I worked on various theatrical productions with several past and present LP staples long before I ever visited the Spring Garden Mill. Community Theater is very incestuous, and whenever you work with someone new, you can bet that they have worked with someone who has worked with someone you have worked with before. When actors and technicians talk about working at LP, they talk with excitement. They talk about how wonderful it is to practice and develop your art here, and how respectful everyone is of each other’s talents. This buzz about town made me curious and eventually I came to see what everyone was excited about.
The first show Kathy and I saw here was Incorruptible (in 1998) and we enjoyed it immensely. In the time shortly following that I worked in some capacity or other with just about everyone in that production; Joe and Ken and Natalie and Susan. And again, there was a buzz about LP, but this time it was about the cutting edge of theater that was selected to be performed here, and how audiences, well, if not craved these shows which were far from the familiar chestnuts, they at least conversed excitedly about them. I was hooked, and began looking for an opportunity to work here, to engage with this theater, its stalwarts and its audiences.
I was (and am) known in local theaters for my scenic designs, though I have also been known to sometimes act, and sometimes sing, and sometimes even produce. Yet my first opportunity at LP came when I saw a call for directors for the 2009 production of Darwin in Malibu. With a handful of directing and co-directing projects behind me, I leapt at the chance to direct something new and fresh and in particular at the Spring Garden Mill. Having gratefully been given the opportunity, and being blessed with a successful production I looked toward volunteering in other capacities. I ushered, I signed on to design and produce November for Aaron Wexler, I designed Eurydice for Maurizio Giammarco, and at the end of the 2010 season I took on the responsibility for the scene shop, as, what I like to call, “Shop Boss”.
In 2011 I am excited to be designing the sets for all five of the season’s shows, as well as having just produced End Days for my wife, Kathy. I am excitedly looking forward to volunteering for our fundraiser Showin’ Off in September, and I will be the featured gallery artist during The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.
Langhorne Players is known for “Plays Worth Talking About”, but it is also a theater worth talking about, a volunteer experience worth talking about. People in every capacity and theatrical corner of this theater rich region talk about LP. I invite you to volunteer in some capacity, big or small, and experience for yourself why we are worth talking about.