Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a “Page & Stage” experience Sunday, January 20th, beginning at 12:00 pm at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka.
Participants will take a closer look at the comedy Becky’s New Car, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Robert Neu. Becky is a mid-American housewife who is fed up with her mundane and predictable life. She doesn’t have it half bad, but she feels there has to be more to life. Things quickly change when her daily routine of working at a car dealership is flipped upside down. Enter a socially inept millionaire and the next thing you know, Becky has stumbled into an affair and a double life.
“We are fortunate to have a community asset such as Lyric Arts Theater and we are grateful for their willingness to work with Anoka County Library to give patrons this unique perspective of this quirky comedy,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart.
Come and ride shotgun with Becky as she faces her own fork in the road in this wickedly funny, inventive, and touching trip through the hazards of being a “woman of a certain age.”
“Comedy, while enjoyable for the audience, can often be challenging for performers,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain. “Learn more about comedy straight from the actors and the director.”
The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library Becky’s New Car “Page and Stage” program. Participants must register by January 11th and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.
Once registered, participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion. Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and “what to look for” in the performance. Mr. Tibbetts has directed Miracle on 34th Street and Visitor from Hollywood at Lyric Arts, and has worked as a director, actor, playwright, and performance teacher at theaters and schools across the country. Participants will enjoy the performance of Becky’s New Car and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.
To register for this free event, call 763-433-2510, extension101. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit lyricarts.org .