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‘The Trip to Bountiful’ a play about journey, discovery

Prescott Center for the Arts next play, Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” is all about journey and discovery said director Melanie Snyder who acted in the show years ago, playing the role of the daughter-in-law.

“It was one of the hardest, most challenging roles I had ever done,” Snyder said. “I was just fascinated by it.”

“The Trip to Bountiful” tells the tale of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow who lives with her son and daughter-in-law in a small Houston apartment. Watts fears she’s being an imposition and desires to return to her old home in the small town of Bountiful. It’s basically about Watts’ journey to get back to Bountiful before she dies, Snyder said.

The New York World-Telegram called “The Trip to Bountiful” “…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will provide an indelible memory…”

Originally written as a teleplay before becoming the film most people are familiar with, it’s had a Broadway revival and a sort of resurgence, she said.

In it, the audience can see the not-so-great side of people as they handle various stresses and her cast has been really great, willing to jump in and try different things, Snyder said. Trudy Forbes as Mrs. Watts is rather captivating to watch, she said.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Friday, Nov. 8-10 and Thursday through Friday, Nov. 16-18 as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets are $24 for adults, $19 for youth and $22 for seniors and veterans on Thursdays and Saturdays and $22 for first responders on Sundays.

It its heart, “The Trip to Bountiful” is a story about journey, discovery and finding home within yourself, Snyder said.

“It’s not some exterior place,” she said. “All of the characters go through that journey.”

This is Prescott Center for the Arts’ last show of the year before picking up with “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” on Stage Too in January and “A Streetcar Named Desire” in February.”

“The Trip to Bountiful” will be on the main stage. Prescott Center for the Arts is located at 208 N. Marina St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pca-az.net.