It Runs in the Family

 
It Runs in the Family, by Ray Cooney
Directed by Jessica Burchfield
Produced by Jason Freeman
 
August 4-20, 2017
 
A hilarious case of mistaken identity, misfortune, and misbehavior in the doctor’s quarters of a busy London area hospital, It Runs in the Family contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for everyone else. A paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son, a syringe-happy matron, and various other lunatics color the fast-moving, side-splitting show from beginning to end.
 

The School for Lies

The School for Lies
Directed by Susan Demers
Produced by John Kobasic
 
Performance dates are July 21 – 23, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm.
All tickets are $15.
 
From David Ives, the brilliant author of All in the Timing, comes a farce set in Paris of 1666. This unlikely story revolves around Celimene, an attractive young window so known for her satire that she’s being sued for it. Living off of the favors of shallow suitors no match for her mind or sharp tongue, Celimene has until now evaded love. That changes with the arrival of Frank, a traveler from England whose clever wit and repartee seems to be a match for her own. 
 
This very clever farce is written in contemporary couplets (some of which morph into rap) and is based on Molière’s The Misanthrope. Just how much “truth” or plain speaking can any of us stand — can society stand?
 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang
Directed by Donna Donnelly

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Named after Chekhov’s characters by their theater-enthusiast professor parents, Vanya and Sonia have yet to grow up. After spending their adulthood looking after their now-dead parents, neither has a job, and money is provided by their movie star sister, Masha. Their stolid lives are shaken when Masha announces she plans to sell the house. Mix in a clairvoyant cleaning lady, a gorgeous but dimwitted younger lover, and a sweet and determined neighbor and this Tony Award-winning play will have you wondering if having a Chekhov name destines you to a Chekhov life. 

“Hugely entertaining … few have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly.” –USA Today

Apr. 21 to May 7, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm

Tickets: $19
Students: $15
Groups: $17 (for groups of 10 or more)
All seating is reserved

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Psycho Beach Party – auditions

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West Coast Players will hold auditions for Psycho Beach Party, by Charles Busch, on Sunday and Monday, April 9th and 10th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Keven Renken.

Production dates are June 2 to 18, 2017 (3 weekends).

The award-winning author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife gives “Gidget” beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers a shotgun marriage! Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among these are: a check out girl, a radio talk show hostess, a male model, and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen with nothing less than world domination on her mind. 

Auditionees will read from the script .  They must also come prepared to tell a joke – a story joke that builds to the punch line rather than a simple question and answer joke (“What do you call a woman with one leg?”  “Eileen.” for instance, is a no-no).  The characters are as follows:

CHICKLET – a perky, irrepressibly cheerful teenager whose main goal in life is to become a surfer.  Under stress, however, she reverts to one of many different personalities (some of which are down-right frightening).  The person playing this role needs to be able to do lightning-fast vocal, physical and personality changes.  Works best if performed by a man in drag.

MRS. FORREST – Chicklet’s mother – it would be great if she were the spitting image of Joan Crawford, both in looks and personality.  This role also works best if done in drag.

BERDINE – Chicklet’s best friend.  She is a hopeless nerd, but a nerd with spunk.

MARVEL ANN – ostensibly a friend of Chicklet and Berdine’s, though she mainly tolerates them.  A gorgeous high school vamp, she is absolutely boy crazy.

BETTINA BARNES – an incredibly glamorous movie star(let) on the lam from her studio.  Marilyn Monroe would be a good place to start.  She may not seem very bright – unlike Monroe, it may not be an act.

STAR CAT – the “leading man” of the piece, a handsome and smart guy who is abandoning the college life for that of a surfer.

KANAKA – Star Cat’s “Bud,” the quintessential surfer dude who is both fascinated and repelled by one of Chicklet’s kinkier alter egos.

PROVOLONEY – a scrappy little surfer, the joker of the group.

YO-YO – his best friend, struggling with his attraction to Provoloney.

NICKY and DEE-DEE – handsome beach bum and sexy chick in a bikini (think Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, though she never wore a bikini – and if you don’t know who they are, shame on you!  Google them!).

Because of the adult nature of the piece, all performers should be at least 18 years of age.

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL.  Directions to the theatre can be found here.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – auditions

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West Coast Players will hold auditions for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang on Monday and Tuesday, February 20th and February 21st, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the theatre. Directed by Donna Donnelly.

Production dates are April 21 to May 7, 2017 (3 weekends).

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Named after Chekhov’s characters by their theater-enthusiast professor parents, Vanya and Sonia have yet to grow up. After spending their adulthood looking after their now-dead parents, neither has a job, and money is provided by their movie star sister, Masha. Their stolid lives are shaken when Masha announces she plans to sell the house. Mix in a clairvoyant cleaning lady, a gorgeous but dimwitted younger lover, and a sweet and determined neighbor and this Tony Award-winning play will have you wondering if having a Chekhov name destines you to a Chekhov life. 

Great comedic actors are sought for this Christopher Durang play.

  • 1 male : 45 to 55
  • 2 females : 45 to 55
  • 1 female: early to mid 20’s
  • 1 male: late 20’s
  • 1 female: any age, good physical comedienne

West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL.  Directions to the theatre can be found here.

West Coast Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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The Lyons

The Lyons, by Nicky Silver

As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of forty years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room make-over. Ben and Rita have been at war for many years, and when they’re joined by their children, Lisa and Curtis, all efforts at a pleasant visit or a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned. Terrible secrets and vicious accusations replace sentimental memories. Can the family take the first tentative steps toward new human connection? 

“Black comedy perfection.” –Hollywood Reporter, “Smart and funny and moving.” –NY Observer

March 3-19, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 PM
Sundays: 2 pm

Tickets: $19
Students: $15
Groups: $17 (for groups of 10 or more)
All seating is reserved

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Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

*Please note that The Lyons contains strong language and adult themes.

Third Annual Gala

West Coast Players Third Annual Gala -Save the Date

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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