The Port Polson Players continue their 47th season of summer productions in August with two poignant comedy/dramas: “Over the River and Through the Woods,” July 28-Aug. 7, and “Driving Miss Daisy,” Aug. 11-28. Both are staged at the scenic Theatre on the Lake, adjacent to Boettcher Park in Polson.
Helmed by actors, producers and directors Karen and Neal Lewing – both Governor’s Arts Award recipients – the homegrown theatre company continues its savory season of comedy, romance and relevance that started July 7-24 with “Home Games.”
“Over the River and Through the Woods,” a moving comedy about family ties by Joe DiPietro, comes to the stage July 28-Aug. 7. The play, originally slated for 2020, was postponed once due to the pandemic, and again last year when several cast members had scheduling conflicts.
“We’re finally forging ahead with the original four out of six actors, along with two new cast members,” says director Karen Lewing. “We’ll be ready to deliver this summer with a stellar cast!”
Nick, a young ad executive (played by Kia McDonald), takes a job across the country in Seattle. His two sets of very determined – and very Italian –grandparents try every trick in the book to get him to stay on the East Coast, including guilt, food, and matchmaking. Grandparents are played by Ron Martin-Dent and Ann Peacock and the Lewings, and Veronica Marquardt appears as the arranged blind-date.
The season wraps up Aug. 11-28 with “Driving Miss Daisy,” a play by Alfred Uhry that became an Oscar-winning film in 1989. Set in the deep South, this poignant blend of humor and pathos covers three decades of the relationship between aging Miss Daisy, a wealthy Southern belle (played by Karen Lewing), and her chauffeur, Hoke (played by J. Lee Cook). Set in the latter half of the 20th century, a deep bond develops between the two, despite their disparate backgrounds, ethnicity and politics. The comedy is intensified by Daisy’s businessman son, Booley (Mike Gillpatrick), who tries to keep the playing field level.
Director Neal Lewing worked with Cook when they were student actors at the University of Montana. He says the three-person cast delivers “just what the playwright intends – strength laced with humor, acceptance and love.”
Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. To learn more about the season or for reservations, call 406-883-9212 or visit www.portpolsonplayers.com.