Barefoot in the Park

by Neil Simon
directed by Michael Perlman

Corie is a romantic free spirit. Paul is a conservative young lawyer. This classic romantic comedy follows these six-day-old newlyweds as their dream marriage and five-story walk-up apartment fall apart in front of their very eyes. This hilarious and profoundly touching 1963 play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon explores universal questions about love, compatibility and relationships. Sometimes unpacking the emotional baggage is the biggest move of all.

Venue: The Ruth
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: PG for mild language


“With Neil Simon, you can sort of walk out of the theater and hum the jokes, like humming the tunes from a musical.” — David Ives, Playwright

Creative Team
Director – Michael Perlman+
Scenic Design – Tristan Jeffers
Costume Design – Asa Benally
Lighting Design – Mandi Wood
Sound Design – Elisheba Ittoop

Management Team
Stage Manager – Nia Sciarretta*
Asst. Stage Manager – Alex Skaar

Corie Bratter – Caitlin Wise*
Paul Bratter – Dustin Bronson*
Corie’s Mother, Mrs. Banks – Christy Brandt*
Victor Velasco – Logan Ernstthal*
Telephone Repairman – Antony Terrell


Director’s Note: Michael Perlman 
Welcome to 1963. A time in our history when everything seemed to be in flux: the younger generation was proudly standing up for its values, the role of women’s voices in our society was moving closer to the center, and America was about to be confronted with its most turbulent time in many years. In other words, a time of transition.  In many ways,  Barefoot in the Park can seem to be a step behind the revolution that was occurring surrounding its debut on Broadway. The truth is, however, that transition is at the heart of what Barefoot is about. Each of our characters is undergoing a shift from one phase in life to the next and discovering that it is much more difficult than they ever expected it to be. Whether it’s getting married, becoming an empty-nester or accepting the fact that as time marches on, the effects of age catch up with us, Neil Simon captures something essential about the human experience in these characters’ experiences. As we know, the only constant in life is change.  Well, and maybe the everlasting joy and catharsis great writers like Neil Simon can give to those of us lucky to be in a room with his characters.


Barefoot in the Park is presented by special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+ Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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