I want to thank all the people who helped make our 2015-2016 season such a success. We saw record attendance for our production of The Great Gatsby, experienced a tremendous response to the little known play Good People, and saw 5000 people overall come out to this season’s shows. Thank you!
Some Thoughts on RPE's Theatre for Grownups Outreach Program
For an adult, using the term “grown up” to describe oneself shows a playful spirit. From a child’s perspective, “grown up” means someone who has the power to control their own destiny. Being a “grown up” appeals to almost everyone. If you ever wondered what went into picking a play for production or how an actor prepares to take the stage, you may be a “grown up.” I look forward to exploring these creative processes with our RPE community this upcoming season.
In recent years, RPE has provided an opportunity to learn about the making of each play through our sneak peek presentations at the Danville Library. Now, we are expanding this outreach with staged readings of plays being considered for future production as well as new “master classes” on the art of acting. These staged readings or “script-in-hand” performances will be coupled with a discussion of the merits of the script as well as an exploration what it would take to bring that script to production.
With the master classes on acting, I want to reveal some of the acting secrets behind the magic of live performance. If you have an inner producer or actor in you, or you are just a curious person, this upcoming season is your chance to grow in your understanding and appreciation of the fantastic art that is the live theatre!
Please consider being an early subscriber or donor to our next season, so you guarantee your spot at these exciting new events. Have a great summer.
I hope to see you in the fall.
Eric Fraisher Hayes
‘Gatsby’ lays on the melancholy
By Sam Hurwitt
Role Players brings a stripped-down version of the Fitzgerald Classic
It’s the wild parties that people remember about “The Great Gatsby” and the Roaring Twenties opulence. But F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel is ultimately an expression of contempt for that shallow excess and the people drawn to it like moths to the flame.