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Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

July 10 – August 15, 2015
Brighton Beach Memoirs
by Neil Simon
Directed by Valerie Ruel
Produced by Heather Barnett and Kathy Dershimer
Brighton Beach Memoirs premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983 and won a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play. It is a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon, the first chapter in what is known as his Eugene trilogy, preceding Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound, in which we meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other with laughter, tears, and love. Fifteen-year-old Eugene Jerome lives in Brighton Beach with his family during the heart of the Depression in 1937. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex, and forever fantasizing his baseball-diamond triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees. As our guide through his “memoirs,” Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting life’s challenges with pride, spirit, and a marvelous sense of humor.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 11 – October 17, 2015
by Don Nigro
Directed by Sheridan Cole Crawford
Produced by Larry Jones
This psychological drama is a thinking person’s Gothic thriller, a dark comedy both funny and frightening. On a snowy night Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate a murder and becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous women. You won’t guess the ending, but you will be teased, seduced, bewildered, amused, frightened and led to a dark encounter with the truth—or something even stranger.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
November 13 – December 19, 2015
Something’s Afoot
Book, Music and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach
Directed by Catherine Rahm
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete
Something’s Afoot is a murder mystery musical that spoofs detective stories, most particularly Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None (a.k.a. Ten Little Indians). The book, music, and lyrics were written by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach, with additional music by Ed Linderman. The play involves a group of standard British mystery characters (the Cockney servants, the brash retired military man, the imperious dowager, the snoopy spinster, the ne’er-do-well nephew, the ingénue couple) who are invited to the lake estate of Lord Dudley Rancour. When the wealthy lord is found dead, it's a comical race against the clock and some outrageous booby traps to find out whodunit.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
January 8 – February 13, 2016
A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Harold Dershimer
Produced by Kathy Dershimer
A Raisin in the Sun is a drama based upon a black family’s experiences in a dilapidated two-bedroom apartment on Chicago’s south side as patriarch Walter Lee Younger attempts to better their lives. It was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the first play with a black director (Lloyd Richards) on Broadway. In 1960 it was nominated for four Tony Awards and went on to be produced as a motion picture, TV movie, and Broadway musical called Raisin.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
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
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 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
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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