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.
King Lear Nov. 7-22
"... the current Shakespeare Players production of "King Lear" at MuCCC is one of the group's best recent productions — strongly cast and intelligently directed." -- David Raymond; City Newspaper; Nov. 19, 2014.
City Newspaper has published its review of King Lear, and it is glowing. Only three performance remain: Thursday Nov. 20, Friday Nov. 21 and Saturday Nov. 22, all at 7:30 PM at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Avenue.
Advance recommendations are recommended: Tickets: $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25; click HERE to buy tickets or call 866-811-4111 to order by phone ($1 surcharge for phone orders). The house opens at 7:00 PM and there are no pre-assigned seats.
The production is being staged at the MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic, Rochester (three blocks from University Avenue). Click HERE for directions and parking advise.
Mark Casey in the title role of King Lear
90th Anniversary Celebration!
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF RCP’S FIRST PRODUCTION JANUARY 19, 2015 AT THE GERMAN HOUSE: We’re going back home: on Monday, 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 Monday, January 19, 2015 at the historic German House, 315 Gregory Street.
FEATURED PROGRAM: We will be screening 'our movie', the 1927 silent motion picture created by the Rochester Community Players, Fly Low Jack and the Game. This 30 minute film was seen by 750,000 people in 1927-28, as Eastman Kodak Company showed it all around the country, as an example of amateurs creating their own 'photoplay'. Mike Champlain of DeBergerac Productions has carefully restored the original footage, shown recently at the High Falls Film Festival, and will show the movie at our celebration on January 19.
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. 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).
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