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PREVIOUS PLAYS + EVENTS


Crimes of the Heart


By Beth Henley
Directed by Misty Hoover Connor

Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday March 30 at 2:00 p.m.

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future-but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Suitable for Ages 13 and Up.

Auditions Workshop



Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.- Rescheduled to Monday, January 13, 2014
In the Garret of the Main Library

Garret Players will hold an Audition Workshop for adults to help encourage people to come out for our auditions for Crimes of the Heart and The Odd Couple.  We want to help you understand how we will do our auditions and teach skills that can help with auditions generally.  Come prepared to have some fun!

The Workshop will be held in the Garret on the third floor of the Main Library (219 North Broad Street, Lancaster) on Sunday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m., and again on Monday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m.  It will last approximately one hour depending on how many people show up.  Both sessions will be the same; come to one or both if you want.

The Workshop is free and there is no pre-registration.  Please wear comfortable clothes.

The Workshop leader will be Ron Keaton and we plan to have the Directors of both Crimes of the Heart and The Odd Couple there to talk about their auditions and answer questions.

If you want to read about auditioning for theatre, Audition by Michael Shurtleff (1978) is good.   Another good one is Auditioning, An Actor Friendly Guide by Joanna Merlin (2001).  Both are available through the Fairfield County District Library.  http://www.fcdlibrary.org/
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SPECIAL HOLIDAY PLAY


On Monday, December 9 Garret Players will present a special play for the kids at the Lancaster Rotary Club’s annual Forest Rose Christmas Party luncheon - an annual Rotary tradition since the 1920s.  This year the party will be held at Forest Rose School.  Donna Keaton will direct this hand-puppet play entitled Christmas Magic.

A Tuna Christmas


By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
Directed by Carrie Peters

Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the Lutheran Social Services - Fairfield County Food Pantry
2045 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of "A Christmas Carol" is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening.
Suitable for Ages 13 and Up.

During the run of A Christmas Tuna all donations of cash and food items will be given directly to the Lutheran Social Services Fairfield County Food Pantry.


Lutheran Social Services Fairfield County Food Pantry

2045 East Main Street, Lancaster
(740) 687-5130
Hours: M,T,W,F 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thurs. 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
LSS food pantries provide food to individuals and families in need. Our customers are often no different from you. They are working adults who may have difficulty paying rent, utilities or other household expenses. They simply need assistance to make ends meet. Last year alone, LSS food pantries served 148,546 people! We are serving more people this year than during the same time last year. Our need is great and growing.  lssco.org/lsspantry.php
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Driving Miss Daisy


By Alfred Uhry
Directed by Sandy Maholm

Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday September 22 at 2:00 p.m.

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. As the play ends Hoke has a final visit with Miss Daisy, now ninety-seven and confined to a nursing home, and while it is evident that a vestige of her fierce independence and sense of position still remain, it is also movingly clear that they have both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible-and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit.
Suitable for General Audiences.

Over the River and Through the Woods

(Excerpt)
By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Ron Keaton

Thursday October 24 for the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting.
At the First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Ohio

Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey.  His parents retired and moved to Florida, and his sister moved to California.  That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey.  In fact, he comes out from Manhattan to see both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner.  This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job.  The job he’s been waiting for - marketing executive - would take him away from his beloved, but annoying - smothering? - grandparents.   He tells them.  The news doesn’t sit so well.  Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around.  How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle for a job, wonder his grandparents?  Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely - and single - Caitlin O’Hare as bait.
Suitable for General Audiences.
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A GOOD START!