The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

by Harold Pinter

Dark Comedy

A staged reading

One performance only: Saturday July 1, 2017  8:00 pm

Directed by Sam Burke
Produced by Leo Salerno

The Birthday Party is about Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player who lives in a rundown boarding house run by Meg and Petey Boles in an English seaside town. Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him, turn Stanley’s apparently innocuous birthday party organized by Meg into a nightmare.

All tickets are $6.00.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Cast
Petey- Ray Zacek
Meg- Mary Kay Cyrus
Stanley- Craig Ruska
Lulu- Susan Belliveau
Goldberg- Greg Thompson
McCann- Lance Rumowicz
 

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?
 

Psycho Beach Party

Psycho Beach Party, by Charles Busch
Directed by Keven Renken
Produced by Ashlie Johnson

Jun. 2-18, 2017

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. 

*Please note that Psycho Beach Party contains strong language and adult themes.

Cast   
Christian Adams Nicky
Katie Calahan Berdine
Rebecca Hamburg Chicklet
Keaton Hudson Kanaka
Thom Jay Mrs. Forrest
Pedro Medina Bettina Barnes
Paola Miranda Dee Dee
Jarrod Padgett Star Cat
Kristen Powell Marvel Ann
Nathan Tilley Yo-Yo
Anthony Vazquez Provoloney
Production Staff/Crew  
Keven Renken Director
Eileen Rea Stage Manager
Griffin Spriggs Asst. Stage Manager
Ashlie Johnson Producer
Macy Smith Costumer
Dianna Hangar Light/Sound Board Op

“A comic trash compactor of a play that takes an already silly genre – early 1960’s surf and beach blanket movies – and sends it to camp heaven.” –The New York Times

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2017-2018 Season

PRESENTING OUR 24TH SMASH SEASON!

Admission Prices
Single Ticket: $21 for plays, $25 for musicals (Lucky Stiff & The Rocky Horror Show)
Group Tickets (10 or more) are discounted $2
Performance Times
Friday & Saturday Evenings 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees 2:00 pm

It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney

August 4 – 20, 2017

 In this hilarious British farce, Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the famed Ponsonby Lecture.

“My glasses steamed up with laughter…A must for the bruised in spirit and the young at heart.” – The Sunday Times

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**The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien

September 22 – October 8, 2017

In this humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970’s , a stranded couple end up in a castle where aliens have sinister plans for mankind.

“A musical that deals with mutating identity and time warps becomes one of the most mutated, time-warped phenomena in show business.” – The New York Times

**Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes.

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Talley’s Folly by Landford Wilson

November 3 – 19, 2017

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, and Sally Talley, the bookish, erudite daughter of a wealthy family, overcome their great differences to ultimately find true love.

“ … a funny, sweet, touching and marvelously written and contrived love poem for an apple and an orange.” – NY Post

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Lucky Stiff by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty

January 12 – February 2, 2018

In this offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair, an unassuming English shoe salesman stands to inherit a fortune if he can succeed in passing his uncle off as alive.

“ … Lucky Stiff is a thoroughly enjoyable example of good old fashioned musical theatre” – London Theatre News

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Polish Joke by David Ives

March 9 – 25, 2018

In this comedy about ethnic identity and the eternal American search to belong, Jasiu, a Polish-American who has been taught not to value his own roots, decides to make his own. His adventures – alternately zany and heartbreaking – help him discover who he is and what it means to be a Pole.

“…furiously funny [and] endearingly foolish.” – NY Magazine

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Completely Hollywood by Reduced Shakespeare Co.

April 20 – May 6, 2018

Get your clapper boards ready as we rummage through the reels and flick through the films in this riotous carnival of the classics. The authors of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) have condensed the 186 greatest films in Hollywood’s 100+ year history into a complete compilation of classic cinematic clichés.

“A hilarious and speedy take on Hollywood’s highs and lows. I loved it! An instant classic!” – BBC

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**Gemini by Albert Innaurato

June 1 – June 17, 2018

In this Obie Award winner, Fran Geminiani’s son, Francis, celebrates his twenty-first birthday with two socialite friends from college, a boisterous, earthy divorcee and her fat, asthmatic son. You will love the antics of this blue collar, South Philly family.

“ … rambunctious, hilarious, touching, quite beautiful play.” – NY Magazine

**Please note that this show contains strong language and adult themes.

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It Runs in the Family, The Rocky Horror Show, Completely Hollywood and Gemini are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Polish Joke and Talley’s Folly are presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Lucky Stiff is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

It Runs in the Family – auditions

 
West Coast Players is pleased to announce auditions for Ray Cooney’s It Runs in the Family on Monday and Tuesday, June 5 and 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the theatre
 
“If you’re going to tell a lie, tell a whopper,” yells Dr. Mortimore as events begin to spin deliciously out of control in Ray Cooney’s It Runs in the Family
 
A hilarious case of mistaken identity, misfortune, and misbehaviour 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.
 
Director Jessica Burchfield will be looking to cast 7 male actors and 5 female actors for the following characters: 
 
Dr. David Mortimer (M 35-50): accomplished lead of the play who is rising in his career at the hospital; excellent communicator; witty comedic timing; unfortunately caught in a past affair, but uses his quick wit and communication skills to get out of the tough spot, only to confuse and muddle down the story to the point of hilarious complexity
 
Rosemary Mortimer (F 35-45): head doctor David Mortimore’s attractive wife; she is refined, outgoing and pleasant; nothing gets past her
 
Dr. Hubert Bonney (M 25-40): often overlooked and insignificant, but enthusiastic “nincompoop” famous in farce; likeable; physical comedy required; high energy
 
Dr. Mike Connelly (M 20-35): an exuberant, boyish doctor who loves acting and dressing up; eager to please but is often frenetic
 
Sir Willoughby Drake (M 40-75): Chair of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hospital; a stern administrator, and a bit out of touch with what really goes on in the hospital
 
Matron (F 30-60): a no-nonsense type of woman; robust, ample, strict, a rule follower
 
Jane Tate (F 30-50): pretty, likeable former nurse; a good mother, though perhaps overly protective
 
Leslie Tate (M 16-25): punk exterior; exudes a constant physical threat, though surprisingly intellectual and emotional; uses very simple logic; excitable
 
Sister (F 18-35): incredibly pleasant and efficient nurse at the hospital; no one knows anything about her and everyone constantly forgets 
 
Bill Lesley (M 45-75): eccentric and fun-loving; his self-image is 35 years ago; his brain has short circuited
 
Mother Bonney (F 50-80): Auntie Mame’s grandmother; always on the verge of throwing a party, though never actually doing so; if it were not for her daily, vigilant efforts, the world would be chaos; completely ineffectual
 
Police Sergeant (M/F 30-60): practical; down to earth; by the book; no sense of humor; he/she is logic
 
Auditions will be cold readings from the script. 
 
Production dates are August 4- August 20, 2017. No performers paid.
 
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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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.

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

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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.