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Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

March 13 – April 18, 2015
Mame
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
Mame, the 1966 multiple Tony Award winning musical, based on the biographical novel Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Dennis and subsequent play and film Auntie Mame by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is a wonderful, warm, and witty narrative enhanced with Jerry Herman’s evocative, lively, and sentimental music and lyrics. Bohemian Mame Dennis is a larger-than-life personality living in New York City during the Great Depression. Mame has a collection of eccentric, wealthy society friends and her life is one endless party; that is until her young nephew Patrick “walks into her life.” Her mad-cap, free spirited lifestyle with its focus on “today” changes while looking after her brother’s son, leading to a “new window” opening for both in this life-affirming tale seen through Patrick’s eyes.
Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc
May 15 – June 20, 2015
4000 Miles
by Amy Herzog
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth
After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her Greenwich Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other in many ways. 4000 Miles looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s hectic world. The play was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play, and was named Time magazine’s #1 Play or Musical of 2012.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
July 10 – August 15, 2015
Brighton Beach Memoirs
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.
September 11 – October 17, 2015
Ravenscroft
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 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 special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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