This month’s performance features the delightful script, Enchanted April, written by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim. Magenta Theater performed this as a mainstage production in 2011 at their prior location. It was such a well-received show it was only natural that it would one day ‘enchant’ Magenta audiences again.
The story involves two staid London housewives who decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages. In order to help with expenses, they recruit two other, very different English women to share the experience. During their enchanted month, the ladies fall under the spell of their idyllic, sun-drenched surroundings. There, amid the wisteria blossoms, they rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find just the romance they need, though perhaps not the romance we – nor they - expected to find.
Black Chair Project (BCP) – is a progressive and exciting branch of Magenta Theater performing staged readings of plays throughout the year. BCP utilizes the bare minimum of rehearsal time. A set consisting of black chairs and black tables in front of whatever happens to be onstage at the time, actors dressed in basic black, whatever lighting is available, and a collaboration of actors providing their own props and sound effects. Rehearsals are exhilaratingly fast paced! Everyone functions as part of the machinery speeding along to produce high-quality and entertaining staged readings.