The Diviners playing at GNT in May

Posted April 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

The final production of Good Neighbors Theatre 2016-2017 season is a drama set in the fictional town of Zion during theGreat Depression.

The Diviners, written by Jim Leonard, Jr., is directed by Tyler Martin, director of last season’s The Odd Couple (female version).

The play will run two weekends showing May 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:00 PM and May 7 and 14 at 2:00 PM at the theatre located at 8780 Highway 111 in Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, this marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s.

When the boy was young he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water.

The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy’s father.

The town doesn’t have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to wash.

When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism. They descend on the event and, and just as Buddy is coming to grips with his fear and Showers is finding himself again, the most unfortunate of circumstances befall them both.

Bring a hankie…this production is more suited for an adult and older youth audience than the previous jolly pirates musical full of child actors.

A “slice of life” play, The Diviners, takes the audience intimately close to its main characters: CC Showers, who is having a crisis of faith and purpose; Buddy, who can mysteriously “feel” when water is near, yet fears it to the point of phobia; Ferri, a single father trying to raise two challenging kids in the depression; Jennie Mae, who is forced to grow-up too soon and facing normal coming of age feelings; and the townspeople, who each have a point of view and, in their desire to achieve what they believe to be righteous and true, cause distraction and calamity.

Ticket Prices are $12.00 plus tax/adult and $8.00 plus tax/child between three and 12 years of age. Lap babies two and under are free.

Tickets will be available at the Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce on April 17. All pre-reserved tickets must be paid for at the time the reservation is made.

Stop by the Chamber located at 1005 Highway 111. The Chamber’s phone is 931-864-7195.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Good Neighbors Theatre ticket booth on the night of the performances. All ticket sales are final. Unused tickets are non-refundable.

To purchase by mail, please mail the following information with payment to: Good Neighbors Theatre, PO Box 493, Byrdstown, TN 38549: Name, phone, email, number of adult tickets at $13.17, number of child tickets at $8.78, and total amount enclosed.

Also, indicate the performance you want to attend: May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and/or 14. All reservations by mail must be received three days prior to selected date. Please provide a complete list of names/dates of all ticket holders for the reservation.

Tickets for mail-in reservations are held for Will Call at the GNT Ticket Booth on the night of the performance/s you select.

Those requiring special assistance must indicate their need at the time reservation is made. Make checks payable to GNT at P.O. Box 493, Byrdstown, TN 38549. Messages may be left at 931-864-4569.