Gallery Players, the longest running community theatre in the Midwest, presents a season lineup highlighting the Jewish experience and work by Jewish playwrights. Gallery Players does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or gender when casting, and aims to present productions that are of interest to the Jewish and general communities.
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“Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon
Here is part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”
- October 17th @ 8 pm
- October 18th @ 2:30 pm
- October 23rd @ 2 pm
- October 24th @ 8 pm
- October 25th @2:30 pm
- October 29th @ 7:30 pm
- October 31st @ 8 pm
- November 1st @ 2:30 pm
“Coney Island Christmas” by Donald Margulies
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of the Jewish immigrant experience during the holidays.
AUDITIONS: October 19th and 20th at 7pm at the JCC.
- December 12th @ 8 pm
- December 13th @ 2:30 pm
- December 13th @ 7 pm
- December 17th @7:30pm
- December 19th @ 8 pm
- December 20th @ 2:30 pm
“Guys & Dolls”
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys And Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes Guys And Dolls a crowd pleaser. The large cast features both a variety of ensemble and star roles.
AUDITIONS: December 14th and 15th at the JCC
- February 27th @ 8 pm
- February 28th @ 2:30 pm
- March 3rd @ 7:30 pm
- March 5th @ 8 pm
- March 6th @2:30 pm
- March 10th @ 7:30 pm
- March 12th @ 8 pm
- March 13th @ 2:30 pm
“A View From the Bridge” by Arthur Miller
As told by the New York News. “… is a tragedy in the classic form and I think it is a modern classic…the central character is a long-shoreman who, though his mind is limited and he cannot find words for his thoughts, is an admirable man…When two of his wife’s Italian cousins—submarines they are, in the waterfront argot—are smuggled into this country, he makes room for them in his home. Gratefully they move in among his wife, his children and the teen-age niece whom he has brought up and whom he has come to love, he thinks, as a daughter. And now the stage is set for tragedy. One of the illegal immigrants has a family in Italy for whom he is working; the other young, extraordinarily handsome, and exceedingly blonde, is single. He wants to become an American, and he falls in love with his benefactor’s niece. If he marries the girl he will no longer have to hide from immigration officials. A monstrous change creeps up on the kind and loving uncle. He is violently opposed to this romance and is not intelligent enough to realize that this opposition is not motivated, as he thinks, by a dislike of the boy and a suspicion that he is too pretty to be a man, but by his own too intense love for his niece. Not even the wise and kindly neighborhood lawyer can persuade him to let the girl go. This is an intensely absorbing drama, sure of itself every step of the way. It makes no false moves, wastes no time and has the beauty that comes from directness and simplicity.”
AUDITIONS: March 14th and 15th at the JCC
- May 7th @ 8 pm
- May 8th @ 2:30 pm
- May 14th @ 8 pm
- May 15th @ 2:30 pm
- May 19th @ 7:30 pm
- May 21st @ 8 pm
- May 22nd @ 8 pm