Kitchen SinkThe Kitchen Sink series provides a venue for emerging regional theater artists to develop work through staged readings and informal performances of works-in-progress.
With Camilla Schade, Carolyn Cadigan, Kristin Sad
Homecoming Players will close out their 2014 season with the premiere of Arthur Bicknell's new play, Dotty. Dorothy ("Dotty") Parker (Kristin Sad), a divorced and once-successful editor and ghost-
writer whose career has been rocky (at best) for the past several years, now faces an entirely new set of challenges. Shortly after the death of her father, she moves back to her family home in New England and is obliged to attempt reconciliation (both financially and emotionally) with her irrepressible mother, the once world-famous author of best-selling mysteries, Daphne Louise ("D.L.") Parker (Camilla Schade). Now a resident of crossroads, a posh senior assisted living center in New England, Daphne is suffering from a late stage of dementia that grows more pronounced daily. Daphne's harsh treatment of her own daughter, coupled with her intimate friendship with Mabel Bean (Carolyn Cadigan), a childlike and wheelchair-bound fellow Crossroads resident, unleashes Dotty's long-suppressed resentment and jealousy, and ultimately results in an explosive confrontation between mother and daughter, which threatens to tear the fabric of their delicate relationship once and for all.
Director: Rachel Hockett
Stage Manager: Lisa VillaMil
Production Manager: Mary Losurdo
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 2:00 pm
For tickets, call (607) 272-0403 or buy online.
Earlier this season:
Homecoming Players will launch their 2014 season with a staged reading of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, for two performances only, Mon Feb 3 and Tue Feb 4, at 7:30pm. With Michelle Courtney Berry, Lloyd Harris, Elizabeth Livesay, Katie Spallone, Kit Wainer, and Gary Weissbrot. Directed by Rachel Hockett.
Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s pitch-perfect snapshot of class and character in South Boston, the neighborhood of his youth, Good People was the 2011 winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, and a Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for outstanding actress in a play. Read more
April 7 & 8 @ 7:30 PM: Homecoming Players present Quartermaine's Terms by Simon Gray
May 12 & 13 @ 7:30 PM:
present The Miss Firecracker Contest by Beth Henley
Director: Rachel Hockett
With: Helen T. Clark, Melanie Uhlir, Elizabeth Livesay, Mike Davie, Gary Weissbrot,
Kathleen Collins, and Camilla Schade
Director: Sarah Scafidi
With: Lisa VillaMil, Christina Brewington, Katie Bruno and Nicholas Shuhan
Scenic and Sound Design/Consulting is by E-hui Woo (Ithaca College), and featuring the work of Kitchen Theatre Interns: Lighting Design by Anna Kirkland, and Costume Design/Consulting by Amanda Aiken.
THE LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD'S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS is a modern re-telling of the Demeter and Persephone myth set in the 1960s and 1990s, exploring the politics of motherhood. A tale of love, loss, and some heavy metal, running for two nights only! Read more
Civic Ensemble presents Parent Stories
3 performances: Friday, May 31 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 PM, and Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 PM
New parents are often told to "enjoy every minute" of the parenting experience, but is that a realistic goal? Parents test their own abilities to always do the right thing, but is that even possible?
Civic Ensemble presents their first community-based play. It features parents, with children of all ages, from the Ithaca community as they grapple with the question of how to "enjoy every minute" in the face of life's many challenges. Written and performed by our community, and directed by Sarah K. Chalmers, Parent Stories seeks to explore the tension between past, present and future contextualized by the parenting process.
More info here - https://www.facebook.com/events/518768664825709
Civic Ensemble presents Preview Sharing of Parent Stories
A FREE Staged Reading on Monday, March 11th at 7:30 PM at the Kitchen Theatre
2 x 4 In Rep presents as part of the Kitchen Sink Series a reading of They Promised Her The Moon: An American Pilot’s Pursuit of Her Dreams Beyond the Skies By Laurel Ollstein, directed by Emily Jackson, KTC artistic intern. Tuesday, March 12, at 5:30 pm there will be a reception, reading starts at 6 pm followed by a talkback.
Written and performed by Rachel Lampert in collaboration with Richard Montgomery and friends.
May 8 - May 19
This “piece d’occasion” is a personal inventory of landing in a new place. Lampert’s movement and musical theater background fuels an evening of stories, music and possible conclusions.
Civic Ensemble presents TIMBER LAND by Katharine Clark Gray
A FREE Staged Reading on Monday, February 18th at 7:00 PM at the Kitchen Theatre
Timber Land takes place in Bangor, Maine in the first weeks of 2009. As America prepares to inaugurate its first African-American president, the folks in Bangor, a self-described “progressive” community, welcome Hal, the fugitive grandson of the community’s elder statesmen. Hal, an activist whose act of protest has gone awry, settles into this homey enclave and brings fresh perspective to the ways and means of activism that both challenge and excite his newfound Northern family. But when Hal’s past catches up to him, questions arise as to the nature of his exodus. Was there more to his flight than simple civil justice?
Timber Land was written by Philadelphia-based playwright Katharine Clark Gray, an alumna of Ithaca College’s Dept. of Theatre Arts, whose plays are gaining critical acclaim along the east coast. The staged reading will be directed by Cornell Theatre Professor Melanie Dreyer-Lude. The cast features local favorites Susannah Berryman, Sarah K. Chalmers and J.G. Hertzler, IC Theatre Arts alums Dustin Sullivan and Josh Sedelmeyer, Off-Broadway’s Omar Maskati, fresh from a run of the new play Disgraced, at Lincoln Center Theatre, and current IC Theatre Arts students Serrana Gay and Jasmine Harris.
The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright, the director, and Civic Ensemble Artistic Director Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. Click here to RSVP to this free event:https://www.facebook.com/events/528110083900112/
January 28th, 7:30 pm - Obamatry: A Spoken Word Remix on the 44th President of the United States of America
Written & Performed by
Directed by Jennifer McGrath
A multimedia solo show directed by Jennifer McGrath and written and performed by Actor/Poet Darian Dauchan, winner of the 2012 Jerome Foundation's Stakeholder's Choice Award in conjunction with Bowery Arts and Science, consisting of live looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites chronicling from candidacy, to presidency, to present day. A virtual rhetorical conversation on the subject of America between a Poet and a President.
Click here to learn more about the Kitchen Sink series. If you are interested in presenting your work on the Kitchen Sink series, contact Lesley Greene by email at for guidelines and more information.
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