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‘Rose’ caps off Players season

Published: 9/6/2019 10:53:16 AM
Modified: 9/6/2019 10:53:04 AM

“I’m eighty years old. I find that unforgivable and suddenly it’s a millennium and I stink of the past century, but what can I do?” So asks the title character in the final show of the Peterborough Players 2019 Summer Season, “Rose”.

Written by Martin Sherman, the celebrated American author of “Bent”, the play features Players’ favorite Carolyn Michel as Rose. This one woman, tour-de-force performance will run from Sept. 11-15 at the Players. Howard Millman returns to the Players to direct the piece.

Rose is a survivor. Her remarkable life began in a tiny Russian village, took her to Warsaw’s ghettos and a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona canyons and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach. The play is both a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty Jewish woman and a moving reminder of some of the events that shaped the 20th century.

“Rose” premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play, and was produced on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater.

Michel has delighted Players’ audiences in two one-woman-plays before: “The Lady with All the Answers” and “Family Secrets”. “Rose” promises to do the same. Michel was most recently at the Players in their production of “Driving Miss Daisy”.

The work Millman has been seen at the Players many times before, in such popular productions as “Driving Miss Daisy”, “Nobody Don’t Like Yogi”, and “Visiting Mr. Green”. Most recently, he directed the Players’ production of “The Whipping Man”.

Rose will have a very limited run – from Sept. 11 through 15. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursdays, and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at, or by calling the Box Office at (603) 924-7585.

As the summer season comes to a close, make plans now to join the Players for Arts on Screen beginning in October including dazzling opera from The Met: Live in HD, exceptional plays from National Theatre Live, and new this year, three special screenings including a documentary and two musical theatre productions.


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