Sunset Players Celebrates 40 Years of Performances with Its New Season

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John Wesseling, Nick Dunker and Susan Decatur in Sunset Players’ production of GREETINGS! Photo by Miranda Lally.

CINCINNATI, OH – August 30, 2019 — Sunset Players, a Westside community theater group that performs at the Arts Center at Dunham, celebrates its 40th season with its audience in mind.

“For our 40th season, we pulled shows from past seasons that were some of our favorites, and we are excited to share these gems with our patrons once more,” said John Wesseling, president and long-time member of Sunset Players.

Opening the season is Greetings! by Tom Dudzick and directed by Dennis Murphy. A young man brings his Jewish atheist fiancé home on Christmas Eve to meet his sweet Catholic mother, his sour Catholic father and his intellectually disabled brother. When his disabled brother with limited vocabulary spouts “Greetings,” the family’s belief system is turned upside down. Cast includes John Wesseling, Susan Decatur, Chadwin Davis, Brieanne Sheehan and Nick Dunker. Performances are September 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21. Produced by special arrangements from Samuel French.

The annual children’s show is Humpty Dumpty Is Missing by Joseph Robinette, directed by Bob Kelley and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. A spoof of the private-eye thrillers of the 1940s and 50s, a private investigator and his sidekick try to put the pieces together on the disappearance of Humpty Dumpty. With a list of fairy tale suspects, the pair work together to nab the culprit. Performances are December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. Friday night performances are at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.

The winter will be filled with country music with Pump Boys and Dinettes by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. Directed by Don Frimming and produced by special arrangements from Samuel French, the Pump Boys sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Pry country, and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform an evening of country and western songs on guitars, piano, bass and kitchen utensils. Performances are March 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 21.

The season wraps up with Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by John Wesseling and produced by special arrangements from Samuel French. This play focuses on the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953 and his staff and the writing, fighting and wacky antics that ensue in the writers’ room. Performances are May 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23.

All shows, except Humpty Dumpty Is Missing, begin at 8:00 pm, except Thursday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. Cincinnati State’s Interpreter Training Program will provide sign language interpreting for the deaf community on the second Saturday performance.

Season tickets for all four shows are now on sale and can be purchased online at the Sunset Players website (www.sunsetplayers.org) or at the door. Individual tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Sunset Players, Inc. is a community theater group located on the west side of Cincinnati. Founded in 1979, the group performs at the Arts Center at Dunham and has produced more than 145 shows. Its mission is to bring a smile, and its plays include comedies, farces, dramatic comedies and musical comedies—as long as there is some “comedy” in the performance. For more information about the 40th season, visit our website at www.sunsetplayers.org or like us on Facebook.

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