Langhorne Players is looking for directors for the following upcoming productions. (If you're interested, contact Kathy Junkins at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 21)
The Kingfisher by William Douglas-Home
To be performed May 31, June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
Cecil, a seventy year-old successful novelist living comfortably with his fussy old butler is contemplating marriage. The object of his affections, Evelyn, has just buried the man she married fifty years ago. Cecil and Evelyn once had a brief romance, but he never quite got around to proposing marriage and she, sensibly, then turned to a man who did.
“Now he wants to make up for that passed-up opportunity, without accepting the changes that time inevitably brings. She knows that you can’t go back, and that the path forward is not necessarily a simple straight one. There is, after all, a difference between life and living. Think about it. Douglas-Home certainly did.” (Whatsonstage.com) The dialogue in The Kingfisher bristles with hilarious one-liners. And that elusive and wary bird of the title? Is it a symbol for one of the characters and, if so, which? That’s for you to decide.
33 Variations by Moisés Kaufman
To be performed on August 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory, and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to 19th-century Austria, in this extraordinary new American play about passion, parenthood, and the moments of beauty that can transform a life. Originally starring Jane Fonda on Broadway, this brilliant play, nominated for 5 Tony awards, is written by Moisés Kaufman, author of The Laramie Project. "There's a lot of laughter," Fonda says. "I mean, one is surprised how funny it is. But it takes you somewhere. I think people want to be taken somewhere and feel, when the experience is over, that they have actually experienced something and are the better for it."
Daughters by John Morgan Evans
September 27, 28, 29 and October 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12
This beautifully written family drama shows how four generations of Italian-American women deal with crisis. The women gather in the kitchen of the DiAngelo’s Brooklyn home while the dying family patriarch is in the bedroom playing Caruso records. Vinnie, Tessie’s husband, runs numbers for her bedridden father. Patty Ann’s husband sells discount clothing, and is scheming to take over the construction business of Patty Ann’s and Tessie’s father. Through it all the author has shown a wonderful ability to find the humor in dire situations. “One of the best written family plays in the last few years. It is funny and harrowing at almost the same moment. Its characters are composites of bravado, fear, selfishness, love, ignorance, and the will to survive.” (NY Daily News)