Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

July 8 – August 13, 2016
Olive and the Bitter Herbs
by Charles Busch
Directed by Kirk Larson
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete

Olive and the Bitter Herbs centers on the life of Olive Fisher, an elderly character actress whose claim to fame was her iconic “Gimme the Sausage” commercials of the 1980s. She is a classic New York curmudgeon at war with the world, in particular her gay next door neighbors. Her closed-off life is shaken by the appearance of a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. This appearance, along with the help of the father of the co-op’s board president and Olive's only “friend,” brings together the feuding neighbors for a comedic Passover Seder. A series of strange and outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has intimate links to everyone in Olive’s world, encouraging her that it’s never too late to change one’s life and perhaps find love.

There will be a champagne and dessert reception between 7:00-7:30pm for subscribers and members attending the July 9 performance.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 9 – October 15, 2016
Wait Until Dark
by Frederick Knott
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Kathy Dershimer
Produced by Jenny Boone

Wait Until Dark is a suspenseful thriller set in 1944 Greenwich Village. Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. Aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria, she must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat who believes she has hidden a baby doll somewhere in her apartment that was used to smuggle heroin into the country. As the tension builds, Susan discovers her blindness might be the key to her escape, but all must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion. This adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of Frederick Knott’s 1966 Broadway original premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2013.

WAIT UNTIL DARK is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 11 – December 17, 2016
Young Frankenstein
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by Alison Mattiza
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete

Young Frankenstein with book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Brooks is based on the 1974 comedy film of the same name written by Brooks and Gene Wilder. This hilarious musical is a parody of the horror film genre, especially the 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its 1939 sequel, Son of Frankenstein. With such memorable numbers as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” this show is scientifically-proven to be monstrously good entertainment!

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 13 – February 18, 2017
The Imaginary Invalid
by Molière
Adapted from the Translation by Charles Heron Wall
Directed by Susan Stangl

In Molière's outrageous satire of medicine and its practitioners, sadly relevant even today, the wealthy Argan revels in poor health, relying on laxatives, suppositories, bloodlettings, and second and third opinions from the leading quacks. Although his daughter Angélique loves the impoverished Cléante, Argan wants to marry her to Thomas Diaforrhea, a medical dunce who can assure his father-in-law a lifetime of free health care. Aided by Argan's wily, back-talking servant Toinette, the young lovers contrive to meet despite the scheming of Béline, Argan's mercenary second wife. All is resolved (or is it?) when the clever Toinette and Argan's sage brother Béralde concoct a hilarious, elaborate plan to teach Argan where to place his trust.

March 17 – April 22, 2017
Big Fish
Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
Directed by Catherine Rahm

Edward Bloom has lived a full and fantastical life, populated by witches, giants, and mermaids, marked by true love that stops time in its tracks, and framed by heroics that push the limits of believability. His adult son, Will, is no longer amused by his father’s fantastical tales, insisting on a rational rather than a fantastical account of one’s life. When Edward’s health declines, and Will learns that he and his wife, Josephine, will have a son of their own, Will decides to find out his father’s “true” life story, once and for all. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale, itself—spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love.

Produced by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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