Category: Performance

Penelope Reed

​PENELOPE REED,(Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit), studied with founder Jasper Deeter before Carnegie Tech (BFA in acting) and Marquette University (MA in speech and directing). As leading actress at the Milwaukee Repertory, McCarter and Hedgerow theatres, Penelope for decades has chosen to weave together acting, teaching, directing, civic service (e.g. Rose Valley, Rotary Club, Delaware County Historic Society), and administration (e.g. Alverno College, Lawrenceville School and Hedgerow). She loves her “ladies” (from Blanche Dubois to Eleanor of Acquitaine).  However, her favorite role is watching Hedgerow’s growth as a dynamic regional force.  Penelope will receive the Philadelphia Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award at the Merriam Theatre on October 30th.  Special thanks to generations of theatre goers, practitioners, supporters and family members who kept Hedgerow going. To Artistic Director Jared and my Zoran who has devoted decades of excellence in all areas of the theatre. Finally to Sebastian and Quentin, who fill us with wonder.

Jennifer Summerfield

Jennifer Summerfield (Ruth in Blithe Spirit) is excited to combine two of her favorite things, theatre and martinis, in her first Noel Coward production. She is a frequent guest artist at Hedgerow and has previously appeared here in Uncle Vanya, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Dracula, among others. Other recent productions: Sense and Sensibility (People’s Light,) Hedda Gabler (Laurel Tree Theater,) Dancing at Lughnasa (Curio Theatre). She is a graduate of Smith College and the Neighborhood Playhouse, where she learned how to repeat things, and is cofounder of Laurel Tree Theater. She will be seen next in two one-woman shows: her touring production of The Yellow Wallpaper at Historic Waynesborough in November and Mary Shelley in January at the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah Mitchell (Costume Designer Blithe Spirit) is a freelance costume designer in the Philadelphia area, Second Draper at the Walnut Street Theatre, Wardrobe Supervisor at the National Constitution Center, and is delighted to return to Hedgerow to design The Blithe Spirit. Recent design credits include: The Prisoner of Zenda, Gaslight (Hedgerow), The Comedy of Errors (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Zombie in Love (WST) and The Producers, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show (Livingston Theatre Company). Many thanks to the amazing cast and crew, and to all of the wonderful people at Hedgerow!

Michael Fuchs

MICHAEL FUCHS (Dr. Bradman in Blithe Spirit) is a Philadelphia-based actor who has appeared at Hedgerow in No Sex Please, We’re British and Radio Mystery Plays, and at Media Theatre in 1776 and Romeo and Juliet. In the Berkshires, he recently acted on Shakespeare & Company’s mainstage in Merchant of Venice, directed by Tina Packer, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Michael has also appeared in New York and Boston in Comedy of Errors, Company, and Blood Wedding, among others. Michael was originally trained at HB Studio in New York, and has studied locally at Hedgerow and the Walnut Street Theatre. Michael worked for many years in senior roles on Wall Street, suspending his acting career, and is blessed to have rejoined the great love of his life, the theater. What a joy to work with Carly, and to share the stage with Jared, Penny and this fabulous cast!

Stacy Skinner

STACY SKINNER (Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit) is delighted to be returning to the Hedgerow stage where she has previously been seen in Hamlet (Gertrude), Sense and Sensibility (Mrs. Dashwood), The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Emily Inglethorpe), and Communicating Doors (Ruella). Other recent credits include: My Name is Asher Lev (the Women) at the South Camden Theatre Company,  Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Princess of France), both with Shakespeare in the Summer, co-produced by White Pines Productions and Pulley and Buttonhole Theatre. Stacy holds degrees in both Theatre and Speech-Language Pathology. Many thanks to this outstanding cast and crew with whom she is delighted to work and to her ever faithful family. Next up: A Christmas Carol right here at Hedgerow followed by The Savannah Sipping Society (Randa Covington) at the South Camden Theatre Company.

 

Storyboard Series: The Hobbit

 

Storyboard: The Hobbit

Adapted from J.R.R. Tolkein’s novel by Jared Reed

Art by Phoebe Titus

Video by David Titus

Directed by Jared Reed

Performance Dates April 6 to April 22

All tickets $20

 

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See one of the great modern classics brought to life by the talents of the Hedgerow Theatre Company and the art of Phoebe Titus in Storyboard: The Hobbit.

Go on one of the greatest journeys ever penned, in one night! With the help of the wizard Gandalf, a reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, leaves his unambitious life behind to assist a spirited group of dwarves on an unexpected journey to reclaim their home from the dragon Smaug the Magnificent. Along the way, an even greater story is laid as Baggins discovers a magic ring and a creature more dangerous than Smaug…

 

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,

Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,

One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

 

Adapted by Producing Artistic Director Jared Reed from J.R.R. Tolkien’s best selling novel and directed by Reed and company member Matthew Windham, a reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, leaves his unambitious life behind with the wizard Gandalf to assist a spirited group of dwarves on an unexpected journey to reclaim their home from the dragon Smaug the Magnificent. Along the way, an even greater story is laid as Baggins discovers a magic ring and a creature more dangerous than Smaug.

The story is an episodic quest illustrated by Phoebe Titus and animated by David Titus. The team creates all of the creatures described in Tolkien’s geography, with the vocal talents of the Hedgerow Company bringing all the magic to life.

Tolkien’s tale is one of growth and heroism, combining archetypes and fantasy to create an epic tale of adventure. Bilbo gains a new level of maturity and wisdom by casting aside comfort and accepting the call to adventure, surviving alongside the warriors by using wits and common sense.

The story climaxes in the Battle of the Five Armies, an amazing battle where many of the characters and creatures from earlier chapters re-emerge to aid the troupe in their quest. Go on one of the greatest journeys ever penned, from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain all in one night!

The first performance of Storyboard: The Hobbit is Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m and the final performance is Sunday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m.

All tickets are $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).

 

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Importance of Being Earnest

 

 

The importance of being earnest

by oscar wilde

May 4 to March 27

1st Preview: Thursday, May 3 at 7:30

Opening Night Friday, May 4 at 7:30pm

 

“We live in an age of ideals” – Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde’s madcap farce continues to delight audience more than a century after its premiere at the St. James Theatre in 1895. Like Wilde, the play is the embodiment of British dandyism.A flamboyant comedy of manners full of mistaken identities, secret engagements, and non-existent lovers, The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated for its scintillating dialogue and witty repartee.  

Earnest combines a labyrinthine of a plot and the most eccentric witty characters ever written, including the infamous Lady Bracknell.  

The play is based on two young men, Jack Worthing, an upright citizen, and his friend Algernon Moncrieff, a witty lustful chap. In order to escape his conservative lifestyle, Jack creates an alter-ego, Ernest, which allows him to escape his boring life and be a man about town with Algernon.

In order to woo Jack’s ward Cecily Cardew, Algernon turns up at his friend’s estate pretending to be Ernest, but Jack is courting Lady Bracknell’s daughter Gwendolen Fairfax also under the name. When the ladies arrive to fight for Ernest’s attention and the “Ernest’s” to claim their ladies affection, only a senile maid and an old handbag can save the day.

From the play’s effervescent beginnings in Algernon’s flat to its hilarious denouement in Jack’s estate, this comedic masterpiece keeps audiences titillated from start to finish.

“Brilliant, inventive, witty and–when performed–absolutely hilarious, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, is a landmark in the history of Western theater, and probably that writer’s greatest achievement.” –Thoughtco.com

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest.

As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of “gross indecency” with other men. After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry. He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.

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His Girl Friday

 
 

His Girl Friday

adapted by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur of the play The Front Page by Hecht and MacArthur

June 30 – July 29

1st Preview: Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm

Opening Night Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm

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Walter Burns is a hard-boiled editor for The Morning Post who learns his ex-wife and former star reporter, Hildegard “Hildy” Johnson, is about to marry bland insurance man Bruce Baldwin and settle down to a quiet life as a wife and mother in Albany, New York. Walter determines to sabotage these plans, enticing the reluctant Hildy to cover one last story, the upcoming execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams.

Walter does everything he can to keep Hildy from leaving, including setting Bruce up so he gets arrested over and over again on trumped-up charges. He even kidnaps Hildy’s stern mother-in-law-to-be. When Williams escapes from the bumbling sheriff  and practically falls into Hildy’s lap, the lure of a big scoop proves too much for her. She is so consumed with writing the story that she hardly notices as Bruce realizes his cause is hopeless and returns to Albany.

The crooked mayor and sheriff need the publicity from the execution to keep their jobs in an upcoming election, so when a messenger brings them a reprieve from the governor, they try to bribe the man to go away and return later, when it will be too late. Walter and Hildy find out in time to save Williams from the gallows and they use the information to blackmail the mayor and sheriff into dropping Walter’s arrest for kidnapping.

Afterward, Walter offers to remarry Hildy, promising to take her on the honeymoon they never had in Niagara Falls, but then Walter learns that there is a newsworthy strike in Albany, which is on the way to Niagara Falls by train.

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Dishman Springs

 
 

dishman springs

by jane A. McNeil 

September 13 – September 30 

1st Preview: Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 pm

Opening Night Friday, September 14  at 7:30 pm

Closing Performance: Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 pm

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Ida Dishman discovers her maternal instincts are alive and kickin’ when her only son, Gordman, makes a sudden announcement on her 75th birthday. With a little help from her quirky upstairs neighbor and oldest friend, Mary Adams, and her overly sheltered grandson, she intends on puttin’ all her worries to rest by showin’ her boy what matters most in life. Only what Ida doesn’t realize is what’s waiting for her beyond her screen door. To find out how these two feisty southern ladies fare, come experience Dishman Springs, where according to legend, it “cures all that ails you.” Here, Ida will rediscover her youth, her age, and the meaning of family love.

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