2018-2019 Season

12743962_10204211524602944_6675521073803880191_n.jpgCOWBOY-COWGIRL POETRY & MUSIC — September 20, 2018, Directed by Shirlee H. Shields

Don your Western duds and come on over to the BPR Ranch for an evening of Cowboy Poetry and toe tappin’ music.  This genre of American literature has earned a significant place in the hearts of all who come to hear and be entertained by premier performers.  Add a bit of spice and vinegar to the autumn season with this not-to-be-missed evening.  See ya there!

THE LODGER — October 18, 2018, Screenplay by Alfred Hitchcock, Directed by Gordon S. Jones

A creepy “live radio play,” adapted from an Alfred Hitchcock movie from 1927.  When a landlady and her husband take a new lodger, they’re overjoyed:  He’s quiet, humble and pays a month’s rent in advance.  But, his mysterious and suspicious behavior soon has them wondering if he’s the killer terrorizing local blond girls.

POEMS FROM THE FRONT — November 15, 2018, Directed by Kathleen Atkinson

November 11, 2018 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I.  To commemorate the occasion, readers will present a selection from the wealth of poetry written by young men and women facing brutal combat and the unprecedented horror that was the Great War.  The price of being a war poet was high.  At a minimum, it was physical or mental trauma and, at most, a violent death.  These young poets offer a range of perspectives, but all speak from direct experience about the suffering, destruction, and death.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL — December 20, 2018, By Charles Dickens, Directed by Michael J. Bennett

This classic Christmas tale will be staged with a cast telling the entire story, bringing true Christmas spirit to all who come.  Michael will star in the reading with several members of his talented family assisting his.  You will hear A Christmas Carol in a new and different way, enriching the listeners.  A real Christmas present for Babcock Performing Readers members and guests.

HARVEY — January 17, 2019, By Mary Chase, Impromptu Play Reading, Hosted by Gary Pimentel

When Elwood P. Down starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate.  She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to save their family from future embarrassment.  Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that she, after living with Elwood’s hallucination, have caused her to see Harvey herself.  You must come to learn the ending of this play.

SYLVIA — February 21, 2019, By A. R. Gurney, Directed by Kathleen Atkinson

It was love at first sight.  Greg, a financial trader in Manhattan, brings a “foundling” dog, bearing the name tag SYLVIA, home from the park.  Although it is not clear who found whom, what is very clear is that Greg’s wife, Kate, is not enamored of the new housemate.  This romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog is both funny and touching.

SHAKESPEARE ON THE AIR — March 21, 2019, Directed by Gordon S. Jones

Babock Performing Readers will present an abridged readers’ theatre version of one of the plays of the Bard of Avon.  This play will be presented as a radio broadcast.  Shakespeare presented in an unusual, interesting performance.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS — April 18, 2019, By Neil Simon, Directed by Ron Frederickson

Al Lewis and Willy Clark are a pair of feuding vaudeville comedians who performed together for 47 years before finally calling it quits.  A network genius has the brilliant idea of reuniting the duo for a TV special about the history of comedy.  Once the reunion is on, the sparks and one-liners start to fly with equal speed.  But, can Lewis and Clark put aside their differences long enough to collect one last paycheck?

POETRY & PROSE POTLUCK — May 16, 2019, Hosted by Mark Merkley

Rather than food, members bring a short poem or prose piece, original or by a favored author, to read before an appreciative audience.  This evening is a perennial favorite.  At this event, talent is discovered and shared.  So, leave shyness at home and become a star.  Every member is eligible but time is limited.  Please, keep your piece to four minutes or less.