Parkway Playhouse will present Catherine Bush’s (resident playwright at Virginia’s acclaimed Barter Theatre) adaptation of North Carolina Novelist Clyde Edgerton’s widely read Walking Across Egypt . The production will open on May 10 at the historic Parkway Playhouse, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive, in Burnsville, North Carolina, and conclude on Friday May 23. Tickets are available by contacting the Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285, visiting the Parkway Playhouse Box Office window between 1:00pm and 5:00pm Thursday-Sat; and going to Parkway Playhouse’s website at www.parkwayplayhouse.com.
A heartwarming, Southern-story, Walking Across Egypt follows Mattie Rigsbee an older Southern woman with a deeply held faith and a habit of taking care of others. Lately, she feels like no one needs her and that she might be slowing down. Her world is turned upside down when she harbors a sullen and rebellious juvenile delinquent, and then, of all things, brings him to church with her! Mattie is going to do her best to woo the young man to the side of good, if only she can keep out of trouble, herself.
The Parkway Playhouse production is being directed by Steven Grindstaff, who has appeared in numerous Parkway Playhouse productions, and directed the 2011 production Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity. The cast includes Alesa Bryant-Laws as Mattie and Caleb Grindstaff as Wesley. The all-local cast also includes Doug Shaw, Carole Lynn McKinney, McKenzie Pauley, Steve Elderbrock, and Playhouse veteran Rob Storrs as a Cadillac-obsessed minister.
North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton named his book after a Southern hymn, and although the show is not a musical, the world of the play is made richer by having a live church choir on stage. Edgerton, best known for his books “Walking Across Egypt” and “Raney,” has published 10 novels, a memoir, numerous short stories and essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books.
Parkway Playhouse’s season is made possible by generous support from WKYK/WTOE, The Mountain Air Residents Community Foundation, the Blumenthal Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
For more information about Parkway Playhouse’s performances or education programs please call 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.