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It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

adapted by Joe Landry
from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, & Jo Swerling

Directed by Mark Passerrello
Produced by Natalie Cooper

Dec. 4 & 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Dec. 11 & 12, 2015 at 8:00pm
Dec. 18 & 19, 2015 at 8:00pm
Dec. 13 & 20, 2015 at 2:00pm

Randy Benge, Patrick Cline, Allison Fagan, Lindsey Fisher, Heather Schultz, Bob Sullivan-Neer, & Molly Watson

The beloved holiday motion picture classic – the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve – comes to the stage as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

Suitable for all audiences.

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'RFK,' 'Robin Hood' to be 'Simply Staged'

Curtain Players has announced plans for its Simply Staged new works showcase January 7-10 at the Harlem Road playhouse.

Curtain Players during the summer advertised for full-length unpublished and unproduced scripts from writers who have been affiliated with the community theatre company and/or reside in Franklin and contiguous counties. The chosen play would have its initial presentation in a readers theatre format.

The Simply Staged committee – Neil Aring, Mary Benge, Doug Browell, Booth Muller (chairman), and Cheryl Muller –  selected Richard Bloom’s script, RFK: A Journey for Justice. Bloom is a Curtain Players veteran and volunteer. He had the featured role of Judge Omar Gaffney in Curtain’s staging of Harvey last May.

The synopsis for RFK: Robert F. Kennedy was the only one of President John F. Kennedy’s advisors who pressed the President to go on national television and call for an end to segregation because “it was the right thing to do.” This play is a behind-the-scenes look at the tension between principle and political practicalities, and is based on the true story of RFK's somewhat acrimonious discussions with Martin Luther King and other leaders of the civil rights movement, before Robert (and his brother) chose what has turned out to be the right side of history.

RFK: A Journey for Justice is scheduled for 8 PM Thursday January 7 and Saturday January 9.

The Curtain Players Board of Directors added a second play to the Simply Staged bill: Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood by Jeremy Sony. Sony, an Ohio-based playwright, is a past Curtain Players president with directing, acting, and technical/design credits at the playhouse.

Sony’s script was originally commissioned and staged by Street Theatre Company in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014. Sony has been revising the work.

The synopsis for Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood: When the Brothers Huntingdon lost their parents to the treachery of King Henry of the Plantagenets, their lives took very different paths. One became an outlaw. One became the sheriff. A chance to reclaim their nobility brings the brothers to Sherwood, where they find a Queen fighting for freedom, the King who destroyed their family, and the truth about their connection to Robin Hood. Their feud puts the very future of England at stake, as one brother puts himself before his kin, while the other discovers that being an outlaw might just be in his blood.

Robin Hood and the Secret of Sherwood is scheduled for 8 PM Friday January 8 and 2 PM Sunday January 10.

For Simply Staged, Curtain Players provides the playing space, rehearsal space, and very basic stage lighting, with the selected playwrights taking creative license with directors and actors of their choosing to bring their stories to life. John Grote is producing this year’s showcase.

The January 7-10 Simply Staged weekend is offered to patrons without charge (though donations are accepted). Also, no reservations are taken for this engagement. This is an open seating event.