Drama by A.A. Milne On Stage in Morrisville
PRE-POOH PLAY: Before “Winnie the Pooh,” A.A. Milne wrote the play “The Dover Road.” In this scene from the production by ActorsNET, Latimer (G. Anthony Williams) and his guest, Anne (Charlotte Kirkby), discuss the realities of marriage with their morning tea.
Creative partners Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and Charlotte Kirkby have been unearthing the forgotten plays of the past, and breathing new life into them. Their current project is the rare revival of a 1922 comedy The Dover Road by A. A. Milne, being presented by ActorsNET of Bucks County at the Heritage Center Theater, 635 North Delmorr Avenue in Morrisville, Pa., March 10-26.
Years before he created the iconic Winnie the Pooh, Milne was a popular dramatist. The Dover Road is about the fallacy of romantic love. “The most surprising thing about this show is how fresh and relevant it feels today despite the fact it was written about 100 years ago,” said Charlotte Kirkby, who plays Anne. “How many times have we seen friends and loved ones enter a relationship that makes us think ‘are you sure this is the person you want to be with?’”
The play focuses on the rich and peculiar Mr. Latimer, who occupies a house just off the Dover Road. His idea of philanthropy is to waylay eloping couples en route from London to Paris, and give them a chance to look at their relationship before taking the proverbial plunge.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Doors open one half hour before show time. For tickets or additional information, visit actorsnetbucks.org.