The Peterborough Players has announced its 2010 Season, which promises a lot of laughs as well as plenty of intriguing thoughts and stunning piano music. Seven Main Stage plays, two Second Company children’s shows, and one Ascending Stars High School collaborative play will grace their stage from June through September. For ticket information, call the Box Office: 603-924-7585 or check online: www.peterboroughplayers.org.
Main Stage plays:
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead – a witty new play by Robert Hewett – June 23-July 4
A cheating husband, a meddling neighbor, and a dropped ice cream cone combine to shatter Rhonda Russell’s quiet, suburban life. Seven very different characters each offer their own perspective of the day Rhonda went berserk – all played by a single gifted performer, Lisa Bostnar. A captivatingly brilliant and heartfelt tour de force about loss and ultimate redemption. (Contains Suggestive Dialogue and Adult Language.)
Freud’s Last Session – a new play by Mark St. Germain – July 7-18
New Hampshire Premiere!
What if Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis had met and were posed with the “question of God”? St. Germain explores the possibilities with a host of arguments, witticisms, and further questions, many of them drawn from the written work of the two men themselves. Everyone will find familiar points here, while St. Germain’s skillful interweaving of Freud’s and Lewis’s words make the discussion fresh even to those for whom it’s well-trod ground.
The Foreigner – a hilarious comedy by Larry Shue – July 21-August 1
Scandals, secrets, diabolical plans – all confided to a foreigner who doesn’t speak English . . . or does he? Hilarity ensues when Englishman Charlie Baker, self-proclaimed “world’s dullest man,” takes a vacation at a rural fishing lodge with his eccentric army buddy, Froggy LeSuer. Froggy concocts an outrageous scheme to save Charlie from his shy self by introducing him as an exotic “foreigner” who can’t speak English. Soon Charlie’s guileless persona backfires, and the lodge guests share their deepest secrets, most sinister plans, and funniest quirks.
Tartuffe – a classic comedy by Molière – August 4-15
Tartuffe is the epitome of a houseguest from hell. Under a cloak of piety, he works his way into Orgon’s household, coveting the family’s fortune and anything else he can lay his hands on – including Orgon’s wife and daughter. Everyone but Orgon sees through Tartuffe’s pose, but is it too late to save them from ruin? Molière’s most popular play, Tartuffe spins religious hypocrisy into high comedy, complete with an anti-hero you love to hate.
The Torch-Bearers – a backstage farce by George Kelly – August 18-29
A side-splitting 1920s farce about a troupe of amateur actors who rehearse and perform a show-stopping new play – or try to with all their might. Their stage is riddled with comedic drama, suspense, and good old-fashioned witty mayhem, similar to Noises Off, Laughing Stock, and You Can’t Take It With You.
2 Pianos 4 Hands – a comedy by Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra – Sept. 1-12
New Hampshire Premiere!
The riotous tale of two Canadian boys, Ted and Richard, sharing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. They work fervently toward their dream amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions, and the dream of greatness. Along the journey the actors/pianists portray a dazzling range of characters embellished with a show of piano wizardry featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
This Verse Business – a new play by Andrew Dolan – September 15-26
An exciting world premiere about the great American poet, Robert Frost, who “barded” around the country for 45 years with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep.” At times funny, often poignant, This Verse Business will give you things to ponder as the season comes to an end.
Second Company Shows for Children & Families:
Ramona Quimby Unpredictable. Exasperating. Boisterous and independent. That’s Ramona Quimby for you! A collection of vignettes from favorite Ramona Quimby stories woven together in a tapestry that celebrates traditional family values.
Tom Sawyer – adapted from the famous book by Mark Twain
2 pm August 21, 7 pm August 23, 2pm August 24, 27, & 28
The adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher and all the familiar characters come to life onstage! Mischief, action, wit, and humor add up to fun for everyone in this classic story for all ages.
Ascending Stars High School collaborative – To Be Announced Soon!