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Carriage House Players

The Carriage House Players is a collective of actors, directors, playwrights and guest artists bringing new and contemporary works as well as selected plays from esteemed dramatists to audiences in Western New York. In-residence at the historic Taylor Theater, the Players are a collaborative program of the Kenan Center, dedicated to enriching lives by providing cultural, educational and recreational activities.

 

Read the full release on the Carriage House Players 2019-2020 Season, here.

 

2019-2020 Season

 

Prisoner Of Second Avenue
by Neil Simon

September 20 & 21 at 7:30PM
September 22 at 2:00PM
September 27 & 28 at 7:30PM
September 29 at 2:00PM

The Prisoner of Second Avenue is classic Neil Simon! This is a comedy about how we deal with life’s crises. When Mel Edison is downsized, his world is shaken to its foundations. Everything is tested, including his marriage and his self-esteem. With courage, he must find his core and learn to trust, to love, and to move forward once again. Directed by Gail Golden.

 

 

It’s A Wonderful Life (Live Radio Version)
by Philip Van Voren


December 6 at 7:30PM
December 8 at 2:00PM
December 13 & 14 at 7:30PM
December 15 at 2:00PM

The Carriage House Players holiday production is the live radio version of the beloved It’s a Wonderful Life, directed by Peg Merrill. Author Joe Landry has taken the Frank Capra classic and adapted it – in shorter form – for the stage. Conceived as a 1940s radio production, actors bring the charming characters George and Mary Bailey, played by Aaron Randolph and Sarah Hill, as well as the quirky and delightful inhabitants of Bedford Falls, to life. Margo Davis, Betsy Ross Visciano, Jason Mussachio, and Les Bailey (Yes, a REAL Bailey!) play multiple memorable roles in this show. Even the sound effects are authentic – done onstage during the radio broadcast. This holiday play is appropriate for all ages. Bring the family and celebrate the Christmas season at the Taylor Theater’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

 

 

The Dining Room
by A.R. Gurney

April 17 & 18 at 7:30PM
April 19 at 2:00PM
April 24 & 25 at 7:30PM
April 26 at 2:00PM

The Dining Room is centered on the dining room table that could have been in any typical middle-class American household, where the family gathers for their meals and holiday celebrations. The six actors play a variety of roles in a multitude of scenes that could have taken place in so many families.  The scenarios are sometimes comical, sometimes thoughtful, but always resonate with truth.

“Each vignette introduces a new set of people and events; a father lectures his son on grammar and politics; a boy returns from boarding school to discover his mother’s infidelity; a senile grandmother doesn’t recognize her own sons at Christmas dinner; a daughter, her marriage a shambles, pleads futilely to return home, etc. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.”  (Dramatist Play Service website)

Directed by Betsy Bittar.

 

Purchase a 2019-2020 season pass!

 

Enjoy a season pass to all three Carriage House Players productions for only $40! This introductory rate will only be available thru September 20.

Carriage House Players Prices

$20 Kenan non member

$15 Kenan member

$10 students under 18 and college students with ID

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Kenan Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.