Introducing our 2013 Season...Celebrating 33 Years of River Region Community Theater
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Based on a story by Larry L. King
Directed by Kristy Meanor
Musical Direction by Marilyn Swears
SHOW DATES July 24-26, July 31 August 1-3, 7-9
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. "Utterly charming, lively and genial."- New York Daily News
"Humorous and good natured."- New York Post
"A font of fun and friendliness, engagingly rich in regional nostalgia and spiced with delicate bawdry. The country and western score is a delight." – Time
A Higher Place in Heaven
Written By Pamela Parker
Directed by Kim Mason
SHOW DATES September 25-27, October 2-5, 9-11
A Higher Place in Heaven is reserved for “those who do the right thing on this earth,” according to Pamela Parker’s “pre-quel” to her hit play, Second Samuel.
Set in the summer of 1925 in a small Georgia town, the play introduces audiences to two central characters: Miss Madison, matriarch of New Hope, and her companion-housekeeper, Miss Simpson, daughter of the slaves who worked in the plantation fields of New Hope. Despite racial challenges of the time period, they had formed a lifetime bond of friendship. The two women took care of New Hope the same way they raised their children- together.
They also shared a secret never to be revealed to others. Not until that one particular hot summer day.
Comedic in tone and dramatic in intent, “A Higher Place in Heaven” is a rediscovery of a by-gone era. It explores a gentility of belles and cavaliers, servants and the served, a society that fights the change it needs in order to survive.
A Higher Place in Heaven won top honors at The Center for Southern Studies Playwright Competition at Jacksonville State University.