‘A Few Good Men’ opens at BLT Thursday

Published 4:03 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Those who are familiar with the movie, “A Few Good Men,” starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and more, will need no information on the theme of this play that opens the Bainbridge Little Theatre’s 2018-19 season.

It is considered a legal drama that revolves around the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The action takes place in the summer of 1986 in Washington, DC and on the Guantanamo Naval Base. It is a serious subject and an adult audience is recommended.

Written by Aaron Sorkin, the director of the BLT version is Ida Cooksey.

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Cooksey commented that the play appeals to her. “In today’s political climate, we sometimes need a reminder that there are those who give their lives to protect our rights to speak our own truths. We all have ‘truths’ — things we believe in. It takes a special kind of person to stand and protect everyone else’s truth. Can you handle the truth of what that protection costs?” She invites all to come be reminded of the cost of truth.

BLT’s production showcases a large cast of men, with just three women.

Acting as the Judge, Capt. Julius Alexander Randolph, is Henry Intili. Other BLT veteran actors whose faces will be familiar to theatre goers are:  Kier Klepzig, Tom Sheehan, Steven Hayes, Stevie Hall, Hugh McStay-Harrison, Justin McStay-Harrison, Megan Wimberley, Krysti Ramer and Krystal Carter.

Some newcomers to the BLT stage are Tommy Henderson, Chris Smith and James Rodden. Blair Campbell, a graduate of Savannah Arts Academy as an honor thespian, attended Savannah State University pursuing a degree in Communication and online journalism. He is now an Internet Sales Director at Dean Chrysler Dodge Jeep /Ram and now lives in Bainbridge.

Another newcomer is David Rhode, an assistant professor of Chemistry at ABAC, Bainbridge. While teaching chemistry at Andrew College in Cuthbert, he was active in theatre.

He attained a PH.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee in 2001.

Opening night is Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a wine and cheese reception in the garden. The show runs through the weekend, with 7:30 p.m. curtain time Friday and Saturday, and closes with a Sunday matinee at 2:30. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be reserved ahead of time by emailing bainbridgelittletheatre@gmail.com.