P.O. Box 452; Bellport, NY 11713-0452  
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 631-748-7863

Spring Show. . .

Playcrafters is proud to present Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, a play in three acts, each involving different characters and all set in Suite 719 of New York City's Plaza Hotel in 1968.  Simon's wry humor is first visited upon a couple celebrating their anniversary while their Mamaroneck home is being painted, and about to confront an issue that could shake the foundation of their marriage.  This first act is thought-provoking and will test your definition of comedy.  Next to occupy Suite 719 is a Hollywood producer and his former girlfriend, now a suburban housewife and mother, enjoying a little fling while reminiscing about the past and considering what might have been.  Lastly, we meet a frantic mother and father prepared to do or say anything to get their about-to-be-married daughter out of the bathroom of Suite 719.  Roy and Norma Hubley's attempts to threaten, cajole, convince, and ultimately listen to their daughter's fears, provide the audience with lots of laughs and a few nods of recognition.  This is Neil Simon at his best, commenting upon the human condition and helping us to laugh at ourselves.

  Our talented cast, directed by Peter Morrison, includes Jane Maushay, Flo Federman, and Amelia Chiaramonte in the female leads, with Bob Vicchiulo, Matt Palace, and John Simpson playing their male counterparts respectively.  Producers Kathy Loizides and Annette Maillard are fortunate to have an experienced and energetic team working on all facets of the production.  The all-important Suite 719 has been creatively designed and envisioned by Lester Sprague, and is in the process of being built and decorated.  Many Playcrafters have come forward to help and we are expecting that this production will serve to maintain our reputation for high quality performances. 

Plaza Suite opens on Friday, May 2, with performances on May 3, 8, and 9, all at 8:00 pm at our theater space in the Bellport Middle School auditorium.  Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students.  Please call our box office at 748-7863 to reserve your seats today.


Winter Readerís Theater 2008. . .

On Saturday evening, March 8th, Playcrafters presented a well received dramatic reading of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. The reading of Miller's 1953 Tony Award winning play, which deals with the Salem Witch Trials, was directed by George Loizides and co- produced by Kathy Loizides and Vicki Fleming, with sound by Des Burke and Dennis Conroy. Many veteran Playcrafters participated, as well as teenage new-comers from Bellport and Patchogue High Schools. Members and guests were treated to a fine performance and delectable treats as Puritan costumed performers mingled with them. Thanks again to everyone involved, especially Christ Episcopal Church.

Pictured from left to right:  Erin Pelkey, Kara Mustafa, Emily Conroy



Theater Folk. . .

Nicole Gregory update:  Michele and Nick DePalo's daugher Nicole Gregory continues to make very slow progress with her battle to recover after the stroke she suffered three and a half years ago.  She continues to receive extensive physical and massage therapy as well as remaining faithful to the FES bike where she clocks in over 30 miles a week.  She recently got the good news that an arm stimulation attachment for the FES bike has at long last received FDA approval. This piece of equipment will do the same for her arms as the bike does for her legs to keep her toned, as well as cardiovascularly fit.  If you would like to read about Nicole's progress, log on to her web-site www.nicolegregory.com and learn more about this courageous young woman.  We wish you the best Nicole!

Announcing our Board Officers. .

John Hannon: President
Kathy Loizides: Vice President
Amelia Chiaramonte: Treasurer
Linda Hillman: Secretary
Directors: Annette Maillard, Vicki Fleming (newsletter), Ted Fleissgarten (membership), Frank Nelson, Peter Morrison