The Naples Players 2013/2014 season features Pulitzer Prize winning plays, award winning musicals, comedies, drama more.
Blackburn Hall Productions
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso
October 9 – November 2
Welcome to Armadillo Acres Trailer Park, the other side of the tracks in Starke, Florida. Meet Norbert, a tollbooth collector, Jeannie, his agoraphobic wife and Pippi, a stripper. These three are soon engulfed in a love triangle that is narrated by a delightfully trashy trio acting as the show’s Greek chorus. Belting out catchy tunes, dripping with dysfunction, The Girls invite us in to a world full of Astroturf, road kill, spray cheese and pure, unadulterated fun.
by Thornton Wilder
November 27 – December 21
This Pulitzer Prize winning play is Thornton Wilder’s most frequently performed work. This timeless classic is set in the early 20th century in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. The play explores the beauty of love, marriage, family and the everyday precious moments that may be taken for granted. A rich, poignant piece of theatre that makes the mundane riveting and gets to the core of the human experience.
Pending Rights Approval
January 15 – February 8, 2014
The Drowsy Chaperone
March 5 – April 5
A show-within-a-show complete with comic vaudeville gangsters, mistaken identities, rousing anthems, dream sequences and whole lot of spit-takes resulting in a riotous parody of 1920’s screwball comedy.
Moon Over Buffalo
by Ken Ludwig
April 23 – May 17
Theatre has-beens, George and Charlotte Hay, are performing Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in New York…Buffalo, NY. But their dwindling dreams of stardom are once again ignited when Hollywood film director, Frank Capra, decides to drop in on their matinee performance in hopes of casting them as the new leads in his film the Scarlet Pimpernel. But what show will he see, Cyrano, Private Lives, or perhaps a mash-up of the two? From the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Leading Ladies comes this hilarious showbiz satire that has all the ingredients of a good farce; slamming doors, mistaken identities, costume calamities and utter mayhem, where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
The Tobye Studio Productions
The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
October 30 – November 23
Two actors tackle eight characters in this sidesplitting gothic spoof that leaves no stone unturned when it comes to satirizing the melodramatic likes of Dracula, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, The Wolfman, The Mummy’s Curse and many more. When Lord Edgar Hillcrest and his new wife Lady Enid embark on a journey to find out what happened to Irma Vep, they are taken from their estate in England, all the way to Egypt with enough plot twists and costume changes to give you whiplash. This gender-bending tour-de-force has werewolves, vampires and mummies, oh my, and has been voted one of the best plays of the year by Time Magazine and the New York Times.
by David Lindsay-Abaire
February 5- March 1
Margie cannot escape the working class life of South Boston. And to make matters worse she has just lost her $9.00 an hour job at the dollar store. Now she and her adult disabled daughter are one paycheck away from being homeless. Determined, sharp-tonged Margie plans to seek employment from an old flame who managed to get out of Southie and become a successful doctor. Their reunion results in a reflective conversation pondering if it is our choices or fate that determines our path. David Lindsay-Abaire, Pulitzer Prize winner for Rabbit Hole, is at his best with this humor filled drama. It’s a thought provoking play that serves as a snapshot of the great American divide between the haves and have-nots.
by Lisa Loomer
March 26 – April19
When it’s recommended that nine year-old Jesse be moved to a special education classroom, his Mama is on a mission to find out what is going on with her son. After scouring the internet for answers and consulting numerous doctors and psychiatrists the probable diagnosis is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Mama doesn’t want to medicate her son and Jesse’s Dad thinks that boys will be boys. DISTRACTED begs the question of how we expect today’s children to not be hyperactive in this hectic, computerized and distracting world where multi-tasking is considered a prerequisite for success.
Individual tickets to The Naples Players Blackburn shows are $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for Tobye shows. A subscription for the five Blackburn performances is $150.00. A three show Tobye subscription is $60.00. Subscriptions can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 239-263-7900 or online at naplesplayers.org.