Things aren’t so golden at Golden Pond. At least not right away.
“On Golden Pond,” the stage play by Ernest Thompson, comes to Pleasant Grove Library’s Keith Christeson Little Theater now through Monday. The play did well in its original incarnation — first as an Off Off Broadway production in 1978, then on Broadway the following year. It became a hit film in 1981, starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda, and won Ernest Thompson an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The play is set at an aging couple’s longtime summer cottage in Maine. The couple, Ethel and Norman, are visited by their somewhat estranged daughter, Chelsea, her soon-to-be-husband, Bill, and Bill’s 13-year-old son, Billy. Chelsea hasn’t seen her parents in nearly a decade, and old grievances arise quickly.
“On Golden Pond” is a redemption story of sorts, as the characters learn to live in the present and let go of the past.
“Who doesn’t look back at their childhood with some kind of bitterness and regret?” said Kathryn Laycock Little, who plays Ethel, in a recent interview with the Herald. “I think we all do, but along with that has got to come forgiveness and understanding that the adults in our lives, when we were kids, were doing the best they could. And now that we’re adults, we should be able to understand that a little bit better, and love them for trying. There’s a lot of redemption, there’s a lot of forgiveness.”
Showtimes are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for students and seniors, with $1 discounts for the Saturday matinee. These can be purchased at pgplayers.com or at the door the day of the show. The Pleasant Grove Library is located at 30 E. Center St. in Pleasant Grove.
— Court Mann