This season marks the group's 50th year bringing live theatre to Northern Kentucky. To celebrate the milestone, Village Players recently revealed an updated logo. The 2015-2016 season, a collection of audience favorites, begins in September and continues through April. The full season is listed below. For details and ticket information, visit http://www.villageplayers.biz/.
Wait Until Dark -- September 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 & 26
Written by Frederick Knott
Directed by Patrick Downey
Stage Managed by Rachael Hawkins
A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy.
Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman's murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade.
But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.
Mike Talman..................Dan Maloney
Sgt. Carlino....................Nathan Henegar
Harry Roat, Jr. ..............Eric Day
Susy Hendrix……….....Heather Abbott
Sam Hendrix.................Eric Thomas
Patrolman One.............Steve Myers
Patrolman Two.............Brandon McCauley
My Friend the Fox -- November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22
Written by William Glennon
Directed by Rex Sholar
Audition dates: August 16 & 17
Fox -- clever and sly, but likable -- befriends Justi, a simple woodsman. Fox persuades the king that Justi is wealthy and searching for a princess to marry. These lies, of course, bring trouble, conflict and humor. Along the way, Fox is forced to take an anti-lie medicine, fib-fizz, and whenever he lies, a bell rings. Justi eventually meets the king's daughter, only to find that she is badly spoiled. He proves his worth, however, by rescuing the princess and taking his place as the story's hero.
Dearly Departed -- February 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 & 20
Written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
Directed by Nathan Henegar
Audition dates: July 26 @ 1:00 PM & July 27 @ 7:00 PM -- Cold readings from the script
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.
Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you."
Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
Girls of the Garden Club -- April 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 & 30
Written by John Patrick
Directed by Amy Hamilton
Audition dates: January 24, 25, 26
Rhoda Greenleaf lives to garden. It’s her obsession and her house looks like a jungle. She’d love to expand her plant collection to a greenhouse behind her home, and husband Vincent remarks that if she’s ever elected president she’ll have a greenhouse – only he didn’t say president of what!
Thanks to Vincent’s comments, Rhoda’s newest passion is seeking the presidency of the local Garden Club, and she’ll do everything she can to achieve her dream. She plots to oust the long-time president by winning the local flower show. But fate comes up with obstacles to her quest that she must overcome with the help of her Garden Club friends.
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Fort Thomas, KY 41075
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