Meet the Cast: Krista Watson

Krista Watson was last seen as a woman who just wants to read her book in Cold Reading at the Shovel Town 10 Minute Play Festival. Around Boston, she’s been in several one acts, including Cuts Like a Knife and Last Visit, both filmed at Somerville Communitty Access TV. She’s performed a few times with Flanagan’s Wake, an interactive Irish funeral service. And, she’s performed around New England with her improv troupe, Comedie du Jour. Keep your ears open for her upcoming podcast, Obvious Shortcomings.

Meet the Cast: Karin Henderson

Karin is happy to be back on stage performing with NRP.  Her previous role with this company were Dori in Peace & Love Tartuffe, Roz in Moon Over Buffalo and Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Karin discovered her love of acting with at PBT in Manoment, where she fell in love with her husband, fellow actor Eric Henderson.  She resides in Plymouth with her husband, daughter, Sophia, son Liam and their rescue dog, Happy.  Karin would like to thank her family for all of their love, patience and support through this creative process!

Meet the Cast: Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson is ecstatic to return as Tom for the third time with Nemasket, having performed previously in Table Manners and Round and Round the Garden.  Eric has been involved in theatre in the area for over 25 years. He debuted as an actor as Richmond, as well as other characters, in King Richard the Third at the Priscilla Beach Theatre in 1991.  His more recent credits include, Jerry in Lovers and Other Strangers with The Bay Players and Jack Gable in Leading Ladies with Nemasket River Productions.  Eric is delighted to work with such a talented director and cast and wants to thank Merrie Mizaras (The Producer) for keeping Art alive and well in the local area.  Eric would also like to thank his favorite stage manager, Malorie, for all her tireless work and support.

Meet the Cast: Michael McGill

This is Michael’s 3rd show with Nemaket River Productions, previously appearing in Fresno, California, Newport, Rhode Island and Fall River and New Bedford Massachusetts.  Mostly recently appearing in Almost Maine, Post Mortem, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and August Osage County with the Little Theatre.  Michael would also like to thank his favorite stage manager, Malorie, for all her tireless work and support.

Meet the Cast: Victoria Kirichok

Victoria Kirichok (Ruth) Victoria is happy to be back at NRP after appearing as Audrey in last spring’s  Leading Ladies. She is even happier to be joining her real-life husband Dan on stage for the first time in sixteen years. Many thanks to the wonderful group here in Middleboro for making her feel so welcome. Also thanks to Owen and James for enduring endless take-out dinners.

Meet the Cast: Dan Kirichok

Dan Kirichok (Norman) – Living Together marks Dan’s exciting return to NRP after 5 years.  His last performance at NRP was in Deathtrap as Clifford.  Most recently he was Bernard in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Paul in 6 Rms Riv Vu, John Smith in Caught in the Net, Henry Bingham in Fox on the Fairway, and Stevie in Good People.  For those of you seeking the naughty bits, try looking in 571 or 612.  For the more focused men, try 618 and the artistically inclined can get their jollies in 757.  Thank you to Owen and James for being so tolerant of Mom and Dad!

Living Together Opens October 20th!

PRESS RELEASE

Photo: Standing L-R: Eric Henderson (Plymouth), Mike McGill (Fall River), Sitting: Victoria Kirichok (Brockton), Krista Watson (Easton), Karin Henderson (Plymouth), Lying down: Dan Kirichok (Brockton).

Opening weekend for NRP’s final show of the season “Living Together” begins on Friday, October 20th at 8pm at The Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro.  The final installment of “The Norman Conquests” begs the question “ if I missed the first two installments, does it matter?”  NO! What happens to this endearingly dysfunctional family is what happens to most families …. we just keep doing what we do just in a different room!

When the characters in this play are asked if they’re happy, a typical response goes like this: “Yes. Mostly. Occasionally. Now and then. I don’t know.”  That’s how Sarah (Krista Watson) answers the question, but it could be any of the others. Except that it couldn’t, because everyone here, while cut from the same cloth of loneliness and selfishness, is so achingly individual, from the way they wear their hair to how they kiss.

In its natural portrayal of ordinary misery, “Living Together” suggests nothing so much as a Chekhov play pumped full of nitrous oxide.  Like “The Seagull” it is built on one of the wonderful paradoxes of theater: deeply unhappy people can generate profound happiness in audiences allowed to eavesdrop on their lives.

The story of a philandering loser and the lives he brightens and smudges; “Living Together” finds Ayckbourn manipulating the conventions of theater. The setup is established anew in all three plays, which cover the same time period in different settings: “Table Manners” (set in a dining room), “Living Together” (a living room) and “Round and Round the Garden” (guess).

Norman (Dan Kirichok), an assistant librarian with unruly hair and manners to match, arrives to run away for a “dirty weekend” with the downtrodden Annie (Karin Henderson), who for years has been trapped taking care of her invalid mother in a big drab house in the country. Without revealing her real plans, Annie has enlisted her brother, Reg (Michael McGill ), and his wife, Sarah (Krista Watson), to look after the tyrannical (and never seen) Mum.

Annie and Norman would have both left someone behind: Tom (Eric Henderson), the veterinarian who is Annie’s kind-of boyfriend, and Ruth (Victoria Kirichok), Annie’s sister and Norman’s acerbic wife. It isn’t giving away too much to reveal that Annie and Norman’s weekend never happens. Well it does, but it happens at Annie’s house and involves every one of the people just mentioned.

It’s the sense of fraught emotions percolating beneath the surface that makes this production feel so eye-openingly ordinary. You know what it’s like when grown-up family members reunite, when simple domestic tasks like setting the table, seating a dinner party, washing the dishes or playing a board game become occasions for quick (and instantly repressed) flare-ups. The hostility behind such outbursts would be scary if it weren’t so damn funny.

Ms. Henderson’s frowsy, brusque Annie; Ms Watson’s thin-lipped controlling Sarah; Mr. McGill’s passive, clownish Reg; Mr. Henderson’s slow-thinking, stoical Tom; and Ms. Kirichok’s brittle, disaffected Ruth: all are as vivid as your own family at breakfast on the vacation from hell. Mr. Kirichok’s oversexed-sheep-dog-like Norman is magnetic to them all because he is their unedited ids incarnate: narcissistic, longing to dominate and oh so hungry for attention and affection.

Ruth, who is seriously nearsighted but refuses to wear her glasses, says testily to her husband: “I can see as well as you. It’s only people I sometimes can’t see very clearly.” This is a condition shared by all the characters in “The Norman Conquests.” But you, lucky theatergoer, will see them with clear vision.

“Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.  SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE: November 2nd all tickets $15.00

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rte. 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website, and at the door.

Two Couples Living…Together!

Interview by Ellie Osborne

PHOTO: l-r  KARIN PAGE HENDERSON, ERIC HENDERSON, DAN KIRICHOK, VICTORIA KIRICHOK

(Middleboro) For the two couples co-starring in Nemasket River Productions next offering “Living Together” (Part Three of Alan Acykbourn’s The Norman Conquests) opening on Friday, October 20th at 8 PM at the Alley Theater, 133 Center Street, Middleboro, working on a play is an enjoyable escape from their regular jobs and the responsibilities of parenting.

Victoria Kirichok grew up in Brockton, a city with an outstanding high school drama program, and remembers her first theater experience when she appeared in an original Musical Lip-Sync produced by a student teacher; from then on she was hooked on performing. She attended and graduated from Marist College in upstate New York as English major, and although the college had no theater program at that time, she loved playing the role of a mistress in a production of “Evita”.  Since college she has worked with the Milton Players, the Hingham Music Theater (as well as with NRP in last spring’s play “Leading Ladies”) and has just finished producing and directing for the Shoveltown 10 Minute Play Festival.  Victoria and her husband have always supported each other’s projects, but this is the first time in sixteen years that they have appeared together in a production.

“The role of Ruth is a departure for me because I have never played such a cold,
business-like and authoritative character, and I am enjoying the challenge,” Victoria added
during a recent rehearsal.  She has found Nemasket River Productions a very welcoming
group and loves working with NRP Artistic Director, Merrie Mizaras, Director Bob Gillet as well as the cast and crew.

“Playing Norman requires portraying a man who seriously wants everyone to be
happy, but despite his best intentions he manages to cause mayhem without realizing the ramifications of his bad actions,”  explained Dan who is delighted with the role.  Growing up in Tolland, Connecticut , he never participated in theater, but after meeting Victoria, he stepped out on a stage in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” and has worked in theater ever since. He has also appeared in Milton, Hingham and with the Walpole Footlighter’s Theater and in 2015 was a cast member of the NRP’s fall show  “Death Trap”. When not acting the couple live in Brockton with their children, Victoria works for Ikea and Dan is employed by the Acushnet Company.
The Hendersons have been a part of the trilogy cast since the beginning and for the
third time are recreating the roles of Tom, a shy vet, and Annie, the caregiver to her
insensitive mother.  Karin grew up in Weymouth, graduated from Bridgewater State
University with a B.A. in English and Education, earned her Master’s Degree in Reading and
is employed as a teacher by the Bridgewater Public Schools.

While working at the Priscilla Beach Theater in Plymouth she met Eric who grew up in Bridgewater, graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham High School and attended Bridgewater State for two years.  Eric then worked for the Priscilla Beach Theater in all capacities finally becoming Artistic Director.  Under the tutelage of PBT Director Geronimo Sands they gained artistic discipline, professionalism and passion for theater. They have always enjoyed working together and established the Lighthouse Theater Workshop in Kingston.

Eric has acted and directed for NRP in the past and has won over audiences with his portrayal of the repressed Tom. His dead pan expression projects the character’s literal take on everything and his clear lack of understanding as to what is actually happening.  Karin loves the subtlety of her character and the opportunity of maintaining it over a three year period.

NRP audiences won’t want to miss the concluding chapter of “The Norman
Conquests-Living Together” by Alan Ayckbourn being presented in the round by a most
talented cast providing a much needed evening of comedic situations, surprising outcomes
and lots of laughs.

Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.  SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE: November 2nd all tickets $15.00

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rte. 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via Eventbrite, through our website, and at the door.

More About Living Together!

PHOTO: ERIC HENDERSON AND KARIN PAGE HENDERSON as Tom & Annie, ‘Norman-crossed’ lovers in NRP’s final show of the season, Living Together opening Friday, October 20th at The Alley Theatre.

Nemasket River Productions brings Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece, The Norman Conquests, back for it’s final installment.   Directed by the incomparable Bob Gillette and performed by the outstanding ensemble cast: Kristina Dahlene, Eric Henderson, Karin Page Henderson, Victoria Kirichok, Dan Kirichok and Michael McGill; an entertaining production which will again feature the reconfigured theatre-in-the-round space at The Alley Theatre.

The three interconnecting plays, Table Manners, Round and Round the Garden and Living Together follow Norman, his in-laws and the local vet over a summer weekend in an English country house.  This fall’s production will end with the final episode  Living Together.

Norman (Dan Kirichok) is intent on making all the women in his life happy and takes every opportunity to seduce his sister-in-law Annie (Karin Henderson), charm his brother-in-law’s wife Sarah (Kristina Dahlene ) and woo his wife Ruth (Victoria Kirichok) embroiling everyone in the action along the way with both tragic and comic consequences.

On these award-winning plays, Ayckbourn focuses his inimitable, sharp, acerbic wit to reveal the secrets, lies and deception, which bubble beneath the surface of family relationships.

Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britains most popular and prolific playwrights, with over 70 full-length plays to his name, which have been translated into more than 35 languages. These multi-award-winning plays include Absurd Person Singular, Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind and House & Garden to name but a few.

“Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.  SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE: November 2nd all tickets $15.00

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website, and at the door.

Living Together is Here!

 

PRESS RELEASE – NEMASKET RIVER PRODUCTIONS

Photos: L-R  Dan Kirichok, Karin Henderson, Eric Henderson

Lately, there isn’t much to laugh about, given the economics, bizarre politics and tumultuous weather, but Nemasket River Productions’s fall show “Living Together”(the 3rd installment of this trio of hilarious plays known as “The Norman Conquests”) by the British playwright Alan Ayckbourn should help you laugh again!

NRP theatergoers are fortunate that Director, Bob Gillet was able to bring back most of the wonderful cast that starred in last year’s production of Ayckbourn’s 2nd trilogy installment, “Round & Round the Garden,” providing delicious continuity for theatergoers.

Returning as the dense, clueless, kindly veterinarian, Tom, is the ever creative Eric Henderson, who’s mildly agitated Tom likes Annie but avoids commitment in the extreme; playing the youngest sister (in a family of two sisters and one brother), Annie, Karin Henderson (Eric’s wife in real life), portrays the frustrated (with subtle insight and slightly repressed hysteria) care giver for her demanding, psychosomatic mother. Out of sheer boredom, all-be-it conflicted feelings, she joins Norman (Dan Kirichok) in planning a fling together, at some deary & isolated shore front motel, which unwittingly gets revealed to the family, causing an uproar during what is supposed to be a quiet weekend in the country.

Michael McGill provides pivotal timing as Reg, Ruth’s brother and Sarah’s morose and slightly henpecked husband, while Sarah (Kristina Darlene) is neurotically humorous as Reg’s wife, who is constantly fussing compulsively, trying to maintain her composure and restore order in this chaotic household.

New comers Dan & Victoria Kirichok,  Dan as Ruth’s mischievous, philandering husband, Norman, has the necessary marverick glint in his eye; while the bright & vivacious Victoria Kirkchok (also a real life wife!)  plays his serious, business executive wife, Ruth.

Director Gillet said it’s been fantastic to work with this cast because they all genuinely love each other and enjoy acting together, which shows. Their comedic timing is flawless. their affection apparent, as they deliver one funny scene after another. When Norman tells an angry Ruth that he only wants to make everyone happy, his eye mischievously twinkles, while smiling like a Cheshire cat.  And when Sarah angrily confronts Norman for trying to steal Annie away from Tom, he replies, “I wasn’t stealing her; I was borrowing her.” As the weekend continues to spin out of control, Norman’s antics become increasingly outrageous, upping the laugh meter. Then, too, Ayckbourn’s dialogue is sarcastic, witty, and the eyebrow-raising end is sublime.

“Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.

All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website, and at the door.