Director, Anna Segreto, brings "Venus in Fur" to The Studio Players

An empty theatre, a frustrated writer, and a controversial play is in the audition process. The actors so far have been uninspiring and the writer prepared to go to home. A girl walks in…

The mind and other games of “Venus in Fur” are coming to life under the talents of Director Anna Segreto. This is a director’s piece needing the skills of a master’s hand. Too heavy and it becomes ponderous drama, too light and it’s a sex farce. Anna is just right.

I saw part of an early rehearsal and I can see where this is going. There were chuckles and sexual tension and you can see where this is heading. Anna’s actors seemed very secure in their trust of their director and relaxed with each other. All of this while still carrying scripts.

“Venus in Fur” is a very different type of play and it will be fun to watch it as it builds to performance level. Tickets now on sale at: https://the-studio-players.ticketleap.com/venus-in-fur/

August in Naples is hot. Watching “Venus in Fur” will make it even hotter.

You still have 3 more opportunities to see the comedy “Don’t Talk to the Actors” this Friday- Sunday. Tickets are available at: https://the-studio-players.ticketleap.com/dont-talk-to-the-actors---a-comedy-by-tom-dudzick/

STAGE2 IMPROV back at The Studio Players! Saturday, July 27th 8pm - SPECIAL PRICING BUY 2 TICKETS ONLINE GET 1 FREE TICKET AT THE DOOR! Get your tickets at:
https://the-studio-players.ticketleap.com/stage2-improvjuly29/

The Studio Players, The Spirit of Community Theatre

The Studio Players in the Golden Gate Community Center

4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL 34116

239-398-9192 www.thestudioplayers.org

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Meet the Characters in "Don't Talk To The Actors" -- A Comedy by Tom Dudzick at The Studio Players!

Meet the characters:

Jerry Przpezniak - Jerry has worked diligently at a deadly boring job as an administrative assistant for the First Guardian Bank of Buffalo. Being captain of the Interbank Darts league has kept Jerry busy during those long, frigid months from October to June. When he isn’t throwing darts, he works up schedules for the dart tournaments and competitions for the greater Buffalo area. Jerry wants to thank his mom for all her support and inspiration for his various endeavors. In the wee small hours of those cold winter nights, Jerry has written a play.

Arlene Wyniarski – Arlene is a champion cross-stitch creator. Her pieces have taken third prize, honorable mention and participation awards in the last three years Buffalo district fairs. Like many young women, she dreams of a bigger and better life and is ready to share those dreams with Jerry. She is thrilled to be in New York and is absolutely star struck with the idea of meeting a “real life” TV star Curt Logan. Even though the big city is scary, she is more than willing to support Jerry in his quest for the lights of the great white way.

Luis Shaw- Luis is very proud to be a part of this production of “The Piano Tuner”. He has previously stage managed: “The Tiger Queen”, “Freaky Shoes”, “Sir Moth”, “First of the Lukewarm Friends”, “Corporation”, and the perennial favorite “Strange Poker”. Luis prides himself on running a tight ship and he is very detail oriented although the medication is helping him to loosen the reins a bit..

Mike Policzek – Mike is thrilled to be making his directorial debut with this production of “The Piano Tuner”. Hailing from the Midwest, Chicago to be exact he brings a fresh wholesome vibe to the big city. Mike usually directs for the Skokie Collective and has recently done the “life and Works of Studs Turkel” and the musical version of “Boss, the Richard Daly Story”.

Curt Logan – Curt comes to Broadway fresh from a successful stint as Detective Biff Soulwell on “Law and Order Port Authority”. Curt likes to play relatable people with an edge. He has won the Best Actor in a Crime Scene for the episode “The Bus to Nowhere” and was nominated for a “Badgy” for his ongoing work supporting Law Enforcement on TV. Curt can also be seen as a spokesman for the IPA brand Teapot Dome, “a better beer would be criminal”. This is his first live theatre production.

Beatrice Pomeroy – Starting a a children’s show host on “Poppyseed Lane”, Beatrice has grown from being a shill for puppets into a regular guest star on such shows as “the Garfield Group where she played Mayor Lucinda, to “Pals” where she played Esmeralda Humpschweigel the drunken aunt of Monique Van Doren. A multiple nominee for the “TeVees”, Beatrice finally won a lifetime consistency award for the most guest appearances by any actor ever that never had a show of their own. Beatrice’s stage credits include: Sixth wife in “Lil Abner”, Third nun in “The Sound of Music” and a secretary in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. Beatrice dedicates this show to her Pomeranian Sparkles.

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Stage 2 Improv -- Live Theatre Without a Net!

What do you get when you have ten people, an anvil, the queen of England, a toddler soccer game and Christmas? I have absolutely no idea, but I bet it’s funny.

Stage 2 Improv is live theatre practiced without a net.  This talented troupe gathers information from the audience and spins said information into a live sketch running from 3-5 minutes.  They repeat this sequence multiple times each performance to the delight of their audience.  No show is ever the same and the players rotate through the sketches and programs.  Even if you’ve seen them before, with the joys of live theatre, the next show you see will be totally different.

Think of a game of tennis or thrones.  The players keep the verbal balls in the air until skewered by a fellow performer.   There is a skill to this unlike other types of live theatre.  Having worked at a murder mystery dinner theatre where all of the interrogations were improvised I can really appreciate the quickness of mind and tongue shown by these merry pranksters.    You might think it is all smoke and mirrors and in a way you’d be right.  There is a magical feeling to watching with a sense of wonder as to how all of these disparate components come together in a sketch that makes sense.

And don’t forget there’s FREE POPCORN and no you can’t toss it at the actors if you don’t agree with their take on your suggestions.

Stage 2 Improv graces the stage of The Studio Players several times each year and luckily enough you have the opportunity to see them this coming Saturday. To see them in action, all it takes is a short drive to the Golden Gate Community Center to get your improv fix.  They perform Saturday June 29th at 8:00 PM.  Follow the links below for tickets.

 

The Studio Players, The Spirit of Community Theatre

 

The Studio Players in the Golden Gate Community Center

 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL 34116

239-398-9192  www.thestudioplayers.org

 

 

 

Stage 2 Improv graces the stage of The Studio Players several times each year and luckily enough you have the opportunity to see them this coming Saturday.

Photo Courtesy of Stage 2 Improv

Photo Courtesy of Stage 2 Improv

Welcome to the Studio Players! Live Theatre in Southwest Florida

The Studio Players has been bringing cutting edge live theatre to Southwest Florida and Naples since 2013.  Conveniently located in the Joan Jenks Auditorium at the Golden Gate Community Center, The Studio Players has produced everything from fluffy comedies like “Pageant Play” to the dramas of Tennessee Williams and Lanford Wilson.

The last season just finished with a lively production of the comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods”.  The current season is already in motion with “Don’t Talk to the Actors” vigorously rehearsing in preparation for a July 5th opening. 

Follow this blog for both the latest and most arcane information regarding The Studio Players. 

Do you have a secret yearning to be part of a show?  Give in to your dream and join us. We are always looking for volunteers for everything from set construction to hospitality.  If you can swing a hammer, swipe a paintbrush, sew a hem, sweep a broom or follow along in a script checking for actor’s accuracy to the playwright’s vision, The Studio Players can use your help.   Are you an experienced or fledgling actor?  Find out what that adrenaline thrill is all about when the lights come up and the audience hushes to hang on your every word as a character in a live theatre production. It’s seductive, be warned, but the people you’ll meet, the experience you will gain makes live theatre so very worthwhile.

The Studio Players, The Spirit of Community Theatre

The Studio Players in the Golden Gate Community Center’s Joan Jenks Auditorium.

 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL 34116

239-398-9192  www.thestudioplayers.org

“Over the River and Through the Woods”

“Over the River and Through the Woods”