Folsom’s Sutter Street Theatre is bringing the stage version of a beloved movie that hit the big screen in 1981 and swept the best actor categories with its timeless tale of aging. On Golden Pond is set to take the local stage start Aug. 25.
On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever.
Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return.
The play, which is rated G, was written by Ernest Thompson. It’s directed locally by
Janelle Kauffman and Stephen Kauffman
and produced by Kauffman’s Give Us A Hand Productions.
The show opens August 25 and runs through September 24. The curtain rises on Friday’s and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 4:30 p.m.