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Roses In December

This show will be performed at Random Howse

Listening Glass

This show will be performed at The Orcas Island Grange

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Next up: "Roses In December" at Random Howse

In this play of letters, written by Victor Cahn and directed by Lin McNulty, a young official in a college alumni office invites a celebrated but reclusive author to the thirty-fifth reunion of his class. When he declines, she charmingly prods him, and thereby begins a witty and revelatory correspondence that becomes part mystery, part memory, and part romance with a very unexpected ending.

This Readers Theater presentation stars local favorites Gillian Smith as Carolyn and Tom Fiscus as Joel. Performances are at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 4th and Friday, August 5th at Random Howse. This play is suitable for all ages. Tickets are available at Darvills, on line (see panel to the left) and at the door.

The New Yorker called it "Rich and revealing." and said: "Written beautifully as a series of letters, this warm and satisfying work follows in the footsteps of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters and deserves to become just as enduringly popular... Cahn serves up something of a bona fide thriller along with the genuinely wise psychological insights that lie at the heart of Roses in December, keeping us riveted until the final word has been read.".

After that: Listening Glass by Seattle playwright Jerome Vernich.

Mark your calendars for this unusual play at the Grange. When you arrive at the Grange, you will step into the Maricopo County Major Crimes Unit precinct building. What starts out as a tour of the facility soon puts the audience right into the middle of murder investigation.

A few weeks ago, Jonathan Wutrz was brutally murdered and the police still don't have a viable suspect. Before teh play begins, the audience will be able to review video's of people who may have knowledge of Jonathan's death as well as reports and information collected during the investigation. In fact two co-workers of Jonathan are scheduled to be interviewed by police during the play. Will the police find their murderer? Show up and find out.

While "Listening Glass" had a production in Seattle in 2015, this will be the world premier fully staged production. Aaimee Johnson leads an all star cast as Jamie Bennett, the dish washer at Stedman's Diner, Freddy Hinkle as Detective Knapp, Lisa Spesard as Officer Grant and Lin McNulty as Annette Dawson, the receptionist at the precenct. A number of new actors will be seen and heard in recorded roles.

There will be seven performances of this play at the Grange opening on Friday, September 2nd and running until Sunday, September 18th. Tickets are $10 and will be available on this page (to the left), at Darvills and at the door. For more information, contact the Director, Doug Bechtel at or (360) 317-5601.

In August we are co-sponsoring a two day acting workshop with Paula Russell. 

Are you a beginning actor?  Have experience on the stage but need to improve your performance skills?  The Maria Massey Memorial Fund, in concert with the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, is pleased to announce its second acting training program.  The Fund was established to support the developing talents of Orcas Island actors as a way to honor the memory of Maria Massey who was an actor on Orcas Island.

Renowned acting coach and director Paula Russell, who has lived and taught acting classes on Orcas for many years and now lives in Austin, Texas, is coming to Orcas and will conduct a two day acting workshop at on August 27 and 28. 

The course, which is targeted to all levels of experience, will consist of exercises, scene work and character building.  The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 16 students, on a first come first served basis, so sign up now!  More experienced actors can join the class if we are unable to fill it with the target group so, if you are interested, contact us and we will put your name on our waiting list.

The cost of the workshop is $50 however the Maria Massey Memorial Fund will provide scholarship assistance to any student who needs financial help

Here’s what Orcas actors have said about Paula’s previous acting classes:

Paula Russell’s acting workshop is a treasure. It was fun. It was active. We were immediately engaged and challenged.  Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer prize-winning author.

Paula shares her vast knowledge, experience and wisdom in a fun, accessible manner, creating a safe creative environment for risk-taking, learning and growth.  Norm Stamper, Actor, Author.

As a professional actor/singer for nearly forty years I have never been coached or taught by anyone better ……… Brava Paula!   Tony Lee, Actor

She has a special ability to sense what each actor needs from her and to tailor her approach to what works best for that individual.  Doug Bechtel, President, Actors Theater of Orcas Island.

To sign up or for further information, contact the project coordinator, Lisa Spesard at

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