Meet the Crew of I’d Kill for a Parking Place

Meet the Crew of I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I'd Kill for a Parking Place
Debbie Baumann (Director) began her interest in the performing arts with her talent in ballet and expanded to acting in theater during high school. Taking on directing was a natural fit for Debbie as she has always wanted to be a teacher. The play that brought her back to the stage after many years was Valley Players' very first production, The Lover by Harold Pinter. She hopes she can continue this momentum as a board member of Valley Players, actor and director. Thanks, as always, to her ever so knowledgeable and talented daughter, April, for her unabridged comments and direction. April Vincak (Assistant Director) received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and, as most of you know, that can be a bit of an acting…
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Meet the Cast of I’d Kill for a Parking Place!

Meet the Cast of I’d Kill for a Parking Place!

I'd Kill for a Parking Place
Here is the talented cast, in alphabetical order! Tesia Bell (Ruth Sampson, Marsha Collins, Mrs. Horowitz, Sheila Green) is a Bay Area native who was first introduced to theater in high school. She would go on to study Managerial Economics at the University of California, Davis. Although her career took a different path, her love for acting never stopped and soon called her back to the stage. She has appeared in 3Girls Theatre’s 7th Annual New Works Festival, Utopia Theatre Project’s Dêmos Krátos Theátro, Women of Words’ production of HeLa as Deborah, and Lynea Hagen Diaz’s production of The Education of Addy Jimenez as Nadege. She would like to thank her boyfriend and family for all their support. She is very excited to be a part of this production and…
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I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I'd Kill for a Parking Place
Long-time Napa resident, Jerry Levitin presents his original play, I'd Kill for a Parking Place, April 12 - 27, 2019 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Showtimes are Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm and 7pm. Get your tickets here! Who-dun-it? See if you can figure out who’s the killer before the detective does! After a series of killings, a new homicide detective seeks advice from an experienced criminal attorney, now a Traffic Judge only to find that the Judge may be the murderer. The usual suspects aren't so usual in this intricate plot of twists and turns with lots of comedy and a surprise ending. Highly regarded among his peers, Levitin had a successful criminal law practice in San Francisco…
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AUDITIONS for Jerry Levitin’s I’d Kill for a Parking Place

AUDITIONS for Jerry Levitin’s I’d Kill for a Parking Place

I'd Kill for a Parking Place
Monday and Tuesday, December 10 & 11 at 7 pm at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater (100 California Dr., Yountville, CA 94599) Non AEA; Stipends available. Performances: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, April 12 – 28, 2019 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. Single Comedic monologue; be prepared to cold read from script. Download the audition form here! How many times have we contemplated murder after getting a parking ticket for a minor offense such as having our bumper a mere inch into the red? One-time traffic court judge Jerry Levitin presided over 200,000 citation protests in six years on the bench and draws upon his experiences for his uproarious play I'd Kill for a Parking Place. The whodunit's setup is familiar: A…
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Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson

Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson

Local Arts
On April 22, Valley Players will proudly present a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson’s new play Natural Shocks. Coinciding with the weekend of the National School Walkout, this funny and devastating one-woman play is part of a nation-wide theatre activism campaign against gun violence. Nearly eighty theatres across the country will host readings, and donations for this electric performance by Valley Players' own June Alane Reif will go to Moms Demand Action. [caption id="attachment_1094" align="alignright" width="100"] Lauren Gunderson[/caption] This never before seen work, is a 65-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. The play is…
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Arts In April Press Release – March 29, 2018

Arts In April Press Release – March 29, 2018

Local Arts, Press Releases
Valley Players to Perform in St. Helena on April 14 As part of St. Helena’s Arts in the Streets event on April 14, Valley Players, picked by the Bohemian as Napa County’s best theater troupe for 2018, will be performing three short comedic plays in St. Helena’s Lyman Park. NAPA, CA, MARCH 29, 2018 - These hilarious short comedies, The Lives of the Great Waitresses, Sure Thing, and Mere Mortals, are sure to be crowd pleasers.  In Lives, written by Nina Shengold, June Alane Reif, Debbie Baumann, Barbara Nemko and Amy Palagi play four waitresses, each with her own brand of zen, who share the secrets of being one of the greats.  In David Ives’ Sure Thing, would-be couple Bill, played by Gabriel Frey, and Betty, played by Megan Palagi,…
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Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!

Support Your Local Theater Arts Community!

Local Arts
Hello! Thank you so much for being a supporter of theater arts! We hope you were able to see The Lover and Anton in Show Business earlier this year. Valley Players strives to produce quality shows that appeal to audience members like you. We will be reprising The Lover by Harold Pinter in September at Bay Area Stage Theater in Vallejo and will follow that with a production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play!) in November, also at Bay Area Stage Theater. In order to produce these shows, we have some specific monetary needs and we hope you can help. Our financial needs for the rest of 2017 total $5,000. For a detailed breakdown, please see…
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Local Writers

Local Arts
Valley Players is actively searching for female playwrights over forty and plays that provide strong roles for women over forty. Collaboration with local writers seems a natural fit. Whether developing a new work, organizing a playwright's workshop, producing a series of staged readings, or even mounting a full production, we'd love to work with our local writers! If you are interested, please contact us at Valley Players, call 707-246-9662
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Why Donate to Valley Players?

Local Arts
All monies donated to Valley Players go directly to funding our productions, running our classes and developing our outreach projects. Please download our donation form here. Valley Players' mission is to empower women over 40 through the theater arts. Did you know that 80% of the roles in American theater are for men? And of the 20% that are for women, 95% are for women under 40? 68% of theater audiences are female, but only 24% of produced plays are written by women. The backstage numbers are just a bleak, but I won’t bore you with any more statistics. Instead, I’ll tell you a brief story. Recently, we produced Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin. I encouraged a friend of mine to audition. She is in her 60s and…
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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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