‘Barefoot in the Park’ opens Friday at Giving Tree Theater

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Giving Tree Theater gives a portion of its profits to human services organizations. — photo by Richie Akers

Barefoot in the Park

Giving Tree Theater (752 10th St., Marion, Iowa) — May 8-24

Giving Tree Theater, a new company in Marion, is putting on Barefoot in the Park as part of its innovative mission. The classic comedy about newlyweds in New York City was a notable high point in playwright Neil Simon’s career — Barefoot in the Park ran on Broadway for 1500 performances over the course of four years. In the movie adaptation, Robert Redford played the male lead, co-starring with Jane Fonda.

As part of it mission, Giving Tree Theater gives a portion of every production’s profits to human services non-profit organizations. In their recent production of The Miracle Worker they donated to Camp Courageous of Iowa, a recreational facility for people with disabilities. In a climate where most theatre companies struggle to support themselves with ticket sales and donations, Giving Tree’s commitment to helping others is a remarkable achievement.

Barefoot in the Park opens Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and runs through May 24. Performances take place at Giving Tree Theater, located at 752 10th St. in Marion, Iowa.

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