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The History Boys  | Open: 12/08/12 Close: 12/23/12
Providing an alternative to the traditional holiday themed December show, The Gallery Players will present The History Boys December 8-23, 2012.

The History Boys transports audiences to a British grammar school as six young men pursue sex, sports and top marks on their university entry exams. Along the way, the professors help and hinder their students as Alan Bennett’s script questions the nature and purpose of education. One of the winningest plays in history, The History Boys has won a Laurence Olivier Award and six Tony Awards.

Bringing the show to life in Brooklyn is a talented ensemble featuring Rosalind Ashford*, Corey Camperchioli*, Matt Cusack*, Thomas Edward, Michael Gregory, Josh Gulotta, Michael S. Horowitz, Cory Michael Kosel, Jake Levitt, David Lind, James Luse and Gen Parton Shin.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

The Gallery Players’ production of The History Boys is directed by Mark Gallagher and produced by Connor Davis. Production Stage Manager is Craig Rosenthal and Assistant Stage Manager is Timothy Sheridan.

Costume design for The History Boys is by Tony Johnson, scenic design by Mike Kaukl, lighting design by Scott Borowka, sound design by Jacob Subotnick, music composition by Ashur Rayis and properties and set dressing by Sara Slagle. 


About the Company: Gallery Players

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of “New York’s Best Kept Secret.” The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the multi-recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical for its productions of The Drowsy Chaperone in 2011, Like You Like It in 2009, Yank! A New Musical in 2008, and Urinetown! The Musical in 2007. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.

The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn. By train: Take the F to Fourth Avenue or the R Train to Ninth Street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.

Company  | Open: 10/20/12 Close: 11/11/12
The Gallery Players will present its first musical of the season with Company, runningOct. 20 – Nov. 11, 2012. The theater is also launching a new talk back series during the production called Gallery Talks.

Audiences join Company as Bobby celebrates his 35th birthday with his friends, all of whom are married and desperate to have him paired as well. Set in the heart of New York City and soaring on the strength of Stephen Sondheim’s music and lyrics and George Furth’s book, the musical takes a comedic look at Bobby’s relationships with friends and lovers. With iconic pieces such as “The Ladies Who Lunch”, “Being Alive” and “Another Hundred People”, the show’s music seems funny because of the truth behind it.

On November 10, The Gallery Players will launch Gallery Talks, a series of post-show conversations that offer an entertaining look into aspects of the shows of the season.  Curated by Barrie Gelles, the talk for Company features a panel of scholars from New York City academic institutions, members of the artistic staff and the cast of the production. Gallery Talks will take place immediately following one of the Saturday matinee performances throughout the season and are free to all ticket holders.

The cast of Company is led by David Schoonover* as Robert. He is joined by Diana Rose Becker (April), Chris Caron (Paul), Debra Carozza* (Sarah), Thom Christensen (David), Dominic Cuskern* (Larry), Dana Domenick* (Kathy), John Gazzale (Peter), Greg Horton* (Harry), Margaret-Ellen Jeffreys* (Susan), Katie Johannigman* (Jenny), Cindy Marchionda* (Joanne), Sarah Stevens* (Amy) and Darcy Yellin* (Marta).

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

The Gallery Players’ production of Company is produced by Connor Davis and directed by Andrew Block, with musical direction by Charlotte A. Evans. Choreographer is Melissa Riker and Production Stage Manager is Phoebe Duncan. Scenic design is by Kathryn Lieber, lighting and sound design by Tony Lepore, props design by Sara Slagle, costumes by Mike Kaukl and casting by Ian Lowe.

Company will perform Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with the final two Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets to Company are $18 for adults, $14 for Seniors & Children 12 and under. Individual tickets and subscriptions to The Gallery Players’ 46th season can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com.


About the Company: Gallery Players

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of “New York’s Best Kept Secret.” The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the multi-recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical for its productions of The Drowsy Chaperone in 2011, Like You Like It in 2009, Yank! A New Musical in 2008, and Urinetown! The Musical in 2007. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.

The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn. By train: Take the F to Fourth Avenue or the R Train to Ninth Street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.

Lend Me A Tenor  | Open: 09/08/12 Close: 09/23/12
The Gallery Players’ 46th season kicks off on Sept. 8 with Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor. 

In Lend Me A Tenor, it’s the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito Morelli, a renowned tenor about to make his North American premiere, is incapacitated by a series of calamities; Max, the office boy, is forced to impersonate him. What follows is a chain reaction of mistaken identity, innuendo and absurd plot twists that are as funny as they are ridiculous.
 
Running in Brooklyn through Sept. 23, this ensemble farce features Joe Beuerlein (Max), Gregory Cohan (Bellhop), Laura Lawson (Diana), Marisol Miller-Wave (Maria), Sean Patterson* (Tito Merelli), Amanda Pulcini* (Maggie), Jim Shine (Saunders) and Pauline Walsh (Julia). 
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
 
The Gallery Players’ production of Lend Me A Tenor is directed by Dominic Cuskern and produced by Mark Harborth. Production Stage Manager is Dathan Manning and Assistant Stage Manager is Timothy Sheridan. 
 
Costume design for Lend Me A Tenor is by Joey Haws, set design by Andrew Lu, lighting design by Michael O’Connor, props design by Sara Slagle and sound design by Jacob Subotnick. 
 
Lend Me A Tenor will play Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with final two Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets to Lend Me A Tenor are $18 for adults, $14 for Seniors & Children 12 and under. Individual tickets and subscriptions to The Gallery Players’ 46th season can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com.


About the Company: Gallery Players

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of “New York’s Best Kept Secret.” The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review’s 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the multi-recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical for its productions of The Drowsy Chaperone in 2011, Like You Like It in 2009, Yank! A New Musical in 2008, and Urinetown! The Musical in 2007. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.

The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn. By train: Take the F to Fourth Avenue or the R Train to Ninth Street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.

Wonderful Town  | Open: 04/28/12 Close: 05/20/12
This delightful staple of the musical theatre canon is about the adventures and misadventures of two sisters who move from small-town Ohio to the bohemia of 1935 Greenwich Village. Eileen is gorgeous, sweet and an aspiring actress with men falling at her feet. Ruth, while a gifted writer, is average, brazen and has a talent for repelling gentlemen callers. With a glorious score of swinging tunes by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Wonderful Town is the quintessential New York musical comedy about tackling your dreams and finding love in the most unexpected places. Winner of five Tony Awards in 1953 including Best Musical.


About the Company: The Gallery Players

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret." The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in both 2007 & 2008 for their productions of Urinetown! The musical and Yank! A New Musical (now slated for a Broadway run) and Like You Like It. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.

A Raisin In The Sun  | Open: 03/17/12 Close: 04/01/12
The Gallery Players proudly announces cast and crew for Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Directed by Reginald L. Douglas and produced by Brian Michael Flanagan, The Gallery Players’ production of this seminal American play opens Saturday March 17. 

This groundbreaking play set on Chicago’s South Side revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, her son, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha, her daughter, dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form the backbone of this seminal American drama about retaining one’s dignity within a harsh and changing world.

A Raisin in the Sun features Brittany Bellizeare, (Serial.Black.Face., The Living Theatre); Gil Charleston (Jitney, The Gallery Players); Gregory Cohan; Kwaku Driskell* (Jitney, The Gallery Players; Twelfth Night, The Drilling Company); Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris* (The Emperor Jones, Irish Repertory Theatre; TV: The Good Wife); Hope Harley; Shawn Herb; Ross Johnson and Arthur James Solomon* (Dream on Monkey Mountain, The Classical Theatre of Harlem) *Appearing courtesy Actor’s Equity Association. 

Reginald L. Douglas directs The Gallery Players’ A Raisin in the Sun. Mr. Douglas is the Co-Artistic Director of the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and the inaugural Van Lier Directing Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Mr. Douglas’ credits include the world premiere of Scared of Sarah by Laura Brienza, Assistant Director: Zach Braff’s All New People, directed by Peter DuBois (Second Stage Theatre) and We Live Here by Zoe Kazan, directed by Sam Gold (Manhattan Theatre Club).

The producer of A Raisin in the Sun is Brian Michael Flanagan for The Gallery Players (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bus Stop, Hamlet, The House of Blue Leaves, The Gallery Players). The production stage manger is Kristine Schlachter* (Crucible, The Gallery Players), the set designer and properties designer is Casha Jacot-Guillarmod, the technical director is Steven Brenman. Roejendra Adams designs the costumes, the
lighting is designed by Jake Fine and the sound designer is Jacob Subotnick (Macbeth, The Gallery Players; Any Given Monday, 59E59). The casting director is Destiny Lilly/Destiny Lilly Casting and the associate producer is Priya Sircar. 

A Raisin in the Sun opens Saturday, March 17 at 8pm and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, final two Saturdays at 2 and Sundays at 3pm through Sunday, April 1. The Gallery Players will offer a special student matinee performance on Wednesday, March 28.  For more information, please contact boxoffice@galleryplayers.com or call (718) 595-0547.  A limited number of public tickets will be sold pending availability.


About the Company: Gallery Players

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret."

The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in both 2007 & 2008 for their productions of Urinetown! the musical and Yank! A New Musical. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.
 

Hamlet  | Open: 07/22/10 Close: 08/01/10
Continuing a Summer Shakespeare series that began with last season's production of King Lear, called "insanely good" by The Brooklyn Paper, The Gallery Players proudly announces casting and creative team for Shakespeare’s seminal work, Hamlet. Directed by Taibi Magar and starring Broadway’s Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?; Translations) as Hamlet, The Gallery Players’ production of Hamlet gets a limited, twelve performance engagement Thursday, July 22 - Sunday, August 1, 2010.

A ghost story; a tale of fratricide; a saga of moral, political and sexual corruption. Hamlet is an epic tale about a man catapulted into revenging his father’s murder. But Hamlet’s journey is complicated by his doubts concerning the afterlife; “the undiscovered country.” An eternity is at stake!

The cast of Hamlet is led by Jeremy Bobb in the title role (Broadway: Is He Dead?; Translations) and Brendan Averett as Claudius (Sarah Ruhl’s The Passion Play, Yale Rep and Brooklyn's Irondale Center). The cast is rounded out by a cast of veteran classical actors: Oliver Conant* (Off-Broadway: Elizabeth Rex, Nicu's Spoon; Queens Shakespeare Co.), Tim Eliot (Hudson Shakespeare), Sidney Fortner*, Nedra Gallegos*, Justin Gillman (Twelfth Night, Classic Stage Company), Andy Hassell, Vin Kridakorn (Taming of the Shrew, Queen's Players), E.C. Kelly* (As You Like It, The Gallery Players), Aryeh Lappin (Charles Mee's Coney Island Avenue), Dan Lawrence and Stephen Pilkington* (Pinter's Mirror, Shakespeare & Company).

*Courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.


For more information, visit www.galleryplayers.com.

13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival  | Open: 06/03/10 Close: 06/27/10
The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival presents the world premieres of 19 plays in 4 boxes. The first box features the world-premiere of a full-length play to run throughout the festival, June 3-6, 12-13, and 19-20. Boxes 2 – 4 celebrate the short play with 19 premieres over 3 weekends: June 10 – 27:

Box 1: The world-premiere of a full-length play runs June 3 – 5 at 8 pm, June 6 at 3 pm, June 12 & 19 at 2 pm, June 13 & 20 at 7 pm:


CANDIDE by TJ Edwards, Directed by Neal J. Freeman
Voltaire’s masterpiece, adapted for the stage in rhymed couplets by playwright TJ Edwards (The Pearl Theatre Company), is an assault on society, religion, human nature, education, government and above all, optimism. Candide’s journey is here enacted by 11 actors playing over 75 roles in a madcap journey to discover just what it is that makes life worth living, led by Montgomery Sutton* (Edmund in King Lear, The Gallery Players) as Candide. Featuring: Judy Alvarez, Andrew Davies, Amanda McCallum*, Kyle Metzger*, Kyle Minshew*, Len Rella*, Emilie Soffe, Minna Taylor, Patrick Toon* and Alice Winslow *appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Tickets to CANDIDE are $18 for adults, $14 for Seniors & Children 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com.
 

Tickets to Boxes 2 – 4 of The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors & Children 12 and under. Festival passes are $30. Tickets can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com.



The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival
continues with:

Box 2: A weekend of 7 new short plays, Thursday, June 10- Saturday, 12 at 8 pm, Sunday, June 13 at 3 pm:


WILL YOU SING ME A LULLABY by Michael Kevin Baldwin, Directed by Rachel C. Dart
A damaged brother and sister find common ground in singing each other a lullaby. 

 

AL BASHIR by Erik Christian Hanson, Directed by Paul Brewster

An assassination is in the works for President al-Bashir of Sudan. Hank has wanted this for years but his team seems to have last-minute reservations.
 

UNDER THE RUG by Jamie Gerardi, Directed by Brian Maschka
 

An absurdist comedy of two well-regarded upper crust citizens of New Hope, Pennsylvania who have committed ghastly crimes. 

 

A MEETING by Joseph Talarico, Directed by Barbara Danielle Harrison

A priest and a young man enter a cramped room. The priest wants company. The young man may want something more.
 

ADDICTION ANONYMOUS by David M. Korn, Directed by Allison Bressi

An amusing look at the nature of twelve-step programs and their cultural proliferation.
 

THE REMAKE by David L. Williams, Directed by Michael LaPolla

Martin has a screenplay he won’t show anyone. When his agent Leland finally sees it, he learns that Martin has written a remake of a movie that should never be remade. The one problem? It’s a great script.
 

 I LOVE NEW YORK by Corey Pajka. Directed by Chad Yarborough

A working class stiff on the subway likes to think he’s an underground poet. Taking solace in his mp3 player, his imagination takes control. Can he resolve his fantasy with reality?



Box 3: A weekend of 8 new short plays runs Thursday, June 17 - Saturday, June 19 at 8 pm, Sunday, June 20 at 3 pm:

SEVEN MINUTES by Lindsay Joy Murphy, Directed by Angela Dirksen

Two high school kids stuck in a closet find common ground and a spark of something more.
 

WINTER FLOWERS by Lily Rusek, Directed by Heather Arnson

Two older sisters are facing a crisis and life and death decisions have to be made.

 

15 MILES TO THE HORIZON by Jeannine Jones, Directed by William Addiss

While waiting for her blind date, Suzanne strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger. Will she take the chance?
 

MEMENTO MIMI by Denis Meadows, Directed by Kristine Ayers

Memory and reality clash in a chance meeting between old flames on a ferry ride.
 

DIGNITY by Joe Lauinger, Directed by Barrie Gelles

John Garfield’s elderly uncle has committed a grave offense against the rules of his nursing home, and it’s up to John to agree to the therapy insisted upon.
 

KARP’S LAST TEXT by Corey Pajka, Directed by Ari Rosenbaum
Can two people truly communicate through a wall of technology?
 

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR by Camilla Maxwell, Directed by Mike Hayhurst
A couple in suburban London prepare for a lovely Sunday afternoon barbecue with friends. When the husband secretly invites the neighbors to join the party, they realize you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your neighbours.
 

ME by Maia Akiva, Directed by Sarah Bennett
Suppose you were to come face to face with your destiny, but it won’t give you any information. Is destiny right? Is it a bad thing to know, or will it make your life easier?


 

Box 4: A weekend of 3 new short plays runs Thursday, June 24th -
Saturday, June 26th at 8pm,
Sunday, June 27th at 3pm:

PIECE OF CAKE by Nora Vetter, Directed by Brian Michael Flanagan

A young woman gains clarity when she stops in at a bakery to order a birthday cake for her new boyfriend.
 

HOT FUDGE SUNDAE by Corey Pajka, Directed by Tim O’Donnell
A young man finds himself in an otherworldly ice cream parlor with his favorite dessert and a strange little girl he’s oddly familiar with. Only as the play progresses, and the girl’s life along with it, does he deduce their true link, but their time together is melting away as quickly as the sundae.
 

THIS ISN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE by Philip Gerson, Directed by Kelly Johnston

Why would a softhearted liberal repeatedly stab a sexy right-wing pundit-therapist with a carving knife? To answer this, we’re taken on a wild ride through today’s nightmarish universe of hate politics, big media consolidation and isolating technology.


 

City Of Angels  | Open: 05/01/10 Close: 05/23/10
City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40's; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. The movie scenes appear in shades of black and white, and the real life scenes are in Technicolor. The show boasts two musical scores. One provides the cast with numbers to help reveal certain emotions or to celebrate particular moments in the way that only music can. The "other" score was written to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940's vintage. It is entirely appropriate, then that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings. City of Angels’ Jazz score is by Cy Coleman with Lyrics by David Zippel, Book by Larry Gelbart. City of Angels’ originally ran on Broadway for 878 performances, and is the winner of 6 1989 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The Crucible  | Open: 03/20/10 Close: 04/04/10
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible has been called, "A powerful drama," By NY Times, "Strongly written," by NY Daily News, and comes to The Gallery Players’ stage for the first time in its 43-year history March 20-April 4th 2010. This exciting drama is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.

The story focuses on John Proctor, a farmer, and Abigail Williams, the young servant-girl who maliciously accuses Proctor's wife Elizabeth of witchcraft. Proctor brings Abigail to court to admit the lie—and it is here that a monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. Proctor, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others. Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror that Miller uses to reflect the anti-Communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States.

The cast of The Crucible at The Gallery Players features John Blaylock* (Bus Stop, The Gallery Players), Gil Brady*, Daniel Damiano (As You Like It, The Gallery Players), Lisa Darden*, Genevieve Gearhart, Emily Hagburg (Measure for Measure, Shakespeare & Company), Justin Herfel* (The Underpants, The Gallery Players), Frederic Heringes*(The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway, National Tour), John Isgro*, Tom Lawson, Jr.*, Lindsay Mack, Russell Mahrt, Rhyn McLemore*(Violet, The Gallery Players), Sofia Munn, Alison Ostergaard (Women Beware Women, Red Bull Theatre; Pride & Prejudice, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Bob Pritchard, Elisa Pupko (The Children's Hour, Astoria Performing Arts Center), Joe Regan and Gina Stahlnecker*

King Lear  | Open: 07/23/09 Close: 08/02/09
King Lear is believed by many to be Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Written as a political and social commentary on post-Elizabethan England, King Lear demonstrates what results when individuals let vanity and greed lead them to trespass the bounds of order and proportion, ignoring their natural responsibility to family, community and country. The chaotic consequences: leaders renounce duty; fathers disown children; children displace fathers; war, homicide, fratricide, suicide, and madness. We join Lear and his counterpart, Gloucester, as they are stripped of position, power, family, and sanity – and in the process, through the unwavering devotion of Kent and the Fool, the filial loves of Edgar and Cordelia – discovering their humanity and what it means to forgive and be forgiven. Lear becomes the antithesis of his former arrogant self; he achieves a life without “lendings” – the accumulated material possessions we cling to for meaning – or the need of them.

With an eye toward telling this poignant tale simply and keeping all “lendings” to a minimum, Producing Directors Sidney Fortner and Dominic Cuskern will direct a cast of 17, including: Kevin Blackwelder, John Blaylock*, Jonah Ramu Cohen, Andrew Danish, Adam Ewer, Andrew Firda*, Suzy Kimball, Mark A. Kinch, Brandon Mears, Elliott Mayer*, Peter Oliver, Ross Pivel, Molly Pope, Jerrod Kazumi Popham, Jessica Rothenberg, and Montgomery Sutton*.

Set and Costume Designer: Sidney Fortner; Fight Choreographer: Robert Najarian; Stage Manager: Kristine Ayers.
 

The Who's Tommy  | Open: 05/02/09 Close: 05/24/09
Pete Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre! The classic ’60s rock opera by The Who was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard Des McAnuff into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. The exhilarating score is timeless in its youthful appeal, giving the show a cross-generational appeal that has made it a smash-hit around the world. The Who’s Tommy's 1993 Broadway debut garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.

The Gallery Players production of The Who’s Tommy features a gifted ensemble of 20 rocking singer/actors, featuring: Nathan Brisby, John Ashley Brown*, Kennen Butler*, Alexis DeDonato, Hayley Driscoll, Tommy Foster*, Marcie Henderson*, Tyson Jennette*, Anna Lise Jensen*, Daniel Henri Luttway, Blair Moore, Alex Pearlman, Jan-Peter Pedross*, David Perlman*, Anthony Pierini, Mia Romero, Chloe Sabin, Mitchell Scott Shapiro, Ryan Bruiser Stone and featuring newcomer Brett Travis in his New York debut as Tommy. *appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.

Bus Stop  | Open: 03/14/09 Close: 03/29/09
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, "Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I'm gonna end up in Montana …"
 

Thoroughly Modern Millie  | Open: 01/31/09 Close: 02/22/09
Taking place in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It's a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. Thoroughly Modern Millie features a Book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan, New Music by Jeanine Tesori and New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, not to mention signature tap numbers reminiscent of the Golden Age of Broadway: "The Speed Test," and "Forget About the Boy."

 

A Tuna Christmas  | Open: 12/06/08 Close: 12/21/08
TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY TO THE HOLIDAY COMEDY, A TUNA CHRISTMAS!

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, the voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna join in the holiday fun. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening. A Tuna Christmas has been called, "A hoot!" by The New York Times, and the NY Post exclaimed, "So funny it could make a raccoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett.... It's far too good for just Christmas."

The Wild Party  | Open: 02/02/08 Close: 02/24/08
Adapted from a book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a vaudeville couple whose relationship is marked by vicious behavior and recklessness, mirroring the times in which they live. They decide to throw a party to end all parties, inviting an assortment of people living on the edge for one wild evening in their Manhattan apartment. During the long night of decadence, relationships are forged and torn apart, and one party-goer's life comes to a violent end. Will any of these revelers find the light of hope at the end of this dark night?
The Santaland Diaries  | Open: 12/01/07 Close: 12/16/07
The Santaland Diaries is based on National Public Radio commentator Sedaris' 1992 essay recounting his bizarre experiences working as a Macy's "Elf" during the holiday season.

David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, each of which became immediate bestsellers

Urinetown  | Open: 10/14/06 Close: 11/05/06
URINETOWN is a brilliantly funny and engaging satire of musical theatre traditions with a Brechtian edge. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

This production is set in the 1970s.

THE ACTOR'S NIGHTMARE is a hilarious satire detailing the plight of a stranger who is suddenly pushed on stage to replace an ailing actor. In SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU, the titular Sister, a teaching nun who is much concerned with sin in all of its various forms, delivers a cautionary lecture to her charges. But when several of her former students turn up the picture darkens, along with Sister Mary's indignation.
Black Box Festival  | Open: 06/08/06 Close: 06/25/06
9th Annual Black Box New Play Festival
3 weeks of 17 premier works by Tri-State Area playwrights!

BOX 1: Search & Destroy
JUNE 8th-11th

The Big Guy with the Thing by Olga Humphrey * directed by Tzipora Kaplan
Bob Dylan in the Bathroom by Sarah Moon * directed by Michael Goldfried
Official Lunch by Cristina Pippa * directed by James Shay
The Trophy Thieves: A High School Love Story by Kristoffer Diaz * directed by Anthony Pound

BOX 2: War & Peace
JUNE 15th-18th

Compression of a Casualty by Kevin Doyle * directed by David Henderson
Location: Highway. Time: Near Dusk. by Michael Bettencourt * directed by Elfin Vogel
Year Ten by Effy Redman * directed by James Shay
Sidelines by David Henderson * directed by Martin Miller
Deviled Sausage by Larry Mudge * directed by Autumn Clark
Grim by Christopher Kloko * directed by Jayme Kilburn


BOX 3: Connect & Disconnect
JUNE 22nd-25th

No Great Loss by Michael Bettencourt * directed by Elfin Vogel
Cliché by Meghan O'Neill * directed by Mary Ruth Goodley
Swing Set by Richard Orloff * directed by Edward McKeaney
Close Enough for Jazz by Joe Lauinger * directed by Martin Miller
Sinatra Sings by Joe Lauinger * directed by Kevin Dodd
Yes Fear by Daniel Kelley * directed by Autumn Clark
Rich on Skins by Joe Lauinger * directed by Kevin Dodd

Once On This Island  | Open: 05/06/06 Close: 05/28/06
Based on Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love, which in turn was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fable The Little Mermaid, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is set on a mythical Caribbean island. This deceptively simple yet powerful fairy tale of star-crossed lovers explores the tradition of storytelling and the way people use stories to understand their own life experiences and come to terms with love, anger, forgiveness, faith, maturity and death. It deals with classic themes of love, loss, and redemption through the fabric of Caribbean culture, art, religion and social structure.
Take Me Out  | Open: 04/01/06 Close: 04/16/06
A deeply funny, provocative take on the All-American game of baseball. Darren Lemming is an all-star center fielder of mixed-race at the top of his game: God-like looks, millions of dollars, and a successful career. But Darren shocks the team, the media and the nation after he announces that he is gay. TAKE ME OUT chronicles the repercussions of Darren's coming out, exploring issues of race and sexuality with humor and an ever-present, genuine passion for the game.
Side Show  | Open: 02/18/06 Close: 03/12/06
SIDE SHOW tells the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, the talented real-life Siamese Twins who were plucked from the dingy carnival side shows to star in Vaudeville. The remarkable singing sisters were immortalized by their unforgettable appearance in Tod Browning's infamous 1932 movie Freaks.
The Marriage of Bettie and Boo  | Open: 11/26/05 Close: 12/11/05
THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO is an admittedly autobiographical, wicked satire in thirty-three quick scenes that skewers the vanities, inanities, and insanities of family life. The play begins on Bette & Boo's wedding day and jumps forward (and back) through an unusually peculiar twenty years of family life with the grandparents, uncles, aunts ... and the family priest.
The Fantasticks  | Open: 10/15/05 Close: 11/06/05
THE FANTASTICKS is the longest-running musical in the world, running Off-Broadway for 42 years with 17,162 performances. Originally produced in 1960, the show has transcended all generations— from the flower children to Generation X—and charmed audiences with its sweet tale of young love. At the heart of its poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time: the starry-eyed boy and girl next door fall in love, yearn for the dangerous attractions of the world outside, then opt instead for fulfillment in each other's arms and in hearth and home.

co-directed by Dominic Cuskern and Tina Marie Casamento
The Laramie Project  | Open: 09/10/05 Close: 09/25/05
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. THE LARAMIE PROJECT chronicles the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create this remarkable play, The Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming 6 times over the course of 1 and a-half years, conducting more than 200 interviews and compiling material.

With 8 actors playing over 50 roles, THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a powerful theatrical event that explores, through the deeply personal voices of the people of Laramie, how Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance. Director, Neal Freeman notes, "Our production utilizes a cast of 8, a simple production design, and both live and recorded video to give this story the compelling, theatrical treatment it deserves. With hate crimes against gays and lesbians in New York up 24% in the past 2 years (Anti-Violence Project), it is clear that this is a play that still has tremendous importance to us even in our ‘enlightened,' liberal city." A play that paints a portrait of a town and a culture at its most vulnerable, THE LARAMIE PROJECT is not to be missed
Black Box New Play Festival (8th Annual)  | Open: 06/02/05 Close: 06/26/05
Four weeks of World Premiere Plays by Tri-State Area Playwrights

Box 1: Brooklyn Plays-Brooklyn Playwrights (June 2–5)
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Michael Bettencourt, directed by Elfin Vogel
Cat and Dick by Andrea Alton, directed by Stacy Mayer
Anxiety and Grandma by Judd Lear Silverman, directed by Steve Velardi
The Me That's Me by Maggie Lehrman, directed by Brooke Delaney
Goode's Books and Press by Allan Lefcowitz, directed by Scott Brocious

Box 2: The Sex Box (June 9 – 12)
Bibbity Bobbity Boo by Charlotte Winters, directed by Bradley Campbell
Sporting Goods by Michael Bettencourt, directed by Ray Zilberberg
The Poison Party by John Paul Porter, directed by Martin Miller
The Sex of Our Lives by Erik Cristian Hanson, directed by Matthew Calhoun

Box 3: Heaven and Earth (June 16 – 19)
Bon Voyage Mr. Phelps! by Daniel Damiano, Director: Heather S. Curran
The Green Angel by Joe Lauinger, Director: Erin Kate Howard
Her Favorite Colorand Grandma's Blue Sweater by Joe Lauinger, Director: Erin Kate Howard
Chasing the Deal by Staci Swedeen, Director: Ray Zilberberg

Box 4: The Sandbox – Plays for Families and Children (June 23 – 26)
The Runaway Birthday and Melvin the Meek by Jennifer Palumbo, Director: Dominic Cuskern
The Full Monty  | Open: 04/30/05 Close: 05/22/05
Based on the 1997 Academy Award-nominated hit of the same name, THE FULL MONTY is the story of six out-of-work and out-of-shape steel workers who find that desperate times call for desperate measures! When a male strip show is a hit with the local women, the emotionally and financially run-down factory workers figure they can cash in big time if they go the full monty.

Choreography by Dax Valdes
Music Direction by Ken Legum

The Complete Works Of Shakespeare (abridged)  | Open: 03/26/05 Close: 04/10/05
Three actors, present all the works of the Bard in one evening.
School For Scandal  | Open: 02/19/05 Close: 03/06/05
First produced at London's Drury Lane Theater in the spring of 1777, THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL brings to life the story of the wealthy, middle-aged bachelor, Sir Peter Teazle, who has married the young and comely daughter of a country squire. Lady Teazle finds that the society of which she's now a part is full of malicious gossip that no one can escape. Thought to be the greatest comedy of manners in the English language (Encyclopedia Brittanica), THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL satirizes our insatiable "need to know". Centuries before Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake, and The National Enquirer appeared on the scene, Sheridan gave us such gossip-mongers as Lady Sneerwell, Snake, Mrs. Candor, and Benjamin Backbite.