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Take a walk in Gainesville, watch Barefoot in the Park
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Even with many of its theater majors off acting in summer stock across the country, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance assembled a talented cast of alumni and professionals for a free staged reading of Neil Simon’s romantic comedy "Barefoot in the Park" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Patrons are invited to bring lawn chairs and a picnic for the reading in Gainesville’s Roosevelt Square, off the downtown square between the Brenau Downtown Center (formerly the Georgia Mountain Center) and the Hall County courthouse. Free parking is available on the square and in the parking garage.

Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy follows the lives of newlyweds Paul Bratter, who is Mister Straight, and his new wife Corie, who is an effervescent free spirit and won’t let anything disturb her romantic bliss. As the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping in a fifth-story Greenwich Village walk-up, the harmony of marriage turns to comical discord.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance is the nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, theater professionals and the northeast Georgia community. Formed in 1979, GTA has won national and state awards for excellence and served a record audience of more than 25,000 patrons last season. About 80 people attended last month’s reading of the original play "The Bra and Panty Club."