Marco Island, FL – The Marco Players Theater is announcing the 2011-2012 season. This season includes four fabulous, heartwarming productions.
“Chapter Two” by Neil Simon. This comedy was released in 1979, and is like many of Neil Simon’s plays, an autobiographical story about his life. It tells the tale of George Schneider, a writer whose wife has just recently died. In the play, George’s brother Leo, a theatrical press agent and born matchmaker, tries to bring George out of his tailspin by supplying him with mostly unwanted dates. Enter Jennie Malone, who is a spirited, happy woman who spends her time tripping over George’s pent-up emotions and dealing with her wariness born of her recent marital fiasco. This is a touching and hilarious story of relationships that mixes, love, heartache and the frustrations that go along with trying to begin a new life.
“Twelve Angry Jurors” by Reginald Rose. The original production of Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose and adapted for television by Sherman Sergal, is an American classic. It was broadcast live, in 1954 on CBS’s Studio One. The play was then expanded for the Broadway stage, and two years later was made into a screenplay co- produced with Henry Fonda. It is a story inspired by Rose’s experience of jury duty on a manslaughter case in New York City. Twelve jurors, all men in the original script, are placed in a jury room on a hot summer’s day, immediately after the judge’s instructions to the jury, to decide the fate of the defendant who has been tried for first-degree murder. His conviction carries a mandatory death penalty sentence. This play demonstrates how prejudice and blind discrimination can explode into heated tempers, arguments and injustice. There can be no reasonable doubt. The verdict must be unanimous. It is an engrossing drama in which eleven jurors believe the defendant is guilty, and one juror stands up courageously to persuade the others of his innocence.
“Visiting Mr. Green” by Jeff Baron. This comedy-melodrama is about family, friendship, open-mindedness and forgiveness. Mr. Green is an elderly, retired dry cleaner, who wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29 year old corporate executive. The young man is charged with reckless driving and is given a community service sentence of helping the recent widower once a week for six months. It begins as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together, and becomes a gripping and moving story of getting to know each other, coming to care about each other, and exposing old wounds they have been hiding and nursing for years. Visiting Mr. Green was first produced in 1996 in Massachusetts. Beginning in 1997, the play enjoyed a long run on the New York stage. This production has won many prestigious awards in productions around the world.
“Bus Stop” by William Inge. This is the tale of Beauregard “Bo” Decker, a naïve but stubborn cowboy who falls in love with a saloon singer, Cherie, and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana. Cherie, who is on her way to Hollywood, is kidnapped and stranded with Bo and a bus load of travelers in the middle of a snowstorm. She refuses his awkward advances and yells at him to rein in his headstrong behavior when they stop for the night at Grace’s diner to get out of the storm. This is an American tale of love and romance for the lonely and hopeful spirit inside all of us.