TRTC presents Neil Simon comedy |

TRTC presents Neil Simon comedy

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Thunder River Theatre Company presents the funny and timely Neil Simon comedy, “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.”Simon has written 28 plays and holds the record for the greatest number of hits in the American theater. He has had more plays adapted to film than any other playwright, and additionally has written nearly a dozen original film comedies. The local production is directed and designed by TRTC’s founding artistic director Lon Winston.”Simon is a genius at what he does,” Winston said, in a press statement. “It has been a treat to really delve into what makes this play work so well with such a gifted and comedic cast. Simon has a remarkable way of making us laugh at the human condition.”Winston, who recently played Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman” and co-directed it, was drawn to Simon’s “Prisoner” because of a review he came across of it when researching “Death of a Salesman.” “The reviewer said ‘Prisoner’ was like a comedy version of ‘Salesman,'” he said. “I grabbed ‘Prisoner’ off my shelf and read it immediately. I was laughing out loud and thought, what a neat thing it would be to do these two plays back to back. I gave it to my associate artistic director Valerie Haugen to read. She loved it.”The play’s cast features Haugen and TRTC’s Michael Miller. Rounding out the cast is Richard Lyon, of TRTC, and Kristin Carlson, Cara Daniel, and Cindy Hines.A preview performance takes place Thursday, June 21, and opening night is Friday, June 22, continuing June 23, 24, 29, 30, and July 1, 6, and 7. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. for all performances, except Sundays’ twilight performances at 6 p.m.Tickets and information are available by calling 963-8200 or visiting

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