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.

Next up for Envision:

Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Simon Patton

May 1-3
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

A complex drama that focuses on British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her often overlooked role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure.



A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.


Rosalind Franklin: Dedicated, serious scientist. Knows that being a female in science is an uphill struggle. Does not suffer fools gladly.

Maurice Wilkins: Slightly older than Rosalind. Solid scientist, who holds traditional values of his time (or a little earlier) and therefore does not really know how to deal with Rosalind. His friend, Crick, describes him as “a pompous prig.”

Don Caspar: Gets his PhD during the show. Straightforward and friendly.

James Watson: About the same age (or slightly young) than Don, but very ambitious and so already has his PhD and is out to make a name for himself. Conceited and arrogant.

Francis Crick: Knows Maurice from their time at school. Good friend and colleague but more relaxed.

Ray Gosling: Graduate student who worked for Maurice and is now assigned to Rosalind. Tried to keep thing amicable between that pair. A bit awkward and endearing.

Charlotte’s Web
by Joseph Robinette
Directed by Virginia Capps Buckner

October 2-4
Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

A beautiful tale for the whole family about the love between a pig and the arachnid protectress who teaches him about the cycle of life. Based on the classic by E.B. White.

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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

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

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

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

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

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn; dir.  Theo Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grace and Glory by Tom Ziegler; dir.  Theo Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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