Taking a comedic look at urban life

Clockwise, from lower left, Regina Williams, Kelsi Canada, John Medlin, Taylor Brown and Mikah Thomas star in the comedy "Hold Me!" at Canterbury Summer Theatre, running Aug. 1-3.

MICHIGAN CITY — Canterbury Summer Theatre presents its final production of its 2019 season, the comedy "Hold Me!" from Aug. 1-3. The theater is located at 807 Franklin Street in Michigan City.

The play is written by Jules Feiffer, who, according to the Canterbury Theatre, was once considered the most widely read satirist in the country. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as America's leading editorial cartoonist, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame.

His other work includes the play, "Little Murders," and the screenplays for "Carnal Knowledge" and "Popeye."

"Hold Me!" is a blended series of comedic sketches based on Feiffer’s comic strips.

The theme is the plight of today’s city dweller, and the hang-ups, personality difficulties, identity crises and assorted mishaps which beset those trapped in what may begin as urban confusion, but all too often ends as urban anguish.

Staged with simplicity, and with each performer assuming a variety of roles, the play abounds in warmth and humor, and in the sad/funny truths that, in the final essence, are the very stuff of life, Canterbury said in a release.

"Hold Me!" is a co-production between Canterbury Summer Theatre and the award-winning Bossier Parish Community College theater department, the 15th such collaboration. The production will premiere at Canterbury, and then travel to Louisiana for a full slate of performances.

The play is directed by Canterbury Artistic Director Ray Scott Crawford, who is Dean of Performing Arts and Communication at the college.

The ensemble cast includes Taylor Brown, Mikah Thomas, John Medlin, Kelsi Canada and Regina Williams.

Rona Leber will design costumes. David White is scenic and sound designer, while Keith Bruce handles lighting duties. Bianca Anderson serves as production stage manager.

"Hold Me!" will perform 2 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be no Wednesday performance for this production.

Ticket prices are $16-$17, with discounts for seniors, students.and military personnel.

Tickets can be purchased online at tiny.cc/CST2019, by phone at 219-874-4269, or by email at info@canterburytheatre.org.

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization, which also manages the Canterbury Winter Arts Series from September through May each year.

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