‘Tribute’ on tap for next weekend

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mt. Vernon theater group in final rehearsals

Members of the Mt. Vernon Community Theater are in final rehearsals for "Tribute," a play by Bernard Slade.

"Tribute" is the story of Scottie Templeton, a charming, irresponsible fellow. A sometime Broadway press agent and former scriptwriter, he's everyone's friend, nobody's hero and a great womanizer who's managed to live more than 50 years without taking anything seriously, including love, marriage and fatherhood. Life's been one continuous gag.

But at 51, he finds his script has been rewritten as a tragedy: he is fatally ill. His son, Jud, alienated by years of neglect, comes to visit. Scottie's one concern is to make friends with his son, for everyone else adores Scottie, including his ex-wife, his friend and boss and his doctor.

After a bitter, revealing confrontation, father and son are reconciled, and it is Jud who gets Scottie to agree to be re-hospitalized for treatment and then organizes a giant tribute to his father in a theater.

Directed by Paul Gilbert, "Tribute" will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 29, at the Marc, located at 822 West Mt. Vernon Blvd. in Mt. Vernon. Tickets are are $10 at the door.