“A Bench in the Sun” made its debut in 1999 at the Westport Playhouse starring comedic icon Tim Conway along with Paxton Whitehead and Betsy Palmer. Clark’s script is full of clever one liners, musings about the seasons of life, tender moments- including a dance lesson, and reflections upon world changes that affect old folks.
Clark began his career writing for TV during the '60s, including such shows as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Danny Kaye Show. He wrote plays in the '70s with fellow writer Sam Bobrick. Their first play, “Norman, Is That You?,” premiered on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on February 19, 1970. The two men went on to write several more plays together, including “No Hard Feelings” (1973), “Murder at the Howard Johnson's” (1979), and “Wally's Café” (1981). Clark remained active in writing for television and film up through the early 1990s. His many television credits include “That Girl” (1970), “Silver Spoons” (1985–1987), and “Moonlighting” (1989), among others. He also co-wrote the screenplays to the films Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), and Life Stinks (1991).
The Guild’s performance of “A Bench in the Sun” opens this Wednesday, September 18th at 7:30 PM. Directed by theatre veteran Julia Glattfelt, the cast features Larry Strauss, Jeff Barkwell and Liz Keimer.
Julia studied acting and directing under the tutelage of Daphne McBride. She was accepted to the Master of Fine Arts program at Western Illinois University with directing as her specialty. She’s
acted and directed across the USA, England, Turkey and Germany, Her production of A Raisin in the Sun won four awards at the 2004 Topper’s Tournament of Plays (Europe).
Larry Strauss playing the role of Harold was voted “Best Actor” at the 2018 Kitchener, Ontario Film Festival, and has appeared in many notable roles on the Guild stage. He was recently awarded the Theatre Guild’s “Lifetime Member Award” and the Bette Parfet Award for musical excellence as Director of the Guild on the Go since 2012. Jeff Barkwell plays Burt and is a longtime resident and small business owner in Vero Beach. Last year, he played “the Bogle” in JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL and, in EVITA, showed off his singing and dancing skills. Liz Keimer as Adrienne is returning to VBTG stage again, just a few short months after portraying Beverly in MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET. Although a relative newcomer to VBTG, she is no stranger to the stage. She has portrayed an assortment of colorful characters primarily in Brevard County.
Get your tickets today for “A Bench in the Sun” by calling the box office at 772-562-8300 or online here.