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Whose Afraid of Elmwood Playhouse?

The current production of Elmwood Playhouse is “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”.

This four-actor play is perfectly suited for a small theater like EPH. A 99-seat venue means no microphones and during the fight scenes you feel like the actors will fall into your lap. At one point “George” stands up on a chair and towers above you – a strange sensation for an audience member!

This a powerful adult-oriented drama and has a Nyack connection with Bill Irwin starring in the Broadway production in NYC and London. Those of you who saw him on Broadway will appreciate Elmwood’s production even more because of the intimacy. He doesn’t appear in this production but the large number of actors who showed up for the auditions (over 50) means that the four chosen are really the cream of the non-equity crop in this region,But just as important as viewing the show, Elmwood is a place to become involved. Any production requires lots of help from volunteers. I help with set design and construction and can speak personally to the fun of taking down the set on Strike Sunday (June 15th starting at 10AM) and the early stages of the construction of the next set. It is a time when actors and work side by side with carpenters. The skill requirements are very low – mostly just using a cordless screwdriver (provided).

Oh, a healthy appetite comes in handy too because the lunchtime meal is the leftovers from the Closing Night party the previous evening. Yum.

Contact me for more info about Strike or the box office (353-1313) for tickets to “Virginia”

Duncan Bell

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