“We have an exciting 2018-2019 program planned,” said Michael Snider, the Players’ president. “Main-stage productions include Fireflies, And Then There Were None, Cactus Flower, and Smoke on the Mountain.” In addition, there will be a Director’s Showcase production of Bette
Season tickets are on sale now for $100 for all four main-stage productions. Theatre lovers can also become patrons and support the Players, starting at $300, which includes two tickets for all main-stage plays, the Director’s Showcase, the popular opening-night galas at no extra charge, and complimentary desserts and non-alcoholic beverages at intermissions, among other benefits.
The Westmoreland Players, a non-profit corporation, was named “Best Performing Arts Venue” in Eastern Virginia by Virginia Living magazine in 2018.
Fireflies – by Matthew Barber – November 3 to 18, 2018
Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a quiet life until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter. Soon, the whole town is talking.
Bette & Joan – by Anton Burge, Anton Burge – January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20, 2019
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 six performances.
And Then There Were None – by Agatha Christie – 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 – by Abe Burrows – 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 – by Alan Bailey, Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick, Connie Ray – 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.