The Lover Press Release – December 27, 2016

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 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 style and features photographs by local artist, Debbie Ames. It is recommended for adult audiences only.

Valley Players is a community-based theatrical group focusing on classic and contemporary plays that provide roles for women over 40 founded by Debbie Gargalikis Baumann, June Alane Reif, and Patricia Giusti Quinn. Their focus doesn’t mean that there aren’t roles for men or for younger women. And, most certainly, their productions appeal to a wide age range.

The founders are delighted to be able to fill a special role in the theatre community.

“We wanted to go back to the theater and keep our age group alive with plays for our age range. To bring local talent again to the stage; not having age get in the way. We may be getting older and roles are getting slimmer, but we are still full of life, ideas, energy… Napa Valley has nothing like this and we know so many talented women in the valley who are still interested in working in the theater as directors, actors, playwrights, stage-managers, technicians, costumers…” says Ms. Baumann.

And they couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater (NVPAC). Christian Parks, Director of Operations at NVPAC, agrees. “As the Napa Valley’s largest performing arts organization, we are committed to these partnerships as a core part of our mission. We believe deeply that local organizations like the Valley Players are vital to the arts community, and that this partnership will help to ensure that such an integral part of that community continues to thrive.”

The Lover will be performed January 3, 4, and 5 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Tickets are available online at or at the door beginning 1 hour before the start time of the show.

For more information about Valley Players, visit their website at

About Valley Players

Founded in 2016, Valley Players is a community-based group from the Napa Valley. Their focus is to produce quality affordable live theater from plays of both the classic and contemporary genres that provide roles both on-stage and off for women over 40. Naturally, they will also have roles for men and younger women, but they strive to include as many women as possible in each aspect of theatrical production – from writing to acting to directing to design and much more. It is their joy to bring live theater to the Napa Valley.

June Reif
Marketing / Publicity
Valley Players
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