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Homecoming Players presents Quartet, by Ronald Harwood

A concert reading
July 24, 25, and 26:
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm
Sunday, 2:00 pm

QUARTET is the story of Cissy (Susannah Berryman), Reg (Greg Bostwick), and Wilf (Arthur Bicknell), who reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean (Judy Levitt), who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. S

he still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play by the author of *Another Time,* *The Dresser,* and *Interpreters,* which premiered at the Albery Theatre, London.

Directed by Rachel Hockett
Narration by Robin Booth
Stage Manager for Homecoming Players: Victoria Apodaca
Stage Manager for Kitchen Theatre Company:
Jessica Goldade
(with Italian dialect and musical score coaching by Patrice Pastore)

Director’s comment:

It’s an ongoing challenge for us to pick plays that adhere to our core mission—to explore the intersection of theater and social justice—while also meeting the other needs of building a dedicated audience in our community. Arts organizations have their backs against the wall, as public funding and support dwindle at the same time that study after study is demonstrating the high cost to children of abandoning school arts programs as mere frills. We find ourselves smack dab in the middle of this situation, as we strive to survive while also presenting plays that both matter and are highly entertaining.

Cast members Greg Bostwick, Susannah Berryman, and Judy Levitt are all long-standing performance faculty in the Ithaca College Theatre Arts department. Arthur Bicknell, co-founder and literary manager of Homecoming Players, is an IC alum. Our wonderful diction and music coach, Patrice Pastore, teaches in the IC School of Music. So you could call this an all-IC, all-star cast, and not be gilding the lily.

We’re grateful to be part of the Kitchen Theatre Company’s Kitchen Sink Series, and look forward to presenting our fourth full season, back in the Kitchen in 2016.

We think Quartet is the quintessential closer for our third full season (our lucky thirteenth) show—one with heart, humor, and a homily for our complicated times.

Read what others have said about QUARTET:

“at heart, it’s a showpiece for stars. This is a play that will have a real magnetic draw for theatrical fandom and luvvie lovers.” ~Daily Info, Oxford

“an unashamed — no, shameless — vehicle for four feisty old troupers whose task is to make us laugh a little, sigh a little and cry a little as they take us into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality.”
~The Independent

“… has natural appeal for older audiences, but its comedy and touching message of acceptance and ‘carpe diem’ (‘seize the day before it’s gone’) will reach audiences of all ages.” ~Star-Advertiser

All seats $15. Get your ticket, three ways:
Call 607-272-0570
Go online:
Come to the door, 30 minutes before curtain