A powerful drama about the human condition – Carson McCullers' stirring debut novel comes to life in modern playwright Rebecca Gilman's deft hands, Civic Theatre will produce the Michigan premiere.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thank you to our show Partners

As a community theatre, GRCT values the relationships it has established to enrich the overall theatre experience. GRCT would like to thank the Grand Rapids Public Library, Artists Creating Together (ACT), and The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, for their partnership in this production of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Show Description

Carson McCullers’ classic novel is adapted for the stage by acclaimed playwright Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter) and directed by Doug Hughes (The Beard of Avon at NYTW, Doubt). The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a beautiful and timeless tale about the universal need for human connection. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter follows the story of a deaf man, John Singer, as he navigates the world without his dearest friend who has been committed to an insane asylum. When Singer moves to a small Southern town, the locals flock to him as a newfound confidant, seeking compassion and understanding from the one person who needs it the most. Singer’s isolation in the world is mirrored in a few of the townspeople he meets along the way – a cafĂ© owner, a rebellious teenager, a black physician, and an idealistic labor organizer whose dreams have been shattered. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter intertwines the lives of these characters in a surprising way that results in a deeply moving story of outcasts in the South during the Great Depression.

The history – from book to stage:
  • Based on the 1940 Best Selling American Literature Classic by Carson McCullers
  • A 2004, Oprah’s Book Club feature
  • Academy Award Nominated 1968 Movie featuring Alan Arkin,
    Sondra Locke, and Cicely Tyson
  • Time Magazine 2009 Top 10 List of Plays
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre presents the Michigan Debut of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Cast Bios