It's November 21, 1963.  On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for on final boys' night of debauchery, parting and maybe a little trouble.  But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with hi fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love an compassion.  Dogfight is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul.

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An original play by Chalmers
Presented by East Berlin Productions

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had the courage to be absolute nobodies?

Because we don't: WHAM!

It's 1989. In East Berlin, American journalist Morgan Conway urges his friend, dissident Frank Mueller, to go march for democracy and an end to the Stasi, the secret police.

Frank marches, the Stasi smash his knee, Morgan gets THAT photo. Its publication incites more protests. The world shakes. The Wall falls.

Months later, the two reunite before a Fete which will honor what they did. But do they deserve the honors? Frank did no more than any of the other one hundred thousand marchers, and Morgan just took a photo. Besides, they failed. They wanted democratic socialism.. They got capitalism.

Examining what actually happened that day, they uncover Stasis, and Nazis. Maybe they should have stayed home. Maybe they should have heeded Salinger. “I'm sick, sick, sick, of everyone who wants to get somewhere, do something.” They might still be friends.

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This is an original story by local five-year old Georgia Pendleton about a French penguin called Pengui'.  Ever since Pengui'was able to walk, she wished that someday she would be able to fly.  Unfortunately she's a penguin and doesn't have the necessary equipment to do so.  One day Pengui' does a good deed for a fellow bird, a flying bird.  The flying bird plucks from it's wing the biggest, stongest feather he has and gives it to Pengui' to thank her for her kindness.  This gives Pengui' an idea....  She decides that if she is ever going to fly, she will need many of these big strong feathers.  Pengui' goes on a heartfilled adventure to do as many good deeds for as many birds as she possibly can.  With each kindness she shows she earns a feather, each one bringing her closer to a beautiful set of wings and dreams coming true.

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A tense family drama set in the Silicon Valley in 2012.  As the sleepy university town of Palo Alto booms into a hub of "Facebook Millionaires", the Finch clan struggles to adapt.

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Life has its own plans.  Grace and Dan are recently married college sweethearts, trying to pay the bills and settle into careers, when an unexpected pregnancy is thrown into the mix.  Sam, a commitment-phobe, struggles when his boyfriend Chris reveals he has a child from a previous relationship.  Tracy and Miles gave up their performer lifestyles for their son, but Tracy's Broadway dreams are still calling.

The original musical Some Holiday explores the thread that holds all of these relationships together; the uneasy, endearing and often humorous acceptance of becoming a parent.

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See Charles Dickens' classic tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge come to life this holiday season on the Seacoast.  After Scrooge dismisses his clerk, Bot Cratchit, for the holiday, this ghostly tale unfolds to reveal his life from past, to present to his future.  Scrooge must face the love and warmth he has closed himself off to, and this miraculous night leaves him a changed man.

No matter the traditions your family celebrates, the story of A Christmas Carol is sure to warm your heart, lighten your mood and help remind us all just how important human connection can be.

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In what has become a holiday week tradition at The Players' Ring, Discovering Magic with Andrew Pinard will return this year.

Celebrating its sixth year at The Players' Ring, this popular holiday event is an exploration of magic, science, perception and deception.  See amazing sleight of hand, learn nefarious con games and experience cognitive dissonance that will make you appreciate the wonder that is the human mind.  Come out, celebrate, have a great time, meet some new people and maybe, just maybe, learn a little somethig as well.

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This benchmark of Broadway comedy produced one of the theatre's most beloved roles, unconventional Murray, uncle to precocious nephew, Nick.  Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for "Chipper the Chiomunk", a children's television star, Murray finds himself solving their problems as well as most of his own.

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Dateline:  Washington DC late 1960s.  John Matherson, a high ranking Department of Justice official, has a son James.  James is a high school student in the middle of his make or break year of college applications.  Fifty years later James looks back as he grapples with his new role as an Historian on PBS.  

The family's story reflects the political turmoil present in the United States in the 1960s.  Pop culture must be acknowledged as a player:  Music, drugs and changing moral perspectives help to drive the plot.  Addiction and mental illness highlight the fragile line on which society balances its hopes and higher aspirations.

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The Illuminating Tail is an original story by Peter Splaine, a local parent and carpenter.  It's about the adventure of a raccoon named Lamppost Pete, aptly named because he walks around with a lamppost which provides him with light.  You see, Lamppost Pete can't see in the dark like his other nocturnal friends.  Or can he?  He's trying to answer all the big questions;  Why am I here?  What is my value in this life?  What's the point of a raccoon that can't see in the world he's meant to be in?  Lamppost Pete follows an old woman's advise and goes out to find some answers.  Along his travels he meets a cast of characters who live in the same metaphorical darkness, all seeking the same answers and finding so much more.

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Ben Butler, a scruffy Massachusetts lawyer with no military experience, was a general in the Union Army assigned to command a fort in Virginia in 1861.  As soon as he arrives, Virgniia secedes from the Union and Butler faces a decision that will affet the course of the Civil War -- specifically, whether or not to provide asylum for three escaped enslaved men,  The historical importance of this play by richard Strand is gripping.  But what is wonderfully unexpected isits humor and wit which work brilliantly without ever diminishing the gravity of the situation.

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Catherine has inherited her father's mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness.  Caught between a newfound connection with Hall, one of her father's former students and the reappearance of her sister Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable.  When Hal discovers a groundbreaking proof among her father's belongings, Catherine is forced to further question how much of her father's genius or madness she will inherit.

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There are two reasons that Elizabeth Farren is shocked when her estranged childhood friend Marbles calls her up.  First, Marbles was imaginary and second, she's talking into a Spaghettio's can.  Now she must come face to face with the ghosts of a past long forgotten.  Luckily she has her friends beside her to help her through.  Sharleigh Thomson's String Can Theory is a touching story of love, friendship and mental health.

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Heisenberg is laugh out loud funny and yet heart wrenchingly poignant as it explores the effects of uncertainty on ourselves, our relationships and especially on our willingness to trust one another.  For it is clear we live in uncertain times.  Of course, we're not unique in that.  Anyone at at time in history could have said the same thing.  But perhaps our own time seems especially uncertain.  Cataclysmic climate change, eroding democratic structures, rising xenophobia....  It's a harrowing picture.  Playwright Simon Stephens wants to persuade us to believe in our capacity to make each other better than we are in isolation.  To find ways to embrace uncertainty.  He thinks we might not be doomed.  We might just be alright.

Heisenberg follows two strangers -- a forty-two-year-old American woman and a seventy-five-year-old Englishman, who meet by happenstance in a large railway station concourse.  Over six scenes and a period of six weeks they effect surprising changes both in each other and in themselves.

It's refreshing to hear someone say that uncertainty may not be such a bad thing; that uncertainty, rather than being frightening, might be the start of the  most remarkable adventure.

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The Mouse has stumbled upon some bad luck and some big trouble so he decides to pack up and relocate because his Mama didn't raise no fool.  While searching for the perfect spot to lay low, The Mouse happens upon The Lion.  The Lion is very unfriendly and very unhappy due to some recent bad luck of his own.  They both need help and have no idea how helpful asking for help can be.  They learn about humility, honesty and friendship.  Adapted from Aesop's Fable, Androcles and the Lion, this story is filled with great music and laughs and is sure to remind you about a variety of life lessons which can sometimes be too easily forgotten.

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The Smallest Room in the House is a love story told over 50 years.  It is the story of John and Margie who we first meet on their honeymoon in 1957 and follow all the way to 2007.  We also meet their children, Tommy and Suzy, and their best friend Don.  

Oh, and the whole play takes place in the family bathroom.

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How much would you pay for a white painting?  Would it matter who the painter was?  Would it be art?  

One of Marc's best friends Serge has just bought a very expensive painting.  It is about five feet by four, all white with white diagonal lines.  To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn't have the proper standard to judge the work.  Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement.  Eager to please Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting.  Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures.  As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendship.  At the breaking point Serge hands Marc a felt tip pen and dares him:  "Go on."  This is where the friendship is finally tested, and the aftermath of action and its reaction affirms the power of those bonds.

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Established in the spring of 2004, Stranger Than Fiction is the premiere improvisatonal comedy troupe for the Granite State.  This is their 17th season at the Players' Ring, and every year they strive to provide audiences to create shows that rival improv clubs around the world.  Improvisors use suggestions from the audiences to create scenes live without the use of a script.  The results are often unexpected and hilarious.  No two shows are ever completely alike.  

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Timeline provides critical insight into the odyssey of a middle-aged woman, participating in individual therapy sessions.  Facilitated by Dr. Ashworth, these therapeutic sessions provide the ideal environment for her to explore childhood memories, adult-related milestones and the inevitability of death.  Dr. Ashworth's receptionist is the third cast member.

Individual therapy sessions are replete with humor, vulnerability and an exploration of pathways to healing.  Timeline has an unexpected climax that invites audience participation.  What memories do you need to confront?  Where are you along your timeline?

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Jack Robertson led a charmed life; a very successful, wealthy lawyer living in a luxurious home in a gated community with his beautiful socialite wife.  Everyone thought Jack was destined for even greater things -- there were mumblings of a bright political future -- but no one knew he carried a secret.  Then one afternoon he dropped dead and at the calling hours things got interesting.

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Carousel is a colorful and thought provoking play that journeys into the wonderfully curious and perplexing world of mental illness.

Girl, a young woman struggling with Schizophrenia, meets a unique group of individuals as she explores the confines of the psychiatric ward of her local hospital.  With each door she opens, she enters a new and different world unlike her own.  Through open, candid and at times raw discussions, she learns the light and dark side of living with a mental illness.

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A romantic comedy bordering on and at times crossing right into a farce.

Corina, a somewhat sexually unsatisfied yoga instructor and backyard beekeeper, tries to keep it together as she's pushed and pulled in every direction by her life's partner, her pretentious mother and a ridiculously smitten yoga student.

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This show originated as Impersonators of Romance:  A Night to Remember for Lakeside Players at the Bow Lake Grange Hall in Strafford, NH in 2012 as a Valentine's Day show with a cast of 9 men.  Now this widely popular show has a cast of 20 with both genders, is more than a Valentine show and travels to different venues on the Seacoast to perform.  

A great line up of "celebrities" presented by a talented cast; singing, dancing and comedy with acts for every age!  There is something for everyone in this show!

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