Amelia Community Theatre
Submitted by Linda McClane
February 8, 2021
“Someone in love, they can wait….forever.” This simple statement sets the stage for Amelia Community Theatre’s next production, “Those Who Fall in Love like Anchors Dropped upon the Ocean Floor.”
Award-winning Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer has written a “once upon a time” love story about love and time, reminding us that “love is elastic and can add years to your life.”
Four actors take the audience on a time-looping journey with stops and rewinds at a Parisian watch shop, an Appalachian snowfield, a Russian submarine, and an ordinary restaurant, the scene for an awkward first date.
The cast includes Wendy Gilvey, M.K. Larsen, Nicholas Marquardt, and Ron Price. They play characters getting to know each other while hunting rabbits in the snow, and characters who don’t quite connect on a blind date. One love story features two women on a Russian submarine in the Cold War, and one poignant tale involves a shopkeeper waiting for a woman to return for the watch she left with him to repair.
The show is co-directed by ACT’s Executive Director Tener Wade and Lisa Howard-Welch, who directed last season’s “Leading Ladies.”
Director Howard-Welch has enjoyed the collaborative directing approach and says, “The show’s themes are pretty clear – love is pretty obvious. All kinds. Young, second chance, unrequited, serendipitous, and even spontaneous love. But, also time. All of the events within this play are at the mercy of time and at certain points in the play could go either way… find love, or find a broken heart.”
Director Wade admires Kruckemeyer’s intriguing titles and intriguing dialogue in his plays. “I’m very excited for audiences to watch the characters in this play fall in love. This show is a wonderful reminder about how love can bend the laws of time. This is a fantastic modern show where everyone onstage is telling unique stories and encouraging the audience to come along for the ride.”
Performances, both in-person and livestreamed, are at 8 p.m. on February 12-13, 18-20, 25-27 and at 2 p.m. on February 14 and 21 at 207 Cedar Street. The show is rated PG-13 for adult language. In-person tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students through college. Masks are required for in-person attendance, with limited, socially-distanced assigned seating for each party. Livestream tickets are $15 for an individual, $30 for a household of 2-4 people, and $90 for a group of 5-10. Call the ACT Box Office at (904) 261-6749 or purchase online at AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org. Box office hours are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.