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County Seat Theater Company to present Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot in the Park’

The honeymoon has ended and Paul Bratter, a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer (portrayed by Jesse Davis), is ready to have it out with his free-spirited wife in the County Seat Theater Company production of “Barefoot in the Park.” Photo contributed by Mike Jurek 1 / 2
Newlywed Corie Bratter, portrayed by Jodie Jurek, is excited to show her husband their new home, a cramped fifth-floor apartment with bad plumbing. Contributed Photo 2 / 2

The County Seat Theater Company will present Neil Simon’s 1963 classic romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park” at the Encore! Performing Arts Center in Cloquet.

“The entire decade of the 1960s was a decade of change,” said Director Larry Anderson. “Some of those changes were exciting, others not.  Simon’s play captures the struggles of changing times and changing attitudes.”

Paul and Corie Bratter (portrayed by Jesse Davis and Jodie Jurek) are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find — it’s too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, when everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

The County Seat Theater Company will present performances June 12-15 and 18-22, at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet. Performances are at 7 p.m. except Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 218-878-0071 or online at

The County Seat Theater Company offers a full season of local performances, as well as youth productions, musical acts and has an art gallery featuring work by local artists.