The Rochester Community Players

Welcome to the Rochester Community Players. We are the home organization for the Shakespeare Players of Rochester, the Irish Players of Rochester, and our regular RCP productions. We are a member of TheatreROCS! (The Page for Stage; the association of theater groups in Rochester NY), the Acting Irish International Theater Festival, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Theatre Association of New York State, and the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.

2014-2015: RCP's 91th Season!!!

The Rochester Community Players is pleased to announce its 91th Season of seven productions, four indoor performances at MuCCC Theater, a  Shakespeare production for young people show at the Dazzle Theater, and TWO free Shakespeare plays, in repertory, at the Highland Park Bowl in the summer of 2015.

Next up: Merry Wives of Windsor Opens Feb. 13

The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare, an Adaptation for Young Audiences, February 13 to 21, 2015 (performance schedule below).

Where: The Dazzle Theater, 110 Webster Avenue, Rochester NY 14609

How much: $12 general admission, $9 seniors (over age 65) and $6 juniors (under age 25)

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players present The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare, adapted by David Richman. Presented for young audiences, or for people who like Shakespeare in small courses, this production features the story of The Merry Wives of Windsor in a shortened, easy to understand fashion. The target audience are young people age 7 to 14.

Directors T. Bohrer and Jillian Christensen employ dance, puppetry, and storytelling to bring the works of Shakespeare to young audiences in an engaging, relatable way. Characters come to life and directly interact with the audience.

The story:
Sir John Falstaff, the famous "fat knight," has come to Windsor on his way to London. At a feast, he meets the witty Mistress Ford and the clever Mistress Page and decides to woo them both in the hopes of a comfortable payout. Meanwhile, the Pages' daughter, Anne, secretly hopes to marry the young, smart and charming Master Fenton while dodging two unconventional suitors. Pictured above: Patrick White and Katie Mueller.

Eight performances are scheduled, including three weekend matinees. Performance dates and times:

Friday Feb 13, evening (7:30)
Saturday Feb 14, matinee (2:00) and evening (7:30)
Sunday Feb 15, matinee (2:00)
Thursday Feb 19, evening (7:30)
Friday Feb 20, evening (7:30)
Saturday Feb 21, matinee (2:00) and evening (7:30)

Tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations may be made by sending an email to rochestercommunityplayers (at) gmail (dot0 com, with “Merry Wives reservation [your name]” in the subject line, and a request to set aside tickets, specifying the number of tickets by age category (general admission, senior, junior).

For more information:
Web site:
Facebook: MerryWivesROC
Phone: 585-261-6461

And Coming Up in 2015:

March 20-29: The Field, by John B. Keane; to be directed by Jean Ryon and presented by our Irish Players program at MuCCC Theater. This production will go on the road to the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in Cincinnati in May.

April 10-25: Richard II at MuCCC Theater: This production will be the start of the four play “Henriad” history play series, which continues in the Summer at the Bowl and in the Fall of 2015 at MuCCC. Auditions are December 8 and 9.

April 23: Our annual Shakespeare’s Bard Birthday Bash and fund-raiser, at MuCCC.

June 26 - July 18: The “Henriad” series continues with two plays in repertory: Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2. Free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl. SEE OUR DIRECTOR PROPOSAL PAGE if you wish to submit a request to direct (deadline October 12)

And in November 2015, we complete the “Henriad” cycle with Henry V at MuCCC Theater.

Other RCP News and Information:

Rochester Shakespeare Literary Society: A program of RCP's Shakespeare Players, the Rochester Shakespeare Literary Society (RSLC) meets monthly to discuss Shakespeare and prepare for upcoming Shakespeare productions in Rochester and Western New York (ours as well as Shakespeare productions by other companies.)  Attendance is free and all are welcome. This is a discussion group; persons are encouraged to attend and share their insights and information about Shakespeare plays.

Meetings of the RSLC take place from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM the second Sunday of each month (except  May, when it is the third Sunday) at Barnes and Noble (2nd floor meeting room); 3400 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford NY.  More information and meeting dates on our RSLS page.

Stratford Trip 2015:  August 21 to 23, 2015: our third annual Stratford trip, intended to see as many Shakespeare plays as we can over this three day weekend. The 2015 trip will include Hamlet, Loves Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, Pericles, plus The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt.

Director Proposals: We post on our Director Proposal page proposals to direct most of our productions. Next proposal deadline: Henry V (deadline January 15).

FREE Movies at the Bowl: RCP is a co-sponsor of the Thursday evening FREE movies at the Highland Park Bowl, presented by the Monroe County Parks Department.  All movies start at dusk (Around 9 PM). Refreshments are provided by the Rochester Community Players. We will post the 2015 season as soon as it is available.

More information about RCP. . .
You can reach us at the office of our President, Peter Scribner, at 585-261-6461 Our business address is 1110 Park Avenue, Rochester NY 14610.

To receive our monthly email newsletter and information about upcoming shows and auditions, send us an email, with "ADD TO EMAIL LIST" in the subject line, to rochestercommunityplayers (at) gmail (dot) org

RCP has been staging community theater productions continuously since 1925. see our Wikipedia Production History page for a complete list of all productions.

The Rochester Community Players is a proud member of TheatreROCS, the Page for Stage.

Rochester Community Players Board of Directors: Peter Scribner (President); Patrick White (First Vice President); Michael Krickmire (Second Vice President); Joyce Curran (Treasurer), Tom Bohrer (Treasurer), Lori Love, Peg Weber, Carl Girard, Ken Dauer. Jean Ryon, Bernard Plansky, and Jillian Christensen

Shakespeare Players Committee: Patrick White (Chair), Peter Scribner, Tom Bohrer, Louise Jones, Matt Moore, Carl Girard, Ken Dauer, Jillian Christensen, Jim Landers

Irish Players Committee: Jillian Christensen (Chair), Lori Love, Peter Scribner, Jean Ryon, Ken Dauer, Mike Sorenson

Donate to RCP

The Rochester Community Players, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are gratefully accepted by PayPal (below) or by check payable to "Rochester Community Players" and mail them to "Rochester Community Players; 1110 Park Avenue; Rochester NY 14610.