The Carriage House Players will kick off their new season next month at the Taylor Theater in Lockport.
It will be the first full season for the Carriage House Players at the Taylor Theater, located at the Kenan Center, and will include a varied selection of humor-filled plays that reflect American culture with themes that are relevant in today's world.
The group is a collective of actors, directors, playwrights and guest artists bringing new and contemporary works as well as selected plays from esteemed dramatists to audiences in Western New York.
The first of three productions will open on Sept. 20 with "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," by Neil Simon; followed by "It's A Wonderful Life (Live Radio Version)" by Joe Landry, adapted from Philip Van Voren’s holiday classic starting Dec. 6 and "The Dining Room" by A.R. Gurney beginning April 17.
"For decades the Taylor Theater was a hub of top notch performances. The Carriage House Players hope to continue that tradition by introducing new audiences to the intimacy of live theater in one of Western New York's most beautiful performance spaces,” Kathleen Rooney, a founding member of the Carriage House Players, said.
The 2019-20 season celebrates the genius of Neil Simon whose works typically involve the challenges of being a New Yorker, Philip Van Voren, who celebrates the wholesomeness of small town America during the holiday season, and A.R. Gurney, born and bred in Buffalo, whose works focus on the upper middle class of the Northeast.
The productions will be directed by Gail Golden ("The Prisoner of Second Avenue"), Peg Merrill ("It’s a Wonderful Life") and Betsy Bittar ("The Dining Room").
Cast and crew include; Alicia Michielli, Alisse Sikes, Betsy Bittar, Betsy Ross Visciano, Connor Caso, Daniel Morris, Darrly Hart, Elaine Roberts, Gail Golden, Jason Mussachio, Kathleen Rooney, Les Bailey, Margo Davis, Mira Steuer and Victor Morales.
Production dates and times are:
• "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" — Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 22 and 29 at 2 p.m.
• "It’s a Wonderful Life" — Dec. 6, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.
• "The Dining Room" — April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., April 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.
Introductory rate for Carriage House Players individual season pass is $40 until day of first performance (Sept. 20). Individual tickets for the show are $15 for Kenan Center members, $20 for the general public, $10 for students 18 and under with student ID, and may be purchased online at www.kenancenter.org, in person at the Kenan Center Business Office, or charged by phone.
The Taylor Theater is located adjacent to the Kenan house at 433 Locust St. in Lockport.
For further information, visit www.kenancenter.org or call 716-433-2617. Because seating is limited, advance tickets are recommended.