Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson

Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson

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On April 22, Valley Players will proudly present a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s new play Natural Shocks. Coinciding with the weekend of the National School Walkout, this funny and devastating one-woman play is part of a nation-wide theatre activism campaign against gun violence. Nearly eighty theatres across the country will host readings, and donations for this electric performance by Valley Players’ own June Alane Reif will go to Moms Demand Action.

Lauren Gunderson
Lauren Gunderson

This never before seen work, is a 65-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.

Lauren Gunderson is the most produced playwright in the United States for the past two years. In this never before seen work, a woman explores her past and present as she deals with an impending natural disaster. Natural Shocks is generously hosted by the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and performed at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville, at 4:00 on April 22. Suggested donation at the door is $20

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Arts In April Press Release – March 29, 2018

Arts In April Press Release – March 29, 2018

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Valley Players to Perform in St. Helena on April 14

As part of St. Helena’s Arts in the Streets event on April 14, Valley Players, picked by the Bohemian as Napa County’s best theater troupe for 2018, will be performing three short comedic plays in St. Helena’s Lyman Park.

NAPA, CA, MARCH 29, 2018 – These hilarious short comedies, The Lives of the Great Waitresses, Sure Thing, and Mere Mortals, are sure to be crowd pleasers. 

In Lives, written by Nina Shengold, June Alane Reif, Debbie Baumann, Barbara Nemko and Amy Palagi play four waitresses, each with her own brand of zen, who share the secrets of being one of the greats.  In David Ives’ Sure Thing, would-be couple Bill, played by Gabriel Frey, and Betty, played by Megan Palagi, meet at a coffee shop and attempt to connect, continually stumbling or winding up in a dead-end; but every time they blunder, a merciful bell resets the conversation, resulting in a second, third, or even fourth chance to make a good impression. Mere Mortals, also by David Ives, eavesdrops on a lunch hour on a girder 50 stories over a New York City street, as three construction workers, played by Robert Silva, Rob Barlow and Daryl Roberts, share increasingly amazing secrets of their past.  Continue reading “Arts In April Press Release – March 29, 2018”

Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!

Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!

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Hello!

Thank you so much for being a supporter of theater arts! We hope you were able to see The Lover and Anton in Show Business earlier this year. Valley Players strives to produce quality shows that appeal to audience members like you.

We will be reprising The Lover by Harold Pinter in September at Bay Area Stage Theater in Vallejo and will follow that with a production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play!) in November, also at Bay Area Stage Theater.

In order to produce these shows, we have some specific monetary needs and we hope you can help. Our financial needs for the rest of 2017 total $5,000. For a detailed breakdown, please see below. Every penny donated will go directly to covering these costs and every dollar counts!

Please help us to continue to bring you quality, affordable live entertainment by making a tax-deductible donation today using the form here!

Sincerely,

June Alane Reif
President / CEO
Valley Players Continue reading “Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!”

Local Writers

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Valley Players is actively searching for female playwrights over forty and plays that provide strong roles for women over forty. Collaboration with local writers seems a natural fit. Whether developing a new work, organizing a playwright’s workshop, producing a series of staged readings, or even mounting a full production, we’d love to work with our local writers!

If you are interested, please contact us at Valley Players, call 707-246-9662

Why Donate to Valley Players?

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All monies donated to Valley Players go directly to funding our productions, running our classes and developing our outreach projects. Please download our donation form here.

Valley Players’ mission is to empower women over 40 through the theater arts.

Did you know that 80% of the roles in American theater are for men? And of the 20% that are for women, 95% are for women under 40? 68% of theater audiences are female, but only 24% of produced plays are written by women. The backstage numbers are just a bleak, but I won’t bore you with any more statistics.

Instead, I’ll tell you a brief story. Recently, we produced Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin. I encouraged a friend of mine to audition. She is in her 60s and has recently successfully battled breast cancer. She told me shortly before we opened that when she was cast, she was initially angry with me; that she thought there was no way she could learn all those lines with her “chemo brain”, but she HAD learned them and she was so grateful. Doing the show had made her feel strong again; she had regained her confidence and sense of self-worth—and her lifetime of experience made the role shine.

That is exactly why Valley Players was formed. To give older women a voice and a presence both on stage and off. We will not only be casting older women, we also want to hear their perspectives on this crazy world we live in. We are cultivating actors, directors, playwrights, stage managers, designers–you name it–from the thousands of women of wisdom out there, many of whom wrongly believe that theater is not for them. We may not be ingénues, but we have experience, and we have stories to tell.

Which brings me to the end of mine.  I hope that you can help us by providing a donation using the form here.

Sincerely,

June Alane Reif
President / CEO
Valley Players

Valley Players is a 501(c)(3) corporation. EIN: 82-1201666.

Sure Thing by David Ives

Sure Thing by David Ives

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As part of Arts in April, Valley Players is pleased to present the hilarious short play Sure Thing by David Ives, the story of two people who meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

Featuring Megan Palagi and Walter Hamlin and staged by June Alane Reif, Sure Thing will be presented at Art Gallery Napa Valley. Admission is FREE!

Apr 9, 2017: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Sun)
Apr 16, 2017: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Sun)
Apr 30, 2017: 10:30 am – 10:45 am (Sun)
Apr 30, 2017: 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm (Sun)

Art Gallery Napa Valley is open on Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Drop in early and browse the creative work of over 50 local artists!

Sure Thing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.