When: January 26-28, 2017 7pm
Where: Ringling House Bed & Breakfast
What: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Join us for our first House Play, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, at the Historic Ringling Bed and Breakfast!
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, by Terrence McNally, was first performed off broadway in 1987. The play focuses on two lonely, middle-aged people whose first date ends with their tumbling into bed. The two are in her one-room walk-up apartment in the west side of New York City. Johnny, a short order cook, is in good physical condition; but Frankie, a waitress, is frumpy, fat, and emotionally defined by her unattractiveness (the role was created by Kathy Bates). Johnny is certain he has found his soul mate in Frankie. She, on the other hand, is far more cautious and disinclined to jump to conclusions and at first has written off the encounter as a one night stand. As the night unfolds, they slowly begin to reveal themselves to each other as they take tentative steps towards the possible start of a new relationship.
“Johnny calls the radio station to request the most beautiful music ever written… Claude Debussy’s “Clair de lune”… floats onto the night air… Johnny, buoyant with love, beckons Frankie to join him at the window and to bask… in the clair de lune. It’s a lovely moment…”