WESTFIELD — Westfield Community Players (WCP) announced its 2012-13 season lineup productions last week. WCP’s 77th year will feature “The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig; “Dixie Swim Club,” a “dramedy” by Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten and Jessie Jones; “Proof,” the Drama Critic’s Award Winning and Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Auburn; and “Olympus on My Mind,” a musical by Grant Sturiale with book and lyrics by Barry Harman, based on a play by Henrich Von Kleist.
“The Fox on the Fairway” is a tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics.
“Dixie Swim Club” is a comedy-drama about five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, who set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.
“Proof” is the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?
“Olympus on My Mind” is set in Thebes in ancient Greek times. Jupiter is bored with life on Mount Olympus and decides to have an affair with a mortal woman, which turns out to be the beneficent Princess Alcmene. However, she is happily married to General Amphitryon, who is away fighting battles. Jupiter concocts a plan to disguise himself as the General, but when Alcmene first meets the new general she is apprehensive. Jupiter wins her over with a depiction of the enchanted evening that awaits her.
Directors and producers will be announced shortly, along with audition dates for each of the productions. WCP’s 77th season will begin in October 2012 and run through May 2013.
For updates on these productions and general information about Westfield Community Players, visit www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org
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