Fool Heather Parish is the director of Good Company Players' current production of My Cousin Rachel, which runs at their Second Space venue through mid-October. Heather has been chronicling her directing journey on her "What's My Call Time?" blog , an local arts-centric site she runs to help market and celebrate the work of Fresno-area theater companies and artists.
To steal from her latest post on WMCT (which, by the way, you should definitely subscribe to if you're interested in keeping up with local theatre scene), here are some of Heather's thoughts on the show:
"It is an age-old story in Gothic novels: inexperienced ingenue becomes infatuated with someone years older, with a past, and who is possibly a danger. But Daphne du Maurier always has a twist: the ingenue is a young man and the “menace”, as she called such characters, is an attractive widow.
While Philip Ashley is the principal point of view character in My Cousin Rachel, it is Rachel who wields the power – and who possesses the mystery, sensuality, and ambiguity that people often find threatening.
That ambiguity is at the root of My Cousin Rachel. Doubt is everywhere in this story, even through to the end. People’s assumptions are questioned, the facts of the case reversed, and reversed again, until everyone involved has doubts – including the audience. And while the play has a definite resolution, it doesn’t offer easy answers.
It’s my favorite kind of theater. The kind that we keep turning over in our heads for days after we’ve seen it. We hope that you enjoy this play set in the Victorian age full of breathing, visceral people with “all the human weaknesses, good and bad mixed together” as Rachel says.
And people full of doubt. . . always doubt."
This production of My Cousin Rachel also features the talent of a couple of other Fools: actors Brooke Aiello and Thomas Nance.
The show runs through October 13th at GCP's 2nd Space Theatre in the Tower District (928 E. Olive Ave. in Fresno’s Tower District. MAP) Tickets are $20, general admission and $18 for students/seniors. The show is rated PG.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets available online at gcplayers.com.
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All Brooke Aiello Cabaret Cal Arts Cyndle Cee Dakota Simpson Damen Pardo Fools In Good Company Players Government Inspector Heather Parish HypoTheatricals Joel Abels Juan Luis Guzman Justin Ray La Cage Aux Folles Meg Clark Michael C. Flores My Cousin Rachel Randy Kohlruss Rodolfo Robles Cruz Second Space Selma Arts Center Severance Sinnta StageWorks Fresno Terry Lewis Thomas Nance Wait Until Dark