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WHALLONSBURG-The audience will be the final judge of what is true and what is fabrication in Mrs. Farnsworth, A.R. Gurney's comedic gem which premiered in April 2004 and will take center stage at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 and 26 at The Grange, 1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburg, New York.

Set in a creative-writing class in Manhattan, this witty play centers around three main characters: a sardonic, harried teacher named Gordon, and two members of the upper crust from New Canaan, Connecticut, who collide in verbal battles of ideals punctuated with questions and answers from the writing class students.

Kathleen Recchia of Jay, George Davis of Essex, and Kevin Cooper of Westport will be reprising their roles from the production that toured the North Country this past fall.

Ms. Recchia will again take on the title role as Mrs. Margary Farnsworth, who wants to learn to write because she has a story that urgently needs to be told: the tale of a Vassar girl who becomes pregnant by a hard-partying Yale boy. Her narrative starts to sound like a memoir in which only the names have been changed.

George Davis will be back as Gordon Bell, the preoccupied teacher who becomes intrigued with Mrs. Farnsworth and her memoir when he realizes that, if published, it could influence the outcome of the 2004 presidential election.

Kevin Cooper returns as "the husband," Mr. Farnsworth, who offers students a different perspective of his wife and the situation at hand.

New to this production are Emily Abruzzi, Martin Deslauriers and Athena Pepe.

The roles of Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth were originally created by Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow at the Flea Theatre in New York City.

The Whallonsburg Grange production of Mrs. Farnsworth is directed by Karen Lewis and produced by The Book & Blanket Players. Admission is $5.00

For more information please call: 518-946-8323.

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