Did you ever think you would have the opportunity to see a Broadway production at your favorite hometown theater, featuring performances with acclaimed actors and actresses of the stage and screen? Now you can.
This month the Dietrich Theater will debut National Theatre Live on screen with two showings of the hit Broadway production “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, filmed on stage in New York. Join us at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 11 and 25 for this landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play which is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. “Of Mice and Men” stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd and was directed by Anna D. Shapiro.
For more information or tickets, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door.
In addition to National Theatre Live on screen at the Dietrich, the theater’s Classic Movie Series will continue this month on Wednesday, Oct. 14 with two free showings of “The Color Purple” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
That’s right, I said free showings. Thanks to the generosity of the Tunkhannock Women of the Moose Chapter 1068, the film is entirely underwritten.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and nominated for 11 Oscars, “The Color Purple,” spanning the years of 1909 to 1949, tells the story of Celie, played by Whoopie Goldberg, a Southern back woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, played by Danny Glover. Tickets are first come, first served. We hope to see you there.
Also that day, Oct. 14, the Dietrich will take a bus trip to Seneca Falls to visit the Women’s Rights National Historic Site. Come out and learn about the women who fought for the rights that we enjoy today. We will also visit the Wesleyan Chapel, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home, lunching at the Gould Hotel and stopping by the “It’s a Wonderful Life” museum. Sounds like a full day. We will be guided by Jane Frye who has led a few trips for us at the Dietrich including an excursion to Wellsboro and Grey Towers.
The bus for the Seneca Falls trip will leave the Dietrich at 7 a.m. and return to Tunkhannock at about 7 p.m. For more information, call the theater.
Then at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Rick Koval will be back at the Dietrich for a nature program entitled “Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania.” In this presentation, his will discuss and show a slide show on the 44 different species of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, salamanders that live right here in Pennsylvania. He will also bring with him a few reptiles and amphibians for you to meet and hold. Koval is such a wealth of information and his photography of these creatures is amazing. This program is great for all ages.
Tickets are available by calling the theater or at the door while they last.
At 3 p.m. the following day, Sunday, Oct. 18, we will present a concert celebrating the American musical at WVIA in Pittston. Gary and Bernadette Boerckel and Daniel Marcus will be surveying the history of American musicals through song, including favorites from “Oklahoma,” “The King and I,” “Carousel” and more.
Admission is free, thanks to support from the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, Jean Mieczkowski and the First Energy Foundation. We will also provide free bus transportation from the Dietrich, departing at 1:30 p.m. for WVIA. For more information or to reserve seats, call the Dietrich. Reservations are required and space is limited.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!