Richard Kline of “Three’s Company” fame will star in the comedy New York premier of Class written by Charles Evered and All About Sarah, a hot new megastar who wants to be taken seriously as an actress and how she finds studying with her acting coach played by Kline more challenging than she ever expected. The tables are turned as he teaches her to act while she instructs him on the infinite possibilities of change. Class opens May 17 and runs through June 9 at Penguin Rep’s fully air conditioned theatre on Crickettown Road in Stony Point.
Then comes Catherine Trieshmann’s thought provoking new play How The World Began from June 28 through July 21. Susan, a high school teacher from New York City, who relocates to a small Kansas town reeling from a tornado, sets off a firestorm of her own when she makes an off-hand comment about the origin of the universe. It is all about the conflict between science and religion.
Summer 2013 brings to Penguin the world premier of Erasmus Fenn’s comedy Drop Dead Perfect starring Drama Desk Award winner Everett Quinton from the legendary Ridiculous Theatrical Company. Idris Seabright plays the heartbroken, half made mistress of a Key West cottage where mayhem and wackiness rule. When a mysterious stranger makes a visit to her and her ward you can fasten your seat belts for an outrageous and bawdy ride, says Penguins Joe Brancato. Drop Dead Perfect will be presented August 9 through September 1 and is suggested for adults.
Wrapping up the 2013 season will be the world premier of The Farm, an explosive modern day spy story by Walt McGough and it runs September 27 to October 20. Something went wrong, but Finn’s not talking. Instead, he’s retiring and Parker needs to know why. But trust does not come easy at the CIA, and as the operatives match wits, it becomes clear they may not even be on the same side. The Farm will be directed by Mark Shanahan.
Penguin’s popular Monday evening Play With Your Food series will return starting June 10 featuring readings of new plays preceded by picnic dinners by Pasta Cucina of Stony Point and followed by author, actor and audience discussions. For children, Penguin will present Hot Peas ‘N Butter, a unique children’s musical group blending Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock Tuesday August 13 and Wednesday August 14 at 11 am and 1 p.m..
A special pre-season event by PenguinRep at the Barn Theatre in Stony Point will be the Rockland Shakespeare Company performing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) promised to be an irreverent, fast paced romp through the Bard’s plays for three performances, Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
Also Penguin events at SUNY Rockland Community College’s Cultural Arts Center in Suffern are 25 Questions For a Jewish Mother with Emmy award-winning standup comic Judy Gold, Saturday September 7 at 8 p.m. For one performance only, Saturday September 21 at 8 p.m. The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith with Angela Parra. On Saturday ,October 5 at 8 p.m. A Salute To Steven Sondheim in a benefit for Penguin’s 36th season. For tickets and information on all of these shows, visit penguinrep.org or 845-786-2873.