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Play tackles agoraphobia with sense of humor

Set in the 1980s in Kentucky, “The View from Here” takes place in Fern’s house, which is frequented by her sister, whose husband has just left her; her neighbor, whose view of life is grounded in tabloids; and a neighbor from across the street whose wife has just moved out with everything except their baby.

“We first produced this play at the Don Gill School in Wellsboro in the heat of summer in 1999,” said HG Artistic Director Thomas Putnam, according to a news release. “The cast included Nancy List, Peggy Hayes, Janice Tester, and Rob Fitzgerald. Audiences loved it.

“As we considered what small cast plays with an engaging story we could do because of the COVID 19 pandemic, we thought about this gem,” said Putnam. ‘The fact that Fern, the main character is dealing with having to remain in her own home resonated with members of the HG Artistic Planning Committee, mainly because of the circumstances we found ourselves in due to the coronavirus.”

Now in rehearsals are Johna Neal as Fern, Karin Knaus as Maple, Sarah Vickery as Carla and Nick Duffy as Arnold.

Performances of “The View From Here” will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 12 and 18 and 19 and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20. A limited number of seats will be available per performance in the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro.

Based on the positive feedback Hamilton-Gibson received from “Almost, Maine” audiences and cast and crew members in July, the decision was made to continue using the same cleaning and safety measures.

“We will clean the theater before every performance and the restrooms and lobby before and during each performance,” Putnam said, according to the news release.

All members of the cast, crew and audience will have temperature checks when entering and everyone is required to wear masks while in the building. The audience will be ushered in and out of the theater to provide the safest flow. A door to the outside will be kept open backstage to allow fresh air in for the performances. Cast members who are not on stage will wait in the lobby, outdoors or across the street at the HG office. The play will be performed without an intermission.

“Prepaid reservations allow us to assign and group seats to meet social distancing protocols and state guidelines,” said Putnam. “That’s why no tickets will be sold at the door.”

All main stage performances are by reservation only, the news release said. Tickets have to be ordered in advance and prepaid online at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

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