Presenting Our 2013 - 2014 Season


The Life of Leo Wool by Nina AlvarezThe Life of Leo Wool by Nina Alvarez
Directed by P. Gibson Ralph

May 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30 PM

May 18, 19 at 2:00 PM

All performances at the East End Theatre
727 East Main Street, Rochester, NY

The Life of Leo Wool premieres on May, 10, 2013 and will feature Jack Simel, Diane Chevron, Jessica Drew-Cates, Jason Alexander Holmes, and Nancy Berg.

Literature is dying, and so is Leo Wool, the last American superstar literary critic. When he is visited in his study by the ghost of his dead wife portending the visit of three writers with bones to pick, Leo must confront the real life he has led and what he may have sacrificed in search of the sublime.

Click here for more information about this World Premier.

Click here to read an article about Nina Alvarez posted on the Democrat & Chronicle's HerStory.com.



 

Ping by Nancy Preston Stark

Ping

A Play in One Act
by Nancy Preston Stark

Rochester Fringe Festival Performance Dates

Saturday, September 21st from 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Thursday, September 26th from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Performances at the East End Theatre
727 East Main Street, Rochester, NY

Greater Rochester Repertory’s production of PING for the 2013 Rochester Fringe Festival is a sassy, sexy comedy (with a serious thread), written by Nancy Preston Stark. Dick (Peter Elliott), a hypochondriac who thinks he’s dying, comes home from a doctor’s visit with a new life-changing drug. The subsequent changes in his nightly routine leave his wife, Phyllis (Denise Bartolo), exhausted. Desperate, she enlists help from her neighbor, Lil (Diane Chevron). When their plan is hatched, complications arise leading to a hilarious mix of misconceptions and comic communications.

PING was originally produced by Greater Rochester Repertory Companies in 2010 and enjoyed a successful run with enthusiastic audiences. In May, 2011, it received an Equity actors’ reading as part of the Geva Regional Playwrights’ Showcase in Rochester, NY and once again pleased and entertained.

The three actors who originally brought the characters of Phyllis, Lil and Dick to life in the 2010 GRRC production, Denise Bartalo, Diane Chevron and Peter Elliott will be starring once again. Ms. Preston Stark has added a few new twists and turns to the work with her skillful writing style.

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap
by Agatha Christie

Directed by Allan O'Grady Cuseo

November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 PM

November 17, 24 at 2:00 PM

All performances are at RAPA's East End Theatre
727 East Main Street in Downtown Rochester

The world's longest running play!

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspectsinclude the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions that are in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, than the spinster is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish! Chalk up another superb intrigue for the foremost mystery writer of her time.

The Mousetrap was first presented on the West End by Peter Saunders at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on November 25, 1952. It was directed by Peter Cotes. On March 25th, 1974, this original production transferred to St. Martin's Theatre.

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Dame Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the author not only of The Mousetrap, the longest running stage production in history but also Witness for the Prosecution and And Then There Were None to name but a few of her greatest stage successes. Her novels have sold more than 2 billion copies around the world, and she is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Born in 1890, in Torquay, Devon, England, to an American father and English mother, she wrote her first play Black Coffee (the only play in which she chose to feature Poirot) in 1930 having been disappointed by the way The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had been adapted into Alibi in 1928. She adapted her bestselling novel And Then There Were None for the stage in 1943, giving it a different ending, followed by, in quick succession, Appointment with Death (1945), Murder on the Nile (1946) and The Hollow (1951). With The Mousetrap (1952), Witness for the Prosecution (1953), and Spider's Web (1954), she became the only female playwright to have three plays running in the West End at the same time.

Later plays include Towards Zero (1956) co-adapted with Gerald Verner, Verdict (1958) possibly her most unusual play, Go Back for Murder (1960), and Rule of Three (1962) a series of three one act plays. After a hugely successful career and a wonderful life, Ms. Christie died peacefully on 12 January 1976. You can read Agatha Christie's own account of her life in An Autobiography which was published after her death in 1977.



 

"Elvis - a Birthday Tribute" starring Patrick Elvis starring Patrick JohnsonJohnson

January 16, 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

All performances are at RAPA's East End Theatre
727 East Main Street in Downtown Rochester

Considered one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the country, and voted # 1 in the People's Choice in Montreal Canada, Patrick Johnson is originally from Ireland. He now resides in Lake View, NY.

Patrick’s good looks and audience appeal have pushed him to the top of his craft. With his powerful and dynamic voice, he is able to captivate his audience - both young and old alike. He has donated much of his time and talent doing numerous shows to benefit the physically and mentally handicapped of Western New York, as well as Mercy Flight and Madison McCarthy Cardi ac Care Coalition for children.

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  • 1st Place Lady Luck Music People's Choice Award Montreal Quebec 2006
  • 1st Place Buffalo Elvis Fest Blasdell,NY 2003
  • 2nd Place Shiners “Divan” Montreal Quebec 2006
  • 2nd Place Orchard Park Elvis Fest 2003


 

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier presented in April and May 2014 by GRRC

Agnes of God
by John Pielmeier

Directed by Don Bartalo

Presented in April and May 2014

Performances were at RAPA's East End Theatre

Agnes of God was written in 1979 by John Pielmeier. The play tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation. The title is a pun on the Latin phrase Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

The plot features Sister Agnes, a young and innocent novice of French ethnicity, molested by her mother as a child, who sings in an ethereal voice and was impregnated by an unknown entity, which makes for much of the mystery of the drama. The psychiatrist, Martha Livingston, interrogates her and narrates the story.

The cast featured Denise Bartalo as Mother Superior, Marcy Savastano as Sister Agnes and Erin-Kate Howard as Doctor Martha Livingston.

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