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Monday, March 15, 2010

Peninsula Players Announces 75th Season

We LOVE Peninsula Players, and they are in their 75th season - what an accomplishment!

They have just made some announcements regarding the upcoming season. Here is the PR release we just received. . .

Peninsula Players Announces 75th Season
Fish Creek, Wisconsin – Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County’s theatrical icon announces its historic 75th season, running June 15 through October 17, 2010.

Peninsula Players will open its 75th season June 15 with “Heroes,” by Gérald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard. Three veterans of World War I plot their greatest adventure yet, to escape the veteran’s hospital! Their wits may not be fully intact, but even in their autumn years they retain a zeal for life that may just get them past the front gates. “Heroes” will run through July 4. It won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy and several Moliere Award nominations, including Best Author.

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From July 7 through July 25 the Peninsula Players presents “Over the Tavern” by Tom Dudzick, who is called the Roman Catholic’s Neil Simon. Raising four teenagers over a tavern in Buffalo, New York in the 1950s is a challenge especially just before confirmation when the youngest, Rudy, starts to question the church and ruler-cracking Sister Clarissa. Theatergoers may recall Dudzick’s heartwarming comedy “Greetings!” from the Players’ 2008 season.

Next up from July 28 through August 15 is the multiple Tony Award-winning musical “A Little Night Music” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Greg Vinkler, artistic director of Peninsula Players, will be taking a leave from his role as Doc in the Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” to direct the musical.

“A Little Night Music” features such Sondheim classics as “A Weekend in the Country,” “Every Day a Little Death” and “Send in the Clowns.” This witty, elegant musical is a celebration of romance, a Valentine to Door County audiences.

“Comic Potential” a sci-fi comedy by Alan Ayckbourn moves onto the stage from August 18 through Sept. 5. Time Magazine named “Comic Potential” “one of the best plays of the past decade.” In the foreseeable future television actors are replaced with programmable robots, and Jacie, an android star, is slated for the scrap heap when a programming glitch is discovered. At very inopportune times in her soap drama “Hospital Hearts,” she develops a penchant for humor, of the slap-stick kind. When the writer kidnaps her to save her, adventures really begin!

Closing the season is the Midwest premiere of the scintillating thriller “Panic” by Joseph Goodrich (Sept.8 –Oct. 17). “Panic” is the winner of the Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award for Best Play. At a film opening in Paris director Henry Lockwood, known as “the Sultan of Suspense,” finds himself caught in a web of blackmail, deception and murder. Goodrich used Alfred Hitchcock as a model for Lockwood and the suspense filled story.

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“We hope audiences enjoy the Peninsula Players 75th year,” Vinkler said. “Shows are filled with enduring friendships, romance, and song and dance. Comic and warm-hearted adventures of a zany family and a futuristic acting robot give way to the thrill of mystery in the fall. We have so much for everyone to enjoy!”

Peninsula Players has been entertaining and exciting audiences since 1935, when the theater opened behind the Bonnie Brook Motel in Fish Creek on July 25, with Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever.” The company was founded by a brother and sister team, Caroline and Richard Fisher, who dreamed of an artistic utopia in the northwoods where actors, designers and technicians could focus on their craft while being surrounded by nature in a contemplative setting. Peninsula Players moved to the theater’s present location along the shore of Green Bay in 1937.

Prior to performances, patrons picnic relax on the grounds while watching the setting sun over the waters of Green Bay from the cedar-lined shore and enjoy the ambience of the beer garden and other gardens.

The Fishers’ dream lives on as professional actors, directors and designers work side-by-side with college interns while living on the Players 16-acre campus as they bring audiences a variety of works including dramas, mysteries, comedies and musicals. In fall, 2005, the troupe closed its season early to begin construction on its new stagehouse and audience pavilion.

The Peninsula Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in the summer. With the opening of the fall show Sept. 8 curtain times are Tuesday through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and most Sundays at 7 p.m. The closing performance of each show will have a 4 p.m. matinee, July 4, July 25, August 15, Sept. 5 and Oct. 17.

Discount tickets are available for season ticket holders and groups. Individual tickets are also available. Individual ticket prices range from $29, $33 to $36. There are no performances on Mondays. For more information or to reserve tickets phone the Peninsula Players’ box office at 920-868-3287 or visit the website at


Peninsula Players Theatre

4351 Peninsula Players Road

Fish Creek, WI 54212


Peninsula Players is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and is unique in the country for its diverse productions, continuing loyalty to a resident company, and its beautiful setting of 16 wooded acres along the cedar-lined shores of Green Bay. In the past 75 years, the theater has become a Door County landmark and its cornerstone arts institution, attracting audience members from throughout Wisconsin and across the country. For more information, visit or call (920) 868-3287.

2010 Playbill

Heroes by Gérald Sibleyras, adapted by Tom Stoppard.

(June 15 – July 4) Olivier Award for Best New Comedy , Moliere Award nominee for Best Author.

Over the Tavern By Tom Dudzick (July 7 – July 25) Dudzick has been called the Roman-Catholic Neil Simon.

A Little Night Music (July 28- August 15) the Tony Award–winning masterpiece with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler.

Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn (Aug. 18 – Sept. 5) Ranked in the top 10 of Time Magazine’s best plays of the decade.

Panic by Joseph Goodrich (Sept. 8 – Oct. 17) 2008 Winner of Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award for Best Play.

Curtain Times:

June 15 – Sept. 4, Tuesday - Saturday 8 p.m; Sunday 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 –October 16, Tuesday - Saturday 8 p.m.; Sunday 7 p.m.

EXECEPT SUNDAYS July 4, July 25, August 15, Sept. 5 and October 17 at 4 p.m.

Ticket prices: Rows A-K (1-10 )$36, Rows L-O (11-14 )$33 and Rows P- S (15-18) $29,

Season and Group rates available


America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre, established in 1935 by Caroline and Richard Fisher, a brother and sister team who envisioned an artistic utopia in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Actors are members of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

Peninsula Players is a non-profit theater with 501(c)3 status.

Voted Favorite Door County Theatre by the readers of Door

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