The Rouss Center for the Arts announced that it will be producing Neil Simon’s Rose and Walsh March 18 and 19, and March 24, 25, and 26, 2017, at 9357 N. Congress Street.
This Neil Simon play takes a different road from what we usually see when we go to a Neil Simon play. According to a quote from Variety, Rose and Walsh “follows two great literary figures and the depth and consequence of their enduring love.” Rose, a well-known but near penniless author, receives nightly visits from Walsh, the deceased love of her life and a famous writer himself. She learns that Walsh must soon go away forever, but not before he ensures Rose’s financial future with a proposal that promises to change everything.
Rose and Walsh is a funny and entertaining play. Many will be pleased to find familiar faces on the stage portraying Simon’s characters. David Wood, who may be recognized from his appearances in theatres throughout the area – including outstanding performances as Morrie in Tuesday with Morrie and in The Odd Couple, nails it as Walsh McLaren, the deceased lover. Debbie Miller Stevens, who has appeared often on this stage, portrays Rose Steiner, a highly successful award-winning author.
Two other familiar performers to New Market theatre goers are Josh Newman and Brianna Prunka. Both Briana and Josh have extensive stage resumes with local community theatres. Josh may be best remembered as Scully in The Little Mermaid or Prince Dauntless in Once Upon a Mattress. Brianna was most recently featured in August: Osage County. Briana, a senior at Stonewall Jackson, will be attending Emory and Henry College next year as a theatre major. The play is directed by Tracy Conard, also a familiar face in local theatre.
Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are matinees on March 19th and 26th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for seniors and students.
“Rose and Walsh” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.