DOWNERS GROVE – The Grove Players will start off its 78th season with William Inge's "Picnic," a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about love and longing.
Set in 1953, the play examines the arrival of a handsome drifter who upsets the equilibrium of a small Kansas town on a steamy Labor Day weekend.
This year is a particularly resonant year in which to stage "Picnic," the organization said, as it marks the 100th birthday of the playwright William Inge, who died in 1973.
"Picnic" was also developed into an Academy Award-winning 1955 film starring Kim Novak, William Holden, and Rosalind Russell.
Director Richard Gannon calls "Picnic" a play about dreams and the search to find meaning and value in life. Both the young characters and the older generation struggle against convention in perhaps their final chance for fulfillment.
"Picnic" opens Nov. 15 and ends Nov. 24 at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove.
Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $11 for students.
To reserve tickets, visit www.groveplayers.org or call 630-415-3682.
Tickets are also available for purchase at Evelyn Jane Boutique, 1008 Curtis St.