GALLERY PLAYERS

Gallery Players produces theater of the highest artistic expression, reflecting a Jewish perspective while exploring our common humanity. Building on its rich history, Gallery Players strives to challenge and inspire audiences and artists alike.

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!”

Written by: Neil Simon

Act 1 – Visitors From Mamaroneck 

  • Karen Nash – Jennifer Schaaf 

  • Sam Nash – Glen Garcia 

  • Bellhop – Keith Larsen 

  • Waiter – David Johnson 

  • Jean McCormack – Becca Sigal 

Act 2 – Visitors From Hollywood 

  • Waiter – David Johnson 

  • Jesse Kiplinger – Benny Zelkowicz
  • Muriel Tate – Kelly Smith-Armstrong

Act 3 – Visitors From Forest Hills 

  • Norma Hubley – Joyce Patrone 

  • Roy Hubley – Donnie Lockwood
  • Borden Eisler – Aaron Shatz 

  • Mimsey Hubley – Becca Sigal

COMMITTEE:

Ken Clubok

Allan Finkelstein

Anca Brates Galron

Carol Luper

Jenn Meyers

Ira Scheer

Pam Scheer

Jon Schelb

Aaron Shatz

Amy Silver

Judd Bernie Speyer

Rena Vesler

Benny Zelkowicz

HISTORY

In the late 1940’s, the foremost community theater in Columbus was the Players Club Theater. As a club, this group did not permit the participation of African Americans or Jews. Finally, a group of Hadassah women who were interested in theater, met at the home of Florence Zacks (Melton) to organize a theater activity in which members of the Jewish community could comfortably take part.

The R. G. Barry Corporation offered loft space to this fledging drama group on the top floor of its factory at 80 1/2 East Long Street. It was within this space that Gallery produced its first production in May 1950 and this initial effort was met with great interest by the Jewish community.

The new Jewish Center was under construction at the time and the program department of the agency offered its multi-purpose room as a site for the group to stage its future productions. The group readily accepted and became an adult activity offered by the Center. Realizing that in order to present plays at their highest level and have audiences accept the playwright’s intention, the group reached out to the general community for additional talented individuals.

Thus, Gallery Players became the first community theater in Central Ohio to implement a casting policy that did not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or gender.

Today, Gallery Players continues this inclusive tradition. We always strive to bring Central Ohio the very best that community theatre can offer, which can only be achieved by relying on the talents of a diverse cross section of people. These talented people will be the ones that ensure Gallery stays strong for another 60+ seasons!

Support

Gallery Players is funded by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, A JewishColumbus Partner and in partnership with Greater Columbus Arts Council

Contact

SHANA BEIGELMAN
Arts & Education Director
sbeigelman@columbusjcc.org
(614) 559-6248