Vintage Theatre presents
Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
By Terrance McNally
Directed by Missy Moore
July 29 – September 4**
Vintage Theatre presents "Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune" July 29- September 4, Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; Monday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 - $30 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830. Group discounts for 6+ are available. * For mature audiences. Contains nudity and sexual situations.
Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are discovered in bed. It is their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas. He is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay the promise of a relationship beyond a "one-night stand" does begin to emerge and, as the lights dim, the two are back in bed again, but this time side-by-side, holding hands before the glowing television screen.
The cast is the real life husband and wife team of Kelly Uhlenhopp (Frankie) and Andrew Uhlenhopp (Johnny).
In 1961, only one year out of Columbia University, Terrence McNally was hired by novelist John Steinbeck to accompany him and his family on a cruise around the world as tutor for his two teenage boys. The voyage would prove influential as McNally completed a draft of what would become the opening act of "And Things That Go Bump in the Night." McNally only became truly successful with works such as the off-Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" and its screen adaptation with stars Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. His ensuing body of work has made him one of theatre's most important and award-winning playwrights with "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," "Love! Vallor! Compassion!," "Master Class," "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and "Ragtime" just to name a few.
"Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune" received Tony Award nominations in 2003 for Best Revival of a Play.
Vintage Theatre presents
"Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune"
July 29 – Sept. 4
A bittersweet comedy traces the unlikely romance between two middle-aged “losers.”
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010
For mature audiences; contains nudity and sexual situations.