The Concord Players will be holding auditions for their fall production of
Appointment time slots will be at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on both August 25 and
26 (callbacks August 27 at 7 p.m.). For more information, go to the
Players website and click on "Auditions for The Matchmaker."
to Dolly Levi, "Money, if you'll pardon the expression, should be
like manure, it should be spread around to encourage young things to
grow." Dolly is the central character in Thornton Wilder's farce The Matchmaker,
scheduled to open on The Concord Players stage Nov. 7-22. Wilder lifted
Levi's manure line directly from a character in Moliere's The Miser,
written 270 years before Wilder's play. In fact, Wilder's plot and all
the characters are drawn from his prolific reading of centuries of
literature dating back to the Greeks and Romans. The foolish miser, the
cunning femme, the wide-eyed ingénue, the servants, noble or buffoon,
are all recurring players in a narrative of the folly of human
Wilder's original version, The Merchant of Yonkers (1937) was based on a Viennese play by Johann Nestrol, and his play was based on British playwright John Oxenford's A Day Well Spent, written in 1835. (Yonkers
a small farming town, and later a village, founded in 1646 by Dutch
settler Adriaen Vand Donck. Donck held the title "Jonkheer," Dutch for
"young gentleman", later transformed into the village name.) The Merchant of Yonkers
a flop, but with a new director, re-worked script, and Broadway star
Ruth Gordon as Dolly Levi, the play re-opened in 1957 as The Matchmaker, to rave reviews in Boston, and critical success on Broadway. And, as if that weren't enough repetition of a single plot, The Matchmaker itself was transformed into one of Broadway's most successful musicals, Hello Dolly, originally starring Carol Channing. The Matchmaker
pure farce, with mistaken identities, cross-dressing, multiple doors,
and people hiding in and out of furniture and under tables. "The
pleasures of farce," said Wilder, "...are those of development, pattern,
and logic." But playwright Neil Simon knows about the cathartic
value of good farce: "At the final curtain, the audience must be as
spent as the actors who are now on oxygen support." Bring the oxygen.
DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE FOR THE SEASON!
we have had quick sellouts of past shows, we encourage you to take
advantage of this great subscription price now. Go to the Players website today to sign up for a $55.00 subscription to our 2014-2015 season: The Matchmaker by Thorton Wilder; The Desk Set by William Marchant, and Kiss Me Kate, the Cole Porter musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Opening Night ticket holders are invited to a 7 p.m. reception with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and desserts. |
ANONYMOUS DONATION NETS NEW HEADSET
Concord Players just received an anonymous donation of $500 for a very
specific purpose. The donors requested that another wireless
headset be purchased for the backstage crew. Paul Gill has promised to
purchase it soon, so that it can be used during rehearsals and
performances of The Matchmaker this fall. We are very grateful for such a thoughtful gift.
NEED LIGHTING DESIGNER AND BOARD OPERATOR!
The Concord Players need someone who can dazzle the stage at 51 Walden St. in Concord for their fall production of The Matchmaker.
Seeking a lighting designer/light board operator. We also need a sound
designer/soundboard operator. Production runs Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15,
16, 21 and 22. All interested should contact producer Corinne Kinsman at email@example.com or Paula McNabb at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMER SHAKESPEARE A SUCCESS
Maria and Sir Toby confront Malvolio
Audience reaction was very positive to our summer production of Twelfe Night,
by William Shakespeare. One fan said it was the best he had ever seen.
An especially able cast, headlined by Players Mike Lague, Ed Bernard,
and the husband-wife team of Elizabeth and Bill Horemann, gave its best
to one of Shakespeare's prime comedies, earning a full page review with
photos in the Concord Journal. Excerpts: "The production
translated the script's absurdity with flair. A dozen cast and
crew took a three-hour play and halved it, weeding out unnecessary
roles, saving the signature lines and using their voices to tell a
rollicking tale of tangled love and mistaken identity that ended with
Shakespeare's trademark comedic denouement: wedding promises and a smiling public."
Sir Toby advises Sir Andrew on challenge.
TRAVELING PLAYERS STILL ZIPPING AROUND
Our very own Concord Traveling Players, Dorothy Schecter, Tillie Sweet,
Sandy Armstrong, Birgitta Knuttgen, Rik Pierce, Tom Viers, Tom Ruggles,
Michael Henchman and Robert Runck, continue to voyage from Retirement
Home to Council on Aging and back, performing skits for folks who don't
otherwise get to see live theatre. Their next dates are: Wednesday,
Sept. 10, Stonebridge at Burlington, 50 Greenleaf Way, Burlington, MA,
2:30; Thursday, October 2, St. Irene's Catholic Church, 181 East St.,
Carlisle at 12:30; and Wednesday, Nov. 19, St Matthews Methodist
Church, 435 Central Street, Acton, MA, 1:00.