Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

March 11 – April 16, 2016
Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth
Produced by Gail Bernardi and Margie Bates

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, the 1966 multiple Tony Award winning musical Man of La Mancha tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes, his manservant, and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. Cervantes takes out a makeup kit from his trunk and in a few short moments, transforms himself into Alonso Quijana, an old gentleman who has read so many books on chivalry and thought so much about injustice that he has lost his mind and now believes he should go forth as a knight-errant, renaming himself Don Quixote de La Mancha and setting out to find adventures with his “squire” Sancho Panza. Quixote attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and woo the serving wench and prostitute, Aldonza, who he takes to be the lady Dulcinea. The musical continues to play in many countries around the world with its principal song, “The Impossible Dream” a much-loved standard.

Due to expected demand for tickets, we have added Thursday performances for March 31, April 7, and April 14 at 8pm.

There will be a champagne and dessert reception between 7:00-7:30pm for subscribers and members attending the March 12 performance.

Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc
May 13 – June 18, 2016
Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris
Directed by George L. Rametta
Produced by Lauren A. Jarvis

Clybourne Park was written as a companion piece to A Raisin in the Sun. It is a savagely funny and ferociously smart play that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Set in Chicago, the play explodes in two biting and satiric acts, 50 years apart. Act I takes place in 1959, as nervous white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a middle-class home to a black family. Act II jumps to 2009, in the same house, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of urban renewal by a Caucasian couple. This topical, insightful, and relevant play about racial discord, civic engagement, and foibles of miscommunication contains adult situations and language, and is not appropriate for children.

CLYBOURNE PARK is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
July 8 – August 13, 2016
Olive and the Bitter Herbs
by Charles Busch
Directed by Kirk Larson
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete

Olive Fisher is 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 and 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, 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. Then 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.

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

Wait Until Dark is a suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy. Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria. Susy’s life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. . Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat, The tension builds as Roat, aided by his gang, impersonates police officers and friends of her husband in order to win Susy’s confidence, gaining access to her apartment to look for the doll. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

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.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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