Theatre - Time to come home again

Posted December 6, 2007

Another holiday tradition, a must-see for the family, is the Vineyard Playhouse production of "The Homecoming." The show is an adaptation of Earl Hamner Jr.'s story, which later inspired the television show, "The Waltons."

The heartwarming story is about an Appalachian mountain family in the 1930s and told through the eyes of the oldest son, Clay-Boy. On Christmas Eve, the father still hasn't come home, leaving everyone to worry and wait. This wonderful play is about family, community, and the value of love and joy.

The Homecoming
A scene from the 2004 production of "The Homecoming" at the Vineyard Playhouse. Photo by Ralph Stewart. Click photo for larger version.

"The Homecoming" is produced and directed by MJ Bruder Munafo, the playhouse's artistic director. The cast includes Molly Purves as Olivia and Daniel Cuff as Clay-Boy and local actors Katharine Clarke, Carter D'Angelo, Nate D'Angelo, Kelly Gallagher, Jaime Harris, Christopher Hann, Jill Macy, Clark Maffitt, Chelsea McCarthy, Taylor McNeely, Tony Omer, Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, John Ortman, Daniel Lee Oslebb, Sam Oslyn, Sam Permar, Xavier Powers, Katherine Reid, and Nancy Luedeman. The stage manager is Fred Hancock and the set design is by Stephen M. Zablotny.

This year's production is sponsored by the Liman Foundation and dedicated to the memory of Virginia Hackney, "a joyous force and memorable part of so many holiday plays at the Vineyard Playhouse," said Ms. Bruder Munafo.

Take a trip back in time for a homespun Christmas story that the whole family will enjoy.

"The Homecoming" Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 7 through Dec. 22. Friday and Saturday curtain time 7 pm. Sunday curtain time 3 pm. Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets: $17.50 for adults; $15 for seniors; $12.50 for children 18 and under. For more information, call 508-696-6300 or visit