||Southern Comforts, a play written by Kathleen Clark will be performed at the Key-Thedral theatre, an outdoor theater venue at the Baldpate Inn.
The action begins on a Sunday afternoon in July as Gus is tending to his storm windows while watching a baseball game on t.v. Amanda comes by to drop off the donation envelopes from Gus’s church, of which her daughter is a member. Amanda herself is visiting New Jersey from her native Tennessee, which explains why Gus hasn’t previously seen her at church. As they chat, a thunderstorm arrives, delaying Amanda’s departure. Gus frets about the storm, shutting doors and unplugging appliances. “[I]t puts me back in the war,” he explains, beginning to lay out some of the details of his personal life for his visitor from the South. Amanda reciprocates, with stories about her daughter, the gossipy church ladies she can’t abide, and the charms of her home state. We learn that she is a widow and he a widower, and that her husband was also in the war and could never escape its influence. Gus tells her about his own marriage, which he admits was loveless and unhappy, and about his son, whom he rarely sees. Disclosure brings reciprocal disclosure, until they end up knowing a great deal about each other, including their shared dislike of over-talkative commentators on t.v. baseball games. As the storm peters out, Gus feels it’s safe to turn the game back on, and they begin to watch it together. With no downpour to keep her at Gus’s house, Amanda lingers anyway, ending the scene by inviting herself to stay on: “Maybe I’ll just wait for the innin’ to be over. Three more outs.”
Group packages (14 or more guests) and Play and Dine packages are available. Tickets are available for purchase beginning June 1, 2012 through the Baldpate Inn.
In case of inclement weather, umbrellas will be provided. The play will be delayed it it is severe.
There will be an on-site cash bar.