Jul
15
Jul 31

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang

July 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2016 at 8PM
July 17, 24, 30, 31, 2016 at 2PM

Siblings, Vanya and Sonia, share a home in Bucks County, PA where tehy spend their days reflecting on their lost dreams and debating if their 9 cherry trees constitute an orchard. When Masha, their movie star sister, returns home she brings with her a flurry of drama, a litany of insecurity and a much younger lover named Spike. Masha has returned to attend a costume party hosted by an influential neighbor. She insists they all attend - as characters from Snow White.

Mature content

Auditions May 23 & 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM

May
20
Jun 5

The Murder Room

The Murder Room
by Jack Sharkey

May 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, Jun 3, 4, 2016 at 8PM
May 22, 29, Jun 4, 5, 2016 at 8PM

Murder has never been so funny! A spoof of all crime thrillers with good clean mirth leading the way through the secret chambers and panels of Bynewood Cottage. An inspector comes to the cottage in response to a missing person's report filed by the very new bride of the prominent Edgar Hollister. When Edgar's daughter arrives with her new fiancee, the investigation expands and so does the zaniness. Everyone gathers to tie together the thread of the plot and even more unraveling ensues.

Auditions April 4 & 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Apr
1
Apr 17

Black Coffee

Black Coffee
by Agatha Christie

April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 2016 at 8PM
April 3, 10, 16, 17, 2016 at 2PM

Hercule Poirot and his friend Arthur Hastings are summoned to visit Sir Claud Amory, a famous physicist, but upon their arrival at Abbot's Cleve, they discover that he has been murdered. A stolen formula could provide the motive while Poirot deduces which of Sir Claud's house guests - or famil members - is the killer. The very first piece that Dame Agatha wrote for the stage, it launched a successful second career for her as a playwritght.

Auditions February 8 & 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Feb
26
Feb 28

Story Theater

Story Theater
from stories in the Grimm Brothers' Collection
and Aesop's Fables
Adapted for the stage by Paul Sills

February 26, 27, 2016 at 7PM
February 27, 28, 2016 at 2PM

"One story is good, 'til another is told!" Aesop
Here are stories from the Grimm Brothers, like the well known tale of Henny Penny, who thinks the sky is falling, and Aesop, considered teh most famous of all fabulists. The Grimm Brothers were the most important of the German romantic folklore historians, collecting their tales from stories told by villagers. Freed from slavery because of his wit, most of Aesop's fables can be traced back to the 6th Century BC.

Auditions November 23 & 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Jan
29
Feb 14

Dinner with Friends

Dinner with Friends
by Donald Margulies

January 29, 30, Feb 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 2016 at 8PM
January 31, Feb 7, 13, 14 2016 at 2PM

Gabe and Karen have been friends with Tom and Beth for many years. One evening, while Tom is away on business, Beth reveals that Tom has left her for another woman. A trip back in time shows the couples at different stages of their lives with a return to the present requiring them all to deal with their feelings regarding this life changing event. Presented with intelligence and humor, there is wisdom provided in the keen observation of these relationships.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama
Mature content / language

Auditions November 16 & 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Dec
11
Dec 20

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Kathryn Gage

December 11, 12, 18, 19, 2015 at 7PM
December 12, 13, 19, 20, 2015 at 2PM

It is Christmas Eve, but the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge celebrates no holidays. As usual, he walks home from his office through the heavy fog to the large, empty building where he resides alone. Alone, however, is not what he will be this night. At his front door Scrooge encounters the ghostly face of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, and will soon learn that Jacob has plans for Scrooge to receive three more visitors this very evening - visitors who will transform his life.

Auditions September 21 & 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Nov
13
Nov 29

Almost Maine

Almost Maine
by John Cariani

November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28, 2015 at 8pm
November 15, 22, 28, 29, 2015 at 2pm

Near the Canadian border, the northern lights hover in the star filled sky above the town of Almost, Maine. Magic lingers in the air this night for the residents who find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected ways. Knees are bruised and hearts are broken, but the bruises heal and the hears will mend in this whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Nine vignettes comprise this charming offering of a different look at love.

Auditions: September 14 & 15, 2015 - 7:00PM

Oct
9
Oct 11

The Just So Stories

The Just So Stories
by Rudyard Kipling
adopted by Joseph Robinette

October 9, 10, 2015 at 7PM
October 10, 11, 2015 at 2PM

While visiting her aunt, Kipling's young daughter, Elsie, receives in the mail from her father a recently published copy of his new book. It is a series of animal adventures and she and her friends eagerly begin acting out all of the stories, until they come to the final one. Elsie is reluctant to enact this one but in the end she does and learns something about herself and her friends as well. A story that is sure to delight those of all ages.

Auditions July 27 & 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Sep
11
Sep 27

Don't Dress for Dinner

Don't Dress for Dinner
a comedy by Marc Camoletti
adapted by Robin Hawdon

September 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2015 at 8pm
September 13, 20, 26, 27, 2015 at 2pm

 Bernard is preparing to entertain his beautiful Parisian mistress for the weekend while his wife, Jacqueline, is off to visit her mother. All is arranged - his best friend Robert will provide a suitable alibi and a cordon bleu cook will be preparing the dinner. A foolproof plan until Jacqueline decides to stay home. Robert then mistakes the cook for the mistress and the mistress cannot cook. Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed providing an evening of hilarious confusion.

Auditions: July 20 & 21, 2015 - 7:00PM

Aug
15
3:00 pm15:00

Live Acoustic Concert starring Kelly McGuire and Raincross Drive

                       Special Fundraiser
             for Riverside Community Players
 

                    Live Acoustic Concert 
                               featuring
                           Kelly McGuire
                       and Raincross Drive

                         August 15, 2015
                    3:00 P.M.  &  7:00 P.M.
                            Tickets  $10

                Box Office  -  (951) 686-4030

Jul
10
Jul 26

Nunsense

Nunsense 
Book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin

July 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2015 8PM
July 12, 19, 25, 26, 2015 2PM

Upon returning from playing Bingo, five of the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook accidentally poisoned the other 52 residents of the convent with tainted vichyssoise. Following the disaster, Mother Superior has a vision in which she is told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the funerals. The cards are a huge success and thinking there is plenty of money, Mother Superior bus a plasma TV. In reality now she has no money to pay for the last 4 funerals. The way to solve this financial dilemma - put on a Variety Show!

May
15
May 31

Importance of Being Earnest

Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

May 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2015 8PM
May 17, 24, 30, 31, 2015 2PM

Jack lives a respectable life in the country with his young ward, Cecily, and has created an imaginary wayward brother called Ernest, whom he uses as a pretext for going up to London. Algernon lives in luxury in London, and he has created an imaginary invalid friend whom he visits to avoid unappealing engagements. Unknown to Jack, to meet Cecily, Algernon has taken on the identity of Ernest. Jack wants to marry Algernon's cousin, Gwendolyn, but must first prove his family's respectability. To do this, Jack announces that Ernest has died!

Mar
27
Apr 12

No Sex Please, We're British!

No Sex Please, We're British!
A farce by Anthony Marriott & Alistair Foot

March 27, 28, April 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 2015 8PM
March 29 April 5, 11, 12, 2015 2PM

Auditions January 26-27, 2015 7PM

A young bride living above a bank with her husband, who is the assistant bank manager, innocently sends off for some Scaninavian glassware. What arrives is Scandinavian pornography. Soon a veritable flood of pornographic books, films, photographs and even girls, threatens to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss and even a police superintendent. How are they ever going to explain it?

Feb
20
Feb 22

The Ransom of Red Chief

The Ransom of Red Chief
by O. Henry

February 20, 21, 2015 7PM
February 21, 22, 2015 2PM

Con-men, Sam and Bill, kidnap the son of a prosperous banker in order to finance one of their schemes. They hide him in a cave and send a ransom note asking for $2,000. Much to their surprise, the very mischieveous boy loves living in the cave. He even calls himself "Red Chief" and makes believe his kidnappers are really his captives. When the reply to Sam & Bill's ransom demand finally arrives it is not at all what the kidnadnappers expected.

Jan
23
Feb 8

Private Lives

Private Lives
by Noel Coward

January 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, Feb 6, 7, 2015 8PM
January 25, Feb 1, 7, 8, 2015 2PM

Once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, Elyot and Amanda meet by chance across their attached balconies. The old spark is reignited and soon, in an impulsive moment, they run off together. However, after only days of being reunited, they once again find their fiery romance is alternating between passions of love and anger. When their aggrieved spouses appear, a roundelay of affiliations ensues with new partnerships formed and re-formed.

Dec
12
Dec 14

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

December 12, 13, 2014 7PM
December 13, 14, 2014 7PM

It is Christmas Eve, but the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge celebrates no holidays. As usual, he walks home from his office to the large, empty building where he resides alone. Alone, however, is not what he will be this night. At his front door Scrooge encounters the ghostly face of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, and will soon learn that Jacob has plans for Scrooge to receive three more visitors this very evening - visitors who will transforThe m his life.

Nov
14
Nov 30

Absurd Person Singular

Absurd Person Singular
by Alan Avckbourn

November 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2014 8PM
November 16, 23, 29, 30, 2014 2PM

Meet three couples in their kitchens on Christmas Eve of three successive years. The first couple is the up and coming Hopcrofts in their new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. The following Christmas Eve finds the holiday event in the untidy flat of the architect and his wife. Then there is the large Victorian style kitchen of the bank manager and his wife. Outwardly the three are quite different. What they have in common are their behind-the-scenes disasters.

Oct
10
Oct 12

The Magician's Nephew

The Magicians Nephew
by C.S.Lewis
Adapted by Aarand Harris

Oct 10, 11 2014 7PM
Oct 11, 12 2014 2PM

Through the use of magic rings created by his uncle, Digory and his friend Polly set forth on a series of magical adventures filled with excitement, suspense, humor and beauty. Visiting mythical kingdoms and enchanted lands, they attempt t acquire the healing apple for Digory's ailing mother. In Narnia, a land of talking animals, there are miraculous happenings, as good battles against evil and Digory and Polly struggle to return home with the needed cure.

Sep
12
Sep 28

Sylvia

Sylvia
by A.R.Gurney

September 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2014 8PM
September 14, 21, 27, 28, 2014 2PM

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. One day Greg brings home a dog he found in the park - or that has found him - bearing only the name Sylvia' on her name tag. To Greg, she offers an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection, but to Sylvia, Kate simply does not understand the relationship between man and dog.

Auditions July 21-22, 2014 7PM

Jul
11
Jul 27

She Loves Me

She Loves Me
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

2014 - Jul 11-13, 17-20, 25-27

2014 - May 19,20

Greg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s, who secretly find solace in their romantic pen pals. Little do they know that their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental, this romantic comedy has an endearing innocence with a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia.

Auditions May 19,20 - 7:00PM

 

May
16
Jun 1

Around The World In 80 Days

Around The World In 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Adapted by Mark Brown

Fearles adventurer, Phineas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. It is 1872 and with his resourceful servant, Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. With difficulties enough, Detective Fix is convinced that Fogg is the gentleman bandit who recently robbed an English bank and is dogging Fogg's every step. As they traverse seven continents - encountering stampedeing elephants and raging typhoons - danger, romance and surprises abound in this whirlwind adventure.

Auditions Mar 31, Apr 1 - 7:00PM

Mar
28
Apr 13

Spider's Web

Spider's Web
by  Agatha Christie

Adept at spinning tales of adventure for their bored diplomatic circle, Clarissa finds coping with live drama much more difficult when an actual murder takes place in her own drawing room. Anxious to clear the matter up before her husband Henry arrives with a VIP in tow, Clarissa hides the body and attempts to solve the murder only to wind up involved in some hair-raising experiences. But will everything manage to be back to normal by the time Henry gets home or will scandal ensue?

Auditions: Jan 27,28 - 7:00PM

Feb
21
Feb 23

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
Adapted by Joseph Robinette

Deep in a jungle in India a boy, Mowgli, is raised by wolves, befriended by Bagheera (a panther) and Baloo (a great bear) and threatened by Shere Kahn (the evil tiger). Included also is the intriguing story of a young Rudyard Kipling who is sent away from his home in Bombay to a British boarding school. Here he encounters his own adventures of a different type, highlighting the worth of friendship and loalty through excitement and humor.

Auditions: Nov 25,26 - 7:00PM

Jan
24
Feb 9

A Shot In The Dark

A Shot In The Dark
Adapted by Harry Kurniz
From the play "L'Idiote" by Marcel Achard

2014 - Jan 24-26, 30-Feb2, Feb 7-9

2013 - Nov 18,19

Found unconscious and clutching a gun beside her dead lover, the Beaurevers' parlor maid, Josefa, is brought before the magistrate on a charge of murder. Upon his questioning, the magistrate finds Josefa's guileless demeanor so ingenuous that he decides she may not have committed the murder in spite of all appearances. As the investigation is expanded, other suspects appear in the quest to determine if somebody else could have fired that fatal shot in the dark.

Auditions Nov 18,19 - 7:00PM

Dec
13
Dec 15

Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Kathryn L. Gage

2013 - Dec 13-15

2013 - Sep 23,24

It is Christmas Eve, but the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge celebrates no holidays. As is his custom, he walks home from his office to the large, empty building where he resides alone. Alone, howerver, is not what he will be this night. At his front door Scrooge encounters the ghostly face of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, and will soon learn that Jacob has plans for Scrooge to receive three more visitors this very evening - visitors who will transform his life.

Auditions: Sep 23,24 - 7:00PM

 

Nov
15
Dec 1

Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage

e2Esther, an African-American seamstress, who sews intimate apparel with great skill and discretion, lives in a boarding house in 1905 New York City. She has managed to save a goodly sum of money for the high-end beauty parlor she dreams of opening. Her hope of finding love, howeever, has been more elusive. When she begins a coorespondence with a man working on the Panama Canal it seems this dream, too, may soon arrive.

- Mature Audiences / Adult Content - 

Auditions: Jul 29, 20 - 7:00PM

Oct
11
Oct 13

Pinocchio

Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi
Adapted by Brian Way

2013 - Oct 11-13

2013 - Jul 22,23

This is the timeless story of the wooden puppet carved by Gepetto who must earn the right to fulfill his longing to become a real boy. His quest leads him to encounters with several characters of questionable repute. On one of his dangerous adventures, he finds himself inside a huge whale where he is reunited with Gepetto. If Pinocchio's escape plan succeeds, will they be rescued and will the Blue Fairy finally help him attain his dream?

Auditions Jul 22,23 - 7:00PM

Sep
13
Sep 29

The Fox on the Fairway

The Fox on the Fairway
by Ken Ludwig

A tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, this play takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man's eternal love affair with... golf.

Auditions: Jul 15, 16 - 7:00PM