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“2 Across” opens at Amelia Community Theatre

Amelia Community Theatre
Press Release
Submitted by Linda McClain
September 29, 2020

This season’s shows at ACT will have in-house audiences that are limited in size to comply with current guidelines for capacity, social distancing, and mask wearing. To make the plays accessible for everyone, each performance will also be livestreamed.

Josh, played by Chris Twiggs, and Janet, played by Samantha Hilliker.

The romantic comedy “2 Across” opens at Amelia Community Theatre on October 2 to kick-off the theatre’s 40th season.

Written by Jerry Mayer, who also wrote for “The Bob Newhart Show” and “All in the Family,” the play tells the story of Janet and Josh, two strangers on a train who happen to be working on the same crossword puzzle as they travel from the San Francisco airport to a Bay Area destination.
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Janet, played by Samantha Hilliker, is a psychologist and a pro at puzzles, traveling with an atlas, thesaurus, and mace, while easy-going, unemployed Josh, played by Chris Twiggs, is ready to give up when the puzzle gets too difficult.

As Janet reluctantly offers some encouragement and puzzle hints to Josh, they begin to relax and exchange life stories. They have 80 minutes before the final stop to complete the crossword puzzle, and perhaps change their lives.

Director Ron Kurtz says, “Bringing live theatre back to the stage has been a joyful experience. We have all had to discover new ways of doing things we previously took for granted. Although this play was written in safer times, it was eminently adaptive to the current pandemic situation. The result is a fresh new approach to a classic rapid transit love story!” The show is rated PG-13.

This season’s shows at ACT will have in-house audiences that are limited in size to comply with current guidelines for capacity, social distancing, and mask wearing. To make the plays accessible for everyone, each performance will also be livestreamed.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on October 2-3, 8-10, 15-17 and at 2 p.m. on October 4 and 11 in the Main Stage Theatre at 207 Cedar Street, or livestreamed from the theatre’s website.

Both flex ticket packages and single show tickets are available. Flex tickets may be used for in-person or livestreaming throughout the season, with packages of 5, 6, 10, or 12 tickets, ranging in price from $110 to $260.

Single show in-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students through college. Livestreaming tickets are $15 for an individual; $30 for a household up to 4 people; and $90 for a group up to 10 people. Box office hours are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 207 Cedar Street. Tickets are also available at AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org or by calling (904) 261-6749.

Amelia Community Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered with the State of Florida. All donations are tax deductible.

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