Gulfshore Playhouse plans 15th party: lions, babes with blades and a seasonal sweet
Gulfshore Playhouse is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a high-energy party of a season. For games: sticking needles in the pincushions of history with works like “The Lion in Winter.” For refreshments, a tart drink of the gall behind those postcard-pretty neighborhoods when lot lines are in dispute.
Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury and the Playhouse staff announced the season Monday at Norris Community Center, where its 19th century-based comedy, “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play,” is currently onstage.
Coury said she’s excited about the coming season on several levels. In a first for it, the Playhouse is bringing in a production from New York, a rethinking of George Bernard Shaw’s “Joan of Arc” by the Bedlam theater troupe.
“We’ve co-produced before but this is the first time we are bringing in the play, actors and all,” said Coury, who has seen its production in New York. The troupe’s work was so gripping, she said, that she knew she had to bring “Saint Joan” to Naples. In fact, Aundria Brown was so impressive as the crusading maid of Orleans that Coury cast her as a central character, Marianne Angelle, in “The Revolutionists” this season.
Harriet Howard Heithaus
Naples Daily News