VP 2018 Annapurna


Annapurna will run January 19 – 27, 2018
Standard tickets are $18, or $16 for Seniors (60+) and students with valid ID.
Performances are at 8pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; and at 2pm on the first Sunday.
Performance dates and times are also listed on our calendar.

Audition information can be found on our Auditions page.

After twenty years apart, Emma tracks Ulysses to a trailer park in the middle of nowhere for a final reckoning. What unfolds is a visceral and profound meditation on love and loss with the simplest of theatrical elements: two people in one room. A breathtaking story about the longevity of love.

The Cast

John Jennens
Suzanne Jennens

The Crew

Nancy Wright
Laura & Derek Hansen
Stage Manager:
Laura Hansen
Bonnie Brandburg
Lighting Design:
Scott Gage
Lighting Crew:
Laura Hansen
Sound Designer:
Jordan Kotz
Sound Crew:
Jordan Kotz
Costume Design:
Jenni Ellison
Prop Designer:
Brad Riker
Set Designer:
Rick Bush
Stage Crew:
Joyce Calmes
Set Builders:
Rick Bush, Derek Hansen, Laura Hansen, Dylan Kahle, Jordan Kotz, Judson Lohman, Jason Neymeiyer, & Drew Wobser
Set Painters:
Rick Bush, Derek Hansen & Laura Hansen
Set Dressers:
Brad Riker
Box Office, Lobby, & Usher Staff:
Les & Melissa Beland, Gary Blanchard, Sandy Blanchard, Bonnie Brandburg, Judy Breese, Rick Bush, Aimee Reid, Helene Kilcorse, Marilyn Kline, Gary & Marsha Kudlinski, Darlene & Sam Partin, Dean Redfield, Jon & Tamera Riggs, Lorenzo Salazar, Cheryl Shinover, Paul Soska, & Diana West
Laura Hansen
Jake Gordy
Program Art & Cover Design:
Chris Jagodzinski
Production Logo:
Chris Jagodzinski
Program Printing:
AIM Specialists
Marquee Sign:
Jason Neymeiyer

The Biographies

The Director

Nancy Wright (Director) is happiest when writing. acting. or directing. Using her nickname Nina. she’s the author of nine commercially published novels as well as more than a dozen professionally produced plays. Her books include the Whiskey Mattimoe Mysteries, a humorous amateur sleuth series featuring a Michigan real estate agent and her felonious Afghan hound. Nancy’s passion for dramatic story-telling was evident by age eleven when she produced backyard versions of Romeo and Juliet and the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. Last year, she played Claire in Uncanny Valley for Actors Collaborative Toledo and Virginia in It’s Only a Play at The Rep. Village audiences will remember her as Lucille, the wacky widow, in this season’s opener, The Cemetery Club. She thanks you for supporting local theatre, especially the plays you’ve never heard of before.

The Stage Manager

Laura Hansen (Stage Manager) is happy to be back on headset and working with this talented cast and crew. Her very first acting role was as multiple characters in Not Waving under the direction of Nancy Wright and Laura always jumps at every chance to work with this talented director. Other acting roles Nora Case (Wrong for Each Other),Bettina Barnes (Psycho Beach Party), Candy Starr (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Jane (Children). Over the years she’s also held behind the scenes roles of Secretary, Public Relations, President, producer, props, and scenic artist. As always love to her better half and co-producer Derek Hansen.

The Cast

John Jennens (Ulysses) is very pleased to be a part of this production. Previous appearances at The Village Players include Pvt. Wars, Tuesdays With Morrie, Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, LuAnn Hampton Laverty Oberlander, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, I Hate Hamlet, That Championship Season, and Company. He has also performed locally at several other venues, including The Toledo Rep and The University of Toledo. Annapurna marks the seventh production where he has shared the stage with his lovely wife, Suzanne. In real life, John appears in film and radio and TV commercials when he’s not running his Porsche repair business. 

Suzanne Jennens (Emma) loves the theater because it provides an opportunity to portray a myriad of characters. The nasty Miss Ratchet (Cuckoo’s Nest), the desperate Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), the hopeless Linda Loman (Death of a Salesman) and the simple Bella (Lost in Yonkers) have all provided this welcome challenge. She’s travelled from Adrian to Tiffin and all-around Toledo to bring these women to life with her favorite role of all time being the doomed May (Fool for Love) right here at The Village Players. Acting with her husband John is always a special thrill, so Annapurna is destined to join that list of favorite roles. A former high school teacher Suzanne spends off stage time as a docent at the Art Museum.