Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Carroll County Community Theatre presents "I’m Not Rappaport"

Carroll County Community Theatre presents I’m Not Rappaport June 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre.

Directed by Gerald Byrd. A Tony Award Winning Play by Herb Gardner: Inspired by two elderly men Gardner met in New York City’s Central Park, it focuses on Nat Moyer (Mel Slazyk), a cantankerous Jew and Midge Carter (Larry Powell), a feisty African American, who spend their days sitting on a bench, trying to mask the horrible realities of aging, mainly through the tall tales that Nat spins. Additional roles are played by Georgia Keene, Tywone Reese, Bruce Gonsalves, Ben Sasser, and Rudolph Chism

The play touches on several issues, including society’s treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas.

Its title comes from an old vaudeville joke, a variation of which evolved into dialogue between the two protagonists:

Nat: Hey, Rappaport! I haven't seen you in ages. How have you been?
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, what happened to you? You used to be a short fat guy, and now you're a tall skinny guy.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, you used to be a young guy with a beard, and now you're an old guy with a mustache.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: Rappaport, how has this happened? You used to be a cowardly little white guy, and now you're a big imposing black guy.
Midge: I'm not Rappaport.

Nat: And you changed your name, too!

An opening night reception will be provided by Aramark with the assistance of Delta Chi Fraternity. The reception theme will be New York’s Central Park. Tickets are $10. Call 770-838-1083 for information or to order by phone.

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