The Rialto Theater serves as both an art gallery and community theater. Housed in an old movie theater building that has stood since 1937 the Rialto offers a place where local artists can display their talents, actors young and old perform monthly plays and musicians get together to jam.
For example, this month the Rialto is hosting artist Betsy Bowen, a Minnesotan who divides her time between Marais, MN and Port Aransas. The scenes and subjects of her woodblock prints reveal her “dual citizenship.”
Her exhibit kicked off with an opening on March 15 which was also the first performance of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Almost, Maine, a comedy set in a remote, mythical northern town, “explores the mysteries of the human heart, touching audiences with laughter, heartbreak and hope,” It broke attendance and box-office records in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Australia. Yes, Australia, and it had extended runs and exceeded ticket-sales records in playhouses across the country. It’s Cariani’s first play and premiered in 2004 at Portland (Maine) Stage Company. It went on to become the most successful play in that stage’s 32-year history.
Doors open for the performance at 7 pm. The curtain goes up at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15.
The Rialto also has weekly free music jams/song circles every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., so there’s something going on at least once a week at the theater.
A historic building, eye-catching art, live music and great theatrical performances–why wouldn’t you check out the Rialto? If you haven’t been there, or even if you have, you definitely should go on Saturday, March 23. Get there at 5:30 p.m. Why? Because not only can you see Almost, Maine, and Betsey Bowen’s art you can enjoy a “Meet the Authors” reception before the play. Ruby Stell, Mimi Zollars, Alice Marks, Richard Mueller and Fallon Zollars, contributors to the recently released anthology, Texas Island Style, will be on hand to read selections from the book which features poems, short stories and memoirs. Gary Moeller who contributed song lyrics to the anthology will provide live musical entertainment and there will be refreshments. The reception is being sponsored by the Rialto Theater Supporters to encourage writers, poets and songwriters. The program will be emceed by yours truly, Devorah Fox, author of The Lost King.
Copies of Texas Island Style and The Lost King will be available and since the authors will be on hand you can get your copy signed. The reading and book signing will be in the Rialto’s main gallery while in the stage area actors will be getting ready to go on for that night’s performance of Almost, Maine.
For more information visit the Web site at www.rialtotheater.org. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 361-758-0383. Or, just come by 327 S. Commercial Street in Aransas Pass.