Play Performances To Benefit Charities

Theatre for a Cause, the brainchild of local actor Adam Hughes, is presenting “The Winning Streak” by playwright Lee Blessing for three nights in May.

Blessing’s plays are regularly produced on Broadway and in regional and community theaters. He is best know for his drama “A Walk in the Woods” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Each night of performance an organization which has a cause to fund will sponsor the evening and be receiving the night’s door receipts. This is the second year Theatre for a Cause has offered local organizations a chance to fundraise using the arts as the fundraising vehicle. The play is to be presented at The Spire, located on Third Street in Jamestown, where last year’s Theatre for a Cause production of “Tuesdays with Morrie” was also presented.

“The Winning Streak” is a bittersweet comedy about the newly formed relationship between a father and son who first meet when the son is 30. The title refers to a baseball team’s efforts to keep winning and the emphasis that the father puts on this rare event.

Hughes will be playing the son, and his father is played by local veteran actor Skip Anderson. The two actors have appeared together in many productions, most recently “A Few Good Men” at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown. This is their second opportunity to play relatives. At the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, Hughes played the son-in-law of Charlie Anderson, the patriarch in Shenandoah.

“Skip and I have always enjoyed working on stage together. I was glad to find this play and to reunite to play father and son. These characters are very different from the people that Skip and I are in real life. We have to bring these guys to life. We accept that challenge,” said Hughes to the production team at the first rehearsal.

Steven Cobb and Bob Terreberry are co-directing the play. Cobb and Terreberry worked together on “It’s a Wonderful Life” in December at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre and decided that co-directing would be an artistic challenge for them.

“Steven has lots of theater skills, and I’ve been around theater for a few years now and we’re sure that we can work collaboratively. We’re going to give it great effort,” said Terreberry.

The sponsoring organization for the May 9 performance is Chautauqua County RSVP/Lutheran Foster Grandparent Program. Tickets for that night can be obtained by calling 665-8039.

On Friday, May 10, the Zonta Club of Jamestown will sponsor the evening of theater. Zonta will use their proceeds to support their efforts to end violence against women. To order a ticket for that evening’s performance, call 487-2468.

The Honduran Promised Children Project of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church is the sponsor of the performance on Saturday, May 11. To order tickets for that evening, call 386-2288, 753-6319 or 450-2986.