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May 2003


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May 2003

YOU DO HAVE YOUR TICKETS FOR CHICAGO – RIGHT?? It is going to be a smash, no question, so call 978 369 2990 or hop right down to The Harness Shop today. (Sorry, too much Easter candy.)

Busy in a new media, for many of them, are those Players’ involved with the full-length documentary film Thoreau – A Re-Creation. Director Charles Cook called for actors in our newsletter last summer, and many were cast: Bob Asher as Waldo Emerson, Lida McGirr as Thoreau’s sister Sophia, Jan Turnquist as Louisa May Alcott, Sheryl Peters as Prudence Ward, a bearded Fritz Kussin as James Russell Lowell, plus James Sullivan, Belle McDonald, David Bearg, David Gould, Dorothy Schecter, Bill Maxwell, Jackson Royal, and Kate Blair, who has also volunteered to help Claiborne Dawes, Peggy Elliott, Sally Bull, and Susie Baldwin as the director’s local producers, gofers, what-have-you. Heddie Kent is props mistress, Pat Kane is supplying bonnets, cravats, frock coats, and the like. Clips from the film will be shown at 51 Walden on Saturday, July 14th during the Thoreau Society’s annual gathering; a 2004 release is anticipated. For info. on the film, contact Sally, Peggy, or Claiborne, or e-mail the director at Thoreaufilm@aol.com

Please add Susan Baldwin to your Players directory: 54 Concord Greene, Concord, 978 287 4898, susanbal@aol.com.

Stefanie Cloutier has co-produced, co-written and is starring in an original comedy, The MOMologues about the hazards of motherhood. Last year’s Boston premiere was sold out before the show opened; current performances run through May 17, with tickets @$26 available by calling 617 262 2928, or going to www.momologues.com. The April 24 performance benefited First Connections, which provides free or low-cost parenting support through grants from the state. Said Stephanie, “Don’t underestimate how many women are up for a laugh and a great night out.” Right on, and congratulations!

Marilyn Zavidow – remember our Dolly??? – will have a one-woman cabaret show, featuring Cole Porter’s songs and called Port of Cole!, on May 1st at 9:15p.m. at Danny’s Skylight Room, 346 W. 46th Street in NYC; phone 212 265 8133 after 4 p.m. for reservations………..

Shana Dirik is in Baby, ‘a wonderful, warm-hearted, feel-good musical,’ at The Theater at the Mount in Gardner, MA; call 978 632 2403, from 9:00-2:00, or go to www.mwcc.mass.edu, click on Arts, then on the theater.

Waldo Fielding has a role in Bus Stop by William Inge with The Winchester Players on May 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on May 4; location is Metcalf Hall in the Winchester Unitarian Church; go on line to www.WinchesterPlayers.org., or call 781 721 1814………..Tom Dinger is in Tintypes at Vokes Theatre in Wayland from April 24 through May 10: 508 358 4034, or www.vokesplayes.org……….Judith Broggi recently reprised her role in Date Night, a ten-minute comedy that premiered last summer with Hovey Players.

Newcomers or seasoned pros: it isn’t too early to decide where you want to put your energies next season, so do contact the producers of our upcoming shows: for Twelfth Night, directed by Thomas Caron in the fall, email Sheryl Blair, Lillian Anderson, or Dorothy Schecter: for Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends, with Paul Murphy directing, email Corinne Kinsman, Sheryl Blair, or Marlene Mandel, and for 1776, by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards, directed by Kirsten Gould, email Peggy Elliott, Sally Bull, or Claiborne Dawes.

Thanks for all the news; do keep it coming, to Claiborne Dawes at 29 Munroe Place Concord, 978 369 5899, Cwdolphin@aol.com.

When asked how to extend to more people an invitation to the dance, Mark Morris said, “Put on some music. Be sure there’s lots of drinks, and not enough chairs.”