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: Richard II at MuCCC April 10 to 25

The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players present Richard II, by William Shakespeare, April 10 to 25, 2015 (performance schedule below), at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. Richard II is Shakespeare’s masterful drama of a king who lost his throne and gained insight into his soul. Richard II is directed by Peter Scribner, President of the Rochester Community Players and founder of RCP’s Shakespeare Players program. Pictured below: Jeffery Jones (left) as Henry Bollingbrook and Brad Craddock (Right) as King Richard II.

Tickets are available online at or by phone at 866-811-4111 (there is a $1 per order fee for phone orders). Ticket prices:
$19 General Admission
$14 Seniors (over age 65)
$9 Juniors (under age 25)

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

Elizabethan staging techniques: Unlike other MuCCC productions, this show will be staged with the audience surrounding the acting area on three sides. Half the seating has been moved to the opposite side of the theater, and the acting area is located in the center of the theater.

The show will feature several other Elizabethan staging practices, such as direct contact between the audience and characters, continuous action (no blackouts or scene changes) and a production script based on the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare’s works. We are using Neil Freeman’s Rhythm Text edition of the First Folio text.

The cast: Brad Craddock, a member of the faculty at the Rochester School of the Arts, will be performing the title role as King Richard. Craddock has performed with the Shakespeare Players many times, most recently as Edgar in
King Lear last Fall. His nemesis, Henry Bolingbroke, is portrayed by Jeffery Jones, who has performed with us many times before, as Iago in Othello and as the King in Richard III, among other roles. Jones will continue with the character this summer at the Highland Bowl, as Henry Bolingbroike becomes King Henry IV. Other cast members well familiar to local audiences include Thomas Bohrer, Roger Gans, Midge Marshall, and Richard Mancini.

The 'Henriad' History Cycle: Richard II will be the first of four history plays, known in Shakespeare circles as the “Henriad”, staged by the company. Set in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century, these plays tell the tale of the fall of King Richard II, the insurgencies battled by his successor, Henry IV, and the maturation of his son from playboy hanging out with lowlifes like John Falstaff to the great warrior king, Henry V (see the Wikipedia link for The ‘Henriad’

We will perform Henry IV part 1 and Henry IV part 2 this summer as two separate plays, staged in repertory (performed on alternate nights) at the Free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl in late June and early July, and
Henry V will be staged at MuCCC Theater in November.

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. 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.

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.