PLAINVIEW, Minn. -- "Enchanted April" opens this week at the Jon Hassler Theater.
Written by Matthew Barber and based on the 1922 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, "Enchanted April" tells the story of four dissimilar women in post-World War I England.
Two housewives Lottie Wilton and Rose Arnott, who belong to the same church but have never spoken, become acquainted. Each is suffering through an empty marriage and faces the prospect of a lonely middle age. After seeing a newspaper ad for a villa for rent on the Italian Riviera, the women set about finding two other ladies to share expenses.
Adrift in the aftermath of the Great War, when England lost a whole generation of young men in the trenches of France and Flanders, the two women appreciate their good fortune in still having their husbands, but they feel displaced as the role of women undergoes a post-war redefinition.
Overcoming their own trepidations, and ultimately risking the disapproval of their staunchly middle-class husbands, the ladies take the leap, joined by socialite Lady Caroline Bramble, a seemingly carefree "modern" blessed with both looks and means, and Mrs. Graves, an exacting dowager with a penchant for name-dropping.
When a series of coincidences conspire to bring the husbands, Mellersh and Frederick, onto the scene, they too find themselves transformed by the sunshine and wisteria.
"Enchanted April" plays Sept. 12 through Oct. 12. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be Thursday matinees at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.
Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $14 for students 22 and under. Tickets for the sneak preview Sept. 12 and all Thursday evening performances are $14.