1995 & Before

Our Historical Committee has dug through the archives, sifted through boxes, perused playbills, and endured hours of regaling one-another with stories that start with either; “Do you remember when …” or “I remember once when …”  The fruits of their labor are here-displayed as the definitive history of The Village Players dating to our inception in 1956.

Another consequence of sorting through our past is that we realize how many actors, directors, techs, and volunteers have gone to their final rest.  Though their feet may never again trod upon our stage, their place in our hearts and memories will never be darkened.  However, Actors never die, they just drop a part.

You’ll notice “(#x)” next to some shows.  Well, some shows are too good not to repeat, and so we have indicated those shows which we have been compelled to produce more than once.

If you notice any errors or omissions, please let us know by sending an e-mail to info@thevillageplayers.org.

1995 – 1996

Month Show Director
September The House of Blue Leaves Damian Rogers
November Slow Dance on the Killing Grounds Pat Kennedy
January Lips Together, Teeth Apart Nancy Wright
March Catch Me If You Can Richard Gray
May Working (#2) Pat Kennedy
Summer You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Pat Kennedy

 

1994 – 1995

Month Show Director
September Jake’s Women Pat Kennedy
November Shadowlands Valerie Washeck
January I Ought To Be In Pictures Joe Sweeney
March Six Degrees of Separation Nancy Wright
May Extremities Tom Tomczak

 

1993 – 1994

Month Show Director
September Prelude To A Kiss Brad Fause
November Goodbye People Joe Sweeney
January Marvin’s Room Tom Tomczak
March I Hate Hamlet Pat Kennedy
May A Day in Hollywood, A Night In The Ukraine Terry Watson

 

1992 – 1993

Month Show Director
September Rumors Joe Sweeney
November And A Nightingale Sang Mark Standriff
January Lettice and Lovage Pat Kennedy
March That Championship Season Tom Tomczak
May Company Brad Faust

 

1991 – 1992

Month Show Director
September Pump Boys and Dinettes Suzanne Carter Smith
November  The Road to Mecca  Tom Tomczak
January Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar And Grille Mark Standriff
March Crossing Delancey Pat Kennedy
May The Heidi Chronicles Shirley Williams

 

1990 – 1991

Month Show Director
September Broadway Bound Tom Tomczak
November Silent Night, Lonely Night John Henzler
January Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera Joe Sweeney
March The Gin Game (#2) Tom Tomczak
May The Boys Next Door Shirley Williams

 

1989- 1990

Month Show Director
September I’m Not Rappaport Pat Kennedy
November All My Sons Tom Tomczak
January The Night Of January 16th Dennis Sherer
March Alone Together Joe Sweeney
May The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail Pat Kennedy

 

1988 – 1989

Month Show Director
September What’s A Nice Country Like You Doing In A State Like This Pat Kennedy
November Biloxi Blues Tom Tomczak
January The Fourposter Pat Kennedy
March Baby Mark Smith
May Inherit The Wind Pat Kennedy
Summer #1 Tintypes Suzanne Carter
Summer #2 Greater Tuna Mark Standriff

 

1987 – 1988

Month Show Director
September Brighton Beach Memoirs Tom Tomczak
November A Delicate Balance Pat Kennedy
January Educating Rita Shirley Williams
March Pack Of Lies Pat Kennedy
May Is There Life After High School? John Henzler

 

1986 – 1987

Month Show Director
September True West Jennifer Rockwood
November Once Upon A Mattress Carol Kwiatkowski
January The Mousetrap Tom Tomczak
March Chapter Two Joe Sweeney
May The Man Who Came To Dinner (#2) Pat Kennedy

 

1985 – 1986

Month Show Director
September Fools Pat Kennedy
November Harvey (#2) Larry Farley
January Agnes Of God John Henzler
March A Thousand Clowns (#2) Joe Sweeney
May How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Carol Kwiatkowski

 

1984 – 1985

Month Show Director
September Gypsy Pat Kennedy
November The Odd Couple (#2) Joe Sweeney
January Mass Appeal John Henzler
March Wait Until Dark Carol Kwiatkowski
May Sugar Carol Kwiatkowski

 

1983 – 1984

Month Show Director
September Rogers and Hart – A Musical Celebration Wes Skinner
November The Royal Family Pat Kennedy
January The Subject Was Roses John Henzler
March Dial ‘M’ for Murder Larry Farley
May They’re Playing Our Song Barbara Rainey

 

1982 – 1983

Month Show Director
September The Fantasticks Rick Hagg
November The Lion in Winter
(25th Anniversary Show)
Pat Kennedy
January Deathtrap (#1) Jeff Kirby
March The Gin Game (#1) Pat Kennedy
May A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (#1) Rick Hagg

 

1981 – 1982

Month Show Director
September On Golden Pond (#1) Pat Kennedy
November Kiss Me, Kate Rick Hagg
January The Shadow Box Tom Quinn
March The Last Meeting Of The Knights Of The White Magnolia (#1) Pat Kennedy
May Fiddler On The Roof Rick Hagg

 

1980 – 1981

Month Show Director
September Tribute Pat Kennedy
November L’il Abner Rick Hagg
January When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder Pat Kennedy
March Sly Fox (#1) Joe Sweeney
May Working (#1) Rick Hagg

 

1979 – 1980

Month Show Director
September Sherwood Be Nice Rick Hagg
November God’s Favorite Joe Sweeney
January Same Time Next Year Pat Kennedy
March The Pleasure Of His Company Joe Bush
May Oliver Rick Hagg

 

1978 – 1979

Month Show Director
September A Thurber Carnival (#2) Chuck Mann
November Pippin Rick Hagg
January Romanoff and Juliet Tom Quinn
March A Shot In The Dark Pat Kenedy
May Charley’s Aunt Joe Sweeney

 

1977 – 1978

Month Show Director
September Table Manners Pat Kennedy
November Knock, Knock Joe Sweeney
January The Glass Menagerie Tom Quinn
March Arsenic And Old Lace (#1) Joe Sweeney
May The Roar Of The Greasepaint, The Smell Of The Crowd Wes Skinner

 

1976 – 1977

Month Show Director
September Little Mary Sunshine Martha Pownall
November Sunshine Boys Carol Kwiatkowski
January Bell, Book and Candle Cissy Botwin
March See How They Run (#2) Joe Sweeney
May The Price Pat Kennedy
Summer Godspell James Lukins

 

1975 – 1976

Month Show Director
September The Male Animal Art Williams
November Witness For The Prosecution Jim Rudes
January Candida Pat McDaniel
March Three Men On A Horse Joe Sweeney
May A Doll’s House (#1) Maurice Manning

 

1974 – 1975

Month Show Director
September The Country Girl (#2) Jean Gross
November The Potting Shed Tom Quinn
January A Streetcar Named Desire Pat Kennedy
March The Tavern Caroline Botwin
May The Tiger; The Typist
(one-act plays)
Sheila Sabrey

 

1973 – 1974

Month Show Director
September The Last Of The Red Hot Lovers Pat Kennedy
November Big Fish, Little Fish Tom Quinn
January Craig’s Wife Jean Gross
March A Necessary End Harold Miller
May Bus Stop Betty Attie

 

1972 – 1973

Month Show Director
October Private Lives Pat Kennedy
November Everything In The Garden Tom Quinn
March Play It Again, Sam Art Williams
May The Physicists Caroline Botwin

 

1971 – 1972

Month Show Director
September Plaza Suite Pat Kennedy
November Under The Yum Yum Tree Art Williams
January Mary, Mary Dick Gray
March All My Sons  
May Blithe Spirit Betty Ann Attie

 

1970 – 1971

Month Show Director
September The Star Spangled Girl Art Williams
November A Taste Of Honey Cathy Pifer
January Wake Up Darling Leo Puccetti
March The Miser Helen Gregory
May Harvey (#1)  
Summer I Want Coconuts Bill Melvin

 

1969 – 1970

Month Show Director
September Barefoot In The Park (#1) Pat Kennedy
November Antigone Dr. Norma Stolzenbach
January Black Comedy (#1); Private Ear
(one-act Plays)
Rudy Ertis; Art Williams
March Halfway Up The Tree Art Williams
May A Company Of Wayward Saints Cathy Piper

 

1968 – 1969

Month Show Director
October Poor Richard Ann Rosota
January Luv Dr. Norma Stolzenbach
March The Spiral Staircase Lillian Casey
May Never Too Late (#1) Dr. William Allin Storrer

 

1967 – 1968

Month Show Director
October Sabrina Fair  
January All The Way Home Caroline Gavin
March George Washington Slept Here David Ward
May The Odd Couple (#1) Pat Kennedy

 

1966 – 1967

Month Show Director
October A Thousand Clowns (#1) David Ward
December Visit To A Small Planet Rudy Ertis
February Angel Street Joe Sweeney
May Philadelphia Story Cathy Piper

 

1965 – 1966

Month Show Director
October Light Up The Sky Ortha Black Stambaugh
January My Three Angels Dr. Norma Stolzenbach
March Toys In The Attic Dr. Norma Stolzenbach
May For Love Or Money Cathy Pifer

 

1964 – 1965

Month Show Director
September Enter Laughing R. Eugene Rush
November See How They Run (#1) Larry Leach

 

1963 – 1964

Month Show Director
February Ten Little Indians Rev. Walter Dean, O.S.F.S.
May Take Her, She’s Mine Jim Rice

 

1962 – 1963

Month Show Director
September A Thurber Carnival (#1) Jim Hill
October Make A Million R. Eugene Rush
November The Chalk Garden Jim Hill

 

1961 – 1962

Month Show Director
November The Man Who Came To Dinner (#1) Jim Hill

 

1960 – 1961

Month Show Director
April Tovarich Jim Hill
August Send Me No Flowers
(first show in theatre on Upton)
James Hill

 

1959 – 1960

Month Show Director
October Third Best Sport Dr. Robert Ghering
March Cloud Seven Richard Gray
May Who Was That Lady? James D. Stambaugh

 

1958 – 1959

Month Show Director
September Small War On Murray Hill Dr. Norma Stolzenbach
February The Country Girl (#1) Jim Stambaugh
May The Sleeping Prince Ortha Black
July The Witches’ Lullaby
(V.P. Junior Theatre)
 

 

1957 – 1958

Month Show Director
November The Seven Year Itch  
February Plain And Fancy Arthur Lithgow

 

1956 – 1957

Month Show Director
March The Great Sebastians Ortha Black
July The Desk Set Ortha Black