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Welcome to Silver Stage Players' seasons past. Throughout SSP's storied history countless hundreds of productions have been staged. Captured in these pages are images and words from past years. Over the years the Silver Stage Players have brought you the best of Broadway hits, the cutting edge of literature and new innovations in live stage theater and performances.

The decade of the 2010's. Listed are all the seasons in the 2010's. Simply select a season to review all the happenings and accomplishments of that year.

 

It's our 74th season and we want you to join us! It's 2010: A Stage Odyssey, with northern Nevada's premier theater company! One community...one theater! The Art of Elko - the Silver Stage Players!

This year's season features commentaries on society, dinner theater, twists on Shakespeare, and even spooks and chills. The season kicks off with Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Board of Directors member Bailey Billington Benson will direct her seventh version of the famous commentary on women and women's issues. Silver Stage then presents Tom Stoppard's Tony Award winning absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead directed by Frank L. Sawyer. Closing out our Stage Odyssey is the classic Fall tale of spooks and things that go bump in the night, Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This adaptaion written by reknown children's book author Nancy Rue will highlight the 2010 Scarecrow Festival. Making his directorial debut with the Players is Board of Directors Vice-chairman Don Jones. So come on our adventure, its 2010: A Stage Odyssey...you and the Silver Stage Players!

Join Us As We Raise Funds And Awareness To End Violence Against Women And Girls!

V-DAY Elko joins global effort to stop violence against women and girls with a presentation benefit production of The Vagina Monologues.

For the fifth year in a row Elko will present a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues at GBC Theatre on February 25-27, 2010 at 7:00pm on behalf of the V-Day 2010 Campaign.This benefit production is being produce by Silver Stage Players, Blue Yeti Productions for the second year. Click to view the poster! Last year over 4200 communities hosted V-Day benefits around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Committee Against Domestic Violence (CADV,) Northeastern Nevada CASA and VDAY 2010 Spotlight Campaign. Elko again has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2010 Campaign. Read the press release here!

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world. V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls and is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

To learn more about V-Day Elko call (775) 340-4550 or e-mail at lucylyn@hotmail.com. To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org. Silver Stage Players and Blue Yeti Productions remind our theater goes that The Vagina Monologues contains adult language and themes and may not be suitable for all audiences.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Featured at Annual Scarecrow Festival!

The Halloween season will be ushered in with Silver Stage Players' holiday production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This family-friendly version was written by former Nevada playwright, popular children's book author, and former University of Nevada classmate of SSP's own Frank L. Sawyer, Nancy Rue.

The Washington Irving based play marks the directorial debut of longtime SSP and Board of Directors member Don Jones. The show features all the classic Legend characters Ichabod Crane, Bram Bones, the Headless Horseman, and Katrina van Tassel. The unique aspect of this version is the addition of a student prodigy of Ichabod's. The show will be the featured entertainment of the annual 2010 Scarecrow Festival.

Players’ Bard in the Yard 2011 Brings Outdoor Shakespeare to DLC!

The course of true love never did run smooth!

Help the Silver Stage Players celebrate their diamond anniversary with Season 2011: Brought to You in 3D! with the staging of Bard in the Yard. This unique production features excerpts from five of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedies performed in an intimate outdoor setting. Conceived by director Frank L. Sawyer, Bard in the Yard explores the trappings of love using selected works that best depict how love can be manipulated, set in motion, derailed, and ultimately flourish. Performances are scheduled for July 2, 7, and 8 beginning at 7 PM in the back yard of the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada. There is no charge for this all-ages show. Donations will gratefully be accepted. The show includes passages from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labours Lost, and Much Ado About Nothing.

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23, 1564 and raised there by John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. An English poet and playwright, Shakespeare is widely considered as the greatest writer of all time. He is often regarded as England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the acting company called the King's Men. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. His plays and have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. William Shakespeare's words have endured for 400 years, and still reach across the centuries as powerfully as ever.

Directing the Players for the twentieth time is Board of Directors member, actor, and director Frank L. Sawyer. A veteran of over forty SSP productions, Mr. Sawyer’s directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, I Do! I Do!, The Odd Couple, Lysistrata, The Zoo Story, and The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery among others. About the opportunity Sawyer said, “It is an honor to partner with Duncan LittleCreek Gallery and their wonderful staff on this production. Playing outdoors in this unique environment will be an amazing experience for our audience, actors, and technicians. We are grateful to Jacques Errecart, Joan Anderson, and Jennifer Anderson of DLC for the opportunity to perform there.” Starring and providing technical expertise in the production are SSP members Heidi DuSoleil, Anthony Piper, Shanelle Millage, Donald Jones, Christy Harper, Cassie Rizzi, Paula Wolford, Erika Patrick, Chris Langer, Gage Smith, Caleb Tapia, Travis McKenna, Derek Burwell, John Wright, Chelsea Jackson, Mixmaster C!RCU!T, and Trent Thompson.

Celebrating their diamond anniversary, the Silver Stage Players is dedicated to providing the finest theater, community service, and educational opportunities to its members and the residents of northeastern Nevada. Its seventy-five year history is one of creativity and thought provoking theater. The company has challenged audiences, pushed the envelope of live theater, and attracted the area's most talented actors, designers, and directors since the 1930s. Recent productions include Death of a Doornail, Damn Yankees, Godspell, Nunsense, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, War of the Worlds, Scrooge Makes Up, Lysistrata, Greater Tuna, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Man of La Mancha, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Providing theme music prior to curtain is the local group Southwind. Southwind was started by pianist Diane Madigan and violinist Carolyn Steninger more than 19 years ago. The trio of local folk musicians repertoire is vast including the heritage music played by Nevada’s pioneers: the jigs, reels, airs and traditional songs of Ireland, Scotland and Early America. Southwind is composed of Ken Harriman, Susan Lawrence, and Carolyn Steninger. The performance group has had a number of members over the years who have moved in and out of the community. Steninger was trained in classical violin until age 19. She was introduced to American folk music in Vermont and New Hampshire as has been playing Celtic, Early American and folk music ever since. Lawrence picked up the Appalachian lap dulcimer after watching a former Southwind band member play it. Harriman is a guitarist and singer with the group. Southwind is the featured artists every Wednesday night at an informal jam session held at the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery.

Located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada, Duncan LittleCreek Gallery is one of the arts centers of Elko. Featuring artwork, jewelry, sculpture, and other art, DLC offers a comfortable, smoke-free atmosphere with an extensive list of wine, beer, and specialty drinks. With over 50 wines, micro-brew beer, specialty martinis, and cocktails made with the freshest ingredients, DLC is a favorite destination for locals, area visitors, private parties, receptions, weddings, and other occasions. Call 775-738-3426 for pricing, catering options, and availability. Visit their web site at www.dlcgallery.com.

For more information about Bard in the Yard please call the director at (775) 934-3721 or e-mail the director at flsawyer@designlunacy.com. The Silver Stage Players are proud members of the Elko Chamber of Commerce and The Theater Coalition of Nevada.

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Bard in the Yard II Brings Outdoor Shakespeare to DLC!

"No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy."

Help the Duncan Littlecreek Gallery, Great Basin College, and Silver Stage Players celebrate the summer season with the staging of Bard in the Yard II – The Battle of the Sexes.

Performances continue this week, September 18, 20, and 21. Here's what people are saying about GBC, DLC, and SSP's Bard in the Yard II:

  • "The Bard in the Yard was awesome! Good job Puck!"
    -Melissa Saumer Coker

  • "You have an amazing performance and a great production Very impressive show from an amazing cast."
    -Betsy Brian

  • "I really enjoyed the creativity of intertwining Puck's roll throughout the scene excerpts. It all flowed nicely and the combination of scenes worked well with the theme. I also enjoyed the use of the entire "stage". Not only was it a beautiful and comfortable setting, the utilization of the whole space engaged the audience was both unexpected and entertaining. Can't wait to see it again next week!"
    -Kassandra Toney, Great Basin College

  • "Rehearsal was indeed a magical experience, as actors in doublets and long gowns strode across the grounds pontificating their whims and woes."
    -Cynthia Delaney Freelance Correspondent Elko Daily Free Press

  • "STELLLAAAAARRRRR! Richard has been to the Globe. I've been to Tahoe many times, seen Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet on Broadway, a summer of Chicago theater/ Shakespeare, every time I could see the Bard at Utah, Davis, Berkeley (need I go on, Frank?). I'm positively god-smacked."
    -Dr. Gretchen Skivington, Great Basin College

  • "Yes, it's that good."
    -Richard Hooton, Great Basin College

This unique production features excerpts from a number of William Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies performed in an intimate outdoor setting. Conceived by director Frank L. Sawyer in 2011, the Bard in the Yard project explores common themes throughout Shakespeare’s works. 2013’s version of BITY focuses on the battle of the sexes. Life, love, death, and happiness shall all hang in the balance as we explore the machinations of all things male and female and attempt to answer the age old question; who will win the battle of the sexes? Performances are September 11-13, 18, 20, 21 beginning at 7 PM in the back yard of the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada. The show includes passages from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labours Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. Tickets are only $5 and are available at the door. Learn more about the Bard in the Yard Project here!

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, allegedly on April 23, 1564 and raised there by John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. An English poet and playwright, Shakespeare is widely considered as the greatest writer of all time. He is often regarded as England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the acting company called the King's Men. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. His plays and have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. William Shakespeare's words have endured for 400 years, and still reach across the centuries as powerfully as ever.

Directing Bard in the Yard for the second time is Frank L. Sawyer. Mr. Sawyer’s directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, I Do! I Do!, The Odd Couple (female version), Lysistrata, Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio, Bringing it All Back Home, The Zoo Story, and The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery among others. About the opportunity Sawyer said, “It is an honor to partner with Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, their wonderful staff, the Silver Stage Players, and Great Basin College for this project!. Playing outdoors in this unique environment will be an amazing experience for our audience, actors, and technicians. We are grateful to all our producing organizations for the chance to bring the Bard to our community. View the KENV NBC Channel 10 News Clip Aired on 08/22/2013! Starring and providing technical expertise in the production are Heidi DuSoleil, Anthony Piper, Russ Smith, Christy Harper, Erika Patrick, Caleb Tapia, Derek Burwell, John Wright, Sandy Beeler, Michael Bail, Meghan Campbell, John Wells, Don Jones, Savanna Hall, and Ashley Chancellor. See a new rehearsal You Tube video clip!

Located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada, Duncan LittleCreek Gallery is one of the arts centers of Elko. Featuring artwork, jewelry, sculpture, and other art, DLC offers a comfortable, smoke-free atmosphere with an extensive list of wine, beer, and specialty drinks. With over 50 wines, micro-brew beer, specialty martinis, and cocktails made with the freshest ingredients, DLC is a favorite destination for locals, area visitors, private parties, receptions, weddings, and other occasions. Call (775)738-3426 for pricing, catering options, and availability. Visit their web site at www.dlcgallery.com.

A long-time supporter and provider of the arts, Great Basin College enriches people's lives by providing student-centered, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. With their beautiful main campus located in Elko, GBC ensures educational, cultural, and related economic needs of the multicounty service area are met through programs of university transfer, applied science and technology, business and industry partnerships, developmental education, community service, and student support services in conjunction with certificates, associate, and select baccalaureate degrees. Whether you live in Battle Mountain, Elko, Ely, Pahrump, Winnemucca or in any one of a couple of dozen other communities across the school’s 63,000 square mile service area, GBC offers a first rate education, delivered in the classroom, via interactive video or online. For more information about Great Basin College visit their web site at www.gbcnv.edu.

For more information about Bard in the Yard II – Battle of the Sexes, please call the director at (775) 934-3721, or e-mail at flsawyer@designlunacy.com.

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Players Announce Exciting Partnership with Great Basin College to Bring The Pirates of Penzance to Elko in the Spring of 2014!

The Great Basin College & Silver Stage Players present Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at the GBC Pirates of Penzance poster graphicGBC Theatre April 10, 11, 12 and April 17, 18, 19 - All shows at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $12 for Adults $8 for Students and Children Advance Tickets Available at the GBC Controller's Office in Berg Hall on the Elko GBC Campus - 1500 College Parkway. Click here to view the production poster!

This hit Tony Award winning Broadway musical will be the event spectacular of 2014! Featuring the classic number I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General, Pirates promises fun and frivolity for one and all! The Best Revival Tony Award and Outstanding Musical Drama Desk Award winner promises a raucous romp for all ages. The Pirates of Penzance, along with The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore, is one of the most frequently produced Gilbert and Sullivan musicals.

For more information, please contact Director Donald Jones at 775.753.2343 or by e-mail at donald.jones@gbcnv.edu. The Pirates of Penzance is produced through an exciting partnership between Great Basin College and Silver Stage Players!

"I loved Pirates! I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the vocals. It was really good. I loved the sets." - Gail Mierins on the SSP-GBC Joint, The Pirates of Penzance

Silver Stage Players Staging Steel Magnolias!

Silver Stage Players will be putting up Steel Magnolias September 25th-27th and OctoberSteel Magnolias Medium graphic 3rd-4th. Shows will be conducted at the Northeastern Nevada Museum Theatre and will begin at 7 PM. General admissions tickets are $15. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

The play is a comedy–drama about the bond among a group of "Southern" women in northwest Louisiana. Written by Robert Harling, Magnolias is based on his experience with his sister's death.

The title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel".This SSP offering is directed by Andrea Hill. For more information please call 340-2012!

Follow all the Magnolias news by checking out the show FB page by clicking here!

Players Want the Funniest People in Northeastern Nevada!

Silver Stage Players are hosting "Laugh Out Loud Elko" a stand-up comedy Laugh Out Loud graphiccompetition for any and all of those looking to share your talent of laughter with an audience!

The competition will take place on October 18th at 7pm in the Martini Lounge inside the Commercial Casino. There will be judges, who will chose up to 5 winners to advance on to our FINAL round on November 7th.

The final round will take place in the Show Room at Stockman's Hotel and Casino and will showcase both local comedians and a professional comedians. The only rule we have... You MUST be 21 to enter to compete! There will be no guidelines other than that!

If you are interested in trying out your talent, please contact SSP BOD member Andrea Hill at 775-340-2012! We KNOW there are some really funny people here in Elko! Let's make Elko LAUGH! There is NO entry fee and there will be prizes awarded to 1-3 place winners in the final round!

Former Elko Resident Beth Fine Combines SSP Production of Her Play, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery With Book Signings!

"Under Frank Sawyer and Erika Patrick’s direction, the Silver Stage Players will present, Beth Fine’s Jarbidge play The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery: A Mellerdrammer of Truth and Fiction as a signature event in Nevada’s 150th Anniversary Year. With some of the original cast represented, the 7 PM performances will be held at the NE Nevada Museum Theatre on October 23-25 and October 30-Nov. 1.

Beth Fine is both a playwright of serious drama and an author of history/mysteries for middle school readers. Four books in her series The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple have been published since she moved to Bristol, TN from Canada in 2012, with the fifth one expected this fall.

Having missed the 2009 Jarbidge production of her Nevada play, Fine promised she’d move mountains to attend this year’s performances in Elko. In combination with this happy event, she will hold a book signing on Saturday, 1-3:00 p.m. October 25, 2014 at The Bookstore (Rancho Plaza) and after each evening’s performance at the Museum. Books will be left on consignment at both locations for those unable to attend. Come meet the “Real Ima Purple” as portrayed by Chelsea Fine Watkinson, also formerly of Elko.

Fine can be available to present her “Have Fun. Get Smarter.™ concept of reading educational fiction to local middle school classes. Visit the noted websites for more information on Beth Fine (bethfine.com) and her mystery series (picaresqueofimaginepurple.com)."

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Ms. Beth Fine or co-Director Frank L. Sawyer at 775-934-3721!

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Players Announce Official Nevada150 Commission Sesquicentennial "Signature Event" Production of Beth Fine's The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery!

Robbery graphicJoin the Silver Stage Players as they help celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday with their Nevada150 Commission official Nevada Sesquicentennial Signature Event production of Beth Fine's, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery: A Mellerdrammer of Truth and Fiction. Silver Stage Players continue their 2014 Season: Life, One Play at a Time with the staging of this classic melodrama inspired by Helen Wilson’s account of the last documented mail stagecoach robbery in the West.

Performances will be held in the Northeastern Nevada Museum Theatre October 23-25, 30-31 and November 1 beginning at 7 PM, tickets may be purchased beginning at 6:15 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door and by pre-order WILL CALL. WILL CALL tickets must be picked up by 6:45 PM on that performance night or they will be returned for general sale. Tickets are only $7 general admission, $5 for seniors and students, for this family-friendly old time western melodrama replete with heroes, mustachioed villains, damsels in distress, murder, intrigue, and lots of fun! The Nevada Day October 31st evening performance will feature a pre-show free commemorative photo booth filmstrip opportunity for all attendees!

For more information call the Directors at 775-934-3721.

Join us and celebrate Nevada's 150th birthday!

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Summer Shakespeare Returns to DLC with Players’ Bard in the Yard 3!

"Something wicked this way comes!"

Help the Silver Stage Players celebrate Season 2015 with the third installment of the Bard in the Yard series, Bard in the Yard 3 – Beyond the Veil. This unique production features excerpts from the works of William Shakespeare performed in the intimate outdoor setting of the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery backyard. Conceived by director Frank L. Sawyer in 2011, the Bard in the Yard project explores common themes in Shakespeare’s plays. Join us on a journey of the macabre and the mischievous, the weird and the whimsical as we explore what lies beyond the tapestry of human knowledge and existence. Is there more to life than just us? How can we possibly predict what will happen when the worlds of the supernatural and humankind intersect?

Performances are July 16-18, and 22-25 beginning at 7 PM in the backyard of the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada. The show includes passages from Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth among others. Tickets are only $7 and are available at the door.

Directing Bard in the Yard for the third time is Frank L. Sawyer. Frank’s local directing credits include Poe & Pints, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, Much Ado About Nothing, I Do! I Do!, Lysistrata, Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio, Bringing it All Back Home, and The Zoo Story among others. About the opportunity Sawyer said, “It is my pleasure to partner once again with Duncan LittleCreek Gallery and their wonderful staff. Performing outdoors in this beautiful setting will be a joy for our audience and us. We would like to thank Jacques Errecart, Joan Anderson, and Jennifer Anderson of DLC for the opportunity to stage our project there for the third time!” Joining the group in the event’s planning, production, and performance are local actors and volunteers Caleb Tapia, Derek Burwell, Dan DuSoleil, Josh Webster, Don Jones, Nick Cdebaca, Jeff Ballew, Heidi DuSoleil, Meghan Campbell, Erika Patrick, Sam Nyberg, Wendy Ramierez, Becky Brown, Emily Anderson, Sandy Beeler, David Patrick, John Wright, John Wells, Toril Lea Hansen, and Michael Bail.

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, on April 23, 1564 and raised there by John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. An English poet and playwright, Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of all time. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the King’s Men acting company. Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories while his later works were mostly tragedies. Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, are considered some of the finest works in the English language. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than any other playwright’s. Shakespeare's words have endured for over 400 years, and still reach across the centuries as powerfully as ever.

Celebrating their 79th anniversary, the Silver Stage Players is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to providing the finest theater, community service, and educational opportunities to its members and the residents of northeastern Nevada. Its nearly eighty year history is one of creativity, thought provoking theater, and volunteerism. Offerings through the years include The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, Steel Magnolias, Bard in the Yard I & II, CLUE, Godspell, Nunsense, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, War of the Worlds, Scrooge Makes Up, Lysistrata, Greater Tuna, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The Man of La Mancha, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Located at 516 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada, Duncan LittleCreek Gallery and the Gallery Bar is one of the arts centers of Elko, featuring painting, jewelry, sculpture, and more. DLC offers a comfortable, smoke-free atmosphere with an extensive list of wine, craft beer, and specialty martinis and cocktails made with the freshest ingredients. DLC Gallery and the Gallery Bar was voted “Best Bar” in the Elko Daily Free Press Reader’s Choice Awards and is a favorite destination for locals and area visitors. It’s a great place to see live music and enjoy artist receptions, book parties, weddings, and other occasions. Call (775) 738-3426 for more information or visit the DLC Facebook page for upcoming events.

For more information about Bard in the Yard 3 – Beyond the Veil, please call the director at (775) 934-3721, e-mail at flsawyer@designlunacy.com.

The Man of Destiny Hits the Stage in August!

The Man of Destiny graphicSilver Stage Players brings the rarely staged one act comedy of egos, The Man of Destiny, by George Bernard Shaw to the Northeastern Nevada Museum, August 13-15, 2015. Directed by Julianne Galligan, The Man of Destiny, takes place in 1796 where 27 year old general Napoleon Bonaparte is waiting for his dispatches in a little inn on the road between Lodi and Milan. However, a young woman has succeeded in beguiling his lieutenant and stealing the dispatches and letters. Napoleon ends up playing a game of wits with the scheming woman in this comedic take on history.

Starring in The Man of Destiny, Meghan Jonas, Kyla Parker, Coban Parker, and Kassidy Goddard. Performances will be held in the Theater at the NE NV Museum on August 13-15, with shows beginning at 7 PM with a 2 PM matinee on Saturday, August 15. Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door.

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright. He began his literary career as a novelist; as a fervent advocate of the new theatre of Ibsen (The Quintessence of Ibsenism, 1891) he decided to write plays in order to illustrate his criticism of the English stage. His earliest dramas were called appropriately Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant (1898). Among these, Widower's Houses and Mrs. Warren's Profession savagely attack social hypocrisy, while in plays such as Arms and the Man and The Man of Destiny the criticism is less fierce. Some of his later works include Back to Methuselah (1921), Saint Joan (1923), Caesar and Cleopatra (1901), Androcles and the Lion (1912), Major Barbara (1905), The Doctor's Dilemma (1906), Candida (1898), and Pygmalion (1912). Shaw wrote over 60 plays among his other literary works.

Celebrating their 79th anniversary, the Silver Stage Players is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to providing the finest theater, community service, and educational opportunities to its members and the residents of northeastern Nevada. Its nearly eighty year history is one of creativity, thought provoking theater, and volunteerism. Offerings through the years include The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, Steel Magnolias, Bard in the Yard I, II & III, CLUE, Godspell, Nunsense, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, War of the Worlds, Scrooge Makes Up, Lysistrata, Greater Tuna, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The Man of La Mancha, and Much Ado About Nothing. For more information about The Man of Destiny, please call the director at 920-960-0026; JulianneGalligan@gmail.com.

Elko Theatre Coalition Presents As You Like It!

This is the next project from the collaborative efforts of the Elko Theater Coalition. Watch for William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, August 4-6 and 11-13, 7:30 PM, Great Basin College Theatre.

"All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players;"- William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Shakespeare Under the Stars Returns to DLC with Players’ Bard in the Yard 4!

Bard in the Yard 4 graphic.Shakespeare under the stars returns to Duncan LittleCreek Gallery with Silver Stage Players’ Bard in the Yard 4- Royally Screwed! This unique production features excerpts from the works of William Shakespeare performed in the intimate and outdoor setting of the DLC Gallery backyard. Conceived by director Frank L. Sawyer in 2011, the Bard in the Yard Project explores themes in Shakespeare’s plays.

2017’s version of this highly popular project features the theme, “Royally Screwed”. Power draws the corrupt and also corrupts the pure. Regicide, kin-slaying, murder, and the lies....oh yes, all the lies. But, while kings and queens play their games it is the pawns, the people, who are royally screwed! We explore the struggles between the lower class and those in the aristocracy. Sometimes the little guys strike back in anger, humor, and violence. Most of the time the poor see those in power taking advantage of those under their rule. The show is narrated by Shakespeare’s classic character Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Performances are June 22-24, 29, 30, and July 1 beginning at 7 PM in the backyard of the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada. The show includes passages from King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream among others. Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door.

Directing Bard in the Yard for the fourth time is Frank L. Sawyer. Frank’s local directing credits include Poe & Pints, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, Much Ado About Nothing, I Do! I Do!, Lysistrata, Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio, Bringing it All Back Home, and The Zoo Story among others. Sawyer said, “We look forward to hosting our guests and providing a unique and compelling evening of Shakespeare outdoors.” He continued, “Our cast and crew will work very hard to offer the community a wonderful evening of theater.” Joining the group in the event’s planning, production, and performance are local actors and volunteers Kate Rhoswen, Cassie Rizzi, Thomas Stafford, Caleb Tapia, Derek Burwell, Josh Webster, Don Jones, Nick Cdebaca, Heidi DuSoleil, Meghan Hendrickson, Laura Cdebaca, Dawn Dolberg, Meghan Jonas, Tan Li, Caleb Micheli, Sean Miklovic, Ian Montgomery, Erika Patrick, Sam Nyberg, Wendy Ramirez, Becky Brown, Emily Anderson, Sandy Beeler, David Patrick, John Wright, John Wells, Stuart Hobbs, Albert Harmer, Toril Hansen, Kodi Goddard, Jacques Errecart, Joan Anderson, and Jennifer Anderson.

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, on April 23, 1564 and raised there by John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. An English poet and playwright, Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of all time. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the King’s Men acting company. Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories while his later works were mostly tragedies. Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, are considered some of the finest works in the English language. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than any other playwright’s. Shakespeare's words have endured for over 400 years, and still reach across the centuries as powerfully as ever.

The Silver Stage Players is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to providing the finest theater, community service, and educational opportunities to its members and the residents of northeastern Nevada. Its eighty-plus year history is one of creativity, thought provoking theater, and volunteerism. Offerings through the years include The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, Steel Magnolias, Bard in the Yard, CLUE, Godspell, Nunsense, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, War of the Worlds, Scrooge Makes Up, Lysistrata, Greater Tuna, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The Man of La Mancha, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Located at 516 Commercial Street in Elko, Duncan LittleCreek Gallery and Bar is one of Elko’s arts centers featuring paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and more. DLC offers a comfortable, smoke-free atmosphere with an extensive list of wine, craft beer, specialty martinis, and cocktails made with the freshest ingredients. DLC was voted “Best Bar” in the Elko Daily Free Press Readers’ Choice Awards and is a favorite destination for locals and area visitors alike. It’s a great place to see live music, plays, artist receptions, book parties, weddings, and other occasions. Call (775) 738-3426 for more information or visit their Facebook page for upcoming events.

For more information about Bard in the Yard 4- Royally Screwed, please call the director at (775) 934-3721, e-mail at flsawyer@designlunacy.com or visit us on the web at www.silverstage.org and www.bardoutside.org

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A Christmas Carol (1997): Kim Meyers as Marley warns Ebeneezer Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol (1997): Kim Meyers as Marley warns Ebeneezer Scrooge.