Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles
September 12 – October 18, 2014
by Lyle Kessler
Directed by Kathy Dershimer
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth
Two abandoned boys live in a dilapidated North Philly row house. Treat, the older, and a predatory thief, has assumed the role of head of household, and Phillip, a reclusive and sensitive man-child, who would never survive without his brother. In their own way, these two brothers are a family, until the night Treat kidnaps a drunken wealthy business man named Harold. Harold turns the table on the two brothers in a strange, hilarious and moving way.
Orphans premiered in 1983 at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, made its Broadway debut in April, 2013 and has received two Tony Award nominations. Adult language.
Produced by special arrangement with Paradigm Talent Agency
November 14 – December 20, 2014
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Shawn K. Summerer
Produced by Tony Pereslete and Lori A. Marple-Pereslete
Join Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, Jack the Giant Slayer, and many other famous storybook characters as they each venture into the foreboding woods in search of magical items, love, money, or simply a purpose in life. Into the Woods is a classic mash-up of Grimm’s fairy tales contains music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, and teaches all of us the true consequences of what it means to “get your wish.”
INTO THE WOODS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 9 – February 14, 2015
by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Samantha Barrios
Produced by Melodie S. Rivers and Terry Delegeane
A romantic and sentimental comedy touching on the themes of public and private honor, An Ideal Husband delves into themes of love, passion, and betrayal among the aristocracy. Sir Robert Chiltern, a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the charming Lady Chiltern. They have a widely envied marriage until charming Mrs. Cheveley appears with the intention of revealing a dark secret from Chiltern’s past. When his world seems to be falling apart, Chiltern turns to his lifelong friend Lord Arthur Goring, the most eligible bachelor in town. Goring soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies, temptations, and secret liaisons.
March 13 – April 18, 2015
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the Novel by Patrick Dennis, and the play "AUNTIE MAME" by Lawrence and Lee
Directed by Ben Lupejkis
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Tony Pereslete
The multiple Tony Award winning musical Mame with a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman is based on the 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis and subsequent 1956 play Auntie Mame by Lawrence and Lee. Bohemian Mame Dennis is a larger-than-life personality living in New York City during the Great Depression. She has a collection of eccentric, wealthy society friends and her life is one endless party. Her ridiculous lifestyle is upset when her young nephew comes to stay with her, which leads to all sorts of misadventures. The musical was made into a film starring Lucille Ball, after taking over the role from Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury.
Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc
July 10 – August 15, 2015
by Neil Simon
Directed by Tony Torrisi
Produced by Valerie Ruel
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.
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