ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre and Everyman Repertory Theatre’s Lux Radio Hour will present a live radio dramatization of the classic film Sunset Boulevard (1950) on Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre.
Sunset Boulevard, a film noir black comedy, is set in 1950s Hollywood. In the story, obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis can’t sell any of his scripts to the studios, owes on his apartment and his car, and is thinking of returning to his hometown to work in a newspaper office. Trying to escape from two guys trying to repossess his car, he has a flat tire and hides his car in the driveway of a decadent mansion on Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner, former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver. Norma is obsessed with her return to the big screen, an ambition that is fed by Max, her butler. Norma persuades Joe to move into the mansion to help her polish her screenplay, Salome, for her comeback, and the small-time writer agrees and later becomes her gigolo. When Joe falls in love with the young aspiring writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes insanely jealous and her madness leads to a tragic end for all.
Sunset Boulevard stars Robin Jones as Joe Gillis, Liz McLeod as Norma Desmond, Jennifer Hodgson as Betty Schaefer, Paul Hodgson as Max von Mayerling, Dean Jorgenson as compere Lonnie LaTrine and Ryan Jackson as just about everyone else, with sound by David Berez and Andy LeBlanc. The presentation was adapted by PG Hodgson from the classic movie. Running time is 1 hour.
Tickets to be a part of the live radio audience are $15. Face masks are required for Covid safety. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit www.rocklandstrand.com or call (207) 594-0070.
The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St., Rockland.