Evelyn Corsini reports…
We’re happy to announce that we’ve cast four seasoned and very talented actors has the aging opera singers in Quartet, a wonderful play about performing, aging, friendship, and music.
Returning to AFD are:
- Lis Adams as Cissy,
- Will Dalley as Reggie,
- Paul D’Onofrio as Wilf,
- and joining us for the first time is Susan Scannell as Jean.
Dayle Ballentine is directing this funny and touching play; Marian Desilets and Evelyn Corsini Alcorn are co-producing.
Members of the creative team are preparing to bring this show to life. The set has been designed by John Pease, Charlie Carr is the set tech, Charlotte Kelley is doing props and set dressing, Brian Rehrig is doing sound, and Cheryl Carter-Miller is our costume mistress. We are especially pleased have Mike Patterson, Bob and Maureen’s son, return to our theater after a long absence to share his lighting expertise.
Quartet | June 12 – 21 2015
Quartet is a lovely piece, full of humor and heart. We meet Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred as they reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play. Quartet is an unabashed vehicle for four feisty older troupers whose task is to make us laugh a little, sigh a little and cry a little, as they take us into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality.
top: Evelyn Corsini Alcorn with some of the fans she found while scouring Chinatown.
bottom: director Jennifer Condon directs music director Mario Cruz, production manager Ellen Kazin, and stage manager Stu Kazin.
In just a few minutes of hanging around, it became clear that this cast is super talented, that Mario and Jennifer are doing a great job pulling it all together, and that the fans are lovely.
Don’t miss it! Opens April 10th.
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.
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:
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!”