Schenectady Civic Players Announces 90th Season

Schenectady Civic Players, in continuous operation since 1928, for its upcoming 90th season announces five plays for 2017-2018 main stage production at its 12 South Church Street playhouse in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.

Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson. Directed by Joseph Fava.

(Show Dates: October 12 – 14 and 18 – 22, 2017.)

The scene is a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, which is home to Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are visited by old friends from college days, and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world.. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.

As Bees in Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane.  Directed by Mark Stephens.

(Show Dates: December 1 – 3 and 6 – 10. 2017.)

Evan Wyler has just finished a photo shoot. No, he’s not a super model, just a twenty-something New York writer savoring the success of his debut novel. Evan captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere, a black-clad woman of mystery who’s made the world of celebrity her home. In fact, it’s her religion. But, Alexa vanishes, leaving him to foot the bill for all the dinners and Armani suits they’ve gone through. Trying to find Alexa, Evan
discovers a chain of people who have fallen under her spell and acted as her meal ticket.

An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley.  Directed by Patrick White.

(Show Dates: January 26 – 28 and 31 — February 4, 2018.)

The action of the play takes place in an English industrial city, where a young woman commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated in some way in the girl’s undoing. All of them knew her in one capacity or another. The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centered or cowardly, it’s good humor turning to acid, before the evening is over.

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz.  Directed by Jennifer Van Iderstyne.

(Show Dates: March 16 – 18 and March 21 – 25, 2018.)

A beautiful backyard on a home in Arizona. Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. She announces that she is about to publish a memoir, dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history- a wound that they don?t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. They are forced to reveal a painful
secret to her, in order to prevent the public from finding the truth.

The School for Lies (adapted from The Misanthrope by Moliere) by David Ives.  Directed by Chris Foster.

( Show Dates: May 4 – 6 and May 9 – 13, 2018.)

It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she been sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died- until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, he turns her world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her how to live again. A wild farce of furious tempo and stunning verbal display.


Call 518-382-2081 (press Option 2)

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