Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

September 8 – October 14, 2017
Farragut North
by Beau Willimon
Directed by Sherry Coon
Produced by Lynn Gutstadt and Jenny Boone

Farragut North is a 2008 play written by Beau Willimon (House of Cards), loosely based on former Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic primary election campaign for U.S. President. Set in Des Moines in the weeks leading up to Iowa’s statewide caucuses, the play is “a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape – about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.” No trick is too dirty, no lie is too outrageous, no spin is too ingenious if it gets your candidate over the top, including 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 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
Produced by Margie Bates and Gail Bernardi

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. Please note that despite featuring puppets, Avenue Q is R rated, featuring adult topics, offensive language and an onstage portrayal of puppet sex.

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 become 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.
July 13 – August 18, 2018
Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will
by Del Shores
Directed by Kirk Larson
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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