Rock River Players announce offerings for 2024 season

The Rock River Players (RRP) announce their slate of productions for 2024, which opened with its annual Valentine's Cabaret.

From May 30 to June 2, the Players will present another Evening of One-Acts, produced by RRP's co-Artistic Director Amy Donahue and featuring predominantly new works, most by area writers.

RRP's John Moran produces an evening of dramatic narrative poetry readings from July 12 through 14, sharing our human condition as we live, love, and die.

From Aug. 9 to 18, RRP presents Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister's death. The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of six women honed through joy and tragedy. RRP's Cris Parker-Jennings directs.

Moran directs Antigone, to run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13 to 15, at the Players' home, the Williamsville Hall; and Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, at Brattleboro's Hooker-Dunham Theatre. A tragedy about gender, intergenerational, and authoritarian conflict, the play is as meaningful today as it was when Sophocles wrote it some 2,500 years ago.

Peter Broussard and company will produce a Night of Improv from Friday through Sunday, Oct.11 - 13. Broussard says patrons will "see a show that has never been done before and will never be done again." This show "will be improvised on the spot and include a few different improv forms and approaches."

Jon Mack directs The Maids to run Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1 - 3, in Williamsville; and Friday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Hooker-Dunham. In this drama by Jean Genet, sisters Solange and Claire are housemaids. When their mistress (Madame) is away, they take turns role-playing her while the other plays her maid. Feeling abused by Madame and desperate, the sisters attempt extreme actions to escape their subjugation.

The RRP will also host monthly improv jams, as well as occasional craft development workshops.

For more information regarding programs, auditions, and how to become involved on stage or off, contact [email protected].

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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