Local Hero – October 4 - October 13, 2013
FROM NEAL CHECKOWAY, DIRECTOR
A simple story on the surface, ‘Local Hero’ sweetly reverberates with timeless themes about the search for our rightful place in the universe
and how the choices we all make affect both our happiness as well as the very social and physical environments that surround us.
But don’t necessarily expect non-stop belly laughs from this one. The beauty of Bill Forsyth's original story is (to quote the late Roger Ebert) in the 'loving, funny, understated way' in which it presents the range of personal or professional situations that lead us toward or away from the 'satisfaction' we seek... all told through the offbeat lens of its quirky characters. And, as Ebert said about it, "Nothing is more absorbing than human personalities, developed with love and humor."
I count myself fortunate that Forsyth has granted me the opportunity to translate his small gem to the stage: I hope I have done it even a modicum of justice. It certainly has helped to have a superb cast and top-notch crew who have all worked tirelessly to present this microcosm to you. I'm gratified for their generous contributions.
So, please don't hesitate to laugh heartily if you find 'Local Hero' funny. But I will be - dare I say it - 'satisfied' if you leave the theatre with just a slight grin and the hint of a misty eye.
Local Hero – Adapted for the stage by Neal Checkoway from the original screenplay by Bill Forsyth. Directed by Neal Checkoway. A modern day fable about the lessons learned when Big Oil meets Wee Scotland, based upon the movie of the same name. Run: Oct 4-13