Gaston County Public Library

Trip to Bountiful (In readers theater format)

Trip to Bountiful (In readers theater format)

In December 2017, the library hosted its first readers theater performance, spearheaded by local thespian Eleanor Wixson.  The success of that first venture has sparked another readers theater performance, featuring local actors.

The featured play will be The Trip to Bountiful, and it will be held at the Main Library Auditorium on March 8, at 7 pm.  The Trip to Bountiful is a play by American playwright Horton Foote.

Synopsis
Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home." The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don't have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts "escape" attempts each month which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts' Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape and last trip home. —Mark Fleetwood