Making God Laugh, a Play About Family Gatherings, Will Get World Premiere in Wisconsin

News   Making God Laugh, a Play About Family Gatherings, Will Get World Premiere in Wisconsin
Peninsula Players Theatre, the Fish Creek, WI, company that bills itself as America's oldest professional resident summer theatre, will produce the world premiere of Sean Grennan's Making God Laugh this summer.

The Door County troupe recently announced its 2011 schedule. The 76th season will run June 14-Oct. 16, opening with Grennan's bittersweet comedy (to July 3).

Chicago native and New York City playwright Grennan, whose plays and musicals include Luck!, Another Night Before Christmas, Married Alive!, A Dog's Life and more, focuses on retired parents "who welcome home their children over various family holidays spanning three decades."

According to Peninsula Players notes, "As the parents and grown children deal with each of their evolving adult lives, their dreams, unresolved issues, old family traditions, and dubious recipes are trotted out as tensions flare up and laughs break out during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's visits."

The title is swiped from a line by Woody Allen: "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." Casting has not been announced, though Peninsula performers are often drawn from the Chicago Equity talent pool.

The Peninsula season also includes The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (July 6-24); Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men (July 27-Aug. 14); the Midwest premiere of Ken Ludwig's A Fox on the Fairway (Aug. 17-Sept. 4); and Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton (Sept. 7-Oct. 16). Peninsula Players, run by artistic director Greg Vinkler, began in 1935 when the theatre opened — behind the Bonnie Brook Motel in Fish Creek — with Noel Coward's Hay Fever. The company was founded by a brother and sister team, Caroline and Richard Fisher, "who dreamed of an artistic utopia in the northwoods where actors, designers and technicians could focus on their craft while being surrounded by nature in a contemplative setting," according to the company. Peninsula Players moved to the theatre's present location along the shore of Green Bay in 1937. Professional actors, directors and designers work side-by-side with college interns while living on the Players' 16-acre campus.

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