The Acting Company Performs The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at Center for the Arts

Posted: May 5, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Inspired by the Julliard School’s first graduating drama class and performing since 1972, The Acting Company was founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley. The Tony Award-winning company performs Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter on Sunday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts.

Adapted by award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter illustrates the work of two exemplary American female writers. In Carson McCullers’ 1940 heartbreaking novel, four isolated individuals find a confidant in a deaf-mute, John Singer. Jake Blount, an angry drunk, Biff Brannon, a sullen tavern worker, Dr. Copeland, an African-American activist, and Mick Kelly, a 15-year-old dreamer, each believe that Singer is the connection they are seeking. In an emotional and fascinating production set in a small southern town prior to World War II, the characters’ situations mirror social themes, such as labor exploitation and racial inequality, of the time.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is directed by Broadway’s Doug Hughes (whose Doubt is currently running to rave reviews in New York). The cast includes Henry Stram as John Singer, Randall Newsome as Biff Brannon, Andrew Weems as Jack Blount, Ron Cephas Jones as Dr. Copeland, and Julie Jesneck as Mick Kelly.

A preperformance discussion, free to ticket holders, is held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $34, $26, and $17. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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