Announcing Season 57!

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 11:41am

Curtain Players unveiled its 2019-2020 season and season directors at the Wine Bistro in Westerville on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Season 57 will open in September with the farcical Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig, directed by Michael Fusco. In this comedy of mistaken identity from the author of Moon Over Buffalo, two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors head to York, PA to pass themselves off as the long-lost nephews of a wealthy old woman on her deathbed, only to discover that her nephews are actually nieces!

In October, Curtain Players presents the Ohio premiere of Sleepy Hollow: The Lost Chapter by Jeremy Sony, local playwright and longtime Curtain Players member. Sony will also direct this reimagining, which picks up in the final pages of Washington Irving's classic "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," revealing a previously untold piece of the story. Following the famous disappearance of Ichabod Crane, a new schoolteacher, Abigail Seymour comes to Sleepy Hollow; and now the Headless Horseman has a new target. Abigail and her students set out to discover what really happened to Ichabod in order to save Abigail from his fate and stop the Horseman once and for all.

In December, Curtain Players presents The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie. Director Coreen Janetzke, new to Curtain Players, is excited to bring this classic murder-mystery to the Curtain Players stage. The longest-running play in England, The Mousetrap centers on a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm; and one of them is a murderer. After a policeman arrive (on skis), the murderer strikes again, and the policeman's investigation rattles a lot of skeletons! Everyone's a suspect in this famous whodunit from one of the foremost mystery writers of all time.

February 2020 will see the return of a musical to the playhouse with Falsettos, music & lyrics by William Finn, book by James Lapine. Hal Houston direct this Tony Award-winning musical that focuses on Marvin, who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah.

Curtain Players fifth show, opening in March 2020, will be Fireflies by Matthew Barber, directed by James F. Petsche. Based on the novel "Eleanor & Abel" by Annette Sanford, Fireflies tells the story of retired schoolteacher, Eleanor Bannister, who lives a quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, TX, set in her routines and secure in her position as the town’s most respected woman; until a hole in her roof draws the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth- talking drifter intent on renovating Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life.

Season 57 concludes with a play with music, The Spoon River Project, based upon Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, adapted by Tom Andolora. In this beautifully haunting play, directed by Curtain Players newcomer J. Damon Barnett, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated.

Each fall, Curtain Players invites directors to submit plays and projects they wish to direct; the selection committee reads all proposals and scripts, then interviews the pool of applicants to select the season and directors.

Curtain Players' season selection committee was headed by Brian Henry and included Sharifa Andrews, Drew Washburn, Jeanine Joseph, Kathy Hyland, Heather Schultz, and Julie Emmert.

Vice President Casey Merkey emceed the announcement event, which also unveiled our show posters designed by Jeff Kemeter and Jeremy Sony.