Meet the Director and Cast of “Venus in Fur”

A remarkable director and cast present Venus in Fur, by David Ives.  Opens Thursday, January 30.

Ari Post as Thomas Novachek and Andra Whitt as Vanda Jordan.  Photo by Chip Gertzog.

 

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Jimmy Gertzog is a long-time member, marking over two decades of creativity at Providence Players.  He recently directed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in spring 2017 and the award-winning production of Side Man in early 2012.  Jimmy played Ed Carmichael in PPF’s revival of You Can’t Take It With You, and Jim in Big Tree Falls.  More often his credits come from technical roles, especially sound design, set construction, and lighting (Bobby Gould in Hell, Lovers & Executioners, The Front Page, Phantom Tollbooth, Calendar Girls, Of Mice and Men, Little Shop of Horrors).

 

MEET THE CAST

Ari Post

 

Ari Post (Thomas Novachek) first joined PPF to fulfill community service requirements for his high school civics class. Fifteen years later and he’s still here, though it is far from an obligation. He was last seen in the 2017 production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  He has also performed in productions of Side Man, The Shadow Box and The Laramie Project over the past few years.

 

 

 

 

 

Andra Whitt

 

Andra Whitt (Vanda Jordan) Favorite past roles include Ivy Weston in August: Osage County, Mollie in The Front Page, Brooke (Other Desert Cities), Claire (Rumors), Terry (Side Man), and Essie (You Can’t Take It with You). She received the Best Actress award in the 2018 Northern VA One-Act Festival. Her past offstage roles include stage manager, box office manager, and set decorator (2017 WATCH nomination).

 

Photo by Chip Gertzog.

Casting Announcement: “Picnic” opens March 20

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Michael Donahue is pleased to announce the cast of Picnic, by William Inge.

On a sweltering Labor Day morning in a small Kansas town, the women of a quiet neighborhood on the wrong side of the tracks are preparing for the annual picnic. Their lives are disrupted when Hal Carter, a muscular and charming young drifter, hops off the freight train, and heads straight for Mrs. Potts’ hospitable home.  Hearts are broken and lives are changed, as Hal’s lively, dangerous, masculine energy wakes up the sleepy community.  William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama explores themes of sexuality, repression, restlessness, and rites of passage.  Picnic won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in 1953, and featured Paul Newman in his Broadway debut.  Single tickets on sale now!

CAST

Madge – Jaclyn Robertson
Rosemary – Jayne Victor
Millie – Raeanna Larson
Irma – Anastasia Brunk
Christine – Tara Tripp
Mrs. Potts – Deborah Davidson
Flo – Sara Joy Lebowitz
Hal – Ari Post
Alan – Alex Marshall
Bomber – Mike Sarisky
Howard – Bobby Welsh

 

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Casting Announcement: “Venus in Fur” (A Providence PopUp)

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Jimmy Gertzog is pleased to announce the cast of Venus in Fur.

Thomas is a playwright and director, desperately in need of an actress. When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, Thomas is less than impressed. But Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on his expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man, a provocative exploration of gender roles and the intricate dynamic of artistic collaboration.  Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York TimesVenus in Fur is a laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex and power that’s guaranteed to charm and mesmerize.  This play contains strong language and adult content.

Cast

Vanda Jordan – Andra Whitt
Thomas Novachek – Ari Post 

 

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Critics Heap More Praise on “The Gift of the Magi”

“Brimming with the spirit of giving and the warmth of a classic romance, The Gift of the Magi is a magnificent, early American alternative to another seasonal fare…a heart-warming and wholesome event that could melt the Grinch’s cold heart.”

For theatre-goers of all ages, The Gift of the Magi is a gift that gives a huge tug to the heart-strings and is a perfect balm for a weary world. You won’t want to miss this holiday hit.”

~ Lee Jeffreys, Maryland Theater Guide Arts Critic

Click on the banner below to read the full review.

Alex Marshall as Jim, Anand Tripathi as Digsby, and Jessica Singley as Della.

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Critics and Audiences Agree – “Gift of the Magi” is a “Sweet” Holiday Treat!

“The Gift of the Magi is a lovely way to honor and celebrate the true gifts of Christmas. See it with someone you love!”
~ Julia L. Exline, DC Metro Theater Arts critic

“Brimming with the spirit of giving and the warmth of a classic romance, The Gift of the Magi is a magnificent, early American alternative to another seasonal fare…a heart-warming and wholesome event that could melt the Grinch’s cold heart.”
~ Lee Jeffreys, Maryland Theater Guide critic

Click on the banners below to read the DC Metro Theater Arts and Maryland Theatre Guide reviews.

Alex Marshall as Jim and Jessica Singley as Della prepare for “great expectations.”  Photo by Chip Gertzog.

Audience members shared:

“If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, then I don’t know what will!” Jonathan S., Opening Weekend Patron
“Spectacular!”  Kathy M., Opening Weekend Patron
“We didn’t realize how funny it was going to be.”  Julie M., Opening Weekend Patron
“What a sweet example of true love, one for all us during this holiday season.”  Joan N., Opening Weekend Patron

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A Sneak Peek of “The Gift of the Magi,” by Jon Jory

Join us for this holiday favorite – good for the entire family!

David Siegel and Connection Newspapers present a sneak peek into Providence Players’ holiday production, The Gift of the Magi, by Jon Jory.  Click on the banner below to read the full article and interview with insights from the director, Beth Gilles-Whitehead.

Providence Players production, The Gift of the Magi, opens Friday, December 6.  Get your tickets today!

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Audition Announcement “Picnic” December 9 & 10

By William Inge
Directed by Michael Donahue

On a sweltering Labor Day morning in a small Kansas town, the women of a quiet neighborhood on the wrong side of the tracks are preparing for the annual picnic. Their lives are disrupted when Hal Carter, a muscular and charming young drifter, hops off the freight train, and heads straight for Mrs. Potts’ hospitable home.  Hearts are broken and lives are changed, as Hal’s lively, dangerous, masculine energy wakes up the sleepy community.  William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama explores themes of sexuality, repression, restlessness, and rites of passage.  Picnic won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in 1953.  

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 11 roles (7 Women and 4 Men).  No roles are precast, and all roles are open.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to audition!  All welcome!

Download all three documents: Audition Announcement, Form and Theater Access Schedule.

Audition Dates

6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10
Callbacks, if needed:  6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17

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

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Meet the Director and Cast of “The Gift of the Magi”

A remarkable director and cast present The Gift of the Magi.  Opens Friday, December 6.

Alex Marshall as Jim and Jessica Singley as Della in “The Gift of the Magi.” Rehearsal photo by Chip Gertzog.

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Beth Gilles-Whitehead (Director) was most recently seen on stage with PPF as Barbara in August: Osage County.  Last year she directed A Christmas Carol, and before that the multiple WATCH nominated productions, To Kill a Mockingbird (nominated as best director) and All My Sons, which received the Ruby Griffith Award for All Round Production Excellence, their top award. Her other acting work includes: Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves, Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame, (WATCH nomination) Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Meg in Crimes of the Heart and Romaine Vole in Witness for the Prosecution, (WATCH nomination). She has a BA in theatre from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MFA in theatre from Cornell University.  Her favorite degree is wife of David and mother of her four kids and their awesome spouses and soon to be grandmother.

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Memorable Gifts from “The Gifts of the Magi”

Can you recall the most memorable gift you have ever received?

The Gift of Friends!

“Ten years ago, cancer struck me for the second time.  Three of my girlfriends showed up to help me through those “chemo days”.  Janice, Momi and Meg were strangers to each other then, but not for long.  We  four formed the “Front Row Center” ladies and started attending every season of Providence Players.  What a marvelous gift!  Thank you for entertaining us so wonderfully!”  (Thank you, Sharon, for your story and your patronage!)  [Photo: Left to right, Janice Thompson, Sharon Roslund, Momi Sekhon and Meg Irish.]

Sharon Roslund, long-term patron

Coming to the United States! (A video)

“To be honest, personally, it was being able to come to the U.S.   A lot of people outside the U.S. – other countries – don’t have what the U.S. provides.  The infrastructure, the way things are, the way society is, the way the cultural is, the way the customs are.  All the opportunities…so I think that is the best gift I got in my life my parents.  If I’m really honest, now I’m at the point where I can use my mind, I can use my brain to get what I need in life…”  See the entire video.

Anand Tripathi, plays Digsby in “The Gift of the Magi”

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Casting Announcement: “The Gift of the Magi”

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Beth Whitehead is pleased to announce the cast of The Gift of the Magi.

Adapted by Jon Jory
Original story by O. Henry

This heartwarming, romantic holiday favorite tells the story of Della and Jim, who are desperately in love with each other but also very poor. In their attempts to buy each other proper Christmas gifts, a strange twist of fate leads the couple to find the perfect gifts for one another — but at an unexpected cost. Though they may not have the perfect Christmas, the couple learns about the importance of the gift of love in this beautiful adaptation of the story by O. Henry.  An inspiring holiday feel-good story, suitable for the entire family!

Cast (in order of appearance)

Jim – Alex Marshall
Digsby – Anand Tripathi
Della – Jessica Singley
Dot – Emily-Grace Rowson
Clarice – Bo Villa
Art – Thomas Udlock
Bootman – DS “David” Rawlings
Shopgirl – Mandi Ellis
Madame Vodvaskaya – Robey Manno
Ensemble – Judi Deatherage
Ensemble – Earle S Greene
Ensemble – Gunner Moskowitz
Ensemble – Louisa Stanwich
Musician – Sarah Maurer

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