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October 1, 2005




Announcing The Concord Players’ Annual Fall Huddle and
Special Meeting
of members
October 16, 2005, 7p.m., 51 Walden Street, Concord, MA

A special meeting of the members of the Concord Players, Inc. will be held for the purpose of amending the existing By-laws. The Board has unanimously voted to recommend to the Members that these new By-laws, which reflect substantial revisions and updating, be adopted to replace the existing By-laws.The proposed new By-laws are posted on the Players’ web site along with an explanatory memorandum. Copies of the By-laws and the memorandum are also available for examination in the Town Library, and copies will be mailed to those who request them by calling (978) 369-2990 and leaving a message in Mailbox 1. We urge you to attend this Special Meeting as a two-thirds vote of the participating membership is required for approval.

The Importance of Being Earnest, the opening show of our 86th season, needs every able body to assist in building the set. Now through October 29 we need builders, and after that we’re going to want painters. The search is on for someone who can build a working fountain. Contact producers David Atwood (, Peggy Elliot (, or Cheri Fletcher for further information (, or simply show up at the theater on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m.

Richard Levinson and Leslie Wagner are currently appearing in Maynard’s Acme Theatre production of “Jest a Second,” through October 8. For additional details go to

Jim Curley will sing the songs of Irving Berlin in “Say It With Music” with the Reagle Players of Waltham, October 7, 8, and 9 in Waltham, and October 22 & 23 at the Tilden Arts Center on the Cape. For further details go to

Shana Dirik is Nicky and Candy Goff is Debra in “Smell of the Kill,” a twisted tale of desperate housewives and attempted murder at The Burlington Players, November 4 through the 19th. Go to for tickets and more information.

John Small will be performing in two shows this fall. On November 18 and 19, John will play the part of Marshall Brown in The Nashoba Players' production of “The Award Show. ” For show times or to order tickets, visit their web site at, or call (978) 392-8555. On December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17, John will appear as The Ghost of Jacob Marley in Theatre III's production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. For times and tickets, visit their web site at, or call 978-263-9070.

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“There is content and there is form. The artistry is in the passion; it is equally in the way the passion is expressed. Perhaps the problem we have to deal with is how to create an expressive form within which the spontaneous life, the one that yields the unexpected, the dazzling surprise, is free to work. The greatest actors are known for giving the same performance a little differently each night - but it is the same performance in all the essentials. Both techniques are important: turning your emotional resources on and off, this way and that, while at the same time directing the cunning of your body to the most telling external behavior.

I recently staged and adaptation of the Oresteia. Although the actors were devoted and worked hard, they had, almost without exception, poor speech. The unconscious premise of all too many of them was: If I have the emotion, that is all I need. I watched some prepare in a daze for minutes before they entered, then do nothing original on stage. There is much work for actors in this country.

Much work for directors too.”

Elia Kazan
“A Life

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