‘Drawer Boy’ Has Long Island Premiere

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The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue will stage the Long Island premiere of “The Drawer Boy” by Canadian playwright Michael Healey, starting Thursday, March 21.

Starring Edward A. Brennan, Joe Pallister and Ben Schnickel, the award-winning play is about two farmers whose lives are turned upside down when a young actor comes to visit. The humorous and sensitive play, the title of which refers to a boy who likes to draw, depicts the sometimes unclear divide between life and art and explores the healing powers of storytelling. This production is directed by Sarah Hunnewell,

In “The Drawer Boy,” Mr. Brennan plays Angus, a farmer who once had dreams of building the houses he drew, but whose life was changed forever by a London bombing raid in World War II. He has lost his memory and spends his days baking bread, doing the accounts and counting stars. Mr. Pallister plays Morgan, Angus’s lifelong friend who struggles to keep his farm going and his tranquil life undisturbed. Mr. Schnickel plays Miles, an innocent young actor from Toronto whose presence brings a dose of comedy to the farm as well as a jolt of reality.

Show times for “The Drawer Boy” are Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for the first and third weekend. There will be two shows on Saturday, March 30, with a matinee added at 2:30. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, March 31.

Special dinner theater packages, in collaboration with the Southampton, Westhampton Beach and Hampton Bays libraries, are also being offered. For more information about the library packages, call the box office at 653-8955. To reserve show tickets, visithamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.

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