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: Irish Players The Field at MuCCC March 20 to 29


The Irish Players program of the Rochester Community Players presents The Field, by John B. Keene, March 20-29 at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Written in 1965, The Field tells the story of a dispute over the sale of a field in land-starved Ireland. The widow Butler has put up a field for auction. Bull McCabe, a local farmer who had used the property for grazing for years, felt that only he was entitled to purchase the plot. The dispute leads to a terrible crime.


See also a clip of an interview with the director, Jean Ryon, and actor (and set designer) Ken Dauer on Channel 13 WHAM Good  Day Rochester March 26, 2015.

Tyler Lucero (as Tadhg) and Bill Alden (as Bull McCabe) in The Field

While based on the hunger for land in rural Ireland, the theme is universal, not so much the crime itself or the motives of the perpetrator, as the reaction of the community. Everyone knows what happened, yet no one will say anything. How can these people live with themselves?

That question – how can someone commit or cover up a horrible crime and live with himself or herself? – is as important today as it was forty years ago. Fear, greed, clan loyalty, disdain for traditional religion, class resentment, resistance to established authority, and a general atmosphere where a comfortable lie is preferable to facing reality.

John B. Keane is recognized as one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights. His plays include The Year of the Hiker, Big Maggie, Sive, Sharon’s Grave, Many Young Men of Twenty, The Man from Clare, and Moll, as well as many others. He was also well known for his humorous writings and his short stories.

“In The Field, John B. Keane draws a portrait of rural life in Ireland in the mid-20th century that is both loving and damning, sorrowful and censorious. In the hearts of villagers involved in the cover-up of an act of violence, cowardice and an easy accommodation with brutality sit alongside a robust humor, loyalty to clan and class, and a fierce love of the land.” —— Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

The production is directed by Jean Gordon Ryon, and the cast includes Bill Alden, Matt Ames, Marty Brancato, Kathy Dauer, Ken Dauer, John Jaeger, Barbara Lobb, Tyler Lucero, Greg Ludek, Karen Mason, Kiefer Shenk, and Robert Shea.

Tickets are $19 General Admission; $14 Seniors (over age 65); $9 Juniors (under age 25) Tickets are available online at or by phone at 866-811-4111 ($1 per order charge for phone orders)

Performance schedule:

Friday, March 20 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 PM
Friday, March 27 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 PM

 Merry Wives of Windsor Returns April 3 & 4 at MuCCC

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players presents two performances only of The Merry Wives of Windsor, by William Shakespeare, adapted by David Richman. These two shows will be staged at MuCCC Theater.  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.

Two performances are scheduled at MuCCC Theater: Friday April 3, at 7:30 and Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $12 general admission, $9 seniors (over age 65) and $6 juniors (under age 25). Tickets are available online at or by phone at 866-811-4111 ($1 per order charge for phone orders)

Richard II at MuCCC April 10 to 25:

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players will stage Richard II, the first of four "Henriad" history plays, at MuCCC Theater, April 10-25. We continue the series with Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, in repertory, this summer at the Highland Bowl, and Henry V at MuCCC Theater in November.

Richard II tells the story of a headstrong king (played by Brad Craddock), who, through poor decisions, loses his throne to his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke (played by Jeffery Jones), who becomes King Henry IV.

Ten performances are scheduled:
Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
Sunday April 12 at 2:00
Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 PM
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 PM
Sunday April 19 at 2:00
Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
(No performance April 23; see Shakespeare's Birthday, below)
Friday, April 24 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $19 General Admission; $14 Seniors (over age 65); $9 Juniors (under age 25) Tickets are available online at or by phone at 866-811-4111 ($1 per order charge for phone orders)

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration, April 23 at 7:30 at MuCCC

We celebrate Shakespeare's 451th birthday Thursday, April 23 at MuCCC Theater. This annual fundraiser is free (donations requested: pay Will what you will). More details soon...

And Coming Up in 2015:

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.