Section 2, part 2
(1) Bray Creech: Love the brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing every week, Blaine.
(2) Barbara Firestone: Two great jokes… # 2 & 3…Really enjoyed them!
(6) Peggy Shafer: All 50 States Reimagined as Food Puns
Section 12A, NC events
(1) At The Magnetic Theatre: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 PM, July 6-15
Something is very wrong at Cadmus Academy. A teacher is dead, a student is missing, and the school is on edge. Anew head has arrived with a mandate to restore order and discipline, but as details of her strategy begin to emerge, members of the Cadmus community wonder if they may have gotten more than they bargained for.
(3) Attic Salt Theatre Company Presents the poignant comedy Gruesome Playground Injuries
Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph
Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company at 35below
July 14-30, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
35below, 35 East Walnut St., Asheville, NC
Attic Salt Theatre Company is proud to once again team up with 35below for Rajiv Joseph’s bittersweet comedy, Gruesome Playground Injuries. Attic Salt produced the acclaimed How I Learned to Drive at 35below in November 2016, opening the season there, and is now closing it with this offering. The company has a long relationship with the black-box theater, previously presenting the hits God of Carnage and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as well as the smash hit All in the Timing. 35below is located at 35 East Walnut Street in Downtown Asheville. The performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, from July 14th through the 30th. Tickets cost 20 dollars and can be purchased through the Asheville Community Theatre box office at ashevilletheatre.org or by calling 828-254-1320.
Widely known for the much-lauded Bengal Tiger in a Baghdad Zoo, Rajiv Joseph has been the recipient of many coveted theater awards for his startling works, as well as being a Pulitzer finalist. Although Joseph is a relative new voice in the theater, he has already established himself as one of the most imaginative and original.
Gruesome Playground Injuries was first produced in Houston in 2009 with film star Selma Blair, and went Off-Broadway in 2011 starring Pablo Schreiber and Jennifer Carpenter. Its uncommon presentation, innovative uses of time and the ability to capture the uniqueness of relationships has it being taught at colleges and in theater programs around the world.
The play follows Kayleen and Doug’s odd connection as they find a certain kinship in a series of life-altering calamities. Despite being an unrealized romance, the each find themselves constantly drawn to the other and shows how needing often supplants wanting, ultimately asking the question: Shouldn’t every great love story leave permanent scars?
Director Jeff Catanese said of the play, “The characters are literally broken when we first meet them. The exploration is in the wounds we don’t see and sometimes don’t even feel. No matter what your take on these characters, and their odd relationship, it’s hard to deny that this is a love story.”
Kayleen will be played by Asheville stage newcomer Nina Troy and Doug by her real-life partner Patrick Brandt, who was last featured in The Nerd, Attic Salt’s most recent production at NC Stage Company. Of this example of art imitating life, Catanese said, “We didn’t seek it specifically, but I was hoping to get one of our great, local acting couples to perform this show. There’s an intimacy, both in the text and in the presentation, that a couple already familiar with each other will be able to convey that would be much harder to exact from those who aren’t.”
Attic Salt’s Executive Director, Marci Bernstein, will serve as producer on this show, with costumes designed by local fashion designer McKinney Gough. The play will be directed by Jeff Catanese, Attic Salt’s Artistic Director, and stage managed by Lilly Mills.
Tickets for Gruesome Playground Injuries are available now through the Asheville Community Theatre box office at Ashevilletheatre.org or by calling 828-254-1320.
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(1) ACTORSNET STAGES THE THREEPENNY OPERA –
SEE MACK THE KNIFE RAISE HAVOC IN LONDON
EVENT: THE THREEPENNY OPERA: ActorsNET concludes its 21st season with a milestone musical – The Threepenny Opera. Conceived as “an opera for beggars,” the “play with music” was adapted by Marc Blitzstein into English from the original production in German – music by Kurt Weill and book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. Set in the London slums just prior to the coronation of Queen Victoria, it chronicles the crimes and womanizing of notorious Macheath, best known as Mack the Knife. Chaos ensues when Macheath marries Polly Peachum over the objections of her father, who reigns in the slum as king of the beggars. Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle of Morrisville, PA directs Blair Johnson of Doylestown, PA as Macheath; Elizabeth Rzasa of Ewing, NJ as Polly Peachum; Steve Lobis of Morrisville as Mr. Peachum; and Laurie Hardy of Hamilton, NJ as Mrs. Peachum. Co-Starring Nicholas Pecht of Hamiton, NJ as “the street singer;” Holly Gash of Yardley, PA as Jenny, Kyla Donnelly of Levittown, PA as Lucy, and C. Jameson Bradley of Quakertown, PA as Tiger Brown. Featuring Tom Smith, John Russell, Rick Speer, Ellen Wisnosky, and Stacy Danka. Musical direction by David Bohn of Trenton, NJ. Stage managed by Erin Leder of Bordentown, NJ. Lighting design and operation by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisvlle. Special choreography by Joy Woffindin of Sea Girt, NJ. Produced by special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.
SHOW DATES: July 14 – 30, 2017. (Ten performances only)
TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Special Saturday matinee July 29 at 2 p.m.
PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.
ADMISSION: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students. Parental discretion advised. Group rates available for ten or more.
TO RESERVE: Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email email@example.com.
ON THE INTERNET: The Company’s website is www.actorsnetbucks.org. Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet.
(2) Sharpest Cowgirl in the West About to Take Aim at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ July 28 to August 6
West Windsor, N.J. – The Yardley Players are about to prove there’s no business like show business, as they present the beloved musical “Annie Get Your Gun” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre this summer. Dates and show times for this Broadway classic are Fridays, July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening performance on July 28.
Famous throughout the Wild West for her sharpshooting skills, Annie Oakley meets her match in fellow gunslinger Frank Butler. Performing with the traveling show headlined by the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie and Frank spar both professionally and romantically. Along the way, they belt out some of the most well-known tunes in Broadway history, including Doin’ What Comes Naturally, Anything You Can Do, I Got the Sun in the Morning, and, of course, There’s No Business Like Show Business.
With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, “Annie Get Your Gun” premiered on Broadway in 1946, where it ran for more than 1,100 performances. A film version debuted in 1950 that won the Academy Award for Best Musical Score and received three other nominations.
The show stars Karaline Rosen of Robbinsville as Annie Oakley; Brian Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Frank Butler; Scott Karlin of Plainsboro as Buffalo Bill; Meredith Thomas of East Windsor as Dolly Tate; Nathan Parker of Manalapan as Charles Davenport; John Montero of Ewing as Chief Sitting Bull; Danielle Slaboda of Hamilton as Winnie Tate; Jon Logan of West Windsor as Tommy Keller; Ken McCormick of Yardley, Pa., as Wilson; Wayne Wood of Fairless Hills, Pa., as Pawnee Bill; Dan Mucha of Yardville as Mac; Elise Carey of Yardley, Pa., as Jessie; Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Nellie; Tristan Davis of Newtown, Pa., as Little Jake; Andrew Millin of Perrineville as Porter; and Sydney Broitman of Newtown, Pa., as Mrs. Potter Porter.
Ensemble members include Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge, Sophie Daley-Harris of Princeton, Brayden Davis of Newtown, Pa., Jake Federico of Lawrenceville, Jenna Gottlieb of East Windsor, Grace McFarland of Fairless Hills, Pa., Daniel Montero of Ewing, Jeff Rosenthal of Dayton, Hayley Rubins-Topoleski of Trenton, Madison Russell of Morrisville, Pa., Carissa Salzano of Yardley, Pa., Marge Swider of Langhorne, Pa., Natalie Thomas of East Windsor, Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, and Abby Gafgen of Robbinsville.
Featured dancers are Margaret DeLucia of Robbinsville, Maryellen Molnar of Skillman, Nicole Potenza of West Windsor, and Reva Sangal of Princeton Junction.
The production staff includes Producer Marge Swider, Director Kristy Davis, Music Director and Orchestra Conductor Matt South, Choreographer Laura Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Liz Wurtz, Set Designer James Kenna, and Costumer Louisa Murey.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.