City Park Players presents "Leading Ladies" by Ken Ludwig
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City Park Players is pleased to present a comedy by the talented playwright Ken Ludwig.
Leading Ladies, directed by Jared Guillory, opens on Thursday, June 1 at the Hearn Stage in Downtown Alexandria. This farce features local actors Nick Blackstone (Leo), Chris McDowell (Jack), Elizabeth Hilgerson (Meg), Tori Revoir (Audrey), Levi Martinez (Duncan), Becky Stewart (Florence), Jared Guillory (Doc), and Garrett Lollar (Butch).
Leading Ladies is a hilarious comedy about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces. Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with Meg, the old lady’s vivacious niece, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.
The world premiere of Leading Ladies was co-produced by Cleveland Play House and the Alley Theatre in 2004, directed by the author. Ken Ludwig has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in more than 20 languages.
Leading Ladies performances continue June 1-11 - 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.
Tribes by Nina Raine
Saturday, June 3 - 10am
Monday, June 5 - 6pm
All auditions at Kress Theatre
CHRISTOPHER - Billy's father. Fifties/Sixties.
BETH - Billy's mother. Fifties/Sixties.
RUTH - Billy's sister. Twenties. The middle child. A year or two older than Billy.
DANIEL - Billy's brother. The oldest child. Twenties. A year or two older than Ruth.
BILLY - Twenties. The youngest child. Deaf.
SYLVIA - Twenties. Going deaf.
No prepared audition material required. The director will prepare short excerpts from the play for a cold read.
"Tribes" focuses on a comically dysfunctional Jewish family, made up of the parents Beth and Christopher and three grown children living at home, Daniel, Ruth and Billy, the last of whom is deaf, raised to read lips and speak but without knowledge of sign language.
When Billy meets Sylvia, a hearing woman born to deaf parents who is now slowly going deaf herself, his interaction with her (including her teaching him sign language) reveals some of the languages, beliefs, and hierarchies of the family and the “extended family” of the deaf community.