Salem Theatre Company’s “The Real Thing” to debut Jan. 26

SALEM – The Salem Theatre Company has announced a change in dates for their third Main Stage production of the 2009 season, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. The production will now run January 26 through February 18 at the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA.

Directed by STC Artistic Director John Fogle, the comedy portrays an idealistic playwright whose second wife is trying to merge worthy causes with her art as an actress. She has met a “political prisoner” who has written a play about how the state stifles the rights of the individual. The play’s concepts of love, marriage and fidelity are tested as are the political prisoner’s writing skills.

The production features Joseph O’Meara of Brookline, Sarah Carlin and Audrey Claire Johnson of Beverly, Mark O’Donald and Will Neely of Salem, Sebastian Konarski of Middleton, and Jenn Parkos of Newburyport.

Barbara Lasovick of Marblehead serves as production Stage Manager.

Designers include Ruth Neeman of Lexington (Set), Greg Mancusi-Ungaro of Marblehead (Lighting) and Toni Elliott of Arlington (Costumes).

The production runs January 26 through February 18, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM with Sunday productions beginning at 3PM.

“Name Your Own Ticket Price” preview performances will be held on Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27.

GLBT friends of STC are invited to the Thursday, February 2 performance at a $3 discount. Mention the code “STC Out Night” when making reservations by phone to 978-790-8546 or e-mail to A reception will be held following the performance.

Members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Peabody Essex Museum, House of Seven Gables, Salem Arts Association, Artist Coop of Wakefield, and the US Military receive a $3 discount every night when making a reservation by phone or e-mail and paying cash or check at the Box Office.

Tickets are available online or can be reserved for pick up at the box office by calling 978-790-8546 or emailing Online ticketing ends 24 hours in advance of each performance. Regular ticket prices are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $12 for students.

For more information about the production, visit the Salem Theatre Company website.

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