Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

Dates: TBA
Fun Home
Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Kathryn Dershimer
Produced by Jenny Boone and Harold Dershimer

Fun Home, winner of Best Musical from New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and also, Outer Cities Circle Award, as well as the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical, is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.

FUN HOME is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
Dates: TBA
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
by Neil Simon
Directed by Stanley Brown
Produced by Kathy Dershimer
Neil Simon’s hilarious and poignant memory play LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, based on his personal experience working as a young writer for the classic 1950’s comedy-variety TV series Your Show of Shows, returns to Kentwood Players in a new, energized production. Simon brings to life a vivid memoir of colorful and volatile personalities relying on their comedic talents to balance their private lives with high pressure careers. Simon’s 28th play is one of his best: a blend of unforgettable characters laced with an exclusive insight into the era known as The Golden Age of Television. Join us for this perfect nostalgic getaway!
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
Dates: TBA
Night Watch
by Lucille Fletcher
Directed by Brandon Ferruccio
Produced by Harold Dershimer and Kathy Dershimer
NIGHT WATCH, perhaps best known as the 1973 feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey, is an ingeniously devised thriller which builds steadily in menace and suspense until the final, breath-stopping moment. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. The mystery begins when Elaine observes one corpse, and then another in the building opposite her home. But when police detectives are called in to investigate, they can find not a shred of evidence nor discover any bodies. And although Elaine insists that she saw what she saw, continuous suspicions arise as she begins to drive herself and everyone around her to their emotional limits; including her husband John, her best friend Blanche, and her maid, Helga. As they all become concerned with Elaine's sanity, a famed psychiatrist is summoned to evaluate her and the unsettling circumstances at play. Will plans be made for Elaine to be sent to a sanitarium in Switzerland? Or will a supposed killer strike again? Who knows... perhaps even Elaine's life is in deadly danger?
NIGHT WATCH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Dates: TBA
9 to 5 The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film
Directed by Kirk Larson
Based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5 The Musical tells the story about three workmates pushed to a boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Outrageously funny, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, this musical is about friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Dates: TBA
All My Sons
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Ben Lupejkis
Produced by Lori Marple-Pereslete

The age-old capitalistic struggle of “profit over people” that prompted the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee to question Arthur Miller’s patriotic loyalties is on full display in ALL MY SONS. In his Tony Award winning play, Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of material greed, lies, love, and loss. It demands we examine our own ethical responsibilities to ourselves, our neighbors, and all at-risk sons (and daughters) of American conflict.

ALL MY SONS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
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