Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

July 14 – August 19, 2017
The Gingerbread Lady
by Neil Simon
Directed by Drew Fitzsimmons
Produced by Jenny Boone

Maureen Stapleton won Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actress for the role of Evy Meara, a popular cabaret singer who has hit the skids in Neil Simon’s The Gingerbread Lady. Set in New York City in 1972 after Evy’s short stay in rehab, her best friend, the age-defying Toby, her daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor, all try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. Enter Lou Tanner, a former lover, who ends up giving her a black eye. The party is a wash out, the “gingerbread lady” falls off the wagon and hits the ropes once again. With Neil Simon’s characteristic wit and humor, his serious story of lost misfits is genuinely and deeply touching. The play was later rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh starring Marsha Mason.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 8 – October 14, 2017
Farragut North
by Beau Willimon
Directed by Sherry Coon
Produced by Lynn Gutstadt

Set in Des Moines in the weeks leading up to Iowa’s statewide caucuses, Farragut North is an engaging drama about the dirty tricks and brutal backstabbing of those conducting the spin war for aspiring presidents as they attempt to reignite our tapped-out passion for political one-upmanship. The play, which had its West Coast Premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in 2009, may not be able to compete with the loony stranger-than-fiction cast of our recent election battle or offer us any stop-the-presses scoops about our presidential campaign culture, but it does capture the frenzied scheming and counter-scheming of would-be Washington kingmakers.

FARRAGUT NORTH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
November 10 – December 16, 2017
Avenue Q
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth

Avenue Q is an “autobiographical and biographical” coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children’s television programs such as PBS’s Sesame Street, that they were “special” and “could do anything”; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more “special” than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. Be advised due to subject matter and language, this show is recommended for ages 16 and above.

AVENUE Q is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
January 12 – February 17, 2018
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Directed by George L. Rametta
Produced by Lauren A. Jarvis
Using the historical and controversial subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible presents an allegory of events from the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950’s. Reason and fact became clouded by irrational fears and the desire to place blame for society’s problems on others. John Proctor, a blunt, out-spoken farmer is the play’s central character. He gets caught up in a conspiracy not even his own strength can control when his ex-lover Abigail throws false accusations on his wife Elizabeth. As Proctor tries to free his wife and prove all others accused of witchcraft innocent, he finds himself accused as well. One man stands in a tug-of-war between God and Satan, pride and damnation, and good and evil. It all leads to a climatic ending in which one lost soul finds peace with himself and realizes the importance of one's own dignity. Miller won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, and The Crucible has gone on to become a classic, regarded as one of the great American dramas.
THE CRUCIBLE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
March 16 – April 21, 2018
Sister Act
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard
Directed by Ben Lupejkis
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Patricia Butler
SISTER ACT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
May 11 – June 16, 2018
Match
by Stephen Belber
Directed by Bruce Starrett
MATCH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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