Comedy returns to the KCPT main stage with October’s production of The Book Club Play! The intimate relationships of a long stable book club are strained when new people are invited to join. What follows is, in essence, Lord of the Flies, but with wine and dip.
The Book Club Play, written by Karen Zacarias, premiered in 2009 at Silver Spring, Maryland’s Round House Theatre. Gil Benbrook of Talkin’ Broadway called it a “Delightful, fresh comedy.” It made the rounds through several regional theaters, including the Horizon Theatre Company.
Directed by KCPT’s artistic apprentice, Brendan Chambers, The Book Club Play will feature a cast of familiar faces. Jennifer True, last seen at KCPT in 2016’s Women in Jeopardy, is Ana. Dylan Carter, who played several characters in August’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry IV Part I, is Will. Crystal Eisele, who played Hovstadt in April’s Enemy of the People, is Jen, and Tom Challinor, who produced a visceral reaction of boos after his performance as the villainous Worcestor in Henry IV Part I. Brenda Nascimento makes her KCPT debut as Lilly. Eric Newman, last seen as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, rounds out the cast as Rob.
Ana’s spent years building a cozy life with a trophy husband, a great job, and a nice, stable book club. However, things soon get turned upside down when a documentary film about her book club changes the intimate discussions on life and perspective with the warping power of an omnipresent camera lens. Add in a new member, a comparative literature professor whose ennui with the state of reading threatens to wrest control of Ana’s book club, and in many ways, her life.
The Book Club Play opens October 5, 2017 at the KCPT Playhouse, located at 419 Washington st. It will run Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30pm, with 2:30pm performances on Sundays through the 21st. Tickets are $20 Thursday/Sunday and $24 on Friday/Saturday. There will be Pay-What-You-Wish performances on the 8th and the 12th.
There’s a plethora of deals surrounding the play! If you’re in a book club of your own, you and your club get a 15% discount on your group attendance at any performance of The Book Club Play. Additionally, every ticket order comes with an offer for 15% off at the Writer’s Workshoppe Imprint Bookstore of the purchase price of your book club’s next selection.
Special Book Club Play offer from Doc’s Marina Grill — It’s Happy Hour all day for the Book Club Play…for the pizza anyway! Order any Chef’s Choice Flatbread Pizza and get Doc’s happy hour price anytime on a Book Club Play performance day. Meet at Doc’s for a nosh before or after the play!