Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

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
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete

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
May 12 – June 17, 2017
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

Good People centers on life in South Boston, a working-class neighborhood on hard times, which is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job, facing eviction and with nowhere to turn, she and her grown, disabled daughter, represent a large portion of today's society. Will she get a break from her young manager at the Dollar Store or the landlady with a craft business selling googly-eyed rabbits, or the man from her past, now a successful doctor, who left town at a crucial moment long ago?

With cutting humor and amazing realism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsey-Abaire creates a loving portrait of his hometown and a relatable story of socioeconomic struggle. In the world of Good People, acts of sacrifice and gestures of kindness come at the most surprising moments and from the most unexpected sources, posing questions we often ask ourselves; how important is the element of luck vs. hard work in any of our lives, and what constitutes the fine line that blurs both ideologies?

GOOD PEOPLE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
July 14 – August 19, 2017
The Gingerbread Lady
by Neil Simon
Directed by Drew Fitzsimmons

Maureen Stapleton won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress for the role of Evy Meara, a popular cabaret singer who has hit the skids in Neil Simon’s The Gingerbread Lady. After a short stay in rehab, her best friend, the age-defying Toby, her daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor, all try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. Enter Lou Tanner, a former lover, who ends up giving her a black eye. The party is a wash out, the “gingerbread lady” falls off the wagon and hits the ropes once again. The play was later rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh starring Marsha Mason.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 8 – October 14, 2017
Farragut North
by Beau Willimon
Directed by Sherry Coon

Set in Des Moines in the weeks leading up to Iowa’s statewide caucuses, Farragut North is an engaging drama about the dirty tricks and brutal backstabbing of those conducting the spin war for aspiring presidents as they attempt to reignite our tapped-out passion for political one-upmanship. The play, which had its West Coast Premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in 2009, may not be able to compete with the loony stranger-than-fiction cast of our recent election battle or offer us any stop-the-presses scoops about our presidential campaign culture, but it does capture the frenzied scheming and counter-scheming of would-be Washington kingmakers.

FARRAGUT NORTH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 10 – December 16, 2017
Avenue Q
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

Avenue Q is an “autobiographical and biographical” coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children’s television programs such as PBS’s Sesame Street, that they were “special” and “could do anything”; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more “special” than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. Be advised due to subject matter and language, this show is recommended for ages 16 and above.

AVENUE Q is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 12 – February 17, 2018
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Directed by George L. Rametta
Produced by Lauren A. Jarvis
THE CRUCIBLE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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