Peterborough Players announce new winter season

Friday, October 19, 2018 1:44PM

Following an amazing summer season, the Peterborough Players return for their third annual winter season. First in the three-play line-up is a classic holiday tale told from a new perspective, followed in January by the return of one of their most popular productions, and they close out the season in February with a thrilling play.

The season opens with “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” adapted by Joe Landry, playing December 6-16. Inspired by the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” brings the holiday tale to captivating life as a 1940s radio broadcast. George Bailey, Zuzu, Clarence the Angel, and grumpy old Mr. Potter all return to tell the story of an idealistic George Bailey as he considers his mortality one fateful Christmas Eve. Directed by Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG.

Following a break for the New Year, the stage lights up again in February with the return of “Fully Committed,” a comedy by Becky Mode starring Kraig Swartz, playing January 17-27. This hit comedy warms the basement of Manhattan’s trendiest, most impossible-to-get-into restaurant where the best food inspires the worst behavior. In one frazzled day, our hero, a harried reservationist/struggling actor, fends off coercion, hysterics, and bribes, only to stumble upon his own recipe for success. Kraig Swartz first opened his menu of 40 delicious characters at the Players in 2001. Since then his “Fully Committed” performance has won him Philadelphia’s Best Actor Barrymore Award and Michigan’s Thespie Award. Rated PG.

The season closes with “Stage Struck ”by Simon Gray playing February 7-17. In his younger days, Robert Simon was a first-rate stage-manager. Now he has become a thoroughly efficient and happy house-husband, catering to the whims of his successful West End actress wife. Through the clumsy intervention of a psychiatrist, he learns that his happiness and his marriage are soon to end. Wounded, Robert plots revenge on wife and psychiatrist, using his stage-management skills and some macabre theatrical effects, to teach them an unforgettable lesson. What could possibly go wrong? Alan Bates starred in the original London production of this surprising, comedy-thriller by one of England’s best known playwrights. Rated PG-13.

To celebrate the return of their winter season, the Players are offering a three-play subscription package that secures your seat for the entire winter season, offers great flexibility, and gives the largest discount available. Subscriptions, six-ticket winter flex passes and single tickets are on sale now. For tickets and info on their Winter Season and the ongoing Arts on Screen season, visit www.peterboroughplayers.org or call 603-924-7585. The Peterborough Players is located at 55 Hadley Road in Peterborough.