Victorian Players reveals 2013-14 season

Staff report


The Victorian Players Theater has revealed the schedule for its 2013-14 season, which will open Sept. 13 with the Thornton Wilder comedy “The Matchmaker.”

This Victorian comedy, best known for serving as the basis for “Hello, Dolly!,” tells the story of Dolly Levi as she goes about her trade of being a matchmaker. It will run Sept. 13-29.

Following it will be the theater’s tradition of adapting an Edgar Allan Poe tale for Halloween season. Director J.E. Ballantyne’s adaptation “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” will be presented Oct. 11-27. The plot centers around a doctor who convinces a dying friend to let him mesmerize him to ward off his death. “Valdemar” is being co-produced by J&B Production Arts Services.

A special event, “Specter of Treason — The Oswald Trial,” written by Ballantyne, will be open Nov. 22 — 50 years to the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — and run through Dec. 8.

The play, which will include local television personalities in the cast, presents a scenario of what might have happened if suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had lived to go on trial. The show takes the audience through a trial using researched information for both the prosecution and defense. The audience will act as the jury and will render the verdict at each performance.

The show was originally produced in 1996.

“JFK and Dallas,” an assassination seminar featuring renowned researchers, including Cyril H. Wecht, will be presented at Youngstown State University on Dec. 7 in conjunction with the play.

December will bring another special event, the traditional “In the Spirit of Christmas,” for two weekends, Dec. 15-21.

The Vic’s annual fund- raiser, “Vaudeville at the Vic,” will be Jan. 17-19.

The first show of the new year will be “Sandbag, Stage Left,” Feb. 14 through March 2. It’s a humorous tale of a theater company whose lead actress in “Hello, Dolly!” is killed by a falling sandbag.

Next up is the comedy “Life with Father,” March 28 through April 13. It will be followed by the Victorian tale “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” by Oscar Wilde, May 2-18. This play follows the plight of Lady Windermere, who suspects that her husband is having an affair.

The final show of the regular season will be “Days of Wine and Roses,” June 6-22. This classic piece deals with two average American adults who succumb to alcoholism and attempt to deal with the problem by both admitting it and denying it.

“Dark Glass,” a special event co-produced by J&B Production Arts Services, will finish off the season. The tale of two astronauts who are being kept in a hospital but not sure why they are there runs July 11-27.

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