A North Vernon resident is making her return to the stage this month, and will be joined in the play by a Jennings County man.
Amanda Bott and Tim Gordon will perform in the Actors Community Theater of Seymour’s production of William Missouri Downs’ “Kosher Lutherans.” Gordon plays the character of Ben and Bott the character of Hannah.
Bott last performed on stage in high school.
“After watching a couple of plays here (at ACTS), I thought that they looked like they would be fun to do,” Bott said of her reason to return to theater.
“Kosher Lutherans” is Gordon’s fourth play with ACTS. He previously portrayed Stanley Gardner in “Run for Your Wife,” Comet in “The Eight” and Ira Watson in “I Bet Your Life.” Gordon also has played the Voodoo Shaman at Fear Fair for three years.
Gordon, also a North Vernon resident, said he likes performing with ACTS because it is a relaxed place.
“It allows the plays to be more fun, and also the fact that we do comedies a lot, which are my favorite to do,” he said.
The play centers around the seemingly perfect, but childless, marriage of Franklyn and Hannah as they try to push past infertility and legal issues to attain a child all their own.
When Franklyn meets Alison, a pregnant college student looking to give up her child for adoption, the couple thinks they finally have a shot at the life they have been waiting for. However, there is one thing that Alison does not know about the couple: they are Jewish.
In an attempt to guarantee that Alison gives them her baby, the couple pretends to be Lutheran, even dragging their friends, Martha and Ben, into the act.
“Kosher Lutherans” is directed by Elyse McGill, and Betty Baute is the assistant director.
ACTS is located at 357 Tanger Blvd., Suite 208. Shows are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and Dec. 15 and 16. Doors open at 7 p.m., shows begin at 7:30. Tickets are $12 and available at the door or online at seymour acts.ticketleap.com.
Ashley Browning is a senior at Jennings County High School.