2020 - 2021 Season

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When an up-and-coming folk singer returns to her native Wickham, Vermont – a town she vowed never to return to after a traumatic experience – she faces both her past and her future.

The Program

 

The Wickham Way

Written by Rachel Rubin Ladutke, Music by Lisa Brigantino

 

Directed by Arlene Schulman

 

Produced by Molly Eisert

 

 

CHARACTERS

LIZA COOPER

A rising singer/songwriter, and a native of Wickham, Vermont, 27

MARTI (MARTHA) KAPLAN

LIZA’s life partner, 29

SHELBY BREWSTER

a native of Wickham, Liza’s aunt, late 30s

ABNER MORSE

a native of Wickham, recently widowed, late 70s

CHARLIE MORSE

Abner’s grandson, Liza’s childhood buddy, 27

 

SETTING

Abner’s home, the Wayfarer Inn in Wickham, Vermont.

A snowy weekend in February.

The present.

 

ACT ONE

Scene One: Friday. Around 5:30 p.m. Scene Two: Around 11:30 p.m. that night.

 

ACT TWO

Scene One: Saturday. Late morning. Scene Two: Around 11:30 p.m. that night.

THE CAST

Jessica Katz (Marti Kaplan) 

Kay Koch (Liza Cooper) 

 

Eileen Mager (Shelby Brewster) 

 

Joey Nasta (Charlie Morse) 

Joe Rothstein (Abner Morse) 

 

Lisa D'Agati Geerhart (Stage Directions) 

 

Marisa Dolkart Herling (Stage Directions)

PRODUCTION

Arlene Schulman (Director) 

 

Molly Eisert (Producer) 

Rachel Rubin Ladutke (Playwright) 

RachelWrites67@gmail.com

https://rachelwrites67.wixsite.com/website

 

Lisa Brigantino (Composer)

www.lisabrigantino.com

MUSIC CREDITS

SARAH

© 1991 Words and Music by Lisa Brigantino

Published by Brigmusic (SESAC)

 

THOSE DAYS

© 1985 Words and Music by Lisa Brigantino

Published by Brigmusic (SESAC)

 

EVERY DAY’S A JOURNEY

© 2014 Words and Music by Lisa Brigantino

Published by Brigmusic (SESAC)

 

I WILL

© 1991 words and music by Lisa Brigantino

Published by Brigmusic (SESAC)

 

The playwright expresses special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to director/dramaturg Arlene Schulman, who has been an invaluable asset to The Wickham Way throughout its development process. Arlene’s contributions, diligence, and enthusiasm have helped deepen, inform, and shape both the characters and the story.

Click here to watch a recorded performance on YouTube.

Adapted and directed by 

Carol Cornicelli

The program

PROLOGUE

Gene  Ciccone (Strindberg)

Betty Slevin (Interviewer)

Readers: Sandra Eismann, Mateo Moreno, Melyssa Searcy, Robert S. Webb, Amanda Feliciano

AN ATTEMPT AT REFORM

Melyssa Searcy (wife)

Robert S. Webb (husband)

Sandra Eismann (narrator)

CHEATED

Amanda Feliciano (wife)

Mateo Moreno (husband)

Betty Slevin (narrator)

DUEL

Jennifer Padley (wife)

Rashad Davis (husband)

Amanda Feliciano (narrator 1)

Melyssa Searcy (narrator 2)

Mateo Moreno (narrator 3)

AUTUMN

Dena Daniel (wife)

Ron  Richardson (husband)

Sandra Eismann (narrator 1)

Robert S. Webb (narrator 2)

 

EPILOGUE 

Gene  Ciccone (Strindberg)

Betty Slevin (Interviewer)

Carol Cornicelli  (director)

MARCH

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The program

“Phenomenal Woman”

by Maya Angelou

Read by Melyssa Searcy

“Need to Nurture”

A monologue written and performed

by Debbie Buchsbaum

“Mommy ‘Me Time’ in Quarantine”

A monologue written and performed by Tanya Lashley

The Odd Couple (female version) 

by Neil Simon

A scene performed by Judy French, Judi Gajary,

Georgiana Hart, Ellen Moschel, and Fran Shultz

“Special Package”

A monologue written and performed by Molly Eisert

“Telling Mom”

A monologue by Karen Dale Wolman

Performed by Ginny S. Crooks

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

"Sisters"

by Delia and Nora Ephron

Performed by Debbie Buchsbaum, Brooke Kaye, and Amanda McCabe

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

“The Dressing Room”

by Delia and Nora Ephron

Performed by Sharmeen Azmudeh, Melyssa Searcy,

Vlada Borisova-Duran, Ginny S. Crooks, and Fran Shultz

Table Manners

by Alan Aykbourn

A scene performed by Mary Clare Cardoni and

Carol Cornicelli

"Sex change"

A monologue by B. Holder

Performed by Vlada Borisova-Duran

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told

by Paul Rudnick

A monologue performed by Jess Katz

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

“Brides”

by Delia and Nora Ephron

A scene performed by Sharmeen Azmudeh and

Brooke Kaye

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

by Alan Ball

A scene performed by Jessi Baden-Campbell, Jess Katz, Amanda McCabe, and Cyndi Owgang

The Hysterical History of the Trojan War

"Cassandra"

by D. M. Larson 

A monologue performed by Vlada Borisova-Duran

“A Conversation with God While

Waiting in Line”

An editorial by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Performed by Carol Cornicelli and Sandy Eismann

It Had to Be You

by Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna

A monologue performed by Betty Slevin

“Phenomenal Woman”

by Maya Angelou

Read by the company

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Click here to watch a recorded performance on YouTube.

Written and directed by 

Beth Seales Hanson

Technical direction by

Carol Cornicelli

CAST

Chavi Dock 

Dylan Graham

Georgia Rubenstein 

Leo Hanson 

Lexi Jean Muraca 

Lukas Rubenstein 

Mercer Barton-Griffin 

Romon 8 Danuser

Ryan Macklin 

Violet Hanson

Zoe Hanson

Special guest star . . .

Jigsaw 

FEBRUARY

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PROGRAM

Donald Pauselius (Producer/Director)

“Creation” by James Weldon Johnson

Ensemble

“The Slave’s Complaint” by George Moses Horton

Idris Talbott

Young Harriet Tubman by Mary Satchell 

adapted and directed by Marcia Heard

Ivy Hill-Vailsburg Center for Arts Culture and Community Activism (ACCA) performers: Friday, Malachai Stewart, Isaiah Stewart, Pamoja Days

Historical Profile: Charles Henry Turner

Ron Richardson

“I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical Hairspray

Melyssa Searcy

1980 (or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson) by Patricia Cotter

Rashad Davis (monologue)

“Gravity” by Rachel Grismer 

Rachel Grismer

Historical Profile: Jane Cooke Wright

Aba

“The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes

Ron Richardson

“Come Rain or Come Shine” by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer

Rashad Davis

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (three monologues)

Idris Talbott, Aba

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (scene)

Rashad Davis, Rachel Grismer, Marcia Heard, Melyssa Searcy

“We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Monique Bosrock

District Merchants by Aaron Posner (monologue)

Ron Richardson

Historical Profile: George Edward Alcorn, Jr. 

Melyssa Searcy

Blue Door by Tanya Barfield (monologue)

Aba

“Interracial” by Georgia Douglas Johnson

Monique Bosrock

District Merchants by Aaron Posner (monologue)

Idris Talbott

“If You Believe” from the musical The Wiz

Maya Davis

Historical Profile: Zelda Wynn Valdes

Monique Bosrock

The Fantasticks (monologue)

Lisa Peterson

“The Black Finger” by Angelina Weld Grimké

Aba

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Ensemble

DECEMBER

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PROGRAM

Introducing America to a curious British tradition

     Chris Farrow, an actual Brit

Yule Horror 

     by H.P. Lovecraft

     Chris Farrow

“Haunted Wonderland”

    Adapted and performed by Beth Seales-Hanson 

     with Zoe, Violet, and Leo Hanson

The Ghost Who Vanished by Degrees 

     Based on the short story by Robertson Davies

     Adapted and directed by Dena Daniel

     Dena Daniel, Alicia Dennis, Jeff Parsons

The Meeting

     by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

     Chris Farrow

The Ghost of the Blue Chamber 

     Based on the short story by Jerome K. Jerome

     Adapted and directed by Carol Cornicelli

     Gene Ciccone, Jim Knight, Ron Richardson, Mathew Schwartz

“Santa Clause Is Coming to Town”

    Sharmeen Azmudeh, with Marilyn Monroe and Merlin

Stopping by Woods 

     by Molly Eisert 

     Directed by Dena Daniel

     Alicia Dennis, Jeff Parsons, Mathew Schwartz

“Baby, It’s COVID Outside”

     Adapted and performed by Betty Slevin and Gene Ciccone

The Shadow

     Based on the short story by Edith Nesbit

     Adapted and directed by Carol Cornicelli

     Amanda Feliciano, Mateo Moreno, Jennifer Padley,

     Melyssa Searcy

Bells (II)

     by Edgar Allen Poe

     Sharmeen Azmudeh & co.

Smee 

     Based on the short story by A.M. Burrage

     Adapted and directed by Carol Cornicelli

     Gene Ciccone, Mateo Moreno, Laurellie Jacobs Martinez,

     Skyler Martinez, Betty Slevin

“The Twelve Nights of Terror”

     Adapted by Beth Seales-Hanson

     Beth Seales-Hanson (with Zoe, Violet, and Leo Hanson),

     Sharmeen Azmudeh & co., Dena Daniel, Amanda Feliciano, 

     Mathew Schwartz, Melyssa Searcy

Farewell

     Chris Farrow

NOVEMBER

OCTOBER

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Emcee: Beth Seales Hanson

            (with help from Zoë, Violet, and Leo Hanson)

 

The Tell-Tale Heart

By Edgar Allen Poe

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Killer: Robert S. Webb & Mathew Schwartz

Police Officer 1/Old Man: Alan Foster

Police Officer 2: Suz Stone

 

The Monkey’s Paw

By W. W. Jacobs

Directed by Sharon Quinn

Narrator: Laurellie Jacobs Martinez

Mr. White: Mentha Marley

Mrs. White: Sharon Quinn

Herbert White: Skyler Martinez

Sergeant-Major Morris: Kirk Woodward

Lawyer: Norman Metz

 

The Night Wind

By Eugene Field

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Sharmeen Azmudeh (with Marilyn and Merlin)

 

The Cask of Amontillado

By Edgar Allen Poe

Directed by Sharon Quinn

Montressor: Ron Richardson

Fortunado: Norman Metz

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (excerpt)

By Washington Irving

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Narrator 1: Melyssa Searcy

Narrator 2: Sandra Eismann

Ichabod Crane: Jeff Taylor

 

Jon Mortonson’s Funeral

By Ambrose Bierce

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Friend 1: Judi Gajary 

Friend 2: John Mendlovitz

Minister: Alan Foster

Widow: Suz Stone

Family at the Funeral: the Schwartz family, the Searcy family

SEPTEMBER

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The Murder of Crows 

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Ginny Crooks (Mrs. Wilkins) 

Melyssa Searcy (Debra)

Mathew Schwartz (Greg)

 

The Meadow 

Directed by Alan Foster

Lisa Barnett (Mrs. Page)

Shiva Kiani (Miss Harris)

 

The Deal

Directed by Alan Foster

Vinnette Richardson (Vivian Howard)

Ron Richardson (Arthur Nelligan) 

 

Dewey or Don’t We?

Directed by Carol Cornicelli

Betty Slevin (Helen) 

Gene Ciccone (Oliver)

PLAYWRIGHTS

Nancy Halper  is an editor and ESL teacher who has written several short plays, including “The Murder of Crows,” “Dewey or Don't We?,” and “The Truth About the Lemmings.” She and her husband live in Summit, New Jersey, and have four grown children.

 

Ryan Kaminski is a playwright from Flemington, New Jersey. His work has been featured in one-act festivals, playwriting festivals, and podcasts. Learn more via his New Play Exchange profile: https://newplayexchange.org/users/34918/ryan-kaminski