Rock River Players present Hecht and MacArthur’s big comedy, FRONT PAGE

November 5-7 and 12-14 at the Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd., Williamsville.

Directed by Bahman Mahdavi, this screwball comedy is a purely-American story. “It is,” Mahdavi says, “as American as baseball, jazz or the Grand Canyon. Not that sensationalist journalists, crooked politicians, manipulative newspaper editors and inept gangsters don’t exist elsewhere in the world, but Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s expert plotting and rapid-fire, streetwise dialogue establish it firmly in time (1928) and place (Chicago). This could not have been written by Noel Coward nor Oscar Wilde.”

Opened on Broadway in 1928, just a year before the Crash, Front Page derided polite mores of the times with its crusty dubiously ethical characters; its rough language and grit, and its sharply sarcastic view of corrupt politics and bumbling law-enforcement. The fast paced, ra-ta-tat dialogue and the ever-increasing pace of the story bring a certain euphoria to the audience that we can still experience today when watching classic 1930s and ‘40s films of Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges, Frank Capra or Leo McCarey.

Rock River Players’ Front Page company includes Sherry Brown, Alan Darling, Ramsey Demeter, Tom Ely, Johanna Gardner, Marisa Imon, Miles Keefe, Pat Kelly, Phil Kramer,
Annie Landenberger, Fred Lawrence, John Moran, John Ogorzalek, Dawn Slade, Rose Watson in the cast and T Breeze Verdant, sound effects; Cherie Moran, stage manager; Dody Riggs, costumes.

Director Mahdavi notes: “Mounting this ambitious production has been an epic journey of its own. We started in the fall of 2019 and we are delighted to finally perform the show in front of a public audience, after a long pandemic hiatus.”

Front Page marks what the Rock River Players hope to be the start of a new season and a bright enduring future of once again bringing lively arts to the West River Valley and including all interested in that process.

The company is fully vaccinated. Masks and vaccination are required of all audience members.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7; Sundays at 2:30.
Seating limited to 40 per performance.
Online tickets are available below.
For more information, contact Bahman Mahdavi at info@rockriverplayers.org or Annie Landenberger at verbatimvt@gmail.com

Seating limited to 40 per performance. Online tix available here

Tickets–$10, $8 for students and seniors.


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Save the Date: “The Front Page” is Coming to Williamsville!

Mark your calendars!

Rock River Players present Hecht and MacArthur’s big comedy,
FRONT PAGE directed by Bahman Mahdavi.

November 5-7 and 12-14.
Fridays & Saturdays at 7; Sundays at 2:30.

Seating limited to 40 per performance. Online tix available here

Tickets–$10, $8 for students and seniors.


Price
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This screwball comedy is a purely American story, as American as baseball, jazz or the Grand Canyon. Not that sensational journalists, crooked politicians, manipulative newspaper editors and inept gangsters don’t exist elsewhere in the world, but Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s expert plotting and rapid-fire, streetwise dialogue establish it firmly in time (1928) and place (Chicago). This could not have been written by Noel Coward nor Oscar Wilde.

Originally staged on Broadway in 1928, the play thumbed its nose at polite refinement with its rough-edged, ethically elastic characters; its coarse language and gritty situations; and its hard-bitten view of political corruption and law-enforcement ineptitude. The fast paced, ra-ta-tat dialogue and the ever-increasing pace of the story bring a certain euphoria to the audience that we can still experience today when watching classic 1930s & ‘40s films by Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges, Frank Capra or Leo McCarey.

“Mounting this ambitious production has been an epic journey of its own,” Mahdavi muses. “Started in the fall of 2019, we are delighted to finally perform the show in front of a public audience, after a long pandemic hiatus.”

The company is fully vaccinated. Masks and vaccination are required of all audience members.

SOLOs Episode 8: Running the Gamut Premiere: Friday, May 14

BRATTLEBORO SOLOs Episode 8: Running the Gamut— a video montage of monologues by seven area performers filmed by Brattleboro Community Television — premieres simultaneously on BCTV and on YouTube Friday, May 14 at 7:30 PM. The free opening is capped with an online “talk back” immediately following where audience members can chat with cast, directors, producers, and technical staff. Each episode of SOLOs is a co-production of the Rock River Players (RRP) and the Hooker-Dunham Theater (H-D), filmed on the H-D stage.

RRP’s founder, Annie Landenberger, produced Episode 8, the latest in a series conceived and launched by RRP’s Bahman Mahdavi and H-D Director Jon Mack last fall as a way to keep the lively arts in the Valley alive in COVID times.

SOLOs Episode 8 features Veronica Stevens as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion; Joel Kaemmerlen in “Charles,” written and directed by Michael Nethercott; Fred Lawrence in his original,”A Windy Tale from a Traffic Jam”;

Marisa Imon in her original, “The reason I’ll never know if my mother is losing her mind”; Anneli Curnock in Hamlet, I, ii, by Wm. Shakespeare; John Moran in three poems of war: “The Man He Killed,” “Base Details,” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est”; Thomas Ely as the great and powerful Oz.

About this episode, Landenberger says, “It’s been sort of “if you build it they will come.” I’m so grateful to Bahman and Jon for launching SOLOs –and to Austin Rice and to Cor Trowbridge and the BCTV team for their expertise and partnership. I was delighted to have the chance to produce Episode 8. What an extraordinary group of talented, generous people of the theatre this company is–as have been all SOLOs participants!”

Jon Mack narrates SOLOs 8. “I have been so pleased by the high quality of theatrical performance this series has created. We’re in the midst of discussing where we go from here so all who might be interested in participating in the future, should contact Annie Landenberger at verbatimvt@gmail.com.”

The free premiere is available at https://youtu.be/B2MstgpJPq4 and on BCTV. To request links to the free talk-back following write info@hookerdunham.com or info@rockriverplayers.org.

For more information on the Rock River Players, visit rockriverplayers.org.

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