BABY WITH THE BATHWATER

By Christopher Durang
Presented by Veterans in Performing Arts (VIPA)

As the play begins Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring, a bit disappointed that it doesn't speak English and too polite to check its sex. So they decide that the child is a girl and name it Daisy—which leads to all manner of future emotional and personality problems when it turns out that Daisy is actually a boy.

Thereafter, in a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, the saga of Daisy's struggle to establish his identity continues, despite his parents' growing obliviousness. At the outset there is a zany nanny who gives him a lethal toy to play with; then the small problem of Daisy's penchant, as a toddler, for throwing himself in front of buses; then his bizarre problems in school; and, finally, the sessions with his analyst which enable him, at last, to accept his maleness and stop wearing dresses. In the end the play comes full circles as the former Daisy and his young bride fondly regard their own baby—forgiving of the past but determined not to repeat its calamitous mistakes.

May 10 - 26, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

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PIPPIN

Book by Roger O. Hirson
Lyrics & Music by Stephen Schwartz
Presented by Ferrill-Chylde Productions

Pippin is...a rather strange show.  Ostensibly it is a production of "Pippin: His Life and Times" as performed by a band of traveling actors under the direction of their wickedly charismatic Leading Player.  It is also the story of Pippin and his search for some grand meaning in his life, some sense of purpose. It is also a show that makes you wonder which parts of it are performance and which parts are deadly real. Finally, it is a show all about the strengths of idealism, the dangers of it, and the need not to be an arrogant prick while pursuing it.  With lyrics and music by Stephen Schwartz and book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin is a singular piece, full of comedy, tragedy, music (of course), and, yes, even just a little bit of magic.

May 31 - June 16, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

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LATE NIGHT SERIES: WILDERNESS

An original one-act play by Greg Hovsnesian
Presented by Ya Bird? Productions

Two men. A forest. Alone. With a telescope. A weapon? No...a telescope. And some firewood. A conversation. A conversation? About...what? About...the stars. And the forest. And the fire. And...something else. Something dark. Unseen. Unknown. Mistrust. Deceit. Lies. Danger. Danger? Yes...danger. In the darkness, through the trees, around them, close, closer than they think. Very close. Within them...within themselves...there is danger...

Ya Bird? Productions was started in 2016 by Greg Hovanesian, a playwright, actor, screenwriter, and producer based in Boston. Ya Bird?'s first production was Hovanesian's full-length play THIRSTY, a wild romp through the world of online dating as seen through the eyes of a man slowly transforming into a vampire-like being. Following the production of THIRSTY, Ya Bird? went on to stage several readings of Hovanesian's plays throughout the Boston area in 2017. Ya Bird? is thrilled to once again be staging a full-production, this time with the Players' Ring Theatre.

June 21 - 30, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 pm
Sundays at 9:00 pm

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LATE NIGHT SERIES: A BACKWARDS FAIRY TALE

By Allie Lehnhoff
Presented by Rocket Panda

A Backwards Fairytale" by Allison Lehnhoff presents a narrator who prepares to read what he thinks is an ordinary fairytale. But, he is taken by surprise when the princess refuses to do anything the fairytale says. The narrator has to discover the meaning of the story to figure out how it ends, but he has to get through to a princess who is not a typical damsel in distress.

Rocket Panda Entertainment was formed by Brandon Lavin and Stacy Brown to present shows for all ages. This is Rocket Panda's debut show.

July 5 - 14, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 pm
Sundays at 9:00 pm

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LATE NIGHT SERIES: JASON, JASON AND FLORENCE

An original play by Matthew Bickerstaff
Presented by Above the Rearview Productions

What if all of your bad thoughts, were a person? And what if this person, was the only one you could trust?

Florence has learned never to expect much from anyone, including herself. Halfway through a life of disappointment, a chance encounter with her abusive father resurfaces a plethora of unresolved emotions from back when they shared a home, and the effect it's taken on her since. One afternoon, after hearing out her fathers plea of redemption, Florence agrees to spend a meal with him, on the condition that if she does, then he will stop trying to reach out to her and reconnect, for good.

Throughout our story, scenes from Florence's past are revisited on stage, from both the perspectives of those surrounding her, and her own, showing us the person she once was, and the people she refuses to become.

But letting go of the past isn't so easy for Florence, as she's not one who's too quick to forgive the actions of those around her, and the shortcomings of herself. And to top it all off, the voice inside her head just wont leave her alone, and after 11 years of putting up with it, it's becoming difficult to distinguish which thoughts are her own, and which thoughts are not.

Will letting go of the past really fix Florence, or is she simply just getting better at convincing herself that she isn't broken?

July 19 - 28, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 pm
Sundays at 9:00 pm

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LATE NIGHT SERIES: FINAL ANALYSIS

An original play by Lawrence Hennessey
Presented by Weekend Writers' Productions

A therapist thinks he can go through the motions of caring for his clients while he continues to sweep their problems under the rug. That is until two women from his past return to both terrify and terrorize him in new and disturbingly innovative ways.

August 2 - 11, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 pm
Sundays at 9:00 pm

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LATE NIGHT SERIES: SOMEBODY DIES

Three original one-act plays by Chris Elliott
Presented by Jackson Hill Studios

Irreverent." "Blasphemous." "Diabolically Wretched."

These are just a few of the words that critics around the globe are saving up to unleash on the (Aug. 16-25, 2019) world premiere of Somebody Dies.

In the first of the three plays, we meet God. Well, not exactly. We meet Jehovah and Allah. Deuces Wild opens in some version of heaven with the two deities playing poker. The stakes are human souls ascending to their reward when onto the gambling table arrives Ahmet Khafir, a suicide bomber who has just detonated a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv. A vigorous game of bluffs, raises, a call and a see ensues, alongside a sometimes dense, sometimes funny, and always lively ecumenical discussion.

In Seven Stories, Max Cohen has two weeks to kill before his internship starts at The Boston Globe, when he picks up a fascinating hitchhiker. The hitchhiker hits Max up for a dollar as he leaves; but Max has only twenties, so he hands one over and insists on a story in return. This gives him an idea for an article to pitch to the paper, spending $20 each to get seven more stories from interesting faces he doesn't know. Each story is more fascinating than the next, until the final one, which takes Max Cohen on a journey that changes everything.

Bad Relationship is the story of a woman and a man. It opens with a view onto a marriage that has been destroyed by alcohol, sarcasm, sloth, infidelity and rage. It is a Wimbledon match of insults and abuse, finally resolved in a mutual decision to get drunk together. One of them does not make it very far into the play. The one who does spends a good deal of time arranging the body so it can be carried out in pieces. What could possibly go wrong?

Brought to you by Chris Elliott of Jackson Hill Studios and John Breneman of Triple Action Studios, Somebody Dies is a Triple Action Jackson Production.

Somebody Dies is a triple dose of dark comedy from the heart and mind of Chris Elliott, noted L.A./Portsmouth renaissance rap trumpet troubadour and raconteur extraordinaire.

"Eerie." "Morbid." "Grisly." "Preposterous."

These are just a few of the words that online Russian and Chinese trolls are using to describe Somebody Dies, as well as its creator.

Chris was home with a heavy heart to spend time with his beloved older brother Michael Elliott (1947-2018), when he realized The Players' Ring was hosting a submissions audition. So, he wandered over to the magical little box of bricks on Marcy Street and improv'd a production built around three one-act plays he happened to have up his sleeve.

Voila! Somebody Dies was born.

August 16 - 25, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 pm
Sundays at 9:00 pm

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