The Naples Players to Announce 2014-2015 Season
February 5, 2014
NAPLES, FL- New and compelling plays blended with classic musicals mark the The Naples Players 2014-2015 season at Sugden Community Theatre.
The season will kick off with the summer musical, Gypsy, by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. This classic American musical takes place in the dying days of vaudeville and tells the story of Momma Rose, the quintessential stage mother, and her obsessive determination to make her two daughters in to stars no matter the cost. Inspired by the memoirs of the burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, this entrancing musical boasts some of Broadway’s most famous melodies like “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Some People,” and “Let Me Entertain You.” It will begin June 27 and run through July 27.
The fall season will begin with Noises Off, which will run September 24 – October 18 in the Blackburn Hall. This farce by Michael Frayn gives a sneak peak in to what it is really like on the other side of the curtain following the antics of a dysfunctional troupe of actors as they stumble through their final dress rehearsal, all the way to the tumultuous closing night of their low budget production of “Nothing On.”
The Spitfire Grill will take the Blackburn Hall stage November 12 – December 6. This sincere and heartfelt musical by James Valcq and Fred Alley tells the tale of a newly released parolee looking for a new life in a small town. USA Today said that this musical has, “some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies.”
January 14 – February 7 The Naples Players will present God of Carnage, a comedy by Yasmina Reza. A playground scuffle brings two sets of parents together to discuss how to resolve their sons’ behavior. What starts out as a civilized conversation erupts in to a war of words that is manically hilarious. Insults are thrown, alliances shift and soon the parents are acting more like the children they are there to discuss.
Oklahoma! will follow March 4 – April 4 in Blackburn. This Rogers & Hammerstein musical celebrates a territory on the verge of statehood, people resolving their differences and the electricity and excitement of young love.
The Last Romance, wraps up the Blackburn season from April 22 through May 16. This bittersweet comedy by Joe DiPietro is about a late-in-life love that blossoms and proves that love has no age limit. The more intimate Tobye Studio 2014- 2015 performances offer their own variety. The crowd favorite, Stage 2 Improv will return for its second year, under the direction of Michael Santos & Judith Gangi Santos June 5 – June 21.
Time Stands Still will take the stage October 22 – November 15. This drama by Donald Margulies is a moving and humorous play about a couple at a crossroads as they struggle to choose between their careers and settling down to a more conventional life.
Red, a drama depicting Mark Rothko explores the compelling and vulnerable relationship between an artist and his creations as he fights for relevance in the art community. Red will be performed February 4 – February 28.
Finishing up the season in the Tobye Studio is Love, Loss & What I Wore by Nora & Delia Ephron from April 1 – April 25. This comedy peeks into the lives of women and the clothes that conjure memories of their most significant life moments.
Subscriptions for the new season will be available to new subscribers beginning March 3, 2014, offering a savings over single ticket sales and guaranting subscribers a seat at every performance. Sugden Community Theatre is located at 701 5th Avenue South on the Plaza in downtown Naples. For more information, call the box office at 239-263-7990 or visit naplesplayers.org
Contact: Mary Shallies
February 5, 2014