2021 SEASON SPONSORS
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
Action takes place in
Seneca Falls, New York.
Emily's Living Room
CAYUGA CANAL GIRLS is performed with a 15 minute intermission
A bridge along the Cayuga Canal
Sierra Ridge Media Arts
Arabesque Costume Sales & Rentals
BEHIND THE SCENES
Ed Bassett & Lori Poulin
Al Hathway, Ed Bassett,
Rob Richnavsky, Dana Willey,
Jim Hilby, Laurie Phillips,
Lori Poulin & Lori Richnavsky
Executive Producer - Ed Bassett
Production Manager - Lori Poulin
Facilities Manager - Tim Phillips
Photographer - Paula Murphy
Sharon W. Houk
Volunteer Coordinator -
November 27 at 8pm
December 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 8pm
November 28 at 3pm
December 5 & 12 at 3pm
The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is proud to include the Phoenix Stage Company as a Producing Theatre in AACT NewPlayFest 2020! AACT NewPlayFest is an initiative by AACT to address the critical need for new, high-quality plays for community theatre audiences around the globe. Many theatres across the country applied to be a producing theatre. More than 280 playwrights submitted scripts! Six theatres and six scripts were selected for full productions. Educator, Director, and Dramaturge Kathy Pingel is serving as the dramaturge during the workshopping and rehearsal periods of each NewPlayFest 2020 production. AACT expresses sincere thanks to Kathy for her dedication to the festival.
The American Association of Community Theatre helps theatres thrive. AACT provides networking, resources, and support to suit the needs of those involved in community theatre. AACT represents the interests of thousands of theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the U.S. Military Services overseas.
This AACT NewPlayFest world premiere production of The Cayuga Canal Girls by Laura King is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation, and is sponsored by Dramatic Publishing Company. DPC publish AACT NewPlayFest winning plays in anthologies and license future productions of the winning scripts.
Jack K. Ayre celebrated his 90th birthday before passing away in December 2011. At his birthday party he sang with a barbershop quartet – one of his favorite activities – and celebrated with his cousin and lifelong friend, Frank Ayre Lee. Though as adults they lived on opposite sides of the country, the cousins kept in touch through letters that displayed a love for the written word and an irreverent sense of humor.
Jack had participated in theatre productions at Drew University in New Jersey and at a community theatre in Connecticut in his younger years and continued that interest when he moved to California. Mr. Lee was also an avid aficionado of theatre and had dabbled in playwriting, adapting Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for a children’s theatre production, and penning McSteg, a tongue-in-cheek discourse ribbing his cousin Jack and based on a scene in Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Upon Jack’s death, resources he left were used to create the Jack K. Ayre Foundation for the United States Coast Guard, of which he was a member during WWII, and the Jack K. and Agnes K. Ayre Foundation for Blind Children – his mother, Agnes, was a teacher and pioneer in educating the blind.
In addition, the Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation has been created by the children of Frank Ayre Lee as a tribute to their father, who passed away in August 2012, and a legacy for the creative endeavors of Jack, who was an advertising executive and public relations director. The family is pleased to honor both men through a lasting legacy promoting new works for theatre through AACT NewPlayFest.
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