City Park Players Celebrates 80 Years of Community Theatre

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City Park Players is excited to present its 80th Season in 2018 with five shows: three comedies and two dramas. The season features a mixture of unknown plays and well-loved classics.

The Season begins with Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun February 22 – March 4. Playwright Norm Foster creates an emotionally-charged atmosphere that explores the relationship between a disabled man and a young pregnant woman. The play, like real life, is a constant tug-of-war between humor and pathos, selfishness and selflessness, surviving and thriving.

Neil Simon’s classic Barefoot in the Park will be featured April 12 – 22. This well-known play tells the story of Paul and Corie Bratter, who are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.

Audition for a Murder by Lee Mueller will be performed June 7 - 17. This hilarious comedy centers around a theatre group holding auditions for a Murder Mystery called "Death of A Disco Dancer". The auditions get underway with the unfinished script just as one of the actors mysteriously dies. Perhaps the investigation into this "mysterious death" will inspire the playwright and help him finish the play.

Proof by David Auburn will be presented August 2 – 12. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Proof is about Catherine, who has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. David Auburn’s Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love.

CPP will conclude its regularly-scheduled season with I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick October 11-21. Set in John Barrymore's old apartment in New York City, the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part.

Auditions for each show will be held approximately two months in advance of performance dates and will be posted at cpptheatre.com and on CPP’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/cpptheatre.

Performance times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:30pm at the Hearn Stage in Downtown Alexandria. Tickets are on sale now at www.cpptheatre.com and will be available 30 minutes before each performance in the lobby of the theatre. For reservations and more, please email cityparkplayers@gmail.com or call 318-484-4478.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.  Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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