Valley Players Call for Submissions for Fall 2020

Valley Players Call for Submissions for Fall 2020

In the News, Join the Family, Local Arts
Valley Players is seeking short play submissions for “Ladies’ Briefs”—short plays by women, about women. “Ladies’ Briefs” will be a two-week performance run of five to eight short plays to be produced in the fall of 2020. So, we want to see your briefs—bold and innovative plays written by women. We are seeking unproduced, original work, written by women. Although we will consider all submissions, certain factors will improve your chances of being selected: Strong roles for women over 40Short running time of 15 minutes or lessMinimal production requirementsSmaller castThemes of importance to mature womenNorthern California playwright We are open to any genre, however we prefer no musicals at this time. Beyond that, if you can imagine it, then we will make it happen. We are, to be brief, looking for exciting…
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Review: ‘Hardball’ is brilliant commentary on television ‘journalism’

Review: ‘Hardball’ is brilliant commentary on television ‘journalism’

Hardball, In the News
Napa Valley Register Review by John Henry Martin Aug 7, 2019 Valley Players’ latest production, Victoria Stewart’s “Hardball,” about a young journalist who becomes a right-wing talk show pundit, is a stunningly produced, vitriolic take-down of today’s industry of entertainment journalism. It is yet another winner, cementing Valley Players’ reputation as a serious theater company known for the highest quality production of its shows. Beverly Wiles Shotwell is Virginia Eames, a young reporter at The Washington Post. In an attempt to prove that the reporters she works with are partisan, despite the directive not to be, she wears a George W. Bush pin to the newsroom, knowing that everyone she works with is voting for John Kerry. The dirty looks she gets proves her point, but she ends up losing…
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Review: ‘Farce of Habit’: ‘Community theater saved my life!’

Review: ‘Farce of Habit’: ‘Community theater saved my life!’

Farce of Habit, In the News
Napa Valley Register Review By John Henry Martin, February 20, 2019 Last fall, I went to Valley Players production of “Ordinary Day” about a couple in their 70s, one of whom was facing impending deterioration from Alzheimer’s disease. They hatch a plan which includes stockpiling sleeping pills for a “final solution” that doesn’t succeed. It was a prescient comment on a critical issue that many Americans are facing, now that Alzheimer’s is the third most common form of death in the aged, after cancer and heart disease. The play was powerful, emotional and well acted, with a rotating set designed by an architect, giving the production a feel that belied the conservative resources to which the Valley Player’s have access. I left the theater edified, but exhausted, with a heightened…
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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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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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Thanks to all from Valley Players

Thanks to all from Valley Players

In the News, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Napa Register, Letter to the Editor, June Alane Reif, February 14, 2018 Once again, Valley Players has had a successful run at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. We feel we cannot thank them enough for their generosity and kindness. We are also grateful to the Arts Council Napa Valley for the grant that helped us produce "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." (more…)
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Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit

Napa Valley Players’ wacky take on Chekov is a comic hit

In the News, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Napa Valley Register Review, Dan Monez, February 7, 2018 The Napa Valley’s newest theater company has hit the mark again. Their latest production, Christopher Durang’s “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike”, just finished its opening weekend at Lincoln Theater and moves to Vallejo’s Mira Theater this week for two additional performances. “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike” is a clever mashup parody of Anton Chekhov themes and characters. But, don’t let that scare you. You don’t need to have ever read a word of Chekhov to appreciate this hilarious Durang take on our common human frailties. That is not to say that it isn’t helpful to getting some of the jokes to at least be somewhat familiar with Chekhov’s themes. But, the program does a decent job of giving the audience a…
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