March 17 – March 26

The Hieress

First opening in 1947 at the Biltmore Theater, The Heiress has had a long and storied history on Broadway. After a successful first run, it was revived four times, most recently in 2012. In 1947, a successful film version starred Olivia de Havilland as the titular character. Ephrata Performing Arts Center will be bringing this emotional tale t

o the Sharadin Bigler Theatre from March 17 to March 26, 2016.

“EPAC Presents a Compelling and Complex THE HEIRESS”

Kelli Curtin, Theatre Sensation

TV Commercial

“‘The Heiress’ opens at Ephrata Performing Arts Center”

Jane Holahan, Lancaster Online

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Adapted from the Henry James novel Washington Square, The Heiress explores the life of young Catherine Sloper, a “plain” young woman of wealth whose father blames her for her mother’s death during childbirth. Catherine seeks escape through Morris Townsend, a dashing young suitor. But could Morris have ulterior motives that only her father can see?

“THE HEIRESS Inherits the EPAC Stage”

Marakay Rogers,

EPAC’s production will be led by Artistic Director Edward R. Fernandez. “The Heiress is a play that I have wanted to direct for a very long time, and I am so happy that I finally get a chance. I have been a fan of the story since I was a young teenager and sat in front of the TV totally enthralled by the movie starring Olivia De Havilland, Monty Cliff, and Ralph Richardson. The material is so rich that it works as a love story, a psychological mystery, and a hard hitting meditation on parent /child relationships. I am so excited to start bringing this great American classic to the EPAC stage!”

“‘The Heiress’ a haunting production with compelling performances”

Susan L. Pena, Reading Eagle

Audiences will be pulled into her emotionally charged world as she seeks her true place in the world while pulled in opposing directions by strong-willed men. Audiences will hope for her happiness, often as unsure of the right path as Catherine.

EPAC would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who made this show possible.

EPAC’s Opening Night Party is at the American Legion Cloister Post 429.

EPAC’s 2016 season sponsor is 12:34 MicroTechnologies.

EPAC’s 2016 season media sponsor is Blue Ridge Communications.

Take home a keepsake poster commemorating The Heiress!

The Heiress Show Poster Now is your chance to purchase an original, limited-edition piece of art to bring theater into your home or office. An Heiress poster is the perfect keepsake for any theater fan, making a powerful visual statement! Each poster is $10 and will be signed and numbered by the artist to verify its authenticity.

EPAC’s Poster Framing Sponsor is Sheldon’s Gallery

Only 15 of these artworks will be produced, so act now to secure a piece of EPAC history that you and your family will cherish for years to come!

Once purchased, your artwork will be available for pickup from March 17 to March 26, 2016. Shipping is not available. Simply bring your email confirmation of purchase when you come to pick up your poster.

You could also be the lucky winner of a limited edition original piece of art signed by the entire cast and crew!

Yes, one of these limited pieces will be secured and signed by the entire cast and crew of EPAC’s production of The Heiress

This special legacy piece is going to be raffled during the run of The Heiress with the drawing to be held closing day, March 26. You need not be present to win! Raffle tickets will be sold 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 8 for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, your home for theater that matters!