COMING SOON!
NEW, ORIGINAL VIDEO PRODUCTION!

Morrisville's Heritage Center Theatre is dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its resident ActorsNET theatre company is celebrating its 25th Anniversary - so the show must and will go on!

Coming later this fall ActorsNET will premiere an online video presentation of J.M. Barrie's whimsical fantasy play, DEAR BRUTUS - which is often described as "Peter Pan for grown-ups."

Reader, ask yourself this: What if you could go have a second chance? To see how your life might have been different, and then perhaps be brave enough to change your life?

That's the intriguing challenge offered to five women, three of their spouses, and the disreputable butler to an eccentric horticulturist named Lob. It is the early 1900s in the English countryside. All are gathered in the mansion's drawing room, which overlooks Lob's garden. They have been invited to observe Midsummer's Eve.

Before the night ends, they will enter a mysterious woodland that magically appears just beyond the garden. They enter the wood, and each experiences an alternate reality that shows them what might have been.

Adapted for digital media by director Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and narrator Charlotte Kirkby, DEAR BRUTUS combines the technology of Zoom for socially distanced interior scenes, with exterior scenes filmed in a local woodland under strict adherence to safe distance standards. The stellar cast, alphabetically, consists of Ken Ammerman, Cheryl Doyle, Joe Doyle, Matt Duchnowski, Mary Kierst, Charlotte Kirkby, Michael Krahel, Nyiema Lunsford, Cat Miller, Nicholas Pecht, and Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski.

"Hundreds of hours will have gone into bringing this video production of DEAR BRUTUS to the public, free of charge," said ActorsNET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle. "Maryalice and Charlotte have crafted a brilliant version of the script and gathered a creative production team to bring J.M. Barrie's 1917 work into the 21st Century, with its mystical magic in place."

Watch for further updates about the DEAR BRUTUS Project online at www.actorsnetbucks.org, the ActorsNET of Bucks County Facebook Page, and other social media platforms. The company is aiming for a December release date.

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Do you miss seeing our shows?

We miss performing for you!

In this time of quarantine, we decided to release a full-length recordings of our past shows so you can enjoy them from the safety of your own home for FREE!

Here are just a few of the great shows you can stream!

The Crimes of Diana Eastlake
by Mort Paterson

Diana Eastlake, a rich NYC socialite, faces a crisis when her daughter is kidnapped in Syria. She can raise the ransom by bankrupting herself, but it's illegal to pay ransom to terrorists. Will she go ahead, and if she does, can she pull it off and stay out of jail? The answers may surprise you.

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

"A trivial comedy for serious people" This story of two Victorian aristocrats trying to escape their social burdens, by means of fake identities, contains all of Oscar Wilde's characteristic wit, Victorian charm, and biting social commentary, without ever becoming too serious.

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

In this much-loved comedy, shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a man, falls in love with the duke she serves, and is wooed by a titled lady. Meanwhile, a gaggle of bawdy retainers torment the pompous butler. Hilarity ensues, of course.

Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw

A 1905 comedy about a lovely Salvation Army major whose path is challenged by her ambitious mother and arms-magnate father.

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's absorbing drama about politics, power, conscience, and intrigue, centering on the events of one fateful day in March. As relevant today as it was when first penned, the Bard of Avon shows ancient Rome was no mere toga party. It serves as a reminder as to how back-stabbing politicians can really be.

The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's classic about Shylock's quest for revenge and "a pound of flesh."

 

Messages from Management

Regarding Covid-19

During this pandemic, the health and safety of our patrons, casts, crews and staff has been our top priority.

The 2019 - 2020 season was ended early and our Summer Stars program was cancelled.

We hope to reopen the NET stage as soon as CDC guidelines make it financially viable to gather in groups large enough to accommodate rehearsals and performances. Shows that didn't make it to the stage in this season will be given top priority in planning for the future.

Black Lives Matter

ActorsNET joins our brothers and sisters in our community and across the nation in mourning the death of George Floyd and the many other unjust deaths of people of color. We are inspired by the worldwide outpouring of grief and hope, the insistence that it is well past time to address and eliminate the entrenched evil of racism. We recognize the inequalities and sing out in unison that Black Lives Matter.

The arts have a unique opportunity to contribute to this change. Through our art, we explore and enact not just our own lives and hearts, but also the lives and hearts of others who suffer from racial and social injustice, fear, and deprivation. As award-winning playwright August Wilson wrote, "Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing." Now is the time for all of us to help the angels learn to sing.

In these pivotal times it is not easy to believe in the ability of humankind to become better, stronger, and more just--but we recognize the moral obligation to try. As a local theater in a diverse community we recognize we must do more to diversify our theater. While our theater is temporarily closed due to the pandemic we have been working behind the scenes to enact changes to The NET; we pledge to incorporate more works by artists of color, promote and elevate the voices of the disenfranchised, and bring more people of color to our stage.

As Shakespeare wrote, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

Please Help

As a non-profit all-volunteer organization, we rely completely on ticket sales and donations from our many patrons. With our doors shuttered, our principal income source - ticket sales - has been denied us. This crisis will stretch our little theater's resilience to its limits, but we have weathered over two decades of storms and pledge to do our best to win through to the other side of this one. It is now more important than ever that you consider sending in a donation to help keep us afloat while our theater is dark. If we've ever entertained, challenged, inspired or delighted you with our work, now is the time to reaffirm your appreciation by helping us out as generously as you can.

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2019 - 2020 Season at a Glance:
2019
Sep. 13 - 29: An Ideal Husband
Oct. 25 - Nov. 10: The Big Bad Wolf: An Adult Fairy Tale About Fear, Forgiveness and Sexual Identity
Dec. 6 - 22: The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge's Revenge
2020
Jan. 31 - Feb. 16: Spider's Web
Mar. 13 - 29: Mrs. Warren's Profession
Apr. 24 - May 10: Seven Keys to Baldpate
Jun 12 - 28: King Lear