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The Orange Players presents

ACTING UP! 2022 

Live on stage and also offered on virtual stream for those unable to attend in person.

Acting Up

 
PERFORMANCES
Nov. 18 & 19 at 7:30 PM
Our smash success one act festival, “Acting Up! 2022”, a  production of original, unpublished ten-minute one act plays. We have 10 amazing plays Written by Playwright from across the globe and brought to lifewritten by Playwright from across the globe and brought to life on our stage by our talented directors and actors to bring you a theater experience like no other! Plays may contain adult language and content. Please see play synopses at the bottom of this notice. 

LOCATION
High Plains Community Center (HPCC) 
525 Orange Center Road
Orange, CT 06477
Performances start promptly at 7:30 PM.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Live music on Saturday, November 19 featuring The Rich Moran Quartet beginning at 6:45 PM.
Cabaret style seating.
Bring your own light adult beverages and food, grab your friends, and come on down and make a night of it!

SEATING AND RESERVATIONS
Tables can seat 8 comfortably, and can be reserved to be certain you are seated with your friends and family by calling our box office at 475-227-7547.

TICKETS
All tickets are $20 each.
Purchase tickets here or pay with cash/check at the door.
An online streaming option is available, but we do hope to see you in the audience for the full experience. 
All tickets are the same price, $20 for online streaming link and in person.

EMAIL US with any questions at TheOrangePlayers@gmail.com

THE PLAYS

THE BLOWOUT by Robert J. LeBlanc
A Manhattan couple whose relationship is based on casual infidelity, mistrust, and an idea that neither of them is meant to be tied down discover that maybe it’s best that they’re tied together. When Mike blows out a seam of his pants while preparing for a friend's funeral his wife Elaine comes to the rescue by calling in a favor. When a friend's young and beautiful assistant arrives jealousy isn’t far behind in this comedy romp. 
Director: Anthony J Cox
“Mike“: Hugh Tucker
“Elaine“: Colleen Leary
“Mindy“: Meghan Scopelliti

BOOTSIE MANILOW SPEAKS
by Keith Whalen
Comedy/Drama
Twenty-something introvert Hannah is listening to music when her cat Bootsie begins speaking to her. Stunned by her feline’s sudden ability to talk, she excitedly jumpstarts a long-desired conversation with him. But Bootsie offers up some advice that she’s not so eager to hear.
Director: Maggi Heilweil
“Hannah“: Brittany Homa
“Bootsie“: David Ortoleva

UNPROVOKED by Dana Hall
Isiah is a high school senior who plays sports and tries to fly under the radar. When some teammates continue to bully him for being gay, he loses his temper and hits one of them. The play begins after the altercation. Isaiah is in his guidance counselor’s office.  Isaiah tries to cover up what’s really been going on, but Mrs. Kisinski knows there is more to the story. Isaiah finds himself trapped between impossible choices.
Synopsis: A high school student gets into a physical altercation with another student. It is revealed there is much more under the surface when Isaiah finds himself trapped between impossible choices. 
Actors please be aware:
TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of violence/bullying, use of aggressive language, outing
Director: Alan Wagner
“Isaiah“: Christian Peterson
“Ms. Kisinski“: Mallie Massaro

IN HONOR OF DANCING DAVE by Scott Mullen
Two sisters go to an empty baseball stadium to scatter the ashes of their father. who used to dance on the dugout.
Director: Cyndi Consoli
“Emma“: Toni Jo (TJ) Chila
“Jane“: Joan Barere

OFF CENTER by Jacquelyn Priskorn
Melody, a somewhat eccentric older woman, sits in front of her favorite painting at the art museum, a white dot painted slightly off center on a black background. It's closing time and seasoned security guard Marco and the new security guard, Lindsay, need for her to clear out. But before she leaves, Melody will give a lesson on life, art and living while you still can appreciate the beauty in life.
Director: Hunter Cannon
“Melody“: Andrea Garmun
“Lindsay“: Taylor Gabby
“Marco“: Hugh Tucker

LOVE’S DISENLIGHTENMENT by Jeff Dunne 
Comedy
Jason, an enthusiastic playwright is showing his latest script to Ashley, who is struggling to get past his unusual decision to write a play that does not include any actors.  Ultimately, however, she discovers that he really has brought to life a delightful story of discovered love between a lamp and stick.
Director: Anthony J. Cox
“Ashley“: Kate Simpson
“Playwright“: Alecia Coffin
“Stage Hand 1“: Brittany Homa
“Stage Hand 2“: Tom Homa

A PERFECT TWO by Guy R. Newsham
A comedy
A couple have just happily finished watching a movie together, a movie that they both rated highly.  They then decide to rate each other, on a scale of 1-10.  She rates him a 10, he rates her an 8.5, which he thinks is, objectively and realistically, very good.  She disagrees.  They assess each other's faults, re-evaluating each other, and end up with a mutual rating of two.  They find comfort in this commonality, realizing they are well-matched after all.
Director: Maggi Heilweil
“Man“: Andel Collazo
“Woman“: Meghan Scopelliti

THE DEAL by Ryan Kaminski
A widow is visited by a sinister stranger looking to collect one of her husband’s unique outstanding debts.
Director: Cyndi Consoli
“Arthur Nelligan“: Ken Grace
“Vivian Howard“: Colleen Leary

A BENEVOLENT ALLIANCE OF MOURNERS by Ken Preuss
A student home from college for the funeral of a friend, and a singer hired to perform at the service, meet by chance outside the church, conversing, confessing, and connecting in unexpected ways.
Director: Matt Griffiths
“Ellie“: Taylor Gabby
“Alex“: Tess Pepper

REFLECTIONS by Jonathan Cook
After the bizarre disappearance of their daughter, a man and woman are assigned to a grief counselor to help cope with their sadness, but their story leaves the counselor wondering what is fact and fiction.
Director: Alan Wagner
“Daniel Gibbons“: Qesar Veliu
“Anna Gibbons“: Kate Simpson
“Dr. Karlsen“: Alecia Coffin

THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Producers: Cyndi Consoli and Noah Golden
Stage Manager: Amy Craw

We look forward to seeing you!


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