Margaret Avery stars in Red River Repertory’s production of “The Gin Game” Oct. 15-19.
“The Gin Game,” starring Academy Award-nominated actress Margaret Avery, comes to the River City Repertory stage Oct. 15-19.
Avery, who was nominated for her performance in The Color Purple, previously appeared in the Repertory's second season production of “The Member of the Wedding.”
The River City Repertory has established itself as a premier repertory in north Louisiana, but the road hasn’t always been smooth. With local greats like Robert Buseick, Jim Montgomery, and Patric McWilliams at the helm, history was made in 2006 when the River City Repertory became the first Actors' Equity sanctioned, professional theater company in north Louisiana.
“I often say it was like pouring mercury onto a floor,” said McWilliams. “When it all came together, we had ‘The Little Foxes’ opening in June of 2006 at The Strand. The production was warmly embraced and received extremely positive reviews. We're still standing nine years later, now [settled] in at East Bank Theater.”
With Robert Buseick changing gears to leave for Centenary College and Jim Montgomery’s passing a little over a year ago, the Repertory has pressed forward. Montgomery’s drive and passion have been missed by so many people in the Shreveport/Bossier area. Montgomery loved breaking new ground, and it is evident that River City Repertory has carried his spirit and vision forward, especially in the past year. They have pushed boundaries in a very conservative market and have come out on top with some unconventional theater.
The Repertory definitely has a finger on the pulse of theatergoers. “Since we've settled in at East Bank in Bossier City, our audiences continue to grow and continue to ‘get’ what we're trying to offer,” said McWilliams. “We want to continue to provide them with an array of choices each year from a classic American theater piece, to a family-friendly comedy, to cutting edge dramas.”
For information on upcoming productions, please visit www.rivercityrep.org.
By Deborah Allen