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2021-2022 Season Announced by Beechmont Players

BPI_logoAfter almost a year off due to the pandemic, Beechmont Players is thrilled to announce their 2021-22 season. 

THIS SEASON AND THE PRODUCTIONS MENTIONED ARE SUBJECT TO OHIO LAWS AND RESTRICTION REGARDING GATHERINGS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Steve Phelan
November 5,6,7,12,13 2021

Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,“ this is Oscar Wilde at his best. Two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing’syoung and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered

THE ODD COUPLE, FEMALE VERSION by Neil Simon
Directed by Arlene Balczo
February 4,5,6,11,12 2022

Neil Simon’s revision of his hugely successful play, The Odd Couple, sees the lead characters transformed into Olive Madison and Florence Unger. Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have VERY different personalities. Where Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers, their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

WRONG WINDOW by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
Directed by Alan Kootsher
May 6,7,8,13,14. 2022

Van Zandt & Milmore pay tribute to Master of Horror Alfred Hitchcock, with this comedy whodunit. Off-and-on New York couple Marnie and Jeff enter an even more complicated phase of their relationship when they think they spy their cross-courtyard neighbor do away with his wife. After they draw their torn curtain, the lady vanishes, and suspicion places murder beyond a shadow of a doubt. The bumbling witnesses sneak into their neighbor’s apartment – 39 steps away – and the fun begins. Among multiple door-slammings, body-snatchings, and a frantic flashlight chase scene, two questions remain: Who killed Lila Larswald? And… if she’s not dead…then who is? The crazy farce plays out on a shadow-box set that allows the audience to be present in one apartment, while viewing the action in its mirror-image neighboring unit across the way. 

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Roles Available for LADY WINDEMERE’S FAN Zoom Reading at Beechmont Players

BPI_logoBeechmont Players is going to hold another ZOOM play reading on SUNDAY afternoon, April 11th from 2:00 to 5:00. (It’s another long one—I promise we’ll go for a more reasonably timed farce the next time!)  The play is LADY WINDEMERE’S FAN,a periiod drama (see below).  But it’s by Oscar Wilde, so as usual it’s full of subtle and witty social commentary. 

Please email Steve Phelan at stevephelan7588@gmail.com if you would are interested in taking a role (and which role(s) you are interested in).  He will cast this first-come, first serve, but with preference to people who haven’t participated yet (or much), so we all get a chance to join in the fun!  Once cast, he’ll send an electronic copy of the script to each cast member. [He encourages people to play with an English accent, but it is NOT a requirement]

ZOOM readings aren’t the same as live, but they provide a great chance to experience unknown shows, practice your acting skills, and socialize with your theater buddies.  And we hope they’ll be a reminder of why we started working with Beechmont Players in the first place!

Just want to watch?  Put the date on the calendar and watch our social media accounts for the Zoom link!

The story concerns Lady Windermere, who suspects that her husband is having an affair with another woman. She confronts him, but although he denies it, he invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife’s birthday ball. Angered by her husband’s supposed unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere decides to leave her husband for another man. After discovering what has transpired, Mrs Erlynne follows Lady Windermere and attempts to persuade her to return to her husband and in the course of this, Mrs Erlynne is discovered in a compromising position. It is then revealed Mrs Erlynne is Lady Windermere’s mother, who abandoned her family twenty years before the time the play is set. Mrs Erlynne sacrifices herself and her reputation to save her daughter’s marriage…

The roles (descriptions and ages are given just to guide character and perspective) for LADY WINDEMERE’S FAN are:

Lord Windermere plays a major role in the play. Society sees him as the perfect man and great husband. He is the center of the conflict because there are rumors being spread about him. 

Lord Darlington is good friends with Lord and Lady Windermere. He is a charming bachelor in society. He has feelings for Lady Windermere. He goes along with the rumors to try to get Lady Windermere to leave with him.

Lord Augustus Lorton is a sweet, older man. He is in love with Mrs. Erlynne. He allows her to tell him what to do and he doesn’t mind it one bit. He just wants to have a women by his side and spend the rest of his life with someone.

Mr. Dumby is the typical Englishman of high society.

Mr. Cecil Graham is very eccentric. He is part of high society but he is not like the other men. He has a witty sense of humor.

Mr. Hopper is an Australian businessman in high society. He is in love with the Duchess of Berwick’s daughter Lady Agatha. He is an outsider in the London high society because he is Australian. Doubles with Parker, Butler 

Lady Windermere is the wife of Lord Windermere and the mother of his child. She tends to forget her duties as a mother and starts to think of leaving her husband because of the rumors going around the town. She is the daughter of Mrs. Erlynne but never actually finds out about that herself. The play takes place during her twenty-first birthday party.

The Duchess of Berwick is considered a noblewoman by high society. She is a talkative person and highly interested in scandal and drama.

Lady Agatha Carlisle is the Duchess of Berwick’s daughter, who throughout the whole play only says “Yes Mamma.” She is in love with Mr. Hopper. Doubles with Rosalie, Maid

Lady Plymdale is the typical London woman of high society. She thinks highly of herself and behaves in an acceptable manner.

Lady Stutfield is a typical representation of a woman of high society.

Lady Jedburgh is always in the background of scenes during the party talking incessantly.

Mrs. Cowper-Cowper flutters around during the play. She does what she needs to do to stay a part of high society.  

Mrs. Erlynne  A woman in her forties who left her husband years ago. The town knows her as a loose woman. They all judge her and have labeled her as a woman who sleeps with married men. The conflict in the movie is Lord Windermere is paying her off but for what purpose? The reader doesn’t find out until the very end that she is the mother of Lady Windermere. Lord Windermere pays her off so she doesn’t come out and ruin Lady Windermere’s reputation. She starts out the play as a conniving woman but towards the end redeems herself and helps out her daughter.

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Zoom Play Reading of AN IDEAL HUSBAND at Beechmont Players on March 7

BPI_logoBeechmont Players next ZOOM play reading is on SUNDAY afternoon, March 7th from 2:00 to 5:00.  The play is AN IDEAL HUSBAND a historical dramedy by Oscar Wilde.

ZOOM readings aren’t the same as live, but they provide a great chance to experience unknown shows, practice acting skills, and socialize with your theater buddies.  And we hope they’ll be a reminder of why we started working with Beechmont Players in the first place!

Want to watch?  We’d love to have you in the “audience.”
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85329120264?pwd=c2tsaHBETU5jU1pMRVZIWjZmWk9iUT09 

AN IDEAL HUSBAND
At a distinguished dinner party in Grosvenor Square, London, we meet Sir Robert Chiltern, a wealthy member of the House of Commons; his wife, Lady Chiltern; his sister, Mabel Chiltern; and Sir Robert’s charming bachelor friend, Lord Arthur Goring. Suddenly, an unexpected — and unwelcome — guest arrives. Mrs. Cheveley is an old enemy of Lady Chiltern’s from their school days, Lord Goring’s ex-fiancee, and is on a mission to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina. When she threatens to tell his beloved Lady Chiltern– and the world– that Sir Robert’s money came from an illegal stock secret, Sir Robert feels he has no choice but to give in to her demands When Sir Robert changes his stance on the canal, Lady Chiltern questions his decision, urging him to stay true to his morals. As Sir Robert flips back and forth between following his heart and protecting his reputation, Lady Cheveley tries to win back the affection of her ex-fiancee, Lord Goring. Deceit and lies weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. With wit and gaiety, Wilde paints a scathing critique of gossips, income gaps, sexist attitudes, and the perils of protecting one’s morals.…

Cast of AN IDEAL HUSBAND:

  • Jim Waldfogle: Earl of Cavarsham
  • jef brown: Viscount Goring
  • Mark Waldfogle: Sir Robert Chiltern
  • Katherine Anderson: Vicompt De Nanjac
  • Amy Waldfogle: Lady Gertrude Chiltern
  • Mary Stone: Mrs. Chevely
  • Jody Hart: Mabel Chiltern
  • Steve Phelan: Phipps/Mason/Mr. Montford
  • Cathy Roesener: Countess of Basildon
  • Cheri Klink: Mrs. Marchmont
  • Amy Stier: Lady Markley

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FLY BABIES Zoom Reading on Feb. 6

BPI_logoBeechmont Players is holding another ZOOM play reading on SATURDAY afternoon, February 6th from 2-4pm.(Our usual Sunday afternoon performance time was pre-empted by the Superbowl!)  It is a historical drama by playwright Rusty Harding.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81577577233?pwd=a09xT2hQTStYUjZJMFNOUDg4b1FRQT09

ZOOM readings aren’t the same as live, but they provide a great chance to experience unknown shows, practice your acting skills, and socialize with your theater buddies.  And we hope they’ll be a reminder of why we started working with Beechmont Players in the first place!

FLY BABIES
1943. WWII is raging.  Five young American women, all qualified pilots, lend their skills to the newly created Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs); Dotty, the wide-eyed farm girl; Peggy, the spoiled heiress; Pauline, the seasoned barnstormer; Hazel, the Asian-American who has already witnessed the horrors of war; and Mazy, the African-American who is fighting her own war against prejudice.  All five come together on the desolate plains of West Texas, where they experience the challenge, the triumphs, and the tragedies of serving their country on the home front.  And where they quickly discover that not all battles are fought overseas…

The cast for FLY BABIES is:

  • Teresa Knauer – Old Dorothy “Dotty” Lewis—age 80+
  • Jen Davis – Young Dorothy “Dotty” Moore—age 20-25
  • Nisrene Langenna – Lucy Powell—age 20-25 (Dorothy’s great-granddaughter)
  • Susan Smith – Mazy Buford—age 25-30, African-American.
    Doubles Diane Greely, age 20-25, Mazy’s granddaughter
  • Erin Marie Schwartz – Pauline Yates—age 30-35
    Doubles Nurse—age 30-35
  • Carrie Knauer – Hazel Ying—age 25-30, Asian-American
  • Lacey Prewitt Parsons – Peggy Taylor—age 20-25
  • Mary Anne Fagel – Jackie Cochran—age 35-40 (Leader of the WASPs)
  • James Christian Jr. – Sergeant “Louie” Lewis—age 20-25
  • Tim Rogers – Captain John Whitaker—age 25-35
  • Peter Weiglin – Colonel Thomas Evans—age 50-60

Note that some actors are playing ethnic or cultural stereotypes which are not the same as their own.  Many of the attitudes may seem artificial or offensive to our modern sensibilities.  That’s why they call it acting!  

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MEZZULAH, 1946 Zoom Reading on Jan. 10 from BPI

BPI_logoBeechmont Players is holding another ZOOM play reading on Sunday afternoon, January 10th from 2-4pm.

MEZZULAH, 1946 is an as-yet-unpublished dramedy (see below) by acclaimed playwright Michele Lowe, who wrote THE SMELL OF THE KILL (produced by BPI four years ago).  

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83608562971?pwd=MnlSdGlTVWNETGFFbDQ4OWRmakdEQT09

MEZZULAH, 1946
A spunky young woman tries to carve out a career and a life in the chaotic period following the end of World War II. Mezullah is the last woman working at a Boeing aircraft factory.  The men want her out, but she doesn’t want to go.  Meanwhile, friends and relatives try to resolve relationships that include a ghost and a woman hunting her missing (soldier) husband.

Cast:

  • Mezzulah Steiner: Katie Jensen
  • Mary Steiner: Aubrey Wilson
  • Suzannah Hart: Carrie Knauer
  • Clementine Flynn/Sally Cauley: Katherine Anderson
  • Elvira Glass/Mrs. Bates: Maggie Harris
  • Isaiah Benson: Bryce Willson
  • Horace Steiner/Man #1: Jody Hart
  • Charlie Steiner/Reverend: Jim Waldfogle
  • Errol Hart/Man #3: Steve Phelan
  • Fist/Man #2: James Christian Jr.

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