Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

November 29, 2012

New World Arts comedy debuts Friday

GOSHEN — Call it an “apocalyptic comedy” — director Adrienne Nesbitt does.

The season-closer play, “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille,” opens Friday for a two-weekend run at New World Arts in downtown Goshen. The play focuses on a bar and a bartender/writer, Shep, who’s waiting for the world to end down at the bar.

The play is something unusual for NWA because of its age, Nesbitt said.

“We normally do newer stuff,” she said. “This is unique because it was written in 1979.”

The play fits in with the theme of apocalypse and end-of-the-world scenarios for the 14th season at New World Arts, Nesbitt said. And the seven cast members offer a definite slice of life.

“You’ll only see ‘real people’ here,” she said. “We don’t have supermodels up on stage, or hokey characters. These are people the audience can relate to.”

Nesbitt’s cast has been great to work with, she said. They have spent the last five weeks memorizing lines and rehearsing for the show.

“They just have such great cast chemistry,” she said. “That’s not something you can teach. They either have or they don’t. They work so well together.”

Cian Deegan, who plays lead character Shep, said he also enjoys working with the cast.

“They made it very easy for me to feel comfortable with my first time stage acting,” Deegan said.

Deegan indicated that what makes performing in “Early One Evening” so easy is the similarity of his character to himself.

“In order to like my character, I have to like myself, because we’re very similar,” Deegan said. “He’s funny, and he’s got a sarcastic sense of humor... He gives off an air of being calm and collected in a bizarre time in the world.”

Nesbitt said work began on this play several months ago, with set construction happening even before she held auditions.

“Because of the small space we have to work with, as a director you have to have a good vision for what you want the stage to look like from the beginning,” Nesbitt said.

Nesbitt said she likes the flexibility of NWA’s space, giving her the freedom to rearrange and even remove the middle section of seating to fit her vision.

“I wanted the audience to feel like they’re in the bar,” she said. “The play is a really wonderful experience, and the message the play sends is to more or less trust yourself, and to eliminate preconceived notions.”

Deegan said everyone should enjoy themselves, and he expects a well-acted show from himself and his cast members.

“It’s a lighthearted approach to the end of the world,” he said.

Though “Early One Evening” may close out NWA’s regular season, more events are planned before the year ends. A “Christmas 24/7” event will be held Dec. 15, where Nesbitt and other NWA organizers will announce the plans for the 15th season, including upcoming shows. A final improv event is set for Dec. 29.

For more information on NWA, visit www.newworldarts.org or call 1-800-838-3006 for tickets.

If you want to go

“Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille” opens this week at New World Arts, 211 S. Main St., Goshen.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Students will be admitted for half-price Dec. 6.

For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit the website www.newworldarts.org.

1
Text Only
Breaking News
  • Police & Rescue News Person injured in fall at Goshen business

    Someone has been injured in a fall at Hoosier Interior Doors along Goshen’s East Lincoln Avenue.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Press Release 04-23-2014 J.jpg SLIDESHOW: Police need help ID'ing suspects The Goshen Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects wanted for questioning in relation to a number of thefts from retail stores throughout Indiana. The four individuals have stolen over $25,000 worth of merchandise, according to law enforcement. The men are believed to be African-American and have been seen fleeing in a white Dodge Ram or another white pickup truck with a white cap which may have Florida license plates. Anyone with information is asked to call the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-8661 or Michiana CrimeStoppers at 800-342-STOP.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michigan Prisoner Escape Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape that led to manhunt in Elkhart, LaGrange counties

    IONIA, Mich. — A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEMA OKs aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by storm

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS GN140421 jobless rate Elkhart County jobless rate drops to 5.8 percent

    Elkhart County’s jobless rate dropped below 6 percent last month, according to figures released today by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The March unemployment rate for the county was estimated at 5.8 percent, compared to the February estimate of 6.2 percent and the March 2013 figure of 8.3 percent.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Bristol motorcyclist dies from crash injuries

    Dale Greensides, 32, Bristol, the driver of a motorcycle involved in a crash with an automobile Sunday north of Middlebury, died today at 11:25 a.m.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News No injuries in Concord Township fire

    Firefighters were called to a basement fire in a Concord Township home shortly after midnight today.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Bristol bank robbery suspect arrested

    A South Bend man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery last year in Bristol.
    Zamale E. Davis, 19, 1805 Chapin St., was arrested at 7:10 a.m. Friday in South Bend by officers with the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Six injured in crash northwest of Wakarusa

    A two-vehicle crash injured six people north of Wakarusa Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred around 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 1 and 26.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140416 Leesburg crash Driver critically injured in Kosciusko County crash

    A one-vehicle crash injured two men — one critically — south of Leesburg Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred on C.R. 150 West just south of C.R. 400 North around 5 p.m.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results