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The author of A Thousand Clowns brings us another set of the particular creatures that are New Yorkers. I’m Not Rappaport takes place under a bridge in Central Park, where two octogenarians – one white, one black – meet regularly, determined to fight off all attempts to put them out to pasture. Nat is a cantankerous Communist whose daughter is urging him into the old folks’ home. Midge, an apartment superintendent spends his days in the park hiding in the past, and hiding from his disgruntled tenants.
n this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!
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The Ariel Foundation
The Ariel Foundation
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The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County are longtime supporters of MTVarts' educational programs. In 2018, their grant partially funds artsIQ "Can Do Kids" with the workshop intensives and production of both Annie JR and Annie KIDS at the Memorial Theater.
The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County
The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County
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Mount Vernon Elks believe that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving, we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Their sustaining support helps MTVarts improve the quality of life and build stronger community.
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Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #140
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The Youth Philanthropy Initiative has been a longtime supporter of the MTVarts Classics Series, educational outreach for secondary students. In 2018 they provided support for the production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" which was seen by 1,200 students.
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CFMCKC - Youth Philanthropy Initiative
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1920s Speakeasy
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Mary Poppins (2015)
The Little Mermaid Jr
The Miracle Worker
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