Past Seasons

The Players 108th Season

2016-2017

Time Stands Still

by Donald Margulies

Directed by Ed Rondeau
Performed on October 14, 15, 16  and  21, 22, 23

Time Stands Still focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

The Cast:

Jamie …………….. Tom Lavallee
Sarah …………. Kathleen Povar
Mandy ……. Katherine Preston
Richard ………….. Jeff Sullivan

The Christmas Spirit

by Frederick Stroppel

Directed by Joan Dillenback
December 2, 3, 4  and  9, 10, 11

Julia Dowling has an unexpected visitor who intends to escort her off to the afterlife. Infusing comedy into the classic Death Takes A Holiday, The Christmas Spirit is set in contemporary Long Island. Julia persuades Death to give her one more day to enjoy Christmas and invites him to be her guest at a festive party. The next day the house fills with bickering relatives, friends, the local priest, and Death masquerading as a human, singing carols and drinking eggnog. Moments of high farce, drama, and even romance arise as bright holiday fantasies collide with a not so merry reality.

The Cast

Father John . . . . Erich Dethlefsen
Matthew . . . . . . . . . . Sam Gelman
Visitor/Jack . . . . . John McKenna
Uncle Bernie . . . Michael Pugliese
Aunt Rosemary . . Marcia Layden
Julia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cathy Fox
Paul . . . . . . . . . . . Steven Vessella
Melissa . . . . . . . . . Sally Horowitz
Beth . . . . . . . . . . . . Becky Kilcline

Wait Until Dark

by Frederick Knott

Directed by Vince Petronio
January 20, 21, 22  and  27, 28, 29

A sinister con man named Roat, and two ex-convicts Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix, and his blind wife Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed – 3 – deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

The Cast

Ben Conant . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Talman
Terry Shea . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Harry Roat
David Adams Murphy . . .  Sgt. Carlino
Kerstyn Desjardin . . . . . Susy Hendrix
Mike Pugliese . . . . . . . . . Sam Hendrix
Daisy Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gloria
Dan Messier . . . . . . . . . . 1st Policeman
Nicholas Menna . . . . . . 2nd Policeman

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Roger Lemelin
March 10, 11, 12  and  17, 18, 19

Set in Verona this classic is a story about a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families, this feud causes tragic results for the main characters in the play, Romeo and Juliet. The events contrast hatred and revenge with love and a secret marriage, forcing the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly and die tragically in despair.

Prologue/Peter/First Watch…..Brian McGuirk
Sampson/Apothecary…………..Stephen L. Hug
Gregory/Servant…………………….Erin Malcolm
Abraham/Second Watch………Robert Remigio
Balthazar…………………………Katherine Preston
Benvolio……………………………….Alvaro Beltran
Tybalt………………………………..Nicholas Menna
Capulet………………………………..Andrew Stigler
Lady Capulet …………………………Becky Minard
Montague………………….David Adams Murphy
Lady Montague………………………Karen Besson
Prince of Verona…………………Joan Dillenback
Romeo……………………………..Austin Venditelli
Nurse………………………………Marcia A. Layden
Juliet……………………….Kristin Wedel McGuirk
Mercutio……………………………….Mike Pugliese
Friar Laurence……………………….Walter Cotter
Paris…………………………………….Sarah Sinclair
Father John……………………..Richard Nardella

Godspell

Book by John Michael Tebelak,
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Directed by Michael Farrelly
May 12, 13, 14  and  19, 20, 21

Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love. Boasting a score with chart topping songs including “Day By Day”, Godspell is based mostly on the Gospel of Matthew, with parables taken from the Gospel of Luke. The parables are enacted through song, dance, mime and comedy. Contemporary in nature, the lessons still resonate with people of all ages, and continue to touch the hearts of audiences.

Jesus……………………………Ed Benjamin
John the Baptist/Judas…Sam Gellman
Peggy…………………………Becky Kilcline
Joanne……………..Bethany Giammarco
Lamar………………………………Tim Reid
Sonia…………………….Christy McCarthy
Jeffrey…………………Chris Margadonna
Gilmer………………………Stephanie Post
Herb…………………….Courtney Stafford
Robin……………………Trish St. Laurent

The Players 107th Season

2015-2016

 

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Directed by: Cait Calvo

Stage Managers: Steven Vessella & Judy Smith de Perla

October 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11
(Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00pm,
Sunday shows are at 2:00pm)

The Cast:

Martha…………….Eliza Collins
Mary……………….Marcia A. Layden
Connie……………..Nancy Winokoor
Nora………………..Karen Besson
Alice………………..Pamela Morgan
Ann…………………Trisha McManus
Lil……………………Kim Harper
Betsy………………..Kathleen Povar
Photographer…….Steven Vessella

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Review of the Show

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Directed by Steven Vessella

January 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, & 31, 2016
(Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00pm, Sunday shows are 2:00pm matinees)

Binding Room Review

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MotifRI Review

Theatre Mirror Review

The Players 106th Season

2014-2015

Guys And Dolls

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Book by: Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling

Music and Lyrics by: Frank Loesser

Director: Cait Calvo

Musical Director: Ron Procopio

Producer: Liz Messier and Holly Applegate

Choreographer: Michael Maio

Stage Managers: Marcia Layden and Becky Minard

Performed on: October 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19

Desperate to find money to pay for his floating crap game, Nathan Detroit bets the good looking fly-by–night gambler, Sky Masterson, a thousand dollars that he will not be able to woo local Salvation Army girl, Sarah Brown, and convince her to go to Cuba with him. Meanwhile, Nathan battles with Adelaide, his fiancé of fourteen years, who is pre-occupied with getting him to the altar to finally tie the knot!

Cast:

Sky Masterson – Alex Duckworth,
Sarah Brown – Jennifer Jackson,
Nathan Detroit – Dennis L. Bouchard,
Adelaide – Kerissa Roderick,
Nicely Nicely Johnson – Eddie Camara,
Benny Southstreet – Phillip Dancause,
Harry the Horse – Paul Oliver,
Big Jule – Sandy Remington,
Arvide Abernathy – John Bergmark,
General Matilda B. Cartwright – Roz Remington,
Rusty Charlie – Tom Lavallee,
Agatha – Rebecca Kilcline,
Lt. Brannigan – Michael Pugliese,
Hot Box Girls – Katie Dancause, Megan King, Stephanie Post, Mia Rocchio,
Ensemble: Phillip Dancause, Grant Willis, Dan Messier, Dan Chaika, Stephen Dulude
Mission – Patty Abrames, Mary V. Case, Eva Coffey

 Review by Tony Annicone

 

Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward

directed by Joan Dillenback

Producer: Maria Perry                    Stage Manager:  Steven Vessella

Performed on:  December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and  14, 2014

Synopsis:

First performed in London’s West End in 1941, Blithe Spirit is one of Noel Coward’s best known comedies.  The play concerns socialite and novelist, Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium, Madame Arcarti, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.  Unfortunately, she inadvertently summons up the ghost of Charles’s charming but temperamental first wife, Elvira. Elvira wants Charles all to herself and attempts to disrupt Charles’s current marriage to his second wife, Ruth who cannot see or hear the ghost. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed.

Ruth’s ghost immediately comes back for revenge on Elvira. With both his dead wives now fully visible, and neither of them in the best of tempers, Charles, together with Madame Arcati, goes through séance after séance and spell after spell to try to exorcise them. Finally, after several hilarious attempts, Madame Arcarti succeeds in making the two ghosts disappear.  They’re gone!  Or are they…?

The Cast:

Edith                                 Megan King
Ruth                               Becky Minard
Charles                     Paul Kandarian
Dr. Bradman              Peter Kerwin
Mrs. Bradman         Carole Collins
Madame Acarti         Carol Varden
Elvira                        Angie Margiotta

Review by Tony Annicone

The Philadelphia Story

by Philip Barry

directed by Vince Petronio

Producer: Margarita de Santis

Stage Manager:  Victoria Zucca and Eva Marie Coffey

Performed on:  January 30, 31, February 1, 6, 7, and 8, 2015

Synopsis:

Tracy Samantha Lord Haven is a wealthy Main Line Philadelphia socialite who had divorced C. K. Dexter Haven, a member of her social set, because he did not measure up to her exacting standards. (He was an alcoholic, and her lack of faith in him exacerbated his condition.) She is about to marry nouveau riche “man of the people” George Kittredge.

Spy magazine publisher Sidney Kidd is eager to cover the wedding, and he enlists Dexter, one of his former employees, to introduce reporter Macaulay “Mike” Connor  and photographer Liz Imbrie as friends of the family so they can report on the wedding. Tracy is not fooled but reluctantly agrees to let them stay—after Dexter explains that Kidd has an innuendo-laden article about Tracy’s father, Seth, who, Tracy believes, is having an affair with a dancer. Though Seth is separated from Tracy’s mother Margaret and Tracy harbors great resentment against him, she wants to protect her family’s reputation.

Dexter is welcomed back with open arms by Margaret and Dinah , Tracy’s teenage sister—much to Tracy’s annoyance. In addition, Tracy gradually discovers that Mike has admirable qualities, and she even takes the trouble to find his published stories in the library. Thus, as the wedding nears, Tracy finds herself torn between her fiancé, her ex-husband, and the reporter.

The night before the wedding, Tracy gets drunk for only the second time in her life and takes an innocent swim with Mike. When George sees Mike carrying an intoxicated Tracy into the house afterward, he thinks the worst. The next day, he tells her that he was shocked and feels entitled to an explanation before going ahead with the wedding. Tracy takes exception to his lack of faith in her and breaks off the engagement. Then she realizes that all the guests have arrived and are waiting for the ceremony to begin. Mike volunteers to marry her (much to Liz’s distress), but Tracy graciously declines. At this point, Dexter makes his bid for her hand, which she accepts.

 

The Cast:

Dinah                                                             Phoebe Brown
Tracy Lord                                         Lauren Odenwalder
Margaret Lord                                       Nancy Winokoor

Alexander (Sandy) Lord                           Tom Lavallee
William (Uncle Willie) Tracy               W. Grant Willis
Elizabeth (Liz) Imbrie                            Katie Dancause
Macaulay (Mike) Connor                       Andrew Stigler

George Kittredge                                                Mike Zola
C.K. Dexter Haven                                  Alex Duckworth
Seth Lord                                                        Mark E. Lima
Mac / Dr. Parkins                                  Richard Nardella
Thomas / Edward                                Sandy Remington
Elsie                                                               Laine Wagner

Review of the show

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by David Lindsay-Abaire

directed by Vincent Lupino
Producer:  Steven Vesella
Stage Manager: Liz Messier
Mar. 20, 21, 22 and 27, 28, 29

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where
this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another
job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie
might be her ticket to a fresh start. Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

THE CAST

(in order of appearance)

Margaret……………..Becky Minard

Stevie…………………. Tom Lavallee

Dottie…………….Marcia A. Layden

Jean……………….Trisha McManus

Mike……………………Dave Crossley

Kate…………………………Carol Pegg

 Review of the show

 

 Almost, Maine 

Tony Annicone’s Review of the Show

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Here’s what Motif had to say about the play

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A real romantic comedy

 by John Cariani

director:  Roger Lemelin
producer:  Sharon Carpentier
Stage Managers:  Judy Smith de Perla and Megan King

Performed May 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote:

“The sentimental person thinks things will last—
the romantic person has a desperate
confidence that they won’t.”

Synopsis

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.

The Cast:
Ginette                    Linda Succi
Pete                        Jack O’Keefe
Glory                        Liz Messier
East        David Adams Murphy
Jimmy                           Jad Saab
Sandrine             Kristin Wedel
Waitress            Stephanie Post
Marvalyn             Ashley Moore
Steve            Michael Shallcross
Gayle                  Kate Ambrosini
Lendell             Charlie Sweigart
Chad                Dennis Bouchard
Randy            Sandy Remington
Marce                      Kathy Povar
Phil                   Michael Pugliese
Hope                     Carole Collins
Man                       Walter Cotter
Rhonda           Rebecca Kilcline
Dave                     Alvaro Beltran

 

 

2013-2014

DOUBT by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Ed Rondeau

BELL, BOOK, & CANDLE by John Van Druten
Directed by Tony Margiotta

WOMAN IN MIND by Alan Ayckborn
Directed by Joan Dillenback See the Review in Motif

LOVE LETTERS by A. R. Gurney
Directed by David Crossley
Review on Don Gillis’ Little Rhody Theater site

COMPANY Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,
Book by George Furth,
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince,
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Directed by Kathleen Moore Ambrosini
Musical Direction by Joseph A. Carvalho
Choreography by Ed Camara
Review on Don Gillis’ Little Rhody Theater site

2012-2013 Season

James Joyce’s The Dead
Book, Music, Lyrics by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey

Director: John Michael Richardson
Musical Director: Lila Kane

The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry
Director: Joan Dillenback

Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies
Directed by Kevin Broccoli

Ladies at the Alamo by Paul Zindel
Directed by Jim Sullivan

Tartuffe by Moliere
Directed by Kathleen Ambrosini

2011-2012 Season

A Class Act
Music and Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price

Directed by John Michael Richardson
Musical Direction by Lila Kane

Equus
Written by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Ed Rondeau

Lost In Yonkers
Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Tom DiMaggio

Our Town
Written by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Patricia Hawkridge

The Man Who Came To Dinner
Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Directed by Jeffrey Sullivan

 

2010-2011 Season

The Miss Firecracker Contest
Written by Beth Henley

Directed by Patricia Hawkridge

The Seafarer
Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Jeffrey Sullivan

A Flea in Her Ear
Written by Georges Feydeau

Directed by Vincent Lupino

Macbeth
Written by Shakespeare

Directed by Joan Dillenback
Set Design: Dan Clement

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert

Directed by Cait Calvo