Gallery Players Upcoming Season

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus is proud to announce the 69th season of Gallery Players. The oldest and longest running community theater in the Midwest, Gallery Players continues its tradition of delivering strong performances that run the gamut of the Jewish experience. The season will include four productions that span from artfully comedic to intensely dramatic and from a classic masterpiece to a modern favorite. The 2017-18 season opens with the 50th anniversary of the Tony Award-Winning modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead, from October 21 – November 5. First produced in London in 1967, 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. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. The December production is a musical theatre staple. Oliver!, with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, has the streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver 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 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. Oliver! perfectly showcases the talents of a large JCC ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life. From March 3-18, 2018, Gallery Players will present an Ohio premiere of the cult favorite musical, Side Show with book and lyrics by Bill Russel and music by Henry Krieger. Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women 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 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. With the implementation of the twins’ relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, the story fleshes out characters and situations that endow the songs with more sophistication and truth. The final show, Incident at Vichy, by Arthur Miller, runs May 5-13. The play centers around a detention room of a Vichy police station in 1942, where eight men have been picked up for questioning on their religious status. The story focuses on two of the prisoners and a German police officer. The two prisoners engage in dramatic confrontation over suspicions, superficiality and sacrifice. The play explores what it takes to prove the concern and honor of decent people everywhere. Auditions for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will take place August 21 – 22 at 6:30 pm at the JCC College Avenue. Those interested should bring a headshot and a resume. For more information on the auditions or ticketing, contact Jared Saltman at jsaltman@columbusjcc.org or 614-559-6248. Gallery Players is underwritten by the Leonore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Art Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.