Magic Circle Players 2019-2020 New Plays
Update. Unfortunately, due to Covid, most of the season was cancelled.
By local playwright, M.A. Smith. Tucker, a wealthy rancher in his 70s, lost his wife 20 years ago, but relies on her guidance as he struggles with his relationship with his three daughters. A touching and thought-provoking story about loss of culture and lifestyle, and about the implications of living longer, whether we want to or not. Opens November 8th.
In this deliciously funny romp, one outrageous day at the Reel ’Em Inn Fishing Lodge exposes lies, disguises, cross-dressing, and door slamming. Yet by the delightfully chaotic climax, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all–family, guests, and even a few gangsters—change in incredible and surprising ways. This side-splitting comedy is guaranteed to reel you in–“hook, line and sinker.” Opens January 10th.
By Neil Simon. Al Lewis and Willie Clark were a top-billed vaudevillian team for over forty years, but they can’t stand each other and haven’t spoken for twelve years. Yet when a lucrative offer for a television special comes up, the two grudgingly reunite, bringing a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. Can two, crotchety, old comedians put aside their differences for this final gig? A splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life. Opens March 6th.
Tevye has raised five daughters, with his formidable wife, Golde. One by one, the three oldest daughters resist tradition by marrying the men they choose rather than those selected by a matchmaker. As each one’s choice moves them further away from the customs of their faith and heritage, the Tsar’s increasing persecution of Russian Jews leads to the violent disruption of the villagers’ lives. This award winning, timeless tale is woven together with a stunning, unforgettable score. Opens May 8th.
A touching and thought- provoking story about an old rancher’s inability to change in a rapidly changing world, by local playwright, M.A. Smith
“It deals with the love for family, for the land, for the Old West, and for a man’s love of his late wife,” explains the author, M.A. Smith. “Although Tucker Falls deals with several difficult topics, I think people will find it funny and romantic.”
Smith emphasizes that Tucker Falls is not based on anyone he has ever met or anything from his personal life. “I took a nugget of an idea from King Lear, and the script just evolved from there,” he said.
Tucker Falls is one of the few original plays performed in the 60-year history of MCP, was written by local playwright, M.A. Smith. No novice to the performing arts, Smith been an active member of the Magic Circle Players for more than 10 years, having directed and acted in numerous productions.