Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

January 17 – February 22, 2020
The Giver
Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry
Directed by Harold Dershimer
Produced by Kathy Dershimer

Life in the community where The Giver and Jonas live is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce new children, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs, and no one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a precisely choreographed world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment, injustice…or choice. Join us for this multi-media presentation as we follow Jonas’ journey filled with heightened sensory experiences from a place of sameness…to elsewhere!

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
March 13 – April 18, 2020
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Susan Stangl
Produced by Myron Klafter and Alison Boole
Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up and cared for their elderly parents, but everything changes when their movie star sister Masha and her boy-toy Spike arrive for the weekend. This hilarious comedy received multiple theatrical honors, including the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
May 15 – June 20, 2020
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.
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
July 10 – August 15, 2020
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!
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 11 – October 17, 2020
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.
November 13 – December 19, 2020
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
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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