SUMMIT, NJ - Based on Elizabeth Von Arnim’s 1920's novel, the Summit Playhouse will perform 'Enchanted April', a gentle and romantic comedy of manners that offers to its characters, and viewers, a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal. 'Enchanted April' by Matthew Barber will be staged November 2-3, 9- 10, and 16-17 at 8 p.m., as well as November 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.
Four women who appreciate wisteria and sunshine find themselves in a castle in Italy for a quiet holiday. Liberated from their daily routines, these women ease into rural Italy, and each finds herself transformed by the experience.
Sweet-natured Lotty Wilton is suffering depression from the bleak London winter, and from an oppressive relationship with her pompous solicitor husband. When she sees an advertisement to rent an idyllic castle in Italy for the month of April she jumps at the chance to escape her downtrodden existence. Sensing an instant kinship with fellow housewife Rose Arnott, a severely angelic woman with sorrows of her own, Lotty persuades her along on the adventure.
Together, Lotty and Rose find Caroline Bramble, a beautiful and exhausted socialite, and Mrs. Graves, an overbearing widow, to round out the party. As the month passes, verdant sun-drenched San Salvatore works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. And with the arrival of two chastened husbands and one attractive young artist, romance blooms again.
Directed by Lauri MacMillan the cast includes Karen Thornton, Jackie Jacobi, Jessica Phelan, Marguerite Wurtz, Paula Ehrenberg, Jennifer Colgan, Jay Mattlin, Jonathan Rudolph, Bobby Marusiefski and Anthony Bentravato.
Tickets are available by visiting brownpapertickets.com or by calling 908-273-2192.
The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Avenue.