By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- Theatre-goers on the Treasure Coast have laughed at comedies and sang with musicals at The Barn Theatre in Stuart; however, to end this theatre season, audience members will come face to face with difficult family decisions and heartbreaking conclusions.
The thought-provoking "The Twilight of the Golds," a provocative and engaging drama by Jonathan Tolins, grapples with issues of genetic testing, abortion and sexual orientation. The play will be directed by Ed Wilhelms, who previously directed "Biloxi Blues," "Beyond Therapy," and "Three Murders and It's Only Monday" at the Barn Theatre.
"I chose to do this play because I knew I could do it justice," said Mr. Wilhelms. "There are adult themes and the play really touches on some controversial topics, but the play is done really well and will leave a lasting impression on all who see it."
The play foresees a time when genetic testing can determine the sexual orientation of an unborn child. Suzanne Gold Stein, played by Denise Brodie, is pregnant; her scientist husband reveals that the test results show the child will likely be homosexual. Suzanne's brother, David, played by Stuart Mohr, is homosexual and struggled with acceptance while growing up.
The close-knit Gold-Stein family unravels as the Steins consider whether they want to raise a gay child or if they should consider abortion.
"Anyone who comes to see the play should be prepared to see good theatre. And, they should come with no preconceived notions. There's adult themes and language, but this is much deeper than that. The play confronts bigotry and intolerance and how families deal with these issues," said Mr. Wilhelms.
The producer for "The Twilight of the Golds" is Francine Beckstead. Tammy Craig is the stage manager and J. Pat Montgomery is the technical director and handled set design. Kathleen Weaver is the set decorator and props manager. Set construction was done by Don Cantrell and Betty Dallas is the light/sound operator.
The play will be presented by The Barn Theatre from May 31 through June 16 with performances at 8 p.m. nightly Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $20 and are available Mondays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Barn Theatre box office, located at 2400 S.E. Ocean Blvd. in Stuart.
Tickets can also be obtained by calling (772) 287-4884 or online at www.barn-theatre.com.