Casting Announcement: “The Beatle Club”

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Michael Donahue is pleased to announce the cast of The Beatle Club, by Teresa Sullivan.

It is the summer of 1965, and it is “the best of times and the worst of times” for global politics, America, and American families.  But in the quiet Township of Teaneck New Jersey, a suburb of New York City, teen Mary O’Shea and her three schoolmates are consumed with the imminent arrival of The Beatles at Shea Stadium.  Mary leads her lively band of friends in forming a fan club, intent on inviting the British band to stay in their homes and, in return, hopefully receiving a personal invitation to the concert. But events, both past and present, threaten to burst their youthful bubble. The Beatle Club is the story of a nostalgic and timeless memory full of endearing humor and love of friendship and family.  This is a world premiere event. Warning: This play contains strong language and adult content.  Tickets on sale now!

CAST
(* denotes Providence Players debut)

O’Shea Family

Mary – Sophia Manicone
Rory – Mike Sarisky
Patrick – Bill Bodie
Granny – Jewel Orem*

Beatle Club

Karen – Han Nguyen*
David – Caden Mitchell
Eddie – Joe Neff*

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Audition Announcement: “The Beatle Club,” August 9 & 10

By Teresa Sullivan
Directed by Michael Donahue

It is the summer of 1965, and it is “the best of times and the worst of times” for global politics, America, and American families.  But in the quiet Township of Teaneck New Jersey, a suburb of New York City, 10-year-old Mary O’Shea and her three schoolmates are consumed with the imminent arrival of The Beatles at Shea Stadium.  Mary leads her lively band of friends in forming a fan club, intent on inviting the British band to stay in their homes and, in return, hopefully receiving a personal invitation to the concert. But events, both past and present, threaten to burst their youthful bubble. The Beatle Club is the story of a nostalgic and timeless memory full of endearing humor and love of friendship and family.

Providence Players of Fairfax is:

  • A non-profit community theater troupe. All participation is on a volunteer basis. No members of the cast or crew are compensated.
  • A membership organization. Membership is not required to audition. If cast, all actors (and in fact, all volunteers), are required to become members of Providence Players of Fairfax ($25 per individual or $60 per family – three or more) for the season (if not already a member).

Casting Announcement

Providence Players is casting 7 roles (3 female and 4 male).  No roles are precast, and all roles are open.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to audition!  All welcome!

All those auditioning for this production, and all those cast or working as part of the production team must be vaccinated.  Please have your vaccine card or photo copy available when you arrive.

Download all three documents: Audition AnnouncementForm and Theater Access Schedule.

Audition Dates

  • 6:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9
  • 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10
  • Callbacks are not currently planned.

PLEASE RSVP to info@providenceplayers.org with the date you plan to attend.

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“The Parking Lot” Opens This Thursday!

The cast and production team are gearing up for this fun and engaging comedy about relationships and married life.  Enjoy these photos from one of our final rehearsals.  All photos generously taken by Chip Gertzog.

Beth Gilles-Whitehead as “J” and David Whitehead as “Terry.” Photo by Chip Gertzog.

“The Parking Lot” Rehearsals Underway!

The directors and cast of The Parking Lot are hard at work!  Rehearsals are taking place at The Italian Café, and the production team is working hard to get ready for opening night, Thursday, May 13, 2021.  We also announced an amazing line up of musical performers.  Check it out!  Tickets are going quickly, so don’t delay in getting your spot.

Enjoy the following photos of a recent rehearsal.  All photos by Chip Gertzog.

Married couple with scripts, Beth Gilles Whitehead as “J” and David Whitehead as “Terry.”  Production leadership includes married couple, Jayne L. Victor (director) and Michael Donahue (co-director), with Danine Welsh (stage manager).

“Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star” receive rave reviews!

Audiences and Critics Agree –
Return to Live Theater is a Huge Hit!

“The show was poignant and the execution top-notch, but to have theater at all was a cause of celebration for all involved…”

~by Orrin Konheim, Falls Church News-Press

(Read the full review by clicking the banner below)

Audience members shared:

“What a great way to get back to experiencing LIVE theater after such a long hiatus!”

“A fun night of outdoor theater with…a shining, cheatin’, swearing good ole Texas boy.  So nice to enjoy this with you…”

“As one of many who were raised in Texas…I can assure you that All the characters really do exist!…Thanks for a terrific evening!”

“Food was good, venue unique and plays were great.  Thanks to all.”

“…Providence Players excelled in the precautions that they had in place for the evening’s performance.”

“You thought of everything – it was great.”

“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!!!!!”

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Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star “Touchless” Playbill

Providence Players of Fairfax presents…

Producer – Jayne L. Victor            Stage Manager – Danine Welsh

PPF presents A Night Under the (Lone) Stars in accordance with regulations from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

In order to ensure safe practices during the performance, please:

  • Wear a mask (required unless eating or drinking)
  • Remain socially distanced from others who are not in your square

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Sneak Peek of “Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star”

Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star open this weekend.  Enjoy these sneak peek photos of both productions.  For more information about both productions, go to the show page.

Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure

Julie Janson as Elizabeth, Sara Joy Lebowitz as Hattie and Jaclyn Robertson as Amy Lee
photos by David Whitehead

Lone Star, by James McLure

David Whitehead as Roy, Bobby Welsh as Ray and Chuck O’Toole as Cletis
photos by Jaclyn Robertson

Casting Announcement: “Sleight of Hand,” A PopUp

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director and Playwright, Mary Zuzik Andrechik is pleased to announce the cast of Sleight of Hand.

Playwright and Director, Mary Zuzik Andrechik

 

A light-hearted comedy, Sleight of Hand follows 95-year-old Harvey as he looks to add some excitement to his life by robbing a bank.  His wife, Esther, and best friends, Arthur and Mildred, all think he is crazy, but Harvey forges ahead on his adventure.  While in the bank, he must confront the flaws in his plan, along with the Bank President and Bank Security, until his beloved Esther rushes in.  Sleight of Hand is a delightful, short comedy that proves that you are never too old to cross something off your bucket list.

CAST

Harvey – Fred Lash
Esther – Frankie Haan
Arthur – Joe Puzzo
Mildred – Renate Wallenberg
Bank Teller – Danette Illig
Leila Trumbold – Amanda Jones
Officer Linda Bakri – MyChi Haan

Audition Announcement: “Sleight of Hand”

Audition Announcement: “Sleight of Hand”

By Mary Zuzik Andrechik

Play Synopsis

A light-hearted comedy, Sleight of Hand, follows 95-year-old Harvey as he looks to add some excitement to his life by robbing a bank.  His wife, Esther, and best friends, Arthur and Mildred, all think he is crazy, but Harvey forges ahead on his adventure.  While in the bank, he must confront the flaws in his plan, along with the Bank President and Bank Security, until his beloved Esther rushes in.  Sleight of Hand is a delightful, short comedy that proves that you are never too old to cross something off your bucket list.

Providence Players of Fairfax is:

  • A non-profit community theater troupe. All participation is on a volunteer basis. No members of the cast or crew are compensated.
  • A membership organization. Membership is not required to audition. but if you are cast or agree to assist in the production, you are required to join.  Membership is $25 per individual or $60 per family – three or more.  Memberships are for one year, and renewable.

Casting Announcement

Providence Players is casting seven (7) roles. Unless specified, roles are completely race/gender/age neutral.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to audition! 

For the senior characters, actors should be 50 or older, but willing to “age-up” with make-up/costumes. Couples, Partners, Families in the same household are encouraged to submit.  No roles are precast, and all roles are OPEN.  

Providence Players is a company dedicated to representing our diverse community through expansion. We welcome current and new talent with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.

TO SUBMIT: Please fill out the audition form (in pdf, in Word) and make a video reading one of the attached character sides:

To begin the video, you should state your name and the character that you are reading (actors may read other characters in the scene if they have no one in their home to read with them).  Email form and video to info@providenceplayers.org with the subject “Sleight of Hand.” Submissions will be accepted until August 3, 2020.

If cast, you must register for a free Zoom account. Basic ability to use Zoom encouraged, including how to join a meeting, and how to choose a background. No Zoom experience? We can teach you!

Rehearsals will normally be 60-90 minutes long on weeknights between 5pm-8pm and on weekends as desired by the cast and director. This schedule is flexible based on cast availability.

This entire rehearsal and recording process will take place virtually. We will rehearse and do table work through video chat, and the performance will be pre-recorded via a number of scenes that will then be edited together.

Questions? Email info@providenceplayers.org.

Characters

  • Harvey (50 or older) – a 95-year-old man, a bit neurotic, married to Esther
  • Esther (50 or older) – 95-year-old woman, sweet and content, married to Harvey
  • Arthur (50 or older) – 95-year-old man, a loud jokester, married to Mildred
  • Mildred (50 or older) – 95-year-old woman, a loud, somewhat bawdy jokester, married to Arthur
  • Bank Teller – calm, polite
  • Leland/Leila Trumbold – Bank president
  • Officer Linda/Lyle Bakri – Head of bank security

About the Playwright and Director

Mary Zuzik Andrechik is a veteran actor, having over 25 years of experience on stages all across the country.  Most recently, she performed in Providence Players’ The Librarian as the Clown.

When the pandemic hit, she began to explore other creative outlets, accepting a writing challenge from Cone Man Running Productions in Houston, TX, and Sleight of Hand was born!  Since the start of quarantine, Mary has written three short plays.  Among them, Sleight of Hand and Alexandra’s Second Act, or How Tamora Saved My Life  have been performed as audio plays on The War of the Words podcast.  Her holiday play, Tingle Saves Hanumas will be read as part of Adventure Theatre’s Jingle in July festival.

Mary is also thrilled to take the reins as Director on this very personal project.  Mary completed this play the day before her aunt, Iris Zuzik, passed away at the fabulous age of 97!  Iris was a FORCE – the original Esther/Mildred/Harvey/Arthur – a WWII Vet and a lady who truly LIVED.  This play is dedicated, with much love, to her.

Casting Announcement: “The Librarian,” A PopUp

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Julie Janson is pleased to announce the cast of The Librarian, by Hansol Jung.

There is a library of your life stacked in its shelves. The Librarian of this library charges 200 bucks a minute to help you rewrite it. Then a clown walks in…

CAST

The Librarian – Wynter Chatman
Client – Elizabeth Keith
Teacher – Ariana Colligan
Dad – David Rawlings
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