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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Directed by Richard Brousil
Musical Director Mary Bright
Produced by Brenda Townsend

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” has been a favorite of mine ever since I first performed the part of Miles Gloriosus at Moonlight Amphitheater about 15 years ago. This show really leands itself to the outdoor theater experience since it does indeed take place outdoors. When the Plays In The Park organization decided they were going to make the summer season an annual event, I saw my opportunity arise. Many thanks to Jack Campbell and the rest, and to all of the theaters involved in Plays In The Park –May it thrive for many summers! Enjoy the show!

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

Directed by Chris Hall
Produced by Steve & Liz Rich

E.B. White’s heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty.

Book of Days

Book of Days

Directed by Grant Gelvin
Produced by Jim Clevenger and Kevin Jones

A recent summer in Dublin, Missouri – the county seat of Chosen County.

Chicken Every Sunday

Chicken Every Sunday

Directed by Vesta Gleissner
Produced by Peggy Schneider

Chicken Every Sunday” is based on the lives of the Drachman family (see Drachman.com) who was instrumental in the growth of Tucson, Arizona. My fine cast has captured the essence of truth that allows their characters to live on stage. The show has indeed been a director’s challenge from the prospective of sheer logistics:  maneuvering 21 people on our small semi-box set has been an interesting exercise.  Thank you to the Board of Patio Playhouse for allowing me the opportunity to breathe life into this delightful story.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Directed by Dick Gant
Produced by Gretchen Pili, Deborah Zimmer and Steven Rich

After writing several tragic masterpieces such as Hamlet and King Lear, based on stories available to him, Shakespeare chose for his last play an original story. On the surface,  The Tempest is a delightful romantic comedy. The characters of Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo provide comic scenes ranking with Shakespeare’s best. The character of Prospero, a self-made sorcerer of considerable power, provides a solid core to the events. His tempest brings to him characters who cheated him in the past. However, this is not a revenge tragedy with comic overtones, but a celebration of the marriage of his daughter and the son of the king who helped his brother steal his dukedom. The major theme here is forgiveness. Prospero forgives all involved, including himself, and returns to reason his role as Duke of Milan and to celebrate the marriage of his daughter. Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo remain to rule the island as best they can.

We present here a celebration of joy, and I leave it to you to find the deeper meanings in the nooks and crannies of a truly brilliant script.

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Directed by Jay Mower
Produced by Jim Clevenger and Judy Conlon

An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a storage attic in Amsterdam during the last two years of WWII,The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence: their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.  But ultimately this is the powerful, moving story of one determined young girl’s courage and hope, wit and wisdom, love and forgiveness.  “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.”  “I want to go on living even after my death.”



Directed by James Alburger
Produced by Jim Clevenger & Connie Boyd

The story takes place during an idyllic afternoon in the summer of 1953 at the Hines cabin in the Poconos. It’s a summer of romantic entanglements which intertwine nine characters.

Burt Hines, a recovering workaholic, is anticipating a… Read More »