Virginia of the Valley

Written by Ralph Freud
Directed by Michael Tennant

Performances Jul 7, (8th is Private Benefit), 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2017

The Widow Stewart and her adopted daughter, Virginia, are trying to save their farm from the villain, Reginald Frothington, in this Melodrama set in the San Jacinto Valley.  We have a villainess, the hero, the wealthy, snobbish matron and a French maid along with boos and hisses in this play written specifically for our Players in the 60’s.  It is an audience participation production that is fun for all.

The Gin Game

Written by D.L. Coburn
Directed by Peggy McQuown

Performances Aug 18, 19, & 20, 2017

This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats but it doesn’t happen. He leaves the stage a broken man and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely old age.