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On St. Patrick’s Day 2020, the Players Circle Theater held its final theatrical performance, the first and only performance of “The curious incident of the dog during the night.”
Of course, the COVID pandemic canceled the first season of the theater and forced them to reinvent themselves. However, 20 months later, the Players Circle Performing Arts is set to stage its first full fall / winter season, which will include three plays and three musicals.
Robert Cacioppo, artistic director, said it would be nice if we could finally put together a full season after aborting the first season and the second never taking off.
“We could not have had a more difficult birth of the Players Circle between the fire marshal who shut us down and the arrival of COVID. But someone told me that maybe we were just there. halfway, but the first half was all uphill. “ said Cacioppo. “I really think when we start on October 4th with our new season, we’ll be sliding downhill.”
The opening piece will be “The lifespan of a fact” by Jeremy Karekan, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. Based on the book of the same title by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, it runs from October 27 to November 14. The play examines the importance of truth in journalism in the age of “Fake News”.
“Jingle Bell Jubilee”, a holiday musical review, will take place from December 8 to 16.
“Night and day – Love lost and found through the eyes of Cole Porter”, a musical created by Cacioppo, Victoria Casella and Arthur D’Alessio will run January 5-16 and feature over 30 of Porters’ most beloved songs in a more lyrical format.
“The curious incident of the dog during the night”, by Simon Stephens, based on the book by Mark Haddon, runs from February 16 to March 6. The show was scheduled to take place during the first season, but was cut short on March 17, 2020 when the pandemic forced everything to shut down.
“Hard travelin ‘with Woody,” written and performed by Randy Noojin will run from March 23 to April 3. This multimedia show features the lyrics, music and artwork of Woody Guthrie.
“Miracle on South Division Street” by Tom Dudzick will close the season with laughs galore with a hilarious comedy about those who have always known they were special since that miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in front of Grandfather in his barber shop. Or did she do it?
Cacioppo said that many other theaters are “Mind-numbing” their seasons with happy stories, and that he didn’t expect to be the theater that had the hot new shows.
“The fact that we’re doing two recent Broadway shows like ‘Curious Incident’ and ‘Lifespan of A Fact’ where no other theater does that kind of work, it’s exciting. said Cacioppo. “I’ve always loved giving our audience the chance to see the Broadway show. I can’t believe I have the rights and no one else does.
Players Circle has moved from the theater to the Cabaret space (with social distancing), producing successful jazz, stand-up comedies, Broadway revues, burlesque, Grammy-winning country singers, humorous improvisations and other acts.
This has proven to be such a success that the Players Circle will continue to provide this entertainment before, after and between their six-piece sets.
“If it had not been for COVID, we would never have created the format of a nightclub or a cabaret”, said Cacioppo. “I know people love to see Danny Sinoff and the comedians.”
The musicals will have 10 performances each, five each week for two weeks: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 7 pm; Fridays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $ 50 VIP seating (wait service, seated at tables) and $ 40 (theater style seating).
In addition to the musical series, the theater is pleased to present The Danny Sinoff Trio, Singing the American Songbook, on Mondays starting October 4. Danny uses a different theme each week. His shows take place at 7 p.m. VIP tickets cost $ 25; general admission tickets are $ 15.
The theater offers different subscriptions:
* VIP tickets for the three plays and three musical performances, $ 225.
* The three plays and three musical performances, general admission, $ 210.
* Three rooms, $ 120
* Three musical performances, VIP tickets, $ 120.
* Three musical performances, general admission, $ 105.
Single tickets are on sale. Group rates and other packages are available.
Tickets can be ordered by mail, online at PlayersCircleTheater.com, or by calling 239-800-3292. Parking is free. The opening hours of the ticket office are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All other times, leave a message at 239-800-3292.
A special drink and a menu to share are available for cabaret shows and musicals. A full dinner and bar are also available at the adjacent Southern Grill. Call 239-800-3292 for reservations.
The Players Circle’s fall cabaret season, which features musical reviews, improv and stand-up comedies, solo performances, country and jazz, will be announced on October 1.
The Players Circle Performing Arts Center was developed by veterans of the Southwest Florida theater movement, Carrie Lund Cacioppo and Robert Cacioppo. They have been prominent faces of theater in Lee County for over 35 years, having launched Lee County’s first professional theater on Sanibel Island and the Florida Repertory Theater, which was named “One of the best regional theaters in America” during their tenure by The Wall Street Journal. Players Circle Performing Arts Center is a professional black box theater offering Broadway-level entertainment. Follow him online at PlayersCircleTheater.com.