YCP TheaterWorks’ 2016-2017 Season started off with Neil Simon’s Rumors, directed by Joel Karpoff. Featuring the talents of: Tom Ammirato, Robert Ansbro II, Susan Bond, Elizabeth Moritz, Jonathan Nelson, Pat O’Neill, Felecia Rivera, Tiberio Saraceno and Donna L. White performances were held in Shrub Oak in October 2016.
Following Rumors was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and directed by Richard Troiano. With wit and absurdity Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was performed in February and March 2017. The comedy featured Heather Campbell, Carol Eagen, Elise Godfrey, Kelly O’Connor, Tiberio Saraceno and Derek Tarson.
YCP TheaterWorks’ final show of the season was Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire from April 28 through May 7. The winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this compelling play portrays the daily lives of an “average” family dealing with a devastating loss. The story begins eight months afterward. Becca and Howie are still inwardly grieving their son, but are in different phases. They struggle to come together while dealing with everyday life. Sister Izzy fumbles her way through day to day, with often comic results. Mom Nat tries to help the family cope, but manages to just get on everyone’s nerves. Add to that teenage Jason, who is trying to connect with Becca in an attempt to deal with unresolved guilt at his part in the accident, and emotional fireworks ensue. Touching, humorous and real, definitely not a weep-fest, Rabbit Hole stays with you.
Rabbit Hole was directed by Larry Schneider, with the acting talent of PJ Glazer, Phyllis Kirigin, Kyan Muendell, Karen Symington Muendell, Ralph Vandamme and Donna L. White.