Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

July 19 – August 24, 2019
Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward
Directed by Gail Bernardi
Produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

BLITHE SPIRIT has continued to be a smash hit comedy since it first premiered on the London and Broadway stages in 1941. This hilarious supernatural farce centers on fussy, cantankerous socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric “kooky medium” Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, who makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost during the séance or afterwards. Boundless laughs and constant pandemonium ensue.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 13 – October 19, 2019
Dial “M” for Murder
by Frederick Knott
Directed by George Kondreck
Produced by Kathy Dershimer
Dial M for Murder has been remade four different times for television, but is perhaps best known as the classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. It remains one of the most suspenseful thrillers ever written, centering on Tony Wendice, an ex-tennis pro, who plots to murder his wife, Margot, because she had an affair, now over, but more importantly to get her money. To accomplish that goal, he blackmails an old school acquaintance to strangle her. When things go drastically wrong, Tony sees another way to guarantee her death and his wealth. Will he succeed or will his plot to murder Margot be foiled?
DIAL “M” FOR MURDER is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 15 – December 21, 2019
Little Women
Music by Jason Howland
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Jennifer Richardson
Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the adventures of the four March sisters is brought to vivid musical life in Little Women. The story follows the lives, loves and tribulations of the sisters growing up during the American Civil War. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Marmee while their father is on the battlefield. Filled with adventure (both lived and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggle of these “Little Women” to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. With buoyant, joyful melodies, memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, Little Women reminds us that “sometimes when you dream, your dreams come true.”
LITTLE WOMEN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 17 – February 22, 2020
The Giver
Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry
Directed by Harold Dershimer

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a precisely choreographed world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment, injustice…or choice. Join us for this multi-media presentation as we follow Jonas’ journey filled with heightened sensory experiences from a place of sameness…to elsewhere!

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
March 13 – April 18, 2020
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Susan Stangl
Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up and cared for their elderly parents, but everything changes when their movie star sister Masha and her boy-toy Spike arrive for the weekend. This hilarious comedy received multiple theatrical honors, including the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
May 15 – June 20, 2020
Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Kathryn Dershimer
Fun Home, winner of Best Musical from New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and also, Outer Cities Circle Award, as well as the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical, is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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