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Q: What is the Signature Series at Town and Country Players?

A: The Signature Series at Town and Country Players is a new play series created in 2015. Its mission is to provide playwrights the opportunities to develop new work through readings, workshops and productions. It also serves the Town and Country Players' Community of Theatre Artists and Patrons, giving them a step by step glimpse into the process involved in new play development.


The 2018 New Play Reading Series:

Each of the readings will take place on Sunday afternoons @ 2pm
The first 2 readings will be performed in Holloway Hall at Town and Country Players
The final reading (Kentucky Lemonade) will be performed on 2/25/2018 at the
Buckingham Township Building, Lower level down the ramp / stairs View Map:

February 4
Cold Stun
By Rob Rosiello
Directed by Sarah LeClair

Synopsis:
A missing matriarch...
An unannounced guest...
And an unexplained natural phenomenon
As Fall descends on the isolated beaches of the Outer Cape, the Cook Family
is confronted with the sins of the past while struggling to hold together any chance at a future

Cast
Randall Cook, read by Ken Stephon
Taylor Porter Smith, read by Jen Newby
Marabeth Cook, read by Valerie Sharper
Erin O’Reilly Cook, read by Danielle Malat

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February 11
Hearts of Stone
By Donna Hoke
Directed by Jim Moore

Synopsis:
Lydia Stokes is dreaming about dead psych patients--while she’s awake. She believes they need her help; her husband believes she’s out of her mind. Is there any way they can both be right?.

Cast:
Lydia: Meg Waldowski
Roy: Jim McIntosh
Lizley: Carly Price
Doomsday: Rob Rosiello
DeGaulle: Michael Schiumo
Dummy: Kris Ballerini

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**** Postponed to February 25 ****
Kentucky Lemonade
By Julie Zaffarano
Directed by Jean Brenner

Synopsis:
"Kentucky Lemonade" is the story of two sisters, their mother and their aunt, brought together by the death of Dorothy's husband...Audrey and Marilyn's father. In the midst of their grief and practical need to move on, a family secret is revealed that changes how they define themselves. Funerals often bring out both the best and worst of people in what is said and what is not. This story is no exception.

The story is set in Cleveland, Ohio, in the summertime.

Cast:
Dorothy (Mother): Fran Young
Jean (Dorothy's Sister): Linda Walsh
Audrey - Alana Caraccio
Marilyn - Jean Laustsen
Narrator - Nancy Vander Zwan



Save the Date
T&C's Playwriting Workshop, Saturday, February 10 with award winning playwright Michael Hollinger.

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About the Instructor:


Michael Hollinger

Michael Hollinger is the author of more than a dozen full-length plays, four of which will be mounted in the Philadelphia area during the 2017-2018 season: the world premieres of TouchTones (co-authored with composer Robert Maggio) and Sing the Body Electric at Arden Theatre Company and Theatre Exile, respectively; the Philadelphia premiere of Hope and Gravity at 1812 Productions; and a revival of Red Herring at Act II Playhouse. His other plays include Opus, Incorruptible, Ghost-Writer, Under the Skin, An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand boeuf, Tooth and Claw, and a new translation of Cyrano de Bergerac (co-adapted with Aaron Posner). These plays have enjoyed productions around the country, in New York City, London, Paris, Tokyo, Athens, and elsewhere in Europe. Awards include a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy, an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, four Barrymore Awards (including the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist), nominations for Lucille Lortel and John Gassner awards, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Michael was Literary Manager/Dramaturg of both the Wilma Theater and Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays in the 1990s, assisting in the development and/or production of dozens of new plays. Currently, he is a Professor of Theatre at Villanova University, where he also serves as Artistic Director of Villanova Theatre.

This workshop is provided in part by a grant from the Bucks County Visitors Center

Bucks County Visitors center


Past Signature Series Productions



2017
One Act Plays:

Destiny is a Careless Waiter - by Julie Zaffarano
Destiny is a Careless Waiter
Cast:
Sean  Tim Tolen
Bira  Haley Schmalbach
Justin  Elio Edward Lleo
Emily  Darlene Sacco


Direct Intervention - by Ben Connor
Direct Intervention
Cast:
Katie  Erin Markham
Cadmeus  Steve Niles
Aria  Meg Waldowski


Honky Tonk Queen - by Rob Rosiello
Honky Tonk Queen
Cast:
Deirdre  Alana Caraccio
Jenny Lynn  Ashley DeAntonio


Imaginary Friends - by Jeffrey James Keyes
Imaginary Friends
Cast:
Alice  Kris Ballerini
Sascha  Mary Saile
Leslie  Stephanie Rogers Smith

2016

A Reunion of Sorts - By Jerry Lacey
A Reunion of Sorts
Cast:
Ted  James Kirkwood
Nick  Joseph Perignat
Gwen  Kimberlee Arnott-Weidman
Ryan  John Fogarty
Danielle  Sue Burke-McKay





For additional information please send an email to tandcsignatureseries@gmail.com