Langhorne Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer community theater company that produces unusual, thought-provoking works meant to engender post-theater conversation. Come share our passion for theater as a patron in the seats, a player on the stage, or a volunteer behind the scenes. You'll find us in the 200-year-old Spring Garden Mill located in Tyler State Park, Newtown, Bucks County, PA.
As a theatergoer, you are mesmerized by a great story, excellent script, deft direction and outstanding performances. You're selective when choosing which theaters match your expectations and produce the kind of experience you want to have.
Our expectations match yours.
That's why we both choose Langhorne Players.
Enrapture you. Make you laugh, cry, and feel what the characters feel.
Intrigue you. Make you gaze at a creative set.
Entertain you. Provide an evening of live theater hard to come by so close to home.
Compel you. Make you talk about the production long after the last bow.
April 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 May 3, 4, 5, 6
We begin our retrospective with a classic American drama, produced by Langhorne Players in 1968. Widely considered to be William Inge’s finest drama, The Dark at the Top of Stairs premiered on Broadway to critical and commercial success in 1957. The setting is a small town in Oklahoma in 1920. We view the Flood family of Rubin, a traveling salesman, Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife, and Reenie, their overly shy teen-age daughter, through the eyes of Sonny, their shy, introverted, movie-star-obsessed little boy. “Mr. Inge says with a power and tenderness of speech, that there is dark at the top of everyone’s stairs, but that it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance, compassion and the brand of companionship that demands not conformity but love. This play is a statement of faith for all people who, if they accepted it, would live in a far better world.” (Oppenheimer, Good Reads)
June 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17
Produced by Langhorne Players in 1995, our second offering is a crowd-pleasing comedy that looks at the life that goes on behind the marriage ceremony. Five reluctant, identically dressed bridesmaids hide upstairs during the reception. Written by Alan Ball, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, like Steel Magnolias, takes a look at the common bond between women, in a wickedly funny, touching, and irreverent celebration of the women’s spirit. “A wonderfully entertaining play” (NY Post), Alan shows the intricacies of friendship “with the comic writer’s requisite talent for dialogue that ricochets snappily around the stage.” (TheaterWeek).
July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29
First produced at Langhorne Players in 1958, our third offering is The Heiress. It tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter. Catherine’s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm. Catherine’s father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage. “It’s the literate, highly theatrical Ruth and Augustus Goetz adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square (1880), a psychological horror story set in the upper reaches of genteel New York society in the 1850’s.” (NY Times)
August 25, 26, 27 September 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16
Produced by Langhorne Players in 1981, Wait Until Dark, a film noir thriller, reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock, presents a deadly game of cat and mouse that pits Susy, our blind heroine, against a con man and culminates in the final scene when darkness literally falls and both are forced to play by her rules. “A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene." “Wait Until Dark is a tense thriller.” (NY World-Telegram & Sun) “Frederick Knott is a master craftsman…” (Women’s Wear Daily) “…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we’ve long awaited eagerly.” (NY Post)
September 22 and 23
In honor of Langhorne Players' 70th anniversary, the wildly popular Showin' Off, originally held in 2011, is being revived. Save the date for this fabulously entertaining evening of music, drama and comedy where local actors will strut their stuff for the benefit of Langhorne Players. Jack Bathke and Rob Norman are directors and JoAnne Pinto and Vince Pileggi are co-chairs. Stay tuned for audition notices and more details. If you'd like to work on the committee — there are lots of jobs, both large and small — contact us! This will be a incredible event! (Showin' Off is not part of the regular Langhorne Players season. Tickets will be sold separately.)
October 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28
We close our 70th anniversary season with a good old-fashioned, door slamming, prat-falling farce, first produced by Langhorne Players in 1992. Speaking of the original production of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor, Jim Helsinger (PA Shakespeare Festival) writes, “An accelerating snowball of laughter, Lend Me A Tenor has the class and charm of a Kaufman and Hart comedy plus all the door-slamming hilarity of a Marx Brothers’ classic like Room Service.” Set in September of 1934, the Cleveland Grand Opera House is primed to welcome Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to play in Verdi’s Otello. What follows is a hilarious series of mishaps, mistaken identities, manic disagreements, and love.