Kate Guentzel, John Catron, and Jeffrey Hatcher have big shoes to fill in the Jungle Theater's production of The Heiress. After all, the 1949 film featured Olivia de Havilland (she won an Academy Award), Montgomery Clift, and Ralph Richardson in their roles. The movie was drawn from the Tony Award-winning play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, who in turn took their cues from Washington Square, an 1880 novel by the masterful author Henry James. Guentzel plays the titular character, Catherine Sloper, who falls in love with a young man, Morris Townsend. The two actors have a leg up on the roles, as they are married in real life. Catherine's father, Dr. Sloper, is not only emotionally abusive to his daughter, but suspects the young man of being more interested in Catherine's fortune than her love. Hatcher, the prolific local playwright, has also made a recent return to the stage, first in his solo show, Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet. Dr. Sloper is a role he has long wanted to play. The Jungle's Bain Boehlke has designed the set, and is the director for the production. The company also includes Jennifer Blagen, Charity Jones, Wendy Lehr, Paris Hunter Paul, and Anna Sundberg. (Photo by Drew Trampe)
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 20. Continues through Aug. 10, 2014
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