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The Bridges of Madison County

From Barter Theatre on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 in Arts & Culture, Music & Events

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From Thursday, September 6th, 2018 to Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?”
“There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown ( The Last Five Years , Parade , Songs for a New World ) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘ night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple ) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story.
There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message. The Bridges of Madison County is one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever.
At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.”
Tricia Matthews
Director, The Bridges of Madison County
Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram
Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos
Carolyn: Hope Quinn
Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters
Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Marge: Paris Bradstreet
Charlie: Rick McVey
Marian: Kim Morgan Dean
Chiara: Sarah Laughland
Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews
Musical Director: Dishon Smith
Set Designer: Derek Smith
Lighting Designer: Camille Davis
Costume Designer: Jane Stein
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel
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Photo credit: Barter Theatre

Event Dates:

  • Thursday, September 6th, 2018
  • Friday, September 7th, 2018
  • Saturday, September 8th, 2018
  • Saturday, September 8th, 2018
  • Sunday, September 9th, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
  • Thursday, September 13th, 2018
  • Thursday, September 13th, 2018
  • Friday, September 14th, 2018
  • Thursday, September 20th, 2018
  • Thursday, September 20th, 2018
  • Friday, September 21st, 2018
  • Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
  • Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
  • Saturday, September 29th, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
  • Friday, October 5th, 2018
  • Saturday, October 6th, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
  • Thursday, October 11th, 2018
  • Saturday, October 13th, 2018
  • Sunday, October 14th, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
  • Thursday, October 18th, 2018
  • Saturday, October 20th, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
  • Thursday, October 25th, 2018
  • Saturday, October 27th, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
  • Thursday, November 1st, 2018
  • Friday, November 2nd, 2018
  • Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
  • Thursday, November 8th, 2018
  • Friday, November 9th, 2018
  • Sunday, November 11th, 2018

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