Sure Thing by David Ives

Sure Thing by David Ives

Local Arts
As part of Arts in April, Valley Players is pleased to present the hilarious short play Sure Thing by David Ives, the story of two people who meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love. Featuring Megan Palagi and Walter Hamlin and staged by June Alane Reif, Sure Thing will be presented at Art Gallery Napa Valley. Admission is FREE! Apr 9, 2017: 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm (Sun) Apr 16, 2017: 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm (Sun) Apr 30, 2017: 10:30 am - 10:45 am (Sun) Apr 30, 2017: 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm (Sun) Art Gallery Napa Valley is open on Sundays from 10am to 6pm.…
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People are Talking about The Lover

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
...excellent play, don't miss it... I can assure you, it is a total enjoyment!! —Maricela Soria What a fantastic play I saw last night! THE LOVER is a mind-bending expose on how couples can play naughty little games – smokin' hot! Superb acting by the two lead players. It really makes you wonder who is cheating on who as they mess with each other and what a tangle it is! Who's fantasy is who's? The stage is grand with a swanky set up – beautifully directed and I can't stop thinking about it! Well done Valley Players! —Cata Parkhurst ... loved it, loved it! The acting was sublime, the directing and staging superb. We felt like we were in the living room of this naughty and playful couple. There we're…
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A bright, daring beginning for Valley Players

A bright, daring beginning for Valley Players

In the News
Napa Valley Register Review, Sasha Paulsen, January 12, 2017 How much of love is fantasy, and how much does the success of a relationship depend on it? This is the question at the basis of Harold Pinter’s consideration of marriage in “The Lover.” And it was the bold choice for a debut production from the newly formed Napa Valley Players last week. Pinter’s play, written in the 1960s, is sometimes described as a dark comedy, and sometimes as a edgy drama, and the skillful duo of June Alane Reif and Richard Pallaziol evoked both in their superbly ironic performances as a couple with a novel approach to keeping the flame alive in their marriage. Maybe. The play opens in the flat of an average middle-class English couple. Richard, neat in…
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Doing what they love

Doing what they love

In the News
Napa Valley Register Columnist, Evy Warshawski, January 11, 2017 I would bet that Debbie Baumann, Barbara Nemko, Patricia Giusti Quinn and June Alane Reif -- founding members of Napa’s newest theater venture, the Valley Players -- have read Marsha Sinetar’s popular 1989 book, “Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow.” Throughout the text, Sinetar provides a step-by-step guide to discovering work that fits one’s talents, passions and needs. Those of us who chose professions in the nonprofit arts often cite the book as our inspiration and raison d' être. With no expectation of financial reward, these four energetic, talented ladies -- all former actresses with Dreamweavers Theatre -- are keeping their professional day jobs while collaborating on producing plays in their spare time. “By day I’m a geek,” said…
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Valley Players make their debut with ‘The Lover’

Valley Players make their debut with ‘The Lover’

In the News
Napa Valley Register Press Release, December 21, 2016 Valley Players, a new local theater troupe, open the new year with their first production, “The Lover,” by Harold Pinter at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville Jan 3-5. “The Lover” is a quirky, tense, intriguing play that examines the private intricacies of modern marriage. To all outward appearances, Sarah and Richard are a respectable, conventional suburban couple. Behind closed doors, however, they enjoy a surprising and intriguing arrangement. Like any of Pinter’s works, this one-act play contains the laughs, tears and tensions that arise from the social intricacies of modern life. Directed by Debbie Baumann and featuring June Alane Reif, Richard Pallaziol and Walter Hamlin, “The Lover” will be presented in a minimalistic style and features photographs by local artist, Debbie Ames.…
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The Lover — Our first production!

The Lover — Our first production!

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and Valley Players present Harold Pinter’s The Lover for three performances only on January 3, 4 and 5 at 7pm at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. The Lover is a quirky, tense, intriguing play by Harold Pinter that examines the private intricacies of modern marriage. To all outward appearances, Sarah and Richard are a respectable, conventional suburban couple. Behind closed doors, however, the couple enjoys a surprising and intriguing arrangement… Like any of Pinter’s works, this one-act contains the laughs, tears, and tensions that arise from the social intricacies of modern life. Directed by Debbie Baumann and featuring June Alane Reif, Richard Pallaziol and Walter Hamlin, The Lover will be presented in a minimalistic, intimate…
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The Crew

The Crew

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
What is a job that when done right no one notices, but the moment its done wrong all eyes are on you? The answer is Stage Technician. That includes anyone who works behind the scenes during a theatrical production. These people are often both overlooked an underappreciated! With that in mind, we whole-heartedly wish to thank our crew for The Lover by Harold Pinter. Debbie Baumann (Director) has returned to her love of the theater. Having taking some time off, she has learned a few new techniques and lessons. She hopes you will enjoy her direction of her first play with the talented Valley Players.  This new troupe has worked very hard to bring their play to life.  Special thanks as always to her ever so knowledgeable and talented daughter…
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The Cast

The Cast

The Lover by Harold Pinter at Lincoln Theater
Walter Hamlin (John, the milkman) Walter Hamlin has been acting since childhood and spent most of his time in Los Angeles and Ventura County theatres. He's been in Napa for 7 years and has been excited to be a part of the Napa Thespian scene. He works in the wine business and enjoys traveling, catching waves and swinging a golf club. Richard Pallaziol (Richard) studied theatre at CSU Long Beach and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Locally, he has performed at Napa Valley Conservatory Theatre (People's Temple, Lydia, Eurydice), Cinnabar Theatre (Quality of Life, The Creature), Marin Shakespeare (Othello), Shakespeare Napa Valley (Much Ado About Nothing, How Shakespeare Won the West, As You Like It), Solano College (Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet), and for…
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The Lover Press Release – December 27, 2016

The Lover Press Release – December 27, 2016

Press Releases
Live Theater at the Lincoln — Valley Players Takes the Stage Valley Players presents The Lover by Harold Pinter at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, January 3 - 5 at 7pm. NAPA, CA, December 27, 2016 - Valley Players, a new local theater troupe, is set to open their first production, The Lover, a play by renowned playwright Harold Pinter at the Lincoln Theater on January 3. The Lover is a quirky, tense, intriguing play by Harold Pinter that examines the private intricacies of modern marriage. To all outward appearances, Sarah and Richard are a respectable, conventional suburban couple. Behind closed doors, however, the couple enjoys a surprising and intriguing arrangement… Like any of Pinter’s works, this one-act contains the laughs, tears, and tensions that arise…
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