You Can’t Take It With You – November 3 to 18, 2018
Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirby family, falls in love with Alice Sycamore, whose family seems quite mad, especially to Tony’s parents, who arrive for dinner at the Sycamores on the wrong evening and are shocked by what they see. Marriage with Tony is out of the question. But Tony will not give Alice up. Along the way, the Sycamores are visited by an ex-Grand Duchess earning her living as a waitress, members of the family are manufacturing fireworks in the basement, and Grandpa tells the tax collector that he doesn’t believe in the income tax.
Bette & Joan – January 12 and 13, 2018 – Director’s Showcase Production
It’s 1962, and Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are far from the stardom they enjoyed in earlier decades. They’ve been given an opportunity to enjoy the limelight once more by being cast together in the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? “Here we have a delicate game of oneup-womanship,” says a review of the play in The Guardian, “in which bared teeth are hidden behind dissembling smiles and barbed insults fly in both directions.”
This Director’s Showcase production at the Players will follow the usual format of augmenting the reading of the play with props and costumes, on a simplified set, and will have only two performances.
And Then There Were None – March 2 to 17, 2019
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. Slowly, it becomes clear to them that they have something in common, a past they’re unwilling to reveal. As the weather outside turns to the worse, the group is cut off from the mainland, and the murders begin, each one committed along the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. The story is one of Agatha Christie’s masterpieces.
Cactus Flower – May 4 to 19, 2019
A philandering dentist manages to keep many affairs going by claiming to be married, with children. When his various maneuvers appear to be about to fall apart, he drafts his nurse to pose as his wife, eventually making things even more complicated. This Broadway hit later became a successful film starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn.
Smoke on the Mountain – August 3 to 18, 2019
At a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains, the young minister has enlisted the Sanders Family to perform in front of the congregation. Between songs, each family member tells a story about an important event in their life. They may seem a perfect and inspiring family, but each Sander provides enough humanity by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs. Heartfelt gospel songs and down-to-earth characters propel Smoke on the Mountain to a joyous celebration of life.