Beaumont Community Players’ final show will be a must-see


Beaumont Community Players (BCP) will present “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” by Tony Award-winning Texas playwright Terrance McNally at the Studio Theater at the Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts.

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. starting October 21, with a matinee at 2 p.m. with American Sign Language interpretation added on October 29.e. The final week of production will include three screenings at 7:30 p.m. from November 3-5.

The romantic comedy, exploring what happens when a short-lived waitress and cook meet for a night of passion that turns into something more than expected, is helmed by BCP executive director John Manfredi.

“We have an incredibly talented cast who have been working for over six weeks to bring this beautiful story to life.” Manfredi said, “I’ve directed this play in other venues across the country and our audiences are going to love this incarnation.”

The show is rated R for “strong language, adult situations and even some partial nudity,” according to a press release from Manfredi, who noted, “Nudity is still in the news, but we do it with such good taste and so appropriately it really isn’t a problem Anyone who has a problem with what they are about to see has brought that problem with them to the theater This is an honest and passionate play about two real people, as Frankie puts it – “warts and all.”

When first produced, “Frankie and Johnny” was nominated for Tony, Obie and Drama Desk Awards.

Terrance McNally grew up in Corpus Christi and Dallas and became “an icon of American theater”, according to Manfredi. Winner of a special 2019 Tony Award for lifetime achievement, McNally is the author of the Tony-winning “Love! Value! Compassion!”, “Master Class”, “Ragtime”, “Kiss of the Spiderwoman” and more.

This exhibition marks the first time in its nearly 100 year history that BCP will produce McNally’s debut work.

Manfredi added that the playwright’s brother and fellow Texas native Peter McNally “has been very supportive of our production and is open to discussing his brother’s work.” If you want to know more about this Texas theater icon, Manfredi can arrange a meeting.

For more information on Frankie and Johnny at Clair de Lune or any BCP programming, visit www.beaumontstages.com or call the box office at 409-833-4664.

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