexico, Greece, Uruguay, Germany and Turkey. It was a Best New Play nominee for the Moliere Award in France, and was nominated for both the A.C.E. and the Clarin Awards in Argentina for Best Play.
For the production at Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, Baron was awarded the KulturPreis Europa 2001, the first American and the first playwright to receive this award. He was invited in 1999 to speak at the United Nations and to present a reading of "Visiting Mr. Green."
Mr. Green is an elderly man who wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by a young NY executive, according to a description of the play provided by TRTC.
As a form of community service, the young man must help Mr. Green for six months, and there the story begins. Neither wants to be with the other, but they both learn to care deeply about each other throughout this poignant and touching play.
The local production stars TRTC member Richard Lyon as Mr. Green. Lyon was last seen as the irascible Norman in TRTC's "On Golden Pond." Ross, the young man, is played by Gerald DeLisser who was last seen on the TRTC stage in "The Fantasticks."
Company member Brad Moore directs, and TRTC Artistic Director Lon Winston has designed the set.
Asked why he thought the play has been so successful across so many cultural boundaries, Baron replied, "Even though the play is specifically about two men in New York, it's primarily about families, and I've discovered that families are the same from culture to culture. People seem to see themselves and people they know in these characters."
Tickets and information are available online at www.thunderrivertheatre.com, or by calling (970) 963-8200.