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“Beasley’s Christmas Party” opens at Taproot Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend

Taproot Theatre’s holiday play “Beasley’s Christmas Party” opens the day after Thanksgiving, with three of the four cast members quickly shifting between 12 roles. The cast includes Don Brady, Aaron Lamb, Frank Lawler and Lisa Peretti.

Lisa Peretti, Frank Lawler and Don Brady in “Beasley’s Christmas Party.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

When a curious journalist moves to a small Midwestern town in 1909 he’s captivated by his unusual next door neighbor, gubernatorial candidate David Beasley. Is Beasley crazy or does he just have more imaginary friends than we can count? Brimming with hope and heart, this holiday tale will charm your whole family with its surprising twists. Adapted for the stage by C.W. Munger from the 1909 novel by Booth Tarkington, this regional premiere is directed by Scott Nolte.

Better known for his Pulitzer Prize winning novels, The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams, Booth Tarkington’s writing is primarily set in the Midwest, typifying the small-town America he loved. He is one of only three American novelists to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once and was an accomplished playwright with over 25 works produced on Broadway in the early 1900’s.

“Beasley’s Christmas Party” runs from Nov. 25 – Dec. 30, with low-price previews on Nov. 18-19, and a pay-what-you-can performance on Nov. 23. It is recommended for ages 8 and up.

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