Marty Sherman

Reprinted from the program for NOVEMBER by David Mamet, June 2010

My first encounter with Langhorne Players was way back in 1984 or 1985 (I think). I had auditioned for a role in a Woody Allen play called Don’t drink the Water. I didn’t know anything about it other than the fact that I enjoyed Woody’s humor. Well, a short time later I got a call from a long-time member named Mike Cooper asking if I would be interested in acting in a show he was directing just after the run of Don’t Drink the Water called The Rainmaker. Well, it’s nice being “wanted” so I said yes. I played the part of the “sensible brother Noah” and was introduced to the stage at Langhorne Players during that run.

Everybody was welcoming and encouraging and I fell in love with this place called Langhorne Players. Since then, I’ve been on the Langhorne stage approximately 17 or 18 times and had a wonderful time. Some of you may remember some of the well received plays in which I was involved like Assassins, The Odd Couple, Two Rooms, Patient A, Visiting Mr. Green and my all-time favorite Lebensraum. I will remember these experiences forever and know that we were able to bring some wonderful theater into the lives of those who were there in the audience.

But you know, an organization like this requires time and effort just to exist. And life experiences have taught me that you can’t always leave the work for others…you gotta jump in and help do it yourself. (Otherwise, there’s no organization and no stage on which to perform!) So, my wife Lois and I started to offer our services by helping out in the box office and ushering. We also help out with the bi-annual “Mill Clean-up” at the end of the season and again in the spring with the opening if the Mill as the new season is about to begin. A little more than two or three years ago I was asked if I would like to be on the Director Selection Committee (which I accepted) and then I was asked if I would be willing to serve on the board (which I now do).

As I look back on all the years of laughter, friendship, work and play I can tell you that I am glad that I agreed to participate … because what’s life all about? You can either sit on the sidelines and watch, or jump in and “get your hands dirty,” and I, for one, don’t just like watching others having all the fun.

I’m getting a little older now, and I’m getting tired a little more easily. So please, please, please come join our party. Get involved..otherwise this will just be another old, forgotten building and children will ask “what was in that place?” And that would be a damn shame!

Carole Mancini

Reprinted from the program for FICTION by Steven Dietz, June 2010

When I first moved to Forest Grove, a small village of 18 Victorian houses no one has ever heard of, I searched for a community theatre so I could continue my lust for theatre!

I happened to be performing at Off Broad Street Theatre in Hopewell, NJ along with Lauren and Jimmy Perry. They told me about Langhorne Players, with the caveat that I “would be lucky to get in.” And I thought I was performing quite well…..

To “get in,” I pretty much started off playing the back legs of a horse in an unforgettable show called, Anton In Show Business, in July 2006. Actually, I was a pair of (non-speaking) legs, supporting a giant puppet on a pole. I remember that it was a multi-charactered show, with a few females playing several roles. My roles were gradually reduced as rehearsals continued, until I was playing the Puppet Supporter Legs and an airport (male) official (wearing my husband’s TWA pilot cap). I remember the director memorably saying to me that if he weren’t already committed to his partner, he could actually fall in love with my character. Ah, theatre!

Things got decidedly better in October, 2006 when I graduated to playing a doctor in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Scotland Road. Around this time, I discovered an affinity (obsession) with clean bathrooms. Thus I volunteered to clean the bathrooms, vacuum the auditorium and lobby, starting with spring clean-up and then before opening night of each show. Oh, and winter close-down, too.

At some point I became Secretary to the Board, and struggled to take minutes with the garrulous committee and disseminate them via the Chairman in a timely manner. I remember pleading with then-Chairperson Lauren Perry to be allowed to reduce/ compress some of the more lengthy discussions. I also offered (begged) to be on the playreading committee, and Bernard DiCasimirro kindly asked me to join his group.

I “ush” one evening for each play, and always am asked by a patron, “Oh, aren’t you in the play tonight?” No, but I cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed the foyer! I also am responsible for finding and accommodating the lobby artist for each show. This entails working with the artist to get a bio submitted for inclusion in the
program by the publisher’s deadline; and working with Charles and the artist to get the art work hung and removed in a timely manner.

Langhorne Players comprises a group of wonderfully talented and generous people. I am proud to clean the bathrooms (yes, really!) and to be part of the inner workings of this community theatre. And who knows? One day I may get to play the front legs!