Peterborough, NH – The Peterborough Players will round out its three-show Grand Restart with the U.S. Premiere of Where You Are, a new play written by Canadian playwright Kristen Da Silva. Directed by Tom Frey and performed on the new outdoor Elsewhere Stage at the Players, the “dramedy” will run from September 1-12 at 4:30pm.
“The first time I read Where You Are, I laughed a lot,” says Frey. “The second time, I was deeply touched. The third time I was proud of these four people for making some really good choices, especially in the light of all they’d been through.”
Sisters Glenda and Suzanne live a peaceful retirement selling homemade jam on Manitoulin Island. This summer, their usual concerns – trying to orchestrate sightings of their handsome veterinarian neighbor and preparing for the visit of Suzanne’s grown daughter, Beth, are complicated by a secret the sisters can no longer contain. When Beth arrives with secrets of her own, the three women have to face things that will change their lives and relationships forever. Where You Are makes you think and laugh about families, forgiveness, and falling in love. The Players is thrilled to give audiences the opportunity to see this fabulous play for the first time in the United States.
The cast is made up of Players’ favorites, led by Lisa Bostnar (A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Players, Mr. Pim Passes By at the Mint Theatre) and Kathy Manfre (Morning’s at Seven at the Players, Trick or Treat at 59E59) as Glenda and Suzanne. They are joined by Manfre’s real-life daughter, Katelyn Manfre, (Steel Magnolias at the Players, founding member of Pipeline Theatre Company) as daughter Beth, and Pedro Ka‘awaloa (Our Town at the Players, National Tour of The King and I) as their neighbor, Patrick.
Playwright Kristen Da Silva is also an actor, and lives near Toronto, Ontario. Her writing credits include Book Club,Gibson & Sons, Five Alarm, and Sugar Road. Among other accolades, she is the playwright-in-residence at Theatre Orangeville in Ontario. The play comes to the Players through a close relationship with Marquis Entertainment in Toronto, the organization behind the hit play, 2 Pianos 4 Hands.
As with all productions in the Players Grand Restart, 20 Pay-What-You-Can tickets will be available to every performance through Players Gives. Players Gives aims to lower the barriers to access for shows at the Players. The Players gratefully invites anyone who feels they need assistance in accessing shows to partake of Pay-What-You-Can tickets. They must be reserved ahead of time by calling our box office at 603-924-7585.
Tickets for Where You Are are available online at www.peterboroughplayers.org or by calling the box office at (603) 924-7585. Tickets are $47. Shows run Wednesday – Sunday at 4:30pm.
Peterborough, NH – The sounds, sights, and moves of the powerhouse female vocalists of the 1960’s will bring the Players’ new outdoor Elsewhere Stage roaring to life in Beehive: The 60’s Musical!
Beehive: The 60's Musical is a journey of humor and heart that celebrates the female voices of the 1960s, from Shirley Ellis (“The Name Game”) through Janis Joplin (“Me and Bobby McGee”) with many, many hits in between. Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in the 60's, the show is underpinned by the social upheaval and radical change of that decade. Six amazing female performers sing and dance their way through a playlist of some of the best music of the 60's, backed by a rocking band.
The show features hits from the likes of The Shirelles, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and many, many more. While this is the party people need right now, Beehive is also more relevant than ever as the women find their way and find themselves.
The Players introduces audiences to a new director and choreographer for Beehive, Ilyse Robbins. Ilyse is an award-winning director and choreographer who is also the Associate Artistic Director of Greater Boston Stage Company. She is the first woman to ever direct the hit show Million Dollar Quartet; her work has been seen at New Rep Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage of Boston and many others.
She is joined by a stellar cast of actors, with Players’ favorites Claire D. Kolheim (Little Shop of Horrors at the Players, The Color Purple at Playhouse on the Square) singing Aretha Franklin, Katie Shults (A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Players, Wicked City Blues at the Actors’ Temple Off-Broadway) singing Lulu, and Bridget Beirne (Always…Patsy Cline at the Players, Beehive: The 60’s Musical at the Cape Playhouse and Maltz Jupiter Theatre) as Janis Joplin and others. They are joined by new company members Sarah Julia Ambrose (Legally Blonde with Arizona Broadway Theatre) singing Lesley Gore, Hallie D. Chapman (Beehive: The 60’s Musical at Broadway Palm) singing Tina Turner, and Andrea Fleming (Motown Tribute Shadows of the 60s) singing Diana Ross. All of the women sing hits from multiple different famous artists.
“Players Gives” Pay-What-You-Can Tickets
In 2019, the Players began “Players Gives” outreach programs which aim to lower barriers to opportunity and access to the arts, show gratitude, and give back to this wonderful community through Pay-What-You-Can tickets and the Community Partners program. This year, the Players is thrilled to announce the expansion of Pay-What-You-Can, offering 20 Pay-What-You-Can Tickets to every performance of each show in the Summer 2021 Grand Restart Lineup, including Beehive: The 60’s Musical. The Players invites anyone who needs assistance accessing tickets to attend, with a guest, for whatever they feel they can pay. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time through the box office by calling (603) 924-7585.
Beehive: The 60’s Musical will be performed outdoors on the new Elsewhere Stage on the grounds of the Players. Performances are Wednesday-Sunday, August 18th-29th. Curtain time for all performances is 4:30pm.
Tickets for Beehive: The 60’s Musical and Where You Are are on sale now and can be purchased by calling our box office at (603) 924-7585 or by visiting our website, www.peterboroughplayers.org. All tickets are $47.