Lionville, PA: The Barley Sheaf Players in Lionville, PA invite you to join them for their 2017-2018 season, a season 50 years in the making! To celebrate our 50th season, we are performing a show from each of our five decades as a company.
First up, our 50th season opener, Don’t Drink the Water. Originally performed in our third decade, this Woody Allen comedy is sure to entertain. The Hollanders wanted nothing more than a simple vacation. Instead, they’re forced to take refuge in an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain, barely escaping the Communist authorities accusing them of espionage. It’s quickly clear that “refuge” is to be taken lightly, as the embassy is being run by the absent ambassador’s inept son. What starts as a vacation, turns to a prisoner exchange, then a daring escape attempt, all with undertones of comedy… and a budding romance!
In October, things take a dramatic turn with our show from decade four, Twelve Angry Jurors. A 19-year-old man has been charged with stabbing his father to death, and his future is now in the hands of the jury. The twelve jurors retire to the jury room to begin their discussions and, at first, it appears they might reach a quick verdict. However, as the jurors start to grapple with a number of significant issues, both those from the trial and those entwined within their own lives, we learn there is much to deliberate.
December brings a light hearted story of friendship, A Year with Frog and Toad, to put you in the holiday spirit. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe… all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. A wonderful way to reflect on our blessings as we enter the holidays and prepare for the new year.
In March, we present an American classic from decade two, Our Town. Through a combination of acting and storytelling, you’ll witness the story of the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners. In three acts, “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Dying,” we encounter a range of experiences and emotions that are universal, regardless of gender, race, or country of origin. In the great American tradition of art that celebrates and mourns everyday bits of life, Our Town shows us with its direct language and unsentimental portrayals, that the “simple things” are rarely that.
April audiences will be treated to the light hearted romance in decade five’s, Almost Maine. The play is set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine, on a cold wintry night with the Northern lights hovering above. It is a compilation of nine whimsically romantic vignettes in which residents of Almost fall in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Audiences should expect the unexpected while watching this show, and be ready to sit back and enjoy the ride!
Finally, in June, the Barley Sheaf Players’ season will conclude with a gem from our first decade, Gypsy. Loosely based on the memoirs of noted burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the story of her rise to fame through her days on the vaudeville circuit with her sister, June (who became movie star June Havoc), all under the eagle eye, undying spirit, firm hand, and show-business savvy of the force of nature who has been called “The Ultimate Stage Mother:” their mother, Rose. Long considered one of the greatest American musicals ever, Gypsy features hits such as “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” and “Small World.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the theater on Friday September 8th at 1:30 pm to officially start our 50th season. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Please join us as we celebrate our history and prepare for another 50 years!
Individual tickets for these shows, as well as discounted season subscription packages, are available now at www.barleysheaf.org. Purchase a season subscription, and you can see all five shows for the price of four regular tickets! Tickets may also be reserved by calling the box office at 610-363-7075.
Press release by Deb Topka, logo by Glen Eric Reed and photo credit to Andrea Grinwis.