Message from the Providence Players Board President, Kevin Harnisch
Here we go on to our 26th year! This is a significant accomplishment in Community Theater and it’s all because of you, our dedicated members, our patrons, and fantastic audiences! So, we look forward to your joining us as we launch an exciting new season with the well-known mystery thriller, Deathtrap.
As for me, I begin my term as President with the good fortune to have had exemplary previous Board leadership. In fact, many of these leaders remain active on the Board today. As a founding member of PPF, I bring a history of commitment to supporting and encouraging member participation, ensuring financial health and organization continuity, while creating high quality theater.
I’m pleased to announce that our company is fiscally sound, and our audiences are trending toward pre-pandemic numbers. However, we still have a way to go. To that end, each Board member is actively supporting our mission and involved in one or more of the following standing committees: Play Selection; Budget; Community Relations; Membership; Box Office / House Management and Marketing.
Providence Players of Fairfax is committed to maintaining a “big tent” – big enough to include first timers to theatrical endeavors and those with significant theater experience. This includes you! For those of you who have been with us during these past 26 years, we thank you. To those of you who want to participate on-stage, backstage, behind the scenes, or as an ongoing member of our audience – we welcome you. Come join in the fun!
President, Board of Directors\
In this well-known mystery thriller, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway hits, is struggling to overcome a “dry” spell which has resulted in a series of box office flops. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a remarkable script from a student which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway juggernaut. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer assistance to the student in exchange for co-credit. But is that really his plan? Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play. Warning: This play contains moments of violence and gunshots. Tickets on sale now! Opens Friday, October 13! See the official announcement posting of the cast and director here.
Director in the Spotlight – Tina Hodge Thronson
Sadly, when I mention that I am directing Deathtrap I am often asked “…wait, is that by Agatha Christie?” or “Didn’t that play run for decades? Is it still running?”
No. No. No!
I am directing Deathtrap by Ira Levin – not Mousetrap by Agatha Christie! And, although I love Agatha Christie, Deathtrap is a much better play. (I know, sacrilege).
Ira Levin’s two-hour play is a masterclass in the creation of a diabolically clever plot. Egotistical playwright Sidney Bruhl is suffering from writer’s block when he receives a student’s manuscript in the mail that he is convinced will be a surefire hit. What should he do with the manuscript? What should he do with the student? And why does his wife not understand his predicament?
Lucky for me, I am not only blessed with a terrific script but also with wonderful actors. Matthew Randall as Sidney and Roxanne Waite as his wife Myra are the loving and mutually supportive couple who welcome graduate student Clifford Anderson (Chuck O’Toole) into their homes to discuss his play. As we add a psychic neighbor (Angela Cannon) and the family attorney (David Ranowsky) into the mix, this delicious comedy-thriller will keep audiences guessing– and just in time for Halloween!
Please come to see the play – and bring a friend to hold your hand.
Providence Players to Premier an Original Holiday Musical
Dash: The Musical
Providence Players proudly announces that it will host the world premiere of Dash: The Musical, written by PPF members Deborah Davidson and Barbara Schelstrate. Dash: The Musical (story, book and lyrics by Deborah Davidson and music by Barbara Schelstrate) will take the stage at the James Lee Community Center for two weekends in December. In this family-friendly holiday musical fantasy, reindeer sing and dance, Mrs. Claus hosts a cooking show, and the elves just might do a Christmas “rap.” Audiences will watch as Dash decides it’s his turn to lead Santa’s sleigh, and the whole North Pole is transfixed as he challenges Rudy for the honor. The show has been cast and the production team is already starting its work. Many hands will be needed, so anyone interested in pitching in should contact producer Janet Bartelmay at email@example.com. Join us!
Behind the Scenes
Enjoy these photos from the first read thru of Dash: The Musical and the set build for Deathtrap.
PPF Throwback Theater: Mysteries from the Past
Enjoy these photos from previous mysteries: Witness for the Prosecution (2005), Rehearsal for Murder (2009) and And Then There Were None (2020). All photos by Chip Gertzog.
- Welcome New members: Margaret Buddeke, Byron Cook, John Dwyer, Robin Gold, Roberta Medrano, Keely Sullivan, and Chris Townsend. Welcome to Providence Players!
- Renewing members include: Sara Bennett, John Barclay Burns, Angela Cannon, Christian Faulkner, Allen Flanigan, Craig Geoffrion, Jason Hamrick, Beth Harrison, Mona Kay Helper, Brenda Hornbeck, Daniel Lavanga, Sarah Mournighan, Brian O’Connor, Chuck O’Toole, Katherine Phillips (& Family), Matthew Randall, John Smith, Robbie Snow, Allison Turkel, Roxanne Waite, Andra Whitt, and David Wright.
- If your membership is lapsed and you wish to renew, you can click here.
Want to join in the fun? Here are two ways to let us know!
- Send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass along your interest to the Directors.
- Complete the Member Interest survey. To get started just click the link below, take 5 minutes, fill out the form and hit send! We will review your interests and reach out to you when opportunities present themselves.
We look forward to working and playing with you!