On Sunday, June 2nd, at The Gallery Players Theatre in Park Slope, members and supporters of the company gathered to enjoy complimentary refreshments and snacks, an evening of music and live performances, and the highly anticipated announcement of this coming season's line-up. Dominic Cuskern, the company president, was the master of ceremony at the informal event.
This season's productions:
Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff
September 7 - September 29, 2019
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Gallery will be producing the 1998 revival script, made famous by Alan Cummings as Emcee.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
October 26 - November 10, 2019
Winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this stunning drama will captivate audiences.
In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Intrusive, conniving relatives plot to disrupt the event, eager to see daughter-in-law Maggie put in her place and her husband, Brick, tumbled from his position of most-beloved son. How will the evening end as tensions build? Will Brick speak candidly with his father before it is too late? Can Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude and passion set things right?
Music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, book by Allan Knee
December 6 - December 22, 2019
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, LITTLE WOMEN follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, their strong and compassionate mother, and the boy next door, Laurie, who becomes connected to the family. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested in fiction written by a woman – when her friend tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America and the musical unfolds with lush music and stirring memories that explore the strength of women and the power of family.
Black Box New Play Festival
January 9 - January 26, 2020
Gallery has a history of supporting emerging playwrights, fostering play development and producing world premieres. Each year, previously unproduced plays are selected, the playwrights are paired with a director and actors, and the team begins the workshop process. Our playwright-focused festival aims to polish each play and create an exciting night of theatre.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
February 22 - March 8, 2020
This winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is the story of middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
By Dominique Morisseau
April 4 - April 19, 2020
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have by sending him to an upstate private school. When her son is about to be expelled over a controversial incident at the private school, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and lyricism, PIPELINE brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future – without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin,
conceived by Rebecca Feldman
May 16 - June 7, 2020
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this musical has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a delightful den of comedy.
Individual tickets are $30 (musicals) and $25 (plays) for adults, and $20 for seniors over 65 and children 12 and under. Black Box New Play Festival tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and children. Subscribe and save! Season subscriptions start at $135. Tickets can be purchased online at http://galleryplayers.com or by calling Ovationtix at 212‐352‐3101.
The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues), in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F, G, or R train to 4th Avenue / 9th Street.
The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th Street (between 4th and 5th Avenues), in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F, G, or R train to 4th Avenue / 9th Street. Website: http://galleryplayers.com