Special Programs

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

ENVISION

The Envision program produces innovative theater on a shoestring budget during breaks between main season productions. Since 1995, Envision’s presentations have complemented and enriched the Masquers’ season, while mentoring aspiring directors and offering opportunities to create and perform on a shortened schedule.

 

This year’s offerings:

The Giver

by Eric Coble; Based on the book by Lois Lowry
Directed by Carl Smith

April 29, 30; May 1, 6, 7, 8

 

In this moving adaptation of Lois Lowry’s childhood classic, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

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A Winter’s Tale

adapted from William Shakespeare’s play by Michele Delattre

September 30; October 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9

 

Shakespeare’s late romance has something for everyone – murder, madness, magic, mischief, ​love lost and found, even a bear. Join us for a wild ride which will make you believe in miracles.

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Experienced directors who wish to submit plays for production may send them to 

Masquers Playhouse
Attn: Envision Submissions
P.O. Box 71037
Richmond, CA 94807

 

Technical requirements and expenses for production must be kept at a minimum. No one is paid for an Envision production.

 

Original scripts are not being considered at this time for Envision productions.

Past Envision Productions

2015

Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, dir. Simon Patton
Charlotte’s Web by Joseph Robinette, dir. Virginia Capps Buckner

 

2014

Beyond Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie; dir. Norman Macleod and Nikki Nahmens Gage
Androcles and the Lion by George Bernard Shaw; dir. Keith Jefferds

 

2013

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, dir. Michelle Delattre
Almost, Maine by John Cariani, dir. Carol DeChaine Reyes

 

2012

Bosoms and Neglect by John Guare; dir. Linda Ellinwood
Painting Churches by Tina Howe; dir. Janet O’Brien

 

2011

Have We Met? Four Comedies:
Sure Thing by David Ives; dir. John Hull
The Siren Song of Stephen Jay Gould by Benjamin Bettenbender; dir.  James Colgan
Three Questions by Maurice Martin; dir.  Margaret Paradis
Relative Strangers by Sheri Wilner; dir.  Linda Ellinwood
Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell; dir.  Theo Collins

 

2010

Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing; dir.  Theo Collins
This Is Where We Came In by Alan Ayckbourn; dir.  Peter Budinger & DC Scarpelli

 

2009

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn; dir.  Theo Collins

 

2008

Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson; dir.  Carlene Coury

 

2007

Four Plays by Peter Levy:
Titanic Revisited dir.  Margaret Paradis
The Interview dir.  Patricia Inabnet
The Mourners dir.  Jan Brown
Friends dir.  Marilyn Kamelgarn

 

2006

A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing; dir.  Deborah Robbins

 

2005

Peter and Estelle’s Kid by Anthony V. Lucido; dir.  G. A. Klein
Memorial Day by Francis Hamit; dir.  Betty Baker Bindner
Don Juan in Hell by George Bernard Shaw; dir.  Theo Collins

 

2004

The Breaking Point, a new play by Dean Goodman; dir.  Betsy Bell Ringer
Directing Workshop conducted by Theo Collins

 

2003

Trifles by Susan Glaspell; dir.  Marilynn Kamelgarn
The Shock of Recognition by Robert Anderson; dir.  Nikki Gage
I’m Herbert by Robert Anderson; dir.  Theo Collins
Assassins, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman; dir.  Betty Baker Bindner

 

2002

Collected Stories by Donald Margulies; dir.  Debra Blondeim
Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell; dir.  Jan Brown

 

2001

The Zoo Story and The American Dream by Edward Albee; dir.  Colleen Coury

 

2000

Grace and Glory by Tom Ziegler; dir.  Theo Collins

 

1999

K2 by Patrick Meyers; dir.  Betty Baker Bindner
‘night Mother by Marsha Norman; dir.  Steve Hill

 

1999

Bells Are Ringing, music by Jule Styne, lyrics and book by Betty Comden & Adolph Green; dir.  Robert Love
On the Verge by Eric Overmyer; dir.  Linda Ellinwood

 

1998

Rodgers and Hart dir.  Robert Love
Molly Sweeney by Brian Friel; dir.  John Tangney
Echoes by N. Richard Nash; dir.  Betsy Bell Ringer
Annie Get Your Gun, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, book by Dorothy & Herbert Fields; dir.  Robert Love
The Gin Game (Jo Camp Memorial Production) by D. L. Coburn; dir.  Rhoda Plymack

 

1997

Camping with Henry and Tom by Mark St. Germain; dir.  Robert Hamm

 

1996

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier; dir.  Tim Hart
Oleanna by David Mamet; dir.  Virginia Cherniak

 

1995

Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman; dir.  Virginia Cherniak

STAGE ONE
Summer Theater Program for Youth

STAGE ONE is an introduction to the art and fun of theatre. During the three weeks, students write, direct, cast, rehearse, build sets, make props, come up with costumes, and design lights and sound for their orginal plays. The adult staff provides the guidance, support, and education for them to succeed in their efforts.

 

This is a total hands-on experience allowing students to be creative both on and off stage. Included in the curriculum are improv exercises, stage combat and safety training, and a day acting and recording an audio drama.

 

What would a theater workshop be without a performance? The students bring you their completed work on the last two days of the workshop.

 

Stage One 2016 will be held July 11-29

 

Stage One is open to ages 10 to 15. Classes are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. All classes are held at Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond. The class is limited to 25 attendees.

 

Questions? Please contact Kristin Avila: 510-426-5716

THE MASQUERS SONGBOOK
Musical Favorites in Concert

The Masquers Songbook is a series of fundraising events benefitting the Masquers Playhouse. This concert series seeks to showcase both the familiar and popular as well as other less well-known pieces of the American musical theater. As with the regular season at Masquers, the shows under consideration are submitted by directors within the community.

This year’s offerings:

Songs for a New World

music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

directed by Maria Calderazzo

Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

All seats $25; General admission

In the world of musical theater, shows often attain cult status. Songs for a New World is one of those shows. It introduced the world to composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last 5 Years, Parade, 13, The Bridges of Madison County)—now a three-time Tony-winner—and gave the world a passel of new cabaret standards. This song cycle takes us through sixteen exciting, self-contained stories-in-song, performed by a brilliant cast of the Bay Area’s finest vocal talent. All proceeds benefit the Masquers Playhouse.

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Applause

book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Lee Adams

(Based on the film All About Eve and the original story by Mary Orr)

directed by Coley Grundman

Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

All seats $25; General admission

Another beloved cult musical, Applause is based on the classic 1950 Bette Davis film All About Eve. Reset to 1970, it features music by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and was a huge Tony winner, netting Best Musical, Best Score, and a Best Actress Tony for its lead, Lauren Bacall, who suddenly found herself a Broadway star. A fun, playful treatment of this classic story of backstage ruthlessness. All proceeds benefit the Masquers Playhouse.

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Look for more information on Masquers Songbook benefits as events arise, or contact Peter Budinger and DC Scarpelli.