Daily Archives: August 19, 2016

Pursued by a Bear, in Skippack

Tomorrow is a special evening in Skippack. One of the times I look forward to most of all. Mrs. Skippack Blogger and I will leave the house, walk into town, and head to the Barn theater on Store Road, home of Playcrafters of Skippack. A peaceful evening walk thru a beautiful village, followed by great live theater. What a lifestyle.

This time, theater night in Skippack promises to be especially rewarding — a world premiere play, Pursued by a Bear by John O’Hara, a writer based in Skippack. I’ve met with the playwright, director and cast members — one of the pleasures of being the Skippack Blogger. Now it only remains to sit back and relax as this talented crew delivers the goods.

Tears, Laughter, and a Special Request

Pursued by a Bear poses a simple but powerful question. “If you knew you had only six months to live, what would you ask for from those closest to you?”

Director David Deratzian explains, “The main character in the play, Jack, must figure out what to do with regard to the future of his six year old daughter.” He turns to his friends for help, asking them to look after his daughter after he’s gone. The story of the play evolves from this request.

In the play Pursued by a Bear, Jack's friends react as they learn of his cancer diagnosis. From left to right: Ben Fried, Greg Kasander, Jerome Neville.

In the play Pursued by a Bear, Jack’s friends react as they learn of his cancer diagnosis. From left to right: Ben Fried, Greg Kasander, Jerome Neville.

Writer John O’Hara gives his play a feeling of reality, creating characters who make believable decisions, behave in authentic ways (not always nice but real), and find humor in the most challenging circumstances.

The unfolding drama explores both the joys and limits of friendship. One question posed — are these people, who’ve been friends for thirty years, really friends?”

Pursued by a Bear performed in the intimate setting of the Barn theater offers a very personal entertainment experience. Watching a dress rehearsal, I found myself drawn to the characters as their awareness of the meaning of events deepens. I got so caught up in the play that I left my notebook at the theater and had to walk back for it.

Faced with life's most difficult decisions, Jack turns to his friends. Will they provide the support he needs?

Faced with life’s most difficult decisions, Jack, played by Lenny Grossman, turns to his friends. Will they provide the support he needs?

The Right Place for this Premiere

It is fitting that Pursued by a Bear have its world premiere in Skippack. We are town that thrives on interpersonal relationships. Shop here a few times and shop owners will know you by name. The server who pours my coffee at breakfast knows me. Authenticity and warmth are our ace in the whole; what Skippack can offer you that you can’t get easily at Walmart or the King of Prussia Mall.

Human connection is the essence of small town life and the defining characteristic of Skippack. Men and women trying to get along, find happiness, and build meaningful relationships, in the face of their own mortality.

In such places, happiness Is found. In such places, great drama is written and produced.

For more information, visit Playcrafters of Skippack.