Join the Peterborough Players at the Mariposa Museum for First Friday in August. Playwright and Director, Charles Morey, will give a peek behind the curtain at the process of writing, and then directing his upcoming play Dumas’ Camille.
Mr. Morey is the author of eleven produced plays. Figaro was commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the Pearl Theatre Company in 2012 and was named a NY Times “Critic’s Pick.” The Granite State was premiered by the Peterborough Players in the summer of 2014. In addition he has written Laughing Stock – a hilarious romp, loosely based on his time as Artistic Director of the Players in the 70s -- which has received close to 200 hundred productions around the world, The Yellow Leaf, The Ladies Man (an adaptation from Feydeau with over 70 productions to date) as well as adaptations of the 19th century classic novels, The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Muskateer. His plays have been produced at numerous professional theatres around the country, and Laughing Stock has been in continuous production in Russia since 2013. His current projects include a commission to write the Libretto for a Music-Theatre piece about Walter Reuther and the American Labor Movement with composer Greg Pliska, tentatively titled A Most Dangerous Man. He is also working on the first draft of a new play, Monadnock, the third of the ‘New Hampshire Plays’ including The Granite State and The Third Sky.
Mr. Morey was the Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City from 1984 to 2012 where he directed more than 90 productions including world premieres of Find and Sign by Wendy MacLeod, Bess Wohl's Touch(ed) and In as well as first regional theatre productions of Les Misérables, The Producers, and The Vertical Hour. While serving as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players from 1977 to 1988, he directed some 35 productions including significant world premieres by Percy Granger (Eminent Domain and Unheard Songs) and Poet Laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s Ragged Mountain Elegies.
Charles Morey splits his time between Peterborough and NYC. He received a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.
He will direct Dumas’ Camille at the Players August 14th -25th. This will be the east coast premiere for this moving play filled with some of the most beautiful music ever written. It is a deeply romantic love-story about the relationship of reality to memory and art, set at a rehearsal for Verdi’s La Traviata.
“I am delighted to be part of the Players First Friday presentations and look forward to talking about the rich and fascinating history behind Dumas' Camille” says Playwright–Director, Charles Morey. “I enjoy being a part of this incredibly creative community in the Monadnock Region.”
Don’t miss the August edition of Peterborough Players First Friday downtown at the Mariposa Museum on Friday, August 2nd. Admission is free, doors open at 5:30 pm, and the program will begin at 6:00pm. Tickets for summer season shows are on sale and can be purchased at Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, or by calling (603) 924-7585. For more information, please visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.
"She loves me/And to my amazement/I love it knowing that she loves me/She loves me/True, she doesn't show it/How could she when she doesn’t know it?” If those well-known lyrics strike up a tune in your head, then you’re no doubt familiar with She Loves Me, this season’s big, Broadway-style musical on stage at the Players from July 31st- August 11th.
One of the most charming and popular musicals ever written, She Loves Me is a heart-stopping comedy about finding love in a very old-fashioned way. Georg and Amalia, sparring co-workers in a luxurious 1930s Budapest perfume shop, simply can’t see eye to eye. But using the “lonely hearts advertisements” in the newspaper, each of them has found and fallen for the perfect secret admirer. MGM twice used the same source material, the Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László, to make classic movies: The Shop Around the Corner starring James Stewart and In the Good Old Summertime starring Judy Garland. Later, it served as inspiration for the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film, You’ve Got Mail.
The musical’s various Broadway productions have garnered 13 Tony Nominations and 3 Tony Awards, as well as the Olivier, Drama Desk, and Critics Circle Awards for Best Revival of a Musical. With a score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (the team behind Fiddler on the Roof) and a book by Joe Masteroff (the writer of Cabaret), the show is filled with now Broadway-standard songs like “She Loves Me” “Tonight at Eight” and the soaring and humorous “Vanilla Ice Cream”.
At the Players, Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen is at the helm the production with a cast of 22 accompanied by live musicians. The show will be choreographed by nationally-known choreographer and Broadway dancer Bill Burns, who returns to the Players having choreographed The Producers in 2017; Tom Martin of Dublin rejoins the Players as music director, having won the NH Theatre Award for his work on last year’s The Drowsy Chaperone.
The cast of Players includes Tom Frey (The Producers at the Players, 2 Pianos 4 Hands internationally) and Rebecca Brinkley (The Skin of Our Teeth at the Players, Hindle Wakes at the Mint Theatre) as Georg and Amalia, love-struck clerks. They’re joined by Bridget Beirne (The Drowsy Chaperone at the Players, That Time of the Year at the York Theatre) as sassy co-worker Ilona, Joe Bigelow (The Drowsy Chaperone at the Players, world tour of West Side Story) as the slick Kodaly, Kraig Swartz (Tru at the Players, Fully Committed at the Philadelphia Theatre Co. and more) as the long-suffering Sipos, and Greg Wood (Pygmalion at the Players, Skylight at the McCarter Theatre) as shop owner Mr. Maraczek.
She Loves Me is a singing, dancing extravaganza certain to make anyone fall in love. The production is co-sponsored by Belletetes and RiverMead, and supported by the Broadway at the Players Fund. Showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm. In addition, there is a 2pm matinee on Tuesday, August 6th. Tickets and more information can be found at www.peterboroughplayers.org, or by calling the Box Office at (603) 924-7585.
Lush Play with Music DUMAS' CAMILLE Tells the Story Behind The Lady of the Camellias and La Traviata
A play filled with some of the most beautiful music ever written, Dumas’ Camille is both a deeply romantic love story and a thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between truth, memory, and art. Written by Charles Morey, the play with music opens at the Peterborough Players on August 14th and runs through the 25th.
In 1895 Paris, the aging Alexandre Dumas observes a rehearsal of Verdi’s La Traviata, the opera adapted from his novel and play, The Lady of the Camellias which in turn were inspired by his youthful real-life love affair with the most beautiful courtesan in Paris. Prompted by selections from the opera’s soaring arias and duets, Dumas is forced to confront his guilt, regrets, and memory of lost love.
Playwright Charles Morey also directs the production, which features Rebecca Brinkley (The Skin of Our Teeth at the Players, Hindle Wakes at the Mint Theatre Company), Jeremy Beck (Wittenberg at the Players, Conflict at the Mint Theatre Company), and Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen as Dumas. Alex Carr (An Inspector Calls at the Players, Joseph...Dreamcoat at Mac-Haydn Theatre) and Bridget Beirne (The Drowsy Chaperone at the Players, That Time of the Year at the York Theatre) sing the music of La Traviata.
Mr. Morey is the author of eleven produced plays. He has written Laughing Stock – a tongue-in-cheek romp, loosely based on his time as Artistic Director of the Players in the 70s – which has received close to 200 hundred productions around the world. He was the Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City from 1984 to 2012 where he directed more than ninety productions including world premieres. He served as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players from 1977 to 1988. Charles Morey splits his time between Peterborough and NYC. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.
Dumas’ Camille runs from August 14th-25th and is exclusively sponsored by Grove Street Fiduciary, LLC. Showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm. In addition, there is a 2pm matinee on Tuesday, August 20th. Tickets and more information can be found at www.peterboroughplayers.org, or by calling the Box Office at (603) 924-7585. Rated PG-13.
Before Paul Osborn wrote the screenplay for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s box office hit South Pacific, he wrote a hysterical, semi-autobiographical Broadway comedy that captures Midwestern eccentricity to hilarious effect. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, Morning’s at Seven is a funny and deeply poignant look at the foibles of a close-knit Midwestern family in the 1930s. It opens at the Peterborough Players on July 17th.
Theatrical director and influential critic Harold Clurman called Morning's at Seven "one of the best American comedies" with good reason. The four highly strung Gibbs sisters have lived next door to each other most of their lives. Now in their 60s, one is single and three are married. Esther, the eldest, has managed an escape with her husband, to a few blocks away. Ida has produced a child: Homer, who is now 40, and may or may not have the courage, after twelve years of courtship, to get married himself. What will the Gibbs sisters do when Homer brings his lady friend home to meet the family? With eccentricities on full display, the family navigates the visit and each other.
A large cast of Players’ favorites appear as the family of “Michiganders”. Kathy Manfre (The Drowsy Chaperone, Ripcord at the Players, Trick or Treat at NYC's 59 E 59th Theatre), Becky London (Gertrude Stein and a Companion, Full Gallop at the Players, Broadway's Marlene), Dale Hodges (Arsenic and Old Lace, Outside Mullingar at the Players, Broadway's original production of Equus), and Lisa Bostnar (Annapurna, The Voysey Inheritance at the Players, The Madras House and others at the Mint Theatre) play the Gibbs sisters.
They're joined by Greg Wood (Pygmalion, Absurd Person Singular at the Players, Skylight at the McCarter Theatre), Kraig Swartz (The Drowsy Chaperone, Tru at the Players, Fully Committed at the Philadelphia Theatre Co. and more), Ken Sheldon (Our Town, Inherit the Wind at the Players, Fred Marple of Frost Heaves), Tom Frey (2 Pianos 4 Hands, The Producers at the Players, Road Show at Stages Repertory Theatre) and Bridget Beirne (Sexy Laundry, …Patsy Cline at the Players, That Time of the Year at the York Theatre). Directed by Players' Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen, Morning's at Seven reveals a familial - or is it familiar? - look at how we cope with those closest to us in our lives.
Morning’s at Seven runs from July 17th-28th and is exclusively sponsored by C&S Wholesale Grocers. Showtimes are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm. In addition, there is a 2pm matinee on Tuesday, July 23rd. Tickets and more information can be found at www.peterboroughplayers.org, or by calling the Box Office at (603) 924-7585.
After our first successful Peterborough Players downtown event last June, the Players return to the First Friday lineup at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. On July 5th from 6:00-7:00pm, join the Players for a free “mini cabaret” performed by members of the Second Company and hosted by popular Players company member, Kraig Swartz.
For years, the late night post-show cabaret has been a must for fans of the Players. Patrons who attend our shows – and even those who don’t! – can join us after the show for free on designated cabaret evenings. This month, the Players will bring the show downtown for one night only on First Friday. Anyone who’s ever attended the fun and freewheeling post-show event that is the Players cabaret will recognize all of the vocal talents, moving storytelling, good humor and more than a bit of mayhem on full display. For those new to a Players cabaret, this is your opportunity to experience the talents of the Second Company first-hand.
Company member Kraig Swartz is a long-time favorite and has become known for his lighthearted and entertaining cabaret hosting. He’ll be joined by Acting Company member Bridget Beirne to help introduce the proceedings and join him for a song.
“Cabaret nights are one of our favorite ways to welcome our audiences and invite them to enjoy even more of the extraordinary abilities of our company members,” says Beth Brown, Director of Advancement at the Players. “It’s impossible not to enjoy yourself at a Players cabaret!”
Don’t miss the next Peterborough Players downtown event at the Mariposa Museum on July 5th. Admission is free, doors open at 5:30 pm, and the program will begin at 6:00pm. All Players summer season ticket options are now on sale and can be purchased at Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, or by calling (603) 924-7585. For more information, please visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.