Matthew Barber read Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel (her 14th anonymous novel printed in 1922) and from it created the play, Enchanted April. The novelist was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in 1866 Australia, she had come of age in Victorian London, married the Prussian aristocrat Count Henning von Arnim-Schlagenthin (whom she’d met on an Italian holiday), and dutifully bore him three children in three years. Mary quickly found country life, marriage, and motherhood exceedingly tedious, and in 1898 shockingly said as much in her bitingly humorous. The book was a sensation.
As a play, it was a 2003 John Gassner Award winner—Outstanding New American Play and 2003 Tony Award Nominee—Best Play.
The play Enchanted April isn’t about running away from everyday life to someplace beautiful; it’s about awakening to the beauty that’s already around us.” —Naples Daily News
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine all four women bloom again. They rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find the romance they long for in their lives.
Directed by Dan Schuster for the second time. He originally directed this love note in our 2004-2005 season. The cast includes: Sydney Anderson, Sheena Monroe,Mark Schuster, Kenneth J Mitchell, Christy Campbell, Mary Tush Green, Crystal Meek, and Cody Green.
Stage Manager – Dylan Harris, Costumes – Jane Tanner, Props and Set Decoration – Louise Brinegar and Crystal Meek, Lights – Robert Ryder, Sound – Schuster Brothers