Actors Circle Sets New Season

Members of the cast of the current production of “Deathtrap” being presented by Actors Circle at Providence Playhouse include, in the foreground from left: Jennifer Frey Abdalla, Scott Rave, Kelly Ann Walsh, Joe Palumbo and Eric Lutz. In the back is Casey Thomas, director.

Actors Circle board of directors has announced their upcoming 40th Season.

Members of the board include: founder Lou Bisignani, president Mark Fryer, vice president Linda C. Griffiths, secretary Cathy Rist Strauch, treasurer Harry Adelman, Dr. Robert Spalletta, Dr. John McInerney, JP McGowan, Jeannine McGowan, Jeff Ginsberg, Bernie Ott, David A. Smith, Kate Martin, and Marnie Azzarelli. 

The season includes several comedies and a classic drama. In order, the six plays include:Deathtrap, by Ira Levin; 4 Weddings and an Elvis, by Nancy Frick; My Three Angels by Samuel and Bella Spewack, The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney; Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling; and His Girl, Friday, written by Bob Spalletta as an adaptation of the original movie, written by Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht.

The first show, the comedic thriller Deathtrap, is being presented Oct. 7, 8, 9,and 10, with Casey Thomas as director. Cathy Rist Strauch and Jeff Ginsberg are producers. Art Walsh is set designer/builder with Casey Thomas. Cast members are: Joe Palumbo, Kelly Ann Walsh, Eric Lutz, Jennifer Frey Abdalla, and Scott Rave.

All shows are presented at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton, Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m.;, Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are: $12 general, $10 senior, $8 student, and first Thursday show prices at $8 general and senior, $6 student. For reservations, call 570-342-9707, or email to tickets@actorscircle.com.

THIS MONTH: Actors Circle to Present Original One Acts

Actors Circle will present Original One Acts from Aug. 18-29 on Wednesdays through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Providence Playhouse. Each weekend will showcase five original one acts, with a different set per weekend.  Show dates: 8/18, 19, 20, 21, 22 (first set of one acts), 8/25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (second set of one acts). 

One Acts to be performed August 18-22 are: Smell Ya Later, Decisions, Death Walks Into A Bar, No Fools, and Beautiful Remains.

One Acts to be performed August 25-29 are: She, The Gander and the Goose, Her Wifely Duty, A Candle in the Window, and Zarephath.

Admittance is $10 per performance, or both weekends for a combined cost of $15, if you purchase a ticket for the second weekend at the box office when at the first set of shows. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 570-342-9707.

Actors Circle’s First Performance in More Than One Year

Actors Circle is happy to be presenting a live performance at its home theater at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, for the first time in over a year since the pandemic began.

On Golden Pond, by Ernest Thompson will be presented Thursday through Sunday, July 8-11; Wednesday through Sunday, July 14-18, with performances Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.. 

Tickets are $12 general; $10 seniors; $8 students and are discounted on  Thursday July 8 to $8 general and aeniors; $6 students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707, or email to tickets@actorscircle.com.  All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time. 

In respect for those having Covid issues, and in compliance with CDC regulations for close quarters, we respectfully request that all audience and staff wear a mask inside the building. Cast members will not be wearing masks while on stage.

Directed by Katie VonBergen, this well-known classic tells the story of Norman Thayer and his energetic wife, Ethel, who have been spending summers at their lakeside home on Golden Pond for 48 years, fishing and watching for loons. This time, their divorced daughter, Chelsea, her new fiancé, and his teenage son make an unexpected visit.

Cast members are: Mark Fryer as Norman Thayer; Carol Davis as Ethel Thaye; Marcie Herman Riebe as Chelsea; Eric Lutz as Billy Ray; Michael Seamus Fenton-Kapacs as Billy Ray, Jr., and Jeff Ginsberg as Charlie Martin.