Somerset Valley Players

 

"Biloxi Blues"

by Neil Simon.

Directed by Todd R. Bennington.

January 25 - February 10
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound. When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930's Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

 

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"Rehearsal for Murder"

Adapted for the stage by D.D. Brooke. From the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link.

Directed by Michael A. Muller.

March 8 - March 24
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

It's opening night and the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright's fiancée, was murdered! As the actors, producer, director and others connected with the show seek the truth the tension grows and reaches the boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising. The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning!

 

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"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart.  Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.  Based on the plays of Plautus.

Directed by Eric Walby.

April 26 - May 12
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $22 - Seniors/Students $20

Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

 

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"Jack of Diamonds"

by Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes.

Directed by Emily M. Windus.

June 7 - June 23
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

Unbeknownst to four retirement home friends, the man to whom they've entrusted their life savings - a smooth-talking financial advisor named Barney Effward - has been arrested for bilking his clients out of their savings through a Ponzi scheme. Pandemonium ensues as the four retirees try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans for revenge.

 

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"Legally Gray"

by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose.

Directed by Holly J. Kowalenko.

July 19 - August 4
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

Mike and Marie have decided to apply for early Social Security so they can travel, take it easy, and really enjoy life. Their lives change overnight when their 30-year-old daughter moves back home and Marie's 83-year-old mother also comes to live with them. What will it take for Mike and Marie to finally get to enjoy their semi-retirement?

 

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"Urinetown"

Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann. Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis

Directed by Genevieve Estanislau.

September 6 - September 22
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $22 - Seniors/Students $20

A sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

 

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"Death of a Salesman"

by Arthur Miller.

Directed by Diane L. Parker.

October 18 - November 3
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.

 

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

by Charles M. Schulz. Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer.

"Frosty the Snow Man"

by William Francis.

Directed by Ed Hayden.

December 6 - December 22
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM
** Additional matinee on Saturday, December 14th at 2PM **

Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

A holiday double-header. First, when Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus' help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. And then stay for the tale of a rascally snow man who comes to life one day, and of his funny escapades with a bustling, nearsighted policeman before he melts away.

 

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This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program

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