Humor and poignancy mingle in a superb ‘Ordinary Day’

Humor and poignancy mingle in a superb ‘Ordinary Day’

In the News, Ordinary Day
Napa Valley Register Review, rosemarie kempton, October 10, 2018 Is a play that focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and “dying well or badly” — something most of us try not to think about — one I’ll recommend to my friends? I’ll admit that before seeing the world premiere of “Ordinary Day,” written by Bay Area playwright Lorraine Midanik, I would not have given an affirmative answer to that question. Last Saturday night’s outstanding performance by members of Valley Players, directed by June Alane Reif, convinced me to strongly encourage others to see this worthwhile play that gently raises issues that need to be addressed. A minute before the opening scene at the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, the audience was told that it would be “OK to laugh” because the…
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‘Ordinary Day’ is no ordinary play: World premiere in Yountville deals with dying well

‘Ordinary Day’ is no ordinary play: World premiere in Yountville deals with dying well

In the News, Ordinary Day
Napa Valley Register Review, Marty Nemko, September 26, 2018 “Maude, there’s no need to traipse to Yountville. There’s plenty to do here. Hell, why not just stay home and watch a movie?” With the ever-worsening traffic, I can understand. Yet you just might want to make an exception. You see, for two weekends starting Oct. 5, a play about something we’d all be wise to think about, will be performed at Yountville’s Lincoln Theater. What’s the issue? Well, here are hints: If you’re a young person, it could be your grandparent. If you’re middle-aged, it could be your parent, and if you’re older, it could be you or someone you care about: learning how to die well. (more…)
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The Crew of Ordinary Day

The Crew of Ordinary Day

Ordinary Day
June Alane Reif (Director) fell in love with the stage as a toddler and studied theater as a young adult at Louisiana State University where she made her directorial debut with an adaptation of Kay Boyle’s The Astronomer’s Wife. Once bitten by the directing bug, she has certainly not been shy—directing shows in playhouses from Baton Rouge, LA to Napa, CA. Some of her most memorable directorial achievements include Biloxi Blues, On Golden Pond, Laura, Seascape and God of Carnage. June is a veteran actor, director and board member of Valley Players. She is delighted to have had the honor to direct the world premiere of Lorraine’s powerful play and to have had the opportunity to work with this very fine cast and crew. Alan Schneider (Co-Stage Manager) has spent…
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The Cast of Ordinary Day

The Cast of Ordinary Day

Ordinary Day
Zachary Stockton (Henry) holds a BA in theater from the University of California at Davis. He has been a Workhorse of the Napa theater scene for almost 50 years. Most recently he has appeared in Sister Act, The Odd Couple, Comedy of Errors, Annie Get Your Gun and God of Carnage. When he’s not on stage, he is either getting paid to talk and drink or riding a motorcycle. Karen Stern (Maggie) is making her first appearance with Valley Players; she had previously worked with director June Alane Reif at Dreamweavers Theatre in The Gin Game. She has performed in Bay Area theatres from the Marin Shakespeare Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream [Helena] and Two Gentlemen of Verona [Julia]) to Palo Alto Players (Same Time Next Year). She co-founded and…
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Valley Players ‘Old Friends’: Go see this play

Valley Players ‘Old Friends’: Go see this play

In the News, The Old Friends
Napa Valley Register Review, John Henry Martin, July 11, 2018 Go see this play. You’ll be glad you did. It’s called “The Old Friends,” by Horton Foote, and it is a dramatic potboiler filled with adultery, money and marital strife, all submerged in a sea of alcohol. The play is virtually a river of cocktails, fueling alcoholic rages and general misanthropy that will make even a teetotaler want to go to an AA meeting. The Valley Players perform it for one more weekend at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville. (more…)
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Who is Horton Foote?

Who is Horton Foote?

The Old Friends
Horton Foote was born on March 14, 1916, in Wharton, Texas. He began his career at the tender age of 16, convincing his parents to allow him to go to acting school. He ended up in Pasadena, California, where he studied for two years at the Pasadena Playhouse. He subsequently moved to New York City and studied at Tamara Daykarhanova's Theatre School, where he was indoctrinated into Michael Chekhov's version of the Second Studio technique developed at the Moscow Art Theatre. In time, Foote the dramatist would be hailed as the "American Chekhov". (more…)
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The Old Friends

The Old Friends

2018 Season, The Old Friends
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and Valley Players present The Old Friends by Horton Foote for six performances on July 7 through 15 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. July 7, 13 & 14 at 7pm. July 8, 14 & 15 at 3pm. GET TICKETS! (more…)
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