Playmakers 2015-2016 Season
One Slight Hitch
By Lewis Black
Directed by Anysia M. Genre
September 4-20, 2015
Auditions: July 13 & July 15 @ 7 p.m.
It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.
By Noel Coward
Directed by Frank Levy and Melanie Hayno
November 6-22, 2015
Auditions: September 8 & 9 @ 7 - 9 pm
Skeptical novelist Charles Condomine invites self-proclaimed medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance, hoping to gather material for a new book. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine's late wife, Elvira, his home and life are quickly turned into a shambles as his wife's ghost torments both he and Ruth, his new bride.
Let There Be Light
By Frank Levy and Bonnie Bess Wood
Directed by Anysia M. Genre*
December 11-13, 2015
Auditions: October 4 @ 2 - 4 pm and Oct 5 at 6 pm
A holiday tale set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Clarion at the turn of the millennium. The city's leaders have for the first time granted local kids the task of planning the traditional holiday show. The students decide to learn more about how Jews celebrate the season with the goal of blending Christian and Jewish traditions in one big event. Their quest for knowledge takes some amazing and awkward turns as eventually wisdom prevails with the great event taking place after all. Kids and adults of all ages act together in this journey into understanding and hope for our times.
*Not part of regular season ticket.
And Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Anysia M. Genre
February 26-March 13, 2016
Auditions: January 4 & 6 @ 7 - 9 pm * New dates
Ten house guests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. When they realize that every one of them is marked for murder, terror mounts as their number dwindles. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? Who will be left to tell the tale? Clues and red herrings abound in this masterpiece from Agatha Christie also known as 10 Little Indians, her most popular mystery ever—now formatted as a terrifying stage play!
Finding the Absent Crescent
By Gina Pauratore
Directed by Ken Richard
May 6-22, 2016
Auditions: February 28 @ 2 - 4 pm & 29 @ 7 - 9 pm
An unexpected bug extermination prevents Mimi from hosting the reception following a relative's funeral, and when her son, Anthony, a would-be chef takes over, nothing is as it seems, and everything that can go wrong, does. The playwright of this original comedy in two acts is a resident of St. Tammany Parish. A comedy set in New Orleans, the play was the 2004 winner of Scriptfest at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre in Mars Hill, NC with a World Premiere Production at SART in 2005. This production marks its Louisiana Premiere.
Directed by Justin Lapeyrouse
July 8-24, 2016
Auditions: (tentatively) Saturday, February 27 @ 2-4 pm; Tuesday, March 1 @ 6-8 pm; Saturday, March 5 @ 2-4 pm; Sunday, March 6 @ 6-8 pm
John Kander and Fred Ebb's hit musical that inspired the Academy Award winning® film is coming to the Playmakers stage! Set in the Roaring 1920s, Chicago focuses on two "Merry Murderesses", Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, who fight for fame in order to save their necks from the gallows. Known for musical theater standards like All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, and Mister Cellophane this is a project you definitely don't want to miss out on. So come be a part of this exciting tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery - all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.
SUMMER THEATER CAMPS FOR CHILDREN
Frank Levy’s Summer Theater Camp productions give children ages 6-16 the opportunity to learn theatre and communication skills. Every child has lines and dances. We award 10-20 scholarships annually to children who qualify. Campers also have the opportunity to grow further with our camp counselor program. For summer 2016, Playmakers will present Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz at Playmakers Theater and Snow White at the Greater Covington Center.
Playmakers 2014-2015 Season
The Trip to Bountiful
By Horton Foote
Directed by Derek Thrush
September 5-21, 2014
Auditions: July 14 & 16, 7-9 p.m.
This is the poignant story of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, and chafing under the watchful eye of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. So she attempts to run away, and when she reaches a bus station on the last part of her short journey, she falls into the hands of a sheriff whom her son and daughter-in-law have put on her trail. The sheriff, a kindly fellow, allows her to complete the final stage of her journey, so she proceeds to Bountiful and makes a lonely pilgrimage to the scene of her old home. Only too soon she learns that the friends of her youth have all died or scattered, and her home is no longer the spacious mansion of her memories but a crumbling wreck. But she has the supreme satisfaction of plunging her hands into the strength-giving earth, and this leaves her with a sense of that strength and dignity that will give her the courage to survive. When her son and daughter-in-law appear on the scene to take her back to Houston, she consents to return quietly, secure in the knowledge that the remainder of her existence will be enriched as a result of her last contact with Bountiful.
The Haunting of Hill House
By F. Andrew Leslie, from the novel by Shirley Jackson
Directed by Melanie Hayno
October 31- November 16, 2014
Auditions: September 8 &10
Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague's invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears they are joined by Dr. Montague's wife and a friend, who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits—a type of psychic research which is regarded fearfully by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury.
Christmas/Holiday Show: Christmas on the Bayou
December 10-14 – (not part of regular season)
Performances for the general public will be on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. General admission is $8.
By Joe Orton
Directed by Anysia Manthos Genre
March 6-22, 2015
Auditions: January 12 & 14, 7-9 p.m.
A masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal's old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum's coffin, there's no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy. Loot saw its premiere in London in 1966 and remains on of the most potent works from this master of the macabre.
The Odd Couple (Female Version)
By Neil Simon
Directed by Anne Pourciau
May 8-24, 2015
Audiitions: March 9 & March 10 @ 7 p.m.
Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.
9 to 5: The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Justin Lapeyrouse
July 10-26, 2015
Auditions: April 11 &@ 2-4 p.m. & April 12
@ 2-4 p.m.
Based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.
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