Up & Coming Weekly

April 02, 2019

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14 UCW APRIL 3-9, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EVENT Cape Fear Regional eatre intro- duces "e Cake" to the stage April 4-21. "e Cake" tells the story of a Southern belle named Della (Libby McNeill Seymour) who owns a bake shop in Winston-Salem, North Caro- lina. Della's worldview is brought into question when Jen (Jessica Giannone), the daughter of Della's deceased best friend, travels from New York to request a cake for her wedding. When Della learns Jen is marrying another woman (Olivia London as Macy), she must choose between her traditional values and the love of an old friend. "e Cake" was written by NBC's "is Is Us" supervising producer and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Bekah Brunstetter. It is directed by David Hemsley Caldwell. CFRT is one of the first regional the- aters to present "e Cake," which will wrap up its acclaimed off-Broadway run at the Manhattan eatre Club in New York City just a few days prior to its debut in Fayetteville. "e story is so relevant and so timely and also so funny," said Ashley Owen, marketing director for CFRT. "Today, it's so easy to (attack) people's beliefs. is play is the opposite of that — it's really kind to everyone." According to the actors, this is a show for all people, but don't expect to leave without first considering your neighbor's point of view. "e themes of the show are acceptance, trying to find a middle ground, coming to terms with people who might think different- ly than you," said Caldwell. Like Della, who, according to Seymour, must "(think) about alternative points of view in the world," audience members may experience a shift of perspective. Greg King, who plays Della's hus- band, Tim, emphasized this middle ground alongside Caldwell and Seymour. "Everyone that comes to see the show is going to feel that they can identify with an opinion that they see onstage," he said. Regardless of beliefs, most play-goers will enjoy that "e Cake" is being catered by e Sweet Palette, who will provide cake for the show itself and then for audience members following each performance. London looks forward to the conversations the post-show desserts will accommodate. "(It's) an opportunity to talk about what they just saw, (which) opens up the opportunity for them to talk about different opinions or a different takeaway," she said. is "common ground," according to Giannone, brings people together. "A lot of people like cake no matter what you believe in." CFRT welcomes service members and their families, along with the pub- lic, to its Military Appreciation Night performance Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. Playwright Brunstetter will attend the show and stay afterward for a talk-back with the audience, in which she'll answer questions about the show and her career. ough mili- tary discounts are available for every performance at CFRT, the Military Appreciation Night discount will be 25 percent, the lowest of the year. CFRT is located at 1209 Hay St. For tickets or for more information, contact the box office at 910-323-4233 or visit www.cfrt.org. e performance runs Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., with tickets at $25. Preview nights are April 4-6, with tickets at $15. CFRT invites discussion with 'The Cake' by AVERY POWERS After each show, attendees can talk while enjoying cake provided by e Sweet Palette. L-R: Jessica Giannone as Jen and Olivia London as Macy in CFRT's "e Cake" Photo credit Ashley Owen And a special thank you to our generous Sponsors! Thank you for giving every child a voice! Sponsors Benefactors Dessert Divas Hilltop House | Dairy Queen - Legion Road Caruso Confections | Superior Bakery Burney's Sweets & More Champions for Children Horne Brothers �� Con s tr uc tio n , Inc. www.hbc-inc.com 1.800.998.0320 Celebrities Highland Pediatric Dental - Yvette McAlister-Stokes, DDS, PA Crown Center | Up & Coming Weekly/Women's View Paparazzi Hardin Law Firm PLLC Groupies JEB Designs Heroes Array Magazine | Brown & Associates Investment Services The Fayetteville Observer | Cape Fear Valley Health Timothy D. Edwards, Attorney at Law | Joyce & Howard Loughlin The Cobb Tilghman Group of Merrill Lynch Stars BB&T| Cape Fear Eye Associates | Lucy & Wes Jones | Cape Fear Discount Drugs Robin & Debbie Jenkins | Daughters of Penelope Hestia Chapter 416 | Cape Fear Staffing Devan & Null, PLLC Attorneys at Law | Systel Business Equipment | Player McLean, LLP Rock Stars Platinum We've Got You Covered E L E G A N T L I N E N S & E V E N T S Back-up Vocalists Williams Printing Trophy House Chick-fil-A – Ramsey Street Your sponsorship will help the CAC serve approximately 700 child victims of abuse each year. AVERY POWERS, Contrib- uting Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly. com 910-484-6200.

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