Directed by Kate Tull
Mar 28 & 29, 2014 at 8:00pm
Apr 4 & 5, 2014 at 8:00pm
Mar 23 & 30, 2014 at 2:00pm
Please note, the first matinee performance will be performed during the first weekend, instead of the usual second weekend.
John Grote, Curtis Kinnell, Ian Klingenberg, Madison Lee, Susan Loar, Jack Miller, Cheryl Muller, Kirsten Peninger, Anne Marie Pinto, Krista Threadgill, & Megan Weyrauch
The winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Picnic takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two young daughters, Madge and Millie, and Rosemary, a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality upsets the entire group. Flo is sensitively wary of the temptations Hal poses for her daughters, but Madge, bored with being merely a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises.
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A Message from the President
Read the latest update from Curtain Players President Kate Charlesworth-Miller.
A Word from Our President
Updated: October 12, 2013
- Spotlight: Announcing our 2014 – 2015 Season!
- Feb 06: Help Us Help Columbus Pet Rescue!
- Oct 12: Curtain Players Looking for Directors for Next Season
- Oct 02: A Change in Our Season
- Jun 03: Join Us For Our Celebrations!
- Jun 03: 'Ticket Turtle' has changed its name to 'Arts People'
- Jun 03: Annual Fund Drive Under Way
- May 19: Nominations Requested for Richard Near and Volunteer of the Year Awards
- Apr 17: Notice of Special Membership Meeting To Amend By-Laws
- Apr 04: Announcing Our 2013-2014 Season!
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In the Spotlight
Announcing our 2014 – 2015 Season!
Announcing our 2014 – 2015 Season!
- Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt Sept 5 – Sept 21
- Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell Oct 17 – Nov 2
- The Match Girl’s Gift by Laurie Brooks Dec 5 – Dec 21
- Simply Staged Plays January 16-17
- Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitmore Feb 13 – March 1
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams March 27 – April 12
- Harvey by Mary Chase May 15 – May 31
Fantasticks a musical comedy
By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Kerry Shanklin
Friday and Saturday, September Sept 5, 6,12,13,19,20 at 8:00
Sunday matinee, September 14 & 21 at 2:00
Hucklebee and Bellamy are a pair of small town fathers who are scheming to bring their children Matt and Luisa together in a romance. As a carnival arrives to bring some excitement to the sleepy village, the fathers persuade a mysterious interloper named El Gallo to stage a mock abduction of Luisa, which will hopefully prompt Matt to come to her rescue. However, while El Gallo's plan succeeds, he also awakens his innocent charges to the darker and more disappointing side of love. This is a simple musical, with the set little more than a bare stage and the music provided by a single keyboard. The longest-running show in the history of the American theater, this musical opened at an off-Broadway theater in the spring of 1960, where it remained until the production finally closed in early 2002.
Suitable for ages 13 and up due to language, themes.
By Ivan Menchell
Directed by Keely Kurtas-Chapman
Friday and Saturday, Oct 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov 1 at 8:00
Sunday matinee, Oct 26 & Nov 2 at 2:00
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands' graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is the feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; Doris is prim and a bit judgmental. Everything changes in a visit to the cemetery when they meet "The Butcher". Will he tear them apart – or will he strengthen their friendship? And just whose heart is he after? A hauntingly funny look at friendship and romance after the loss of a spouse. We invite you to visit The Cemetery Club for the Halloween season.
Suitable for all ages.
The Match Girl’s Gift
By Laurie Brooks
Directed by Ryan Long
Friday and Saturday, Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00
Sunday matinee, December 14 & 21 at 2:00
This will be a festive holiday combination of drama and music!
Christmas Eve: 1898. The streets of New York City bustle with activity as a light snow begins to fall...one almost overlooks the ragged little girl huddled by the steps of the picturesque mansion. With the help of her grandmother, Lizzie dreams of the things that might be possible were she to dare enter the majestic house and encounter the seemingly happy family within. This condensed retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic will inspire your holiday spirit with a heartwarming story of one little girl's triumph over despair.
In combination with the play, we will present a concert of seasonal music provided by local choirs.
Suitable for all ages.
Simply Staged Plays
By two local playwrights
Friday and Saturday, January 16-17
Two original plays, written by central Ohio playwrights, will be presented in a Reader’s Theatre format on consecutive evenings on one weekend. The plays and playwrights have not yet been finally identified.
Pack of Lies
By Hugh Whitmore
Directed by Sarah Merkey
Friday and Saturday, Feb 13, 14, 20, 21 27, 28 at 8:00
Sunday matinee, Feb 22 & March 1 at 2:00
Based on a true story, this play focuses on an average housewife in 1961 Cold War London and how her life of unravels when her best friend is accused of being a spy. Barbara and Bob Jackson are a typical English couple, living in the suburbs with their daughter Julie. They enjoy a friendship with their outgoing Canadian neighbors, Helen and Tom Kroger – until suddenly one day a British intelligence agent arrives and seeks the Jacksons’ cooperation in investigating the Krogers, who are suspected of being undercover Soviet agents. Bob and Barbara struggle over how much to cooperate with British intelligence, knowing that their friends could soon be charged with espionage. Barbara, especially, is greatly torn between her duty of friendship vs her duty to Queen and country.
Suitable for ages 13 and up due to themes.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Michael Fusco
Friday and Saturday, March 27, 28, April 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00
Sunday matinee, March 29 & April 12 at 2:00
Maggie ("The Cat") and her husband Brick Pollitt (an aging football hero) have a turbulent relationship. We find them visiting with Brick's family at Big Daddy’s estate. Big Daddy has just been diagnosed with cancer but he and Big Mama are unaware of it because his doctors and family have conspired to conceal this information. His relatives attempt to present themselves in the best possible light, each hoping to receive their proper share of Big Daddy's enormous wealth in his will. Maggie, through wit and beauty, has escaped a childhood of desperate poverty to marry into the wealthy Pollitt family; ever since the suicide of his friend Skipper, though, Brick has neglected his wife and is indifferent about the disposition of the family fortune. This is a story of greed and deception within a patriarchal Southern family.
Suitable for adult audiences due to language, adult themes.
By Mary Chase
Directed by Mark Narens
Friday and Saturday, May 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8:00
Sunday matinee, May 17 & 31 at 2:00
Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen friend Harvey, a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces the invisible Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her and her daughter Myrtle Mae from future embarrassment. When they arrive at the sanitarium, the young, handsome, and flirtatious Dr. Sanderson mistakenly commits Veta instead of Elwood. Gentle comedic mayhem ensues. Eventually, Elwood is found and admitted to the hospital. A cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings objects on the grounds that the medication they’re about to give Elwood will make him a “perfectly normal human being – and you know what bastards they are!" Veta realizes she'd rather have Elwood as he's always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey.
Suitable for all ages.