The Hooker-Dunham Theater and the Rock River Players Announce SOLOs

A series of shows dedicated to monologues and poetry performed by local actors

SOLOs — a co-production of the The Hooker-Dunham Theater, the Rock River Players and Brattleboro Community Television — is a series of shows consisting of sets of monologues and poetry filmed on-stage in the Hooker-Dunham. The first show in the series will be premiered on BCTV and YouTube in late October. Many of our area’s most talented actors are contributing performances ranging from Shakespeare and Chekov to Edgar Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot as well as original material developed for the project.

“There is tremendous creative energy in our community. All of us in the arts are finding innovative ways to connect with our audiences. We conceived of this series of solo performances as a means of enabling local actors to reach their audiences while keeping everyone safe and healthy,” says Jon Mack, who hosts the series.

“As we have witnessed live theater go dark, the idea of this collaboration project between the Rock River Players, the Hooker Dunham Theater and Brattleboro Community Television to produce a series of well rehearsed monologues, soliloquies and poems in front of a camera for on-air & online broadcast seems like the natural next best option,” says Bahman Mahdavi of the Rock River Players, producer and lead director of the first show in the series.

In this first show, John Ogorzalek will perform of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem Annabelle Lee, Dan Lloyd will enact a Shakespeare’s Sir Thomas More monologue on the plight of immigrants, Cameron Cobane takes on Richard III’s “Now is the winter of our discontent,” and Annie Landenberger — founder of the Rock River Players — will perform a piece drawn from Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. Tom Ely will perform the Inquisitor’s monologue from George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Comic relief will be provided by a monologue of a cat’s view of its human “master” and Rose Watson will perform Always Ridiculous by Jose Echegaray. Tino Benson will perform an original piece, titled The Meaning of Life.

Subsequent shows in the series will include Michael Fox Kennedy performing a series of Shakespeare monologues on troubled sleep, Ron Bos-Lun will reprise his role from Cass Morgan’s Charles Henry’s Final Curtain, Jon Mack will take on T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and Adrienne Major will perform a Prospero monologue from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Actors who would like to be considered to perform in future shows are encouraged to contact the producers via the RRP contact page or Hooker-Dunham’s contact page: HookerDunham.org/contact.

All shows will be available to all without charge on BCTV and on the Hooker-Dunham’s YouTube channel.

Rock River Players Cabaret 2020: Time Warp

2/6/2010: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Given the predictions for hazardous driving conditions on Friday, Feb. 7, the Rock River Players cabaret will not be offered at the Williamsville Hall that night. But the show will GO ON! Please join us Saturday night for what promises to be a great evening of rib-tickling comedy and fine music. House opens at 7; show at 7:30; admission $10 to benefit the Rock River Players. Sweet and savory treats and non-alcoholic beverages are included in admission.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The Rock River Players (RRP) present Time Warp, a winter-chasing cabaret, Friday and Saturday, February 7-8, 7:30 PM, upstairs at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd., Williamsville, VT. Admission is $10 and includes savory and sweet snacks. For reservations text or call 802-451-6283 or write verbatimvt@gmail.com.

Cabaret brings to mind a dark and intimate night club and an evening full of songs, laughter, scenes, and surprises. Williamsville Hall will be transformed into just such a place with cafe tables, flickering candles and a tempting array of sweets and savories. The evening features music and comedy presented by Rock River Players known to area audiences from past RRP productions: Miriam Allbee, Mike Kelly, Stewart McDermet, Ben Kelly, Annie Landenberger, T. Breeze Verdant, David Roberts. New this year the Players welcome Gershon Eigner & Friends, Jim Kyle (Fri. only), Stephanie Ciccarello (Sat. only), Ava Clarke, Tess Leary with RRP’s Rose Watson and Dody Riggs and Ken Tsoulas. Kelly and Allbee direct.