“Call Me Waldo,” a comedy written by Rob Ackerman and directed by Trish Brown, takes viewers into the world of Lee Fountain, played by Caleb King, an electrician who begins reading Ralph Waldo Emerson as an escape from his daily life.
ALTON — A new theater company is making its home in Alton.
Bankside Repertory Theatre Company, founded by six local professional actors and directors, will launch its premiere production, “Call Me Waldo,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 at Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway.
“Call Me Waldo,” a comedy written by Rob Ackerman and directed by Trish Brown, takes viewers into the world of Lee Fountain, played by Caleb King, an electrician who begins reading Ralph Waldo Emerson as an escape from his daily life. Much to the chagrin of his wife, Sarah, played by Chrissy Calkins Steele, and his boss, Gus, played by Geoff Callaway, Lee begins to embody Emerson at times of emotional stress. As the characters struggle to figure out what’s happening to Lee, Sarah turns to her best friend and confidant, Cynthia, played by Sue Ellen Coughtry, for advice. What unfolds is a funny, heartwarming story about four people’s quest to embrace a higher understanding of their life work through re-discovering themselves, all thanks to Emerson.
“We are so excited that Jacoby has opened its arms to yet another form of artistry and welcomed Bankside as its resident theater company,” director Trish Brown exclaims. “Jacoby is a vibrant, inspiring artistic space and the flexibility of staging possibilities it provides makes it the perfect environment for a new theater company. We hope this is the start of a long and prosperous relationship between Bankside and Jacoby as we work together to continue to build and strengthen the artistic offerings in our community.”
Bankside Repertory Theatre Company will continue its opening season with performances of “A Dickins of a Tale” by Geoff Callaway Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12; “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13; and will conclude the season with “Dinner With Friends” by Donald Margulies April 8, 9, 15 and 16. All shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center.
Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and no reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. For information, call (618) 462-5222 or visit www.jacobyartscenter.org.