Enchanted April

“A comical, restorative journey of discovery…from darkness to light, from inhibition to unrestrained joy. Beautiful and theatrically rewarding.” – Daily Variety

Enchanted April begins on a rainy February day when Lotty, dissatisfied with her bleak life, convinces her new friend, Rose, to join her on a holiday in a rented Italian villa.   To share costs, the two recruit the stoic Mrs. Graves, whose name is an apt representation of her character, and the flamboyant actress and socialite, Lady Caroline Bramble.  In the company of wisteria blossoms, the Mediterranean sunshine, and a cheeky maid, who only speaks Italian, this unlikely quartet rediscover themselves in ways that they – and we – could never have expected.

Enchanted April is based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim.  It was adapted for the stage by Matthew Barber.  The play earned both the John Gassner Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New American Play in 2003 and was a Tony Award nominee in 2003 for Best Play.

City Theater’s Artistic Director, Linda Sturdivant, has assembled a truly gifted cast of local talent, including:  Gusta Johnson (Old Orchard Beach) as Lotty Wilton; Rebecca Cole (Windham) playing Rose Arnott; Stephanie Maloney (Cumberland) in the role of Lady Caroline Bramble; and Doni Tamblyn (Portland) rounding out our quartet as Mrs. Graves.   The four women are joined by Caleb Lacy (Westbrook) in the role of Lotty’s husband, Mellersh Wilton; Charlie Cole (Windham) playing Frederick Arnott; Benjamin Keller (Scarborough) as Anthony Wilding; and Jennine Cannizzo (Gorham) as the Italian speaking maid, Costanza.

Photos by Audra Hatch Photography

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