The production of Don’t Drink The Water by Woody Allen is set to hit the stage on Thursday, January 11th. There will be multiple opportunities to see the play both this week and next week.
“It’s a hysterical comedy, basically what happens is it’s an unnamed country in the old Soviet Union and an American family, the Hollanders are on vacation and Walter Hollander who’s the character that I play, actually is a photographer and he takes a picture of a missile site by mistake. He doesn’t realize what he’s doing and then the communist police start chasing the whole family and they chase them into the American Embassy.” said Matt Southwell the director of the play.
The play was a collaborative effort between the actors and members of the community that pitched in to help out with certain tasks such as, sound engineering and costumes. Danyeal Dorr a local artist, did a lot of painting for the set.
“The situation is so silly in the first place, but the different characters that are, that come in here you know I’ve encouraged them to do a lot of improv and embellish. You know, there’s an old adage that there’s no such thing as small parts and I told them well, then take these small parts and run with it and they have” said Southwell.
The cost of admission for the play is $15 and the showings this week are January 11th, 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm, followed by a 2pm matinee showing on Sunday, January 14th. Next week, the play will also show on January 18th, 19th and 20th at 7:30 pm and close out with a final matinee showing on January 21st at 2pm.
If you’re interested in purchasing a ticket, call the Alpena Civic Theater box office at 989-354-3624 for more information.