Actors Circle presents “The Mountaintop” this month

Actors Circle will present The Mountaintop by American playwright Katori Hall, a fictional depiction of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. 

Show dates are Jan. 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2023. Thursday performances begin at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at Providence Playhouse,1256 Providence Rd., Scranton. 

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. On Jan. 12, all tickets are $10. Call 570-342-9707 for reservations. 

The show is presented in association with the Greater Scranton MLK Commission, Cathy Hardaway, committee chairperson, with special grants from the Lackawanna County for the Arts and Culture, and The  Scranton Area Community Foundation. 

 Darrius Pantophlet will portray Martin Luther King, Jr., and Shanay Figueroa will portray Camae.

Directed by Charisse Peaten and Mark Fryer, Harry Adelman and Jeff Ginsberg are producers. Cathy Rist Strauch is publicist, assisted by Jessi Teevan. 

Theater critic Charles Spencer in The Daily Telegraph wrote of the production at Trafalgar Studios “It is a beautiful and startling piece, beginning naturalistically before shifting gear into something magical, spiritual and touching.” 

The play premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Sept. 22, 2011, with an official opening on Oct. 13. Samuel L. Jackson made his Broadway debut in the role of Dr. King along with Angela Bassett as his co-star who portrayed Camae.

Actors Circle to present “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Actors Circle opens its 41st season with Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton. The show runs Sep 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Times are 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors, and $10 students. Thursday, Sept. 8, tickets are discounted at $10 general and seniors, $8 students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707. Tony Thomas is director.

Cast members are Brian Reese, Ray Hopkins, Rachel Lucille Woodworth, Natasha Bogutski, Jessi Teevan, Lisa Chokola, Mark Fryer, Seth Golden, and Jeff Ginsberg. Cathy Rist Strauch is producer, and Justin O’Hearn is stage manager.

Shown here are Brian Reese as Jack Worthing and Natasha Bogutski at Gwendolen Fairfax.

Actors Circle to Present Steel Magnolias

Actors Circle presents Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. This comedy-drama is set in the fictional northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin at Truvy’s in-home beauty parlor where a group of women regularly gather and discuss things about their lives. 

Directed by Eric Lutz, the cast includes: Norine Maier as M’Lynn, and Jessica McGuigan as her daughter, Shelby; Jennifer Frey Abdalla as Truvy, and Rachel Lucille Woodworth as her awkwardly shy assistant, Annelle; Kelly Kapacs as the curmudgeon Ouiser, and Susan Parrick as Clairee, her sweet friend.. 

Others on the production staff include: David Alejandro Smith as Stage Manager, Cathy Rist Strauch and Jeff Ginsberg as producers, and Casey Thomas assisting with set and design. 

Show dates are April 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and May 1. Curtain is 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays;, Sundays at 2 p.m.; Saturdays on April 23 at 1 p.m., and April 29 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12 General, $10, Senior, $8 Student; and on Thursday, April 21: $8 General and Senior, $6 Student. For reservations email to, or call 570-342-9707.

Actors Circle is supported in part by a grant from the Lackawanna County Grant for the Arts and Culture, and the Scranton Area Community Foundation.