Dalton State to Perform Barefoot in the Park


Adjusting to married life isn’t easy for a straight-laced lawyer and a free spirit in the Neil Simon play, Barefoot in the Park.

Dalton State’s Department of Communication and Theatre will perform the romantic comedy Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Artistic Civic Theater, at 907 Gaston St., Dalton. Tickets are $7 for the public; admission is free to faculty, staff, and students with a Dalton State ID.

Corie and Paul Bratter, played by Mackenzie Manning and Price Rogers, respectively, are a newly wed couple struggling to adjust to their new lives. Paul is a lawyer, who plans his life to the smallest detail, while Corie is a young, impetuous, and in-love better half.

“Barefoot in the Park is the classic tale of mismatched lovers, who are just learning how to navigate their new world of career and marriage,” said Director Chad Daniel. “Corie picks out a small, midtown New York City apartment for them to start their lives in, which is in desperate need of repair. The apartment plays a central role in Corie and Paul’s story, which unfolds into a carnival ride of an obtrusive mother and an intrusive upstairs neighbor.”

The couple is ultimately faced with the difficult decision to stay in their marriage or cut their losses and move on with their lives.

Other cast members include Katie Mae Sponberger, as Corie’s mother, Ethel Banks; John Logan as neighbor, Victor Velasco; Jacob Broom as Harry Pepper and the telephone man; and Clayton Lamb as the delivery man. Kristen West is the stage manager.