‘Ripcord’ is final winter Peterborough Players show

  • Kathy Manfre and Lisa Bostnar in “Steel Magnolias,” February 2017. Photo by Will Howell—

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:13PM

The final show of the Peterborough Players second annual winter season is the New Hampshire premiere of “Ripcord,” the new comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire.

The cast of “Ripcord” is comprised of a multitude of New Hampshire based professional actors, including Bridget Beirne (“Constellations,” “Outside Mulligar”), Lisa Bostnar (“Annapurna,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”), Will Howell (“The Whipping Man,” “Sherlock”), and Kathy Manfre (“Steel Magnolias,” “Stella & Lou”). They are joined by Alabama native and former Players Second Company Member, Cory Buffaloe (“Arsenic and Old Lace,” “James and the Giant Peach”) and New Hampshire resident and Players Technical Director, Tyler Richardson who is making his Players stage debut.

Directed by Players’ Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen, “Ripcord” tells the tale of two women engaged in a hilarious struggle over a sunny, upper floor room in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. Forced to share her room with new-arrival Marilyn (Kathy Manfre), the cantankerous Abby (Lisa Bostnar) is left with no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

“Ripcord” will play Feb. 15-25 and is rated PG-13. Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday. Single tickets are $39 and 6-ticket flex passes are also available.

For more information on this and all upcoming events, call 603-924-7585 and visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.

The penultimate show of the winter season is “Every Brilliant Thing,” which opens tonight at the Players. Look for a review of that show in Tuesday’s Ledger-Transcript.