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Gulfshore Playhouse opens new season with Bedlam’s Saint Joan

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Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples will begin its 2019-2020 season in a big way by presenting Bedlam’s Saint Joan. The lauded production from the critically acclaimed New York–based theatre company will run Oct. 19 through Nov. 3.
Bedlam’s bold and humorous adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play about the famed French military heroine turned martyr stars Dria Brown as Joan. Brown has played the role in Bedlam’s national tour of the production and previously appeared at Gulfshore Playhouse in The Revolutionists.
Other cast members include Andy Rindlisbach, who is making his Gulfshore Playhouse debut; Edmund Lewis, a founding member of Bedlam who has played roles in a number of the theatre company’s productions; and Mike Labbadia, a New York actor, writer, and producer who has appeared in Bedlam’s Saint Joan at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Eric Tucker directs the stripped-down production (recognized as a top critic’s pick in Time magazine and The New York Times), and Jimmy Lawlor serves as lighting designer.
“We’re thrilled to present this intimate production from the esteemed Bedlam theatre company as the first show of our new season,” said Kristen Coury, producing artistic director for Gulfshore Playhouse. “Audiences will enjoy seeing Bedlam’s take on the legendary story of Joan of Arc and her quest to restore France to greatness.”
Evening shows begin at 7 p.m.; matinees begin at 3 p.m. Show subscriptions are available and include priority seating, exclusive events and discounted pricing. Tickets start at $42; all tickets are $38 two hours before a performance. For purchase information, visit www.GulfshorePlayhouse.org or contact 866-811-4111.
Free pre-show discussions take place Oct. 20, 23 and 30, where Gulfshore Playhouse artistic staff lead conversations about themes and topics related to the production. Audience members can also stick around for post-show conversations on Oct. 24 and 27.
Gulfshore Playhouse currently performs in The Norris Center located at 755 8Th Ave. S., Naples. Plans are currently underway for the new Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre and Education Center at Goodlette-Frank Road and First Avenue South, which will include two theatres and an education wing to support programming for children, adults and families.

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