WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Mark St. Germain’s "Camping with Henry and Tom," a very smart and very witty, "factional" (fiction based on fact) production opens Thursday at the Actors Theatre Playhouse.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m., through Sept. 29. Tickets on Thursdays are $12 ($6 for students $6), $15 on Fridays, $8 for students and $15 for all tickets on Saturdays. Reservations are recommended. Contact the toll-free box office at 877-666-1855 for reservations and information of performances, dates, prices, directions and more. Or visit www.Actors-Theatre.info.
Germain drew his inspiration from the fact that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, for several years during the 1910s and 1920s, took annual camping trips together in the hills of western Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. In 1921, Ford invited President Warren G. Harding to join them. This much is fact. Playwright St. Germain has taken this fact and devised a plot where the three men escape their retinues for a joy ride that gets them all lost in the hills.
ATP did a staged reading of the play last year, and it turned out so well, Pilo and the cast were inspired to do a full production this year. Tom Edison is played by Bill Pearre. Ford is played by Jonny Mack. Harding is played by Kirk Winchester. Fred Lee plays Col. Starling who has been tramping through the woods searching for the