Neil Simon, an American playwright and screenwriter has left his comedic footprint in the world of arts and culture. One of his shining stars is found in the 1963 stage play, Barefoot in the Park. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He is a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she is a free spirit always searching for the newest trend. Team this relationship with an overpriced and under-performing New York apartment, a nosey mother-in-law, a zany neighbor and the result is some of Simon’s best work. Barefoot in the Park will bring laughter and warmth to the cold West Michigan January.

Barefoot in the Park is appropriate for teen and adult audiences. For an even greater theatre experience look for some of Simon’s other work, including Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Out of Towners, Goodbye Girl or Lost in Yonkers. You can also find a film version of Barefoot in the Park, (1967) starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015



Kirk is currently the Artistic Director for Muskegon Civic Theatre and has been working in the theatre since his graduation from Indiana State University. His acting experience includes industrial films, television, industrial films as well as onstage in many shows including; the Ghost of Christmas past in A Christmas Carol, Psuedelous and Hesterium in two productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Henry the old actor and Mortimer in multiple productions of The Fantastiks and an 11 year recurring role as Forrest Quinn in annual serial Christmas production, created by Penny Notter, at St. Mary of the Woods College to name a few.  Kirk has last directed Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s revival of The Foreigner, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lincoln Trail College, Community Theater of Terre Haute, and Indiana State University where some of his many directorial credits include:  The Foreigner, Into the Woods, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off and 1776.  Muskegon Civic Theatre credits include Leaving Iowa, The 25th Annual Putnam Count Spelling Bee, The Miracle Worker, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan and The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015



Corie Bratter.................Lexee Longwell*
Paul Bratter...................David Hatter
Corie’s Mother..............Nancy Wagner
Victor Velasco..............Don VandenHeuvel
Telephone Man.............Paul Arnold
Delivery Man............... will be played by a crew member.

*new to Civic

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