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Shelter Theater’s A Bench in the Sun Will Move and Amuse You

A Bench in the Sun 2

By John Wharton

Harold, A Bench in the Sun’s protagonist, has only a legacy of disappointment in his life: three failed marriages, five ruined businesses, and children who won’t talk to him. But one thing that has not failed him is his preoccupation with women!

This week, Marjorie Burren and Shelter Theater present a tribute to the joys and trials of aging, A Bench in the Sun by Ron Clark.

Joined at their arthritic hips, lifelong friends Burt and Harold are residing at Valley View Gardens—where there is no valley, no view, and not much in the way of a garden. They spend their days bickering about nearly everything. When retired actress Adrienne Bliss moves in, a heated rivalry develops as the pair vie for Adrienne’s attention. Part Grumpy Old Men, part The Odd Couple, this show is rich with one-liners, tender moments, musings about the sacrifices one makes in life, and reflections on the way the world is changing.

Mel Brooks calls the play “very wise, very moving, but most of all, very funny.” A Bench in the Sun will be performed Friday, Aug 2, at 7pm and Saturday, Aug 3, at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Biblioteca gift shop Tesoros and online at www.sheltervg4.com.

Sunday, Aug 4, at 3pm: Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza. It’s either sizzling hot or raining gatos y perros this time of year. Why not escape the weather in our dark, comfortable theater and do absolutely nothing with us—nothing except bask in quality entertainment, perhaps while sipping on a refreshing beverage and munching on the best popcorn in town.

Leslie Beam’s extraordinary Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza series is back Sunday, Aug 4, at 3pm with nine all-new 10-minute stories. Shelter Skelter continues to amuse and surprise audiences with its eclectic array of storytellers and genres of stories, from comedy, drama, and mythology to the spooky or the undefinable. And on the off-chance one of the tales doesn’t suit your taste, just wait a few minutes, and you’re on to the next. As if that weren’t enough, live musical accompaniment is provided by California guitarist Doug Pulfer, making this event a jazzy place to make new friends and stay cool and dry! Tickets are available at www.sheltervg4.com and at Tesoros.

Visit sheltervg4.com for our map, a list of events, and a link to buy online tickets. Send ticketing questions and comments to sheltervg4@gmail.com. You do not need to print your online tickets, just tell us your name when you arrive at the event. Find our logo on the Que Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner.

 

Live Music/Variety

Open Mic

Tue, Jul 30, 7pm

80 pesos (includes drink)

 

Staged Reading

A Bench in the Sun

Fri, Aug 2, 7pm

Sat, Aug 3, 3pm

100 pesos

 

Live Storytelling

“Shelter Skelter Storytelling Extravaganza”

Sun, Aug 4, 3pm

150 pesos

 

All events are in Shelter Theater

 

 

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