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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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. The two baffled friends of Hamlet suddenly find themselves in a bizarre world in which they have few memories and no understanding of who they are and why they are there.
As they attempt to fulfill a royal request from the king and queen of Denmark, they meet additional characters from Hamlet, including a man called “The Player” and his acting troupe, the Tragedians, who offer to provide entertainment for them at a cost.
In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern endeavor to answer questions surrounding Hamlet, the nature of humanity, friendship, and life – until together they finally face their greatest challenge, death.
October 22nd at 2:30pm
October 26th at 7:30pm
October 28th at 8:00pm
November 2nd at 7:30pm
November 4th at 8:00pm
November 5th at 2:30pm
by Lionel Bart
Oliver!, featuring book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, is a well-known musical classic. It brings the streets of Victorian England to life, as it tells the tale of Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, who becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker.
Oliver eventually escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets, led by the elderly Fagin.
When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing for the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
This Tony Award-winning musical (Best Original Score, 1960) explores how the strict divisions in social class can effect morality, while highlighting the concepts of idealism and fate verses free will.
December 3rd at 2:30pm
December 7th at 7:30pm
December 9th at 8:00pm
December 14th at 7:30pm
December 16th at 8:00pm
December 17th at 2:30pm
by Bill Russell with music by Henry Krieger
A regional premiere, Side Show is based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Depression. It is a moving portrait of two women literally joined at the hip, whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love.
The show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and ultimately to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks. With a completely reworked plot and new songs, the 2014 revival version delves deeper into the backstory of the Hilton twins. As the twins’ forge a relationship with Harry Houdini and face potential separation surgery, the book and lyrics by Bill Russell fleshes out characters and situations that endow Henry Krieger’s music with more sophistication and truth.
Side Show shines a spotlight on marginalized members of society, taking center stage in their own lives and dealing with mainstream emotions of love, success, suffering – and finally – acceptance.
December 4th, 5th
Rehearsals begin January 2, 2018
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March 4th at 2:30pm
March 8th at 7:30pm
March 10th at 8:00pm
March 15th at 7:30pm
March 17th at 8:00pm
March 18th at 2:30pm
Incident at Vichy
by Arthur Miller
A play by Arthur Miller, Incident at Vichy centers on a detention room of a Vichy police station in 1942, at the height of World War II.
Eight men have been picked up for questioning on their religious status. While the men intellectually understand their situation, they remain in denial of what is seen as an inevitable outcome.
The story focuses on two of the prisoners and a German police officer, who engage in dramatic confrontation over suspicions, superficiality, sacrifice, and the significance of individual human existence. Ultimately, the play explores the right of life and how the atrocities of the Holocaust were perpetuated for so long, as well as what it takes to prove the concern and honor of decent people everywhere.
March 12th and 13th
Rehearsals begin March 18th
May 6th at 2:30pm
May 10th at 7:30pm
May 13th at 2:30pm