The Women of Lockerbie

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the Women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. The Women of Lockerbie is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

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Inherit the Wind – Auditions

Gettysburg Stage will be holding auditions for “Inherit the Wind” on April 15 & 16 at 7:00.  The location is the United Food & Commercial Workers Hall, 3161 Chambersburg Road, 8 miles west of Gettysburg on route 30 West.  The building is on the right if you are driving west.  For more information call 717-334-0591 (ask for Dave).  The performance dates are 6/22-23 & 6/29-30.

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Greetings!

Gettysburg stage is proud to present its comedic holiday production, Greetings! directed by Hilary Snesrud and written by Tom Dudzick.

Greetings! begins simply enough. Andy brings home his Jewish atheist fiancée to meet his sweet Catholic mother, sour Catholic father, and mentally-challenged brother, Mickey, on Christmas Eve, setting the stage for an explosive family affair. But when Mickey becomes the focus of an unexpected miracle, the family learns how much more important love and family are than the issues that have divided them.

Hilary Snesrud is excited to be directing her first full-length play for Gettysburg Stage. “Greetings! is a wonderful play and I have a talented cast, so audiences are in for a real treat. It’s our chance to bring a ‘delicious sense of mystery’ to the holiday season for our audience. This is Gettysburg Stage’s second annual Christmas show and I’m so happy that we are continuing the tradition. I hope that we will continue it for many years to come.” Appearing in Greetings! are Kelly Clark, David Hurlbert, Jeff Leinbach, Trevor Taylor and Elizabeth “Buff” Wills.

 

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I Know Things

Gettysburg Stage is proud to present the world premiere of I Know Things, written and directed by local talent David Hurlbert. I Know Things is LOOOOSELY based on Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice. Far funnier than the original, this uproarious modern adaptation weaves a tale of love, friendship and an all too familiar dilemma – debt!

Director David Hurlbert is a frequent collaborator with Gettysburg Stage, having appeared in several productions as well as directing It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Egypt and States of Shock. The cast includes theatrically trained performers from Pennsylvania and Maryland, many of whom have worked professionally in both theatre and film. Appearing in I Know Things are Jeff Leinbach, Jeb Beard, Ryyn Currey, Rebecca O’Leary, Hilary Snesrud, Ken Pierson and and David Hurlbert.

 

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I Know Things – Auditions

Gettysburg Stage will be holding auditions for an original production, I Know Things, a comedy based loosely on the Merchant of Venice.

Auditions will be held on Sunday the 26th of June from 7 – 9pm, and on Wednesday the 29th and Thursday the 30th from 6 – 8pm. Auditions will be held at Tipton’s Grill at 135 Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, PA.

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Red, White and Tuna

Following the successful staging of Greater Tuna in 2010, Gettysburg Stage returns to the third smallest town in Texas, with the highly anticipated follow-up …

Red, White and Tuna.

It’s the Fourth of July in Tuna, and fireworks are set to fly at the Tuna High School Reunion. Social maven Vera Carp has all but tied up the Reunion Queen crown, but used gun store owner Didi Snavely and chicken farmer Pearl Burras have another idea in store. Joe Bob Lipsey, Tuna Little Theatre’s artistic director, is suicidal as usual, and with Didi’s help, this just may be the day he ends it all! Recently widowed Bertha Bumiller’s impending wedding to local celebrity and radio personality Arles Struvie is tittering on collapse, and her delinquent son Stanley has returned home seeking revenge. Tuna Humane Society president Petey Fisk is campaigning for equal rights for rattlesnakes and scorpions, and Didi’s estranged husband R.R. has been spotted around town exhibiting bizarre mystical powers. All in all, it’s just another typical day in Tuna, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.

Portraying all twenty characters, Jeb Beard and Ryyn Currey will once again take the audience on side-splitting ride into the hearts and minds of polyester-clad citizens of Tuna, some familiar, some new. “Last year’s production of Greater Tuna was a big success,” says director Rebecca O’Leary. “It stretched Jeb and Ryyn’s considerable talents, and we couldn’t wait to take on the denizens of Tuna once again, in Red White and Tuna.”

 

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The Triangle Factory Fire Project

The Triangle Factory Fire Project

As part of a nationwide event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the fire, Gettysburg Stage is proud to present …

The Triangle Factory Fire Project

Saturday, March 25, 1911. In the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City – where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy toil fourteen-hour days making lady’s dresses – a cigarette is tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. On the ninth floor, some make it to a fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath their weight. Others run to the exit door, but find it closed – many, including the soon-to-be married Margaret Schwartz, die with their hands on the doorknob. Dozens leap from the windows to their deaths, shocking the crowd of onlookers gathered below. And some, by a combination of bravery and sheer luck, make it out alive. In the space of twenty-eight minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, have died.

The Triangle Factory Fire Project uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. It culminates in the manslaughter trial of the owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, whose shocking acquittal inspires new outrage across New York and the entire country, the repercussions of which shaped social, political and economic policies for decades to come.

By using real words spoken by real people, from Ukrainian seamstresses to millionaire Fifth Avenue socialites, The Triangle Factory Fire Project paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.

 

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Triangle Factory Fire – Auditions

Auditions for our next play, “The Triangle Fire Factory Project” are being held this weekend. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, January 16th at 3pm and Monday, January 17th at 7pm. Auditions will be held in the basement of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Auditions will be cold readings, so there is no need to prepare a monologue. Individuals cast will be notified within two days of the second audition. We will be casting five men and four women, most likely:

  • Two women under the age of 40.
  • Two women over the age of 40.
  • Three men under the age of 40.
  • Two men over the age of 40.

Irish, Italian, Yiddish and Russian accents are helpful, but not necessary.

Director is Rebecca O’Leary. Further descriptions and details of the play will be forthcoming. March 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire, a devastating which cost 146 lives. From that disaster, however, rose the framework of today’s fire safety regulations, better treatment of workers and improved workplace safety. Performances will begin in late March 2011.

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