February 25-27, March 4-6

Tea and Sympathy
Touching and timeless drama
by Robert Woodruff Anderson

Director: Mark Henry


Tea and Sympathy will strike a sensitive harmonic chord with anyone who has ever
been picked on or bullied because they didn’t match others’ definitions of what was
“normal.”   Timeless and thought-provoking, it follows the plight of a lonely,
misunderstood, teenaged boy whose interests in music and theater don’t fit his
boarding school’s long-standing culture of “guyhood.”  The distressing
relationships with his father, classmates, and teachers serve as both backdrop and
reinforcement for an emotional attachment to the sympathetic wife of a faculty
member.

The play is as timely and relevant now as it was 50 years ago.  Today’s “Stop the
Bullying” and  “Stop Bullying Now” campaigns and “It Gets Better Project” directly
address the issues that this drama so poignantly portrayed decades ago: judging
people through stereotypes…the plight of young people who don't fit in with the
majority…and the dilemma of those who do, but aren't strong enough to resist peer
pressure for conformity.  A major subplot also illustrates how holiday romances can
turn sour when exposed to real life.

Oscar-nominated playwright and screenwriter Robert Anderson (
I Never Sang for My
Father, The Nun’s Story, The Sand Pebbles
) introduced Tea and Sympathy to
Broadway in 1953.  It became a huge hit, setting a record for any Playwrights
Company production with 712 performances; subsequently went on tour; was
adapted for a 1956 MGM film; and provided modern theater with one of its most
quotable last lines.

Some “old” dramas of the era of well-made plays still have plenty of emotional
resonance…this is one of them.

"
It restores the theatre to an art again…a fine play put on the stage with great skill
and beauty.
"—New York Times



Cast (in order of appearance)

Laura Reynolds ...............Terri Upton
Lilly Sears......................... Allison Pressley
Tom Lee.............................Andy Thompson
David Harris......................Joseph Martin
Ralph..................................Clinton Roberts
Al ........................................Steven Berry
Steve..................................Elijah “TJ” Crite
Bill Reynolds................... Mark Thompson
Herbert Lee......................Joe Narsavage

February 25th*, 26th at 8 PM (Doors open 7 PM)
February 27th at 3 PM (Doors open 2 PM)
March 4th, 5th at 8 PM (Doors open 7 PM)
March 6th at 3 PM (Doors open 2 PM)

*Complimentary opening night reception after February 25th performance
provided by
Earthshine Mountain Lodge

TICKETS:   $16 (adults) & $10 (full-time students); season tickets will apply to this
production.
Reduced rates available for groups of 10 or more; call (828) 884-
BLTReservations [884-2587].



ADVANCE SALES: Theater box office, in American Legion Hall at 55 East
Jordan Street in Brevard, will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 AM - 1 PM, starting
February 17th.

PHONE RESERVATIONS: Call (828) 884-BLTReservations [884-2587] after
February 1st for phone reservations; anytime for other BLT information.
Student Special, Saturday, February 26th: All student tickets only $8
    Due to mature themes and language, parental guidance advised for
                                         children under the age of 13
Rehearsal Photos