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:

Triquetra: An Evening of Classic Irish Theater Oct. 17-26

October 17-26 at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue. We are presenting three classic Irish plays brought together by the Irish virtues of wit, wordplay and storytelling:

Act 1: The Shadow of the Glen, by J. M. Synge (directed by Virginia Monte).

John Millington Synge was one of the foremost young Irish playwrights during the early years of the Irish theatrical renaissance of the early 20th century. The Shadow of the Glen, like Riders to the Sea, was one of his one-act masterpieces written early in his career in 1902. As with all of Synge’s plays, its setting is the far western edge of Ireland, in the Aran Islands. In this story, a mysterious tramp seeks shelter in an isolated farmhouse, where he finds a woman tending to the corpse of her husband. When the woman leaves to find her new beau, the ‘corpse’ springs up, revealing that his death was a ruse to discover her secret lover. In the end, the woman finds happiness, but with which one? Pictured above: T. Bohrer as "A Tramp" and Sara Zavacki-Moore as "Nora Burke".

Act 2: The Betrayal, by Padraic Colum (directed by Mike Stenzel)

Colum, along with Synge, was a young Irish playwright of the early 20th century. The Betrayal was written in 1912, a time when the Irish Home Rule fight in the United Kingdom was reaching a crisis, and a play about an Anglo Irish aristocrat blackmailing an innocent Irish woman to betray her people was too sensitive for the stage. The first production of this one act masterwork was presented in Pittsburgh in 1914, at the newly-created Carnegie Tech School of Drama. Our production features Peter Scribner, President of RCP, in his first stage role in 20 years, as the charming, diabolical villain Morgan LeFroy.

Act 3: Crabbed Youth and Age, by Lennox Robinson (Directed by Joan VanNess)

Robinson was also a noted Irish playwright of the early part of the last century, inspired by W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. While Synge favored romantic fables from the West of Ireland, and Colum preferred the realistic style of Ibsen, Robinson liked comedy. Our Irish Players program produced his farce Is Life Worth Living? in 2013. In Crabbed Youth and Age, three pretty but despairing sisters are ready for love! The problem? Every suitor these girls have is smitten by the lovely, vivacious and flirtatious mother of the trio! When yet another dinner party ends up with the sisters listening to their suitors dote on their mother, a little "plain speaking" makes for lots of comedy.

The producer of Triquetra: An Evening of Classic Irish Theater is Jillian Christensen, the Chair of our Irish Player Committee.

Performance dates: There are six scheduled performances:

Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday October 19 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 23, 24 and 25 at 8:00 PM

Tickets: $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25. Click HERE to buy tickets.

Zombie Shakespeare! Halloween Special!

Two shows only! October 31 at 10 PM and November 1 at 8 PM!  Zombie Shakespeare at MuCCC Theater! Tickets only $9! Buy tickets HERE!

King Lear Nov. 7-22 

Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, King Lear, directed by John Jaeger, one of RCP’s most prolific directors. Award winning local actor, Mark Casey, is featured as Lear, and is joined by a very experienced cast in this season’s first major Shakespeare production.

Tickets: $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25; click HERE to buy tickets.

Performance dates: Ten performances scheduled:

Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8 at 7:30 PM
Sunday November 9 at 2:00 PM
Monday, November 10, at 7:30 PM
Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM
Sunday November 16 at 2:00 PM*
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM

*ASL interpretation: The performance on Sunday November 16 will be interpreted for the deaf.

Special student group rates are available, for high schools, colleges and youth groups: call Peter Scribner at 585-261-6461 for more information.

Teaching Shakespeare: a Workshop (Nov. 10 and 11): Reservations still open

We will be the host of a two day workshop for High School Teachers on methods of teaching Shakespeare on Monday and Tuesday, November 10 and 11. The workshop will focus in particular in techniques for teaching Romeo and Juliet.

The program will be presented by the Education Department of The Folger Shakespeare Library, and is sponsored by the national office of the English Speaking Union and the local ESU branches in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo. We will act at hosts of the workshop at MuCCC Theater, and we will present a special performance of King Lear on Monday evening, November 10. The cost of the two-day workshop, including the King Lear performance, is only $100.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is internationally recognized as one of the leading centers of Shakespeare scholarship in the world, and their innovative and active education techniques can make the teaching of Shakespeare the highlight of the school year of an English class. At this workshop you will learn how to meet Common Core Standards through performance-based teaching of Shakespeare’s works. The workshop includes Lectures and seminars with Shakespeare Scholars; Curriculum sessions with Folger Teaching Corps Members; Performance classes with Performance Faculty and includes the Folger’s Shakespeare Set Free Toolkit.

You may register for the workshop HERE. For more information, please call Peter Scribner at (585) 261-6461.

RESERVATIONS STILL OPEN: The ESU website indicates a reservation deadline of October 10. We received a very good response to the call for reservations by the 10th, but there are a few slots still open (we will post a message here when reservations are closed) so if you are a teacher please consider registering for the workshop.

90th Anniversary Celebration!

90TH ANNIVERSARY OF RCP’S FIRST PRODUCTION JANUARY 19, 2015 AT THE GERMAN HOUSE: We’re going back home: on January 19, 1925, an ambitious group of community theater enthusiasts presented the first performance of the Rochester Community Players, Wedding Bells, on the stage of the United German Societies of Rochester. We return to the scene of the crime, so to speak, with a celebration January 19, 2015 at the historic German House, 315 Gregory Street.

Anticipated cost: $20 (and half price for anyone under 30). If you are an RCP veteran, we would love to talk with you! Call Peter Scribner at 585-261-6461, or email him at scribnerpeter (at) gmail (dot) com.

And Coming Up in 2015:

February 13-21, 2015: Shakespeare for Young Audiences: The Merry Wives of Windsor; directed and produced by Jillian Christensen and Thomas Bohrer. This production will be staged at the Dazzle Theater, 110 Webster Avenue, during school break, and is intended for young people age 7 to 14 (although adults will get a kick out of it as well).

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.

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:  Details soon for our third annual trip to the Stratford Festival, anticipated to be in August 2015. We plan to schedule the maximum number of Shakespeare performances during this three day trip.

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. The 2014 season is concluded, and 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, Louise Jones, Peg Weber, Carl Girard, Ken Dauer. Jean Ryon, Bernard Plansky, 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.