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A murder in 1876... ...the killer's hanging two months later.
Rumours of a ghost in the costume room... A gray Victorian house with a bright red door.
Historical facts? An incredible backdrop for great theatre? How about both! The Players' Guild of Hamilton, the oldest community theatre in North America, is proud to announce that this coming season, patrons will get both: four great plays held at the historic Guild House - one of Hamilton's oldest and most unique theatre spaces.
First Stage Series Launch
The FIRST STAGE SERIES premieres
Players Guild of Hamilton launches new play development program!
The Players Guild of Hamilton is launching a new initiative to encourage the production of new plays by new and established playwrights in Hamilton. Called the First Stage Series, this festival of short works features the premiere of four new short plays and a staged reading of a full-length play by Canadian and international playwrights. The series will show at the Players Guild of Hamilton from March 5th to 7th, 2015.
The First Stage Series will premiere five new plays as directed by local theatre artists including Luis Arrojo, Byron McKim, Marilo Nunez, Darren Stewart-Jones, and Ryan Sero. The plays featured are: The Officiant by Francesca Brugnano, Marks of Birth by Marilyn Anne Campbell, The Roar of the Crowd by Matthew Henderson, A Gettysburg Address by Rex Emerson Jackson, and El Retorno/I Return by Marilo Nunez.
The First Stage Series is a new initiative on the part of the Guild to promote the development of new work on their stage. First proposed to Guild President Dan Penrose by local playwright Stephen Near, the Series is one of the first of its kind in the region. Says Near, "The opportunity for playwrights to see their work developed, and to encourage a local community theatre like the Guild to pursue new play development, are the twin goals of this series”. “Although these mini-productions are just the first step in the development of the plays,” says Near, “any playwright will tell you that a first step like this is critical to the evolution of a play".
Dan Penrose, President of the Players Guild, says that engaging the Arts community, working with original material and bringing new people into the Guild, gives an exciting and added dimension to the Guild’s long-standing mandate to bring the best in community theatre to Hamilton. We hope that this will be the beginning of an annual tradition.
The First Stage Series will be showing at the Players Guild of Hamilton on 80 Queen St. South in Hamilton at the following times. Ticket prices are $10.
OPENING: Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 PM
Show 2: Friday, March 6 at 8:00 PM
Staged Reading (El Retorno) Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 PM
CLOSING: Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 PM
About Players' Guild
The Players' Guild of Hamilton has been involved in local community theatre for 139 years, making the Guild the oldest community theatre group in North America.
Having had many successful seasons, we are proud to be leading up to our 2013/2014 season.
All of our productions are held in our intimate Studio Theatre at 80 Queen St. South, Hamilton. You can enjoy our cabaret style seating with refreshments available.
Our Studio Theatre is air conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and has a wide variety of restaurants only a short walk away in the popular Hess Village.
Please come out and help us celebrate our 139th season of the best in community theatre!