How many images can you find for Nine?

More than nine, for sure. Just a quick browse around the web turned up quite a few different options from a variety of productions. Fascinating how they capture various themes: Italy, women, man, movies, women. Also, women.

Also pretty cool to remember all the great actors (and more than a few actresses) in these roles, from Daniel Day Lewis to Raul Julia to Antonio Banderas.

nine_cover_small nine-promo-posters nine-maury-yeston nine-promo-shor-23-11-09-kc ninepromo3f 080101_p15_hwangmain nine muscial nine poster Nine++The+Musical+nine ninemusicalsmall

We surrender, Friends!

skyWe hope you won’t try to attend the Business Meeting on Sunday, February 22: It is CANCELLED. 

The parking is too tenuous, the piles of snow are too high, and the rehearsals for “Nine” have been cancelled too often: we offer them the space and time.

That’s the last time we uninvite you, though: Please be sure to join us for many lovely events ahead. If you can get out of your house. We hope you can get out of your house.

Coming up in sunnier days and nights:

  • Auditions for “Quartet” – Audition info here.
    February 26, 7-10pm | February 28, 1-5pm
  • “Nine” the MusicalBuy your tickets now! (What else are you doing today?)
    Fridays, April 10, 17, 24, 8pm  |
    Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25, 8pm  |
    Sundays, April 12, 19, 26, 4pm

Big news on our next season: Announcing Directors and Producers

Thanks to everyone who indicated interest in working on our next, great slate of plays. We’re always so happy to have this great pool of talent in the area. Congratulations to those who were chosen; we look forward to working with you all in 2015-2016. 

“A CHORUS LINE”   OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015

Music, Book and Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood

Director: Nick Meunier
Musical Director: David Lien
Choreographer: Todd Rinehart
Producers: Steve Atwater and Susan Harrington

Recently revived on Broadway and hitting its 40th birthday, this great musical is centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. It takes place on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical.A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.


“CLYBOURNE PARK”    JANUARY 2016

By Bruce Norris

Director: Celia Couture
Producer: Marlene Mandel
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is a sharp-edged comedy about race and community. The play walks a dangerous tightrope between social commentary and comedy, exploring and exploding cultural myths about race, community and the pursuit of the American Dream.

The story builds on events depicted in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” in which a black family decides to buy a home in an all-white Chicago neighborhood. Norris sets his comedy in the house the family hopes to buy, and the audience watches the conflicts unfold: first, in 1959 when the white couple agrees to sell the house, and then again in the second act, when a new couple seeks to buy and renovate the house 50 years later.


“THE BOY FROM OZ”   APRIL 2016

Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen, Book by Nick Enright
Director: Jim Grana
Musical Director: Mario Cruz
Choreographer: Rachel Roccoberton Griffin
Producer: Ginger Webb
 The Boy from Oz tells the dazzling, funny and heart-breaking story of the great entertainer Peter Allen — from his humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback, through a meteoric rise to fame as an international star who would break all box office records at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Singing in pubs from age 11, Peter survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter.

The New York Times reviewer noted: Peter Allen brought entertainment and joy in his life and in his work. This show and the people involved deliver that spirit honestly.”


“VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE”   MAY/JUNE 2016

By Christopher Durang

Director: John Fogle
Producer: Evelyn Corsini Alcorn

In this hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with modern cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy!”

Auditions for “Quartet” coming up end of February. Want a gander at the script?

A review-only copy of the “Quartet” script has been left at the Reference Desk at the Robbins Library in Arlington Center for anyone who would like to see it.


Auditions to be held on Thursday, Feb 26 at 7PM and Saturday, Feb 28 at 1PM. 

Call backs will be Saturday February 28 at 3PM. 

QUARTET by Ronald Harwood  |  Directed by Dayle Ballentine

Performance dates: June 12, 13, 19, 20, 2015 @ 8PM; June 14 & 21, 2015 @4PM.

This is a lovely play, warm, witty, very funny, but not without some “tough” moments as it looks at the aging process in general. Cecily, Reginald and Wilfred are retired opera singers who often worked together during their active careers. They now reside in a home for retired musicians in Kent, England. When Jean, who used to sing with them, arrives, she disrupts their equilibrium and refuses to sing. But the show must go on!“Four feisty old troupers make us laugh a little, sigh a little and cry a little, as they take us into the bitter sweet world of facing up to age and mortality.” The Independent

Actors will be asked to read sides for their auditions. It is strongly suggested that you are familiar with the script.

Rehearsals will be Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays evenings starting April 30, 2015.

CAST/ROLES : TWO MEN, TWO WOMEN, AGES 65+

Cecily Robson: A soft lady who is also a little “soft” in the head, as she is suffering from the early stages of dementia.

Reginald Paget: A sophisticated gentleman with refined taste in all things, clothes, music, etc.

Wilfred Bond: The opposite of Reginald physically, yet every inch the “artist”. He is larger than life, slovenly, and very much the lothario.

Jean Horton: Jean is slender and frail at this stage of her life but that doesn’t hide her “Diva” demeanor. She dresses and acts like the “Grande Dame” of opera, as she was in her day.


Please print out a copy of our online Audition Form on the theater website (www.afdtheatre.org) , and bring it with you to your audition, along with a resume and photo.

To schedule your audition, please call 781-646-5922; press 1 for auditions and leave a message at the beep; or contact Evelyn Corsini Alcorn corsinievelyn@gmail.com, (617)484-3308Quartet-program

And…. strike!

After many weeks of sawing and hammering and drilling and testing and slamming doors and moving pieces… the set for “Good People” was done. And beautiful. When the curtain revealed the set in Act 2, the audience was delighted.

For six great performances, it was a stunner.

And then: we broke it. Into little pieces. And threw some of it away, and recycled some of it. But it’s gone…

Thanks to Charlie Carr who designed the set and logged many many hours on it, along with the many other folks who showed up over the last several weeks to help. As always, it was a community effort. And we sure do love our Friends.

If you want to help build the next fantastic set, please get in touch! We can always use helping hands. Email ekazin@comcast.net.

jan afd 022 jan afd 021 jan afd 011 jan afd 008 jan afd 007 jan afd 006 jan afd 004

Good People of Arlington (and surrounding towns)! This is a good play

P1030279 P1030318 10920934_944913662186293_3512563970388842995_nDon’t miss it. It’s a corker.

Dayle Ballentine on Margie and Good People

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.