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Good For You: Windsor Community Playhouse to perform global premiere of new play Friday

Allison Dyer Bluemel
abluemel@mywindsornow.com

When the audience settles in for the award winning play Lighthouse at the Windsor Community Playhouse Friday, they'll not only see the first performance of the play in town, but the first stage performance globally.

The play — directed by the theatre's Tim Bernhardt — tells a story about love, loss and life through the romantic drama written by recent Guggenheim fellow William Baer.

The playhouse got the opportunity to perform the play after the American Association of Community Theatre's NewPlayFest — now in its second year — selected the theatre from a pool across the country.

In honor of the playwright and the theatre's selection, Mayor John Vazquez read a proclamation designating Friday as William Baer Day at Monday night's town board meeting.

In total, only seven theatres were selected to choose from 14 original, never-before-seen plays. Bernhardt fell in love with the Lighthouse script and listed it as the playhouse's first choice.

Without ruining the end, he said it was a "real tear jerker."

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The credit goes to a great group of actors, Bernhardt said. While they had a casting change about a month before the show, he said the shift — which moved a younger actor out of the caretaker role and an older man in — made the show a bit better in the end.

The believability of the play has been made largely in part by the superb acting skills of Sarah Robertson as Lucinda Fouchet, the main character, he said. She has done a phenomenal job throughout the process.

In addition to hosting the first full production of the play, the Playhouse's name will adorn all copies of the script in the AACT NewPlayFest Winning Plays: Volume 2 anthology, he said.

The recognition is a unique opportunity for the playhouse to gain wider recognition and help Baer's play reach audiences in the future.

"It is a high honor to have been selected," said Julie Crawford, executive director for AACT, in a news release from the theatre.

Friday night's opening reception and performance will include an appearance by the playwright. Bernhardt has reached out to school classes in Windsor and Loveland in hopes of being able to provide a once-in-a-lifetime meet and greet with Baer, he said.

A representative from the AACT and Dramatic Publishing Company — which will publish the organization's anthology — will attend as well.

The theatre will also receive a $4,000 check from AACT to compensate the production expenses from the play, Bernhardt said.

The 2015-16 season will start with the premiere reception hosted by the Playhouse from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 561 E. Garden Dr., Unit A in Windsor. The opening night performance will start at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets go to http://www.windsorplayhouse.org or leave a voice message at (970) 674-1790. Office hours vary and email and phone message will be returned as soon as possible.

For more information on the play, playwright, other season shows, volunteer opportunities, season tickets, tax-deductible donations and business sponsorships go to http://www.windsorplayhouse.org.

To learn more about playwright William Baer go to his home page at http://www.williambaer.net.

For more about the American Association of Community Theatre go to http://www.aact.org.

Cast:

Sarah Robertson as Luce (Lucinda) Fouchet, a travel writer using the pen name Stella Chase, and the keeper of the Beach Haven Lighthouse. Luce suffers from the rare genetic disorder known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum.

Julie Legg as Amber Douglas, a local travel agent.

Barry Bartam as Michael Braxton, a homicide detective from the Bronx and widower.

Lindsey Savage as Alice Palmer, a part-time college student who also has Xeroderma Pigmentosum.

Dennis Conway as Dr. Ellis Ramsey, a world-renowned dermatologist, physician and researcher.

Steven Haas as Luke (Lucas) Riker, the caretaker of the Beach Haven Lighthouse and a former sailor.

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