The Two Of Us Productions, the award winning theater company based in Copake NY, is pleased to open their 2023 season of live in-person theater with The Lady And The Clarinet, by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Michael Cristofer. Performances are Feb. 17th, 18th 19th, & the following weekend of February 24th, 25th & 26th 2023. Presented in collaboration with The Copake Grange in the intimate theater at the historic Grange Hall in Copake NY., you don’t want to miss this exploration of aspects of love from a tantalizingly abstract perspective. Cristofer doesn’t provide any easy answers concerning questions of the heart, but instead demonstrates love’s ability to manipulate human behavior.
The scene is the cozy New York apartment of Luba, a woman successful in business but less fortunate in her private life. She is awaiting a male dinner guest and has engaged a clarinet player to provide romantic background music. Falling into a reverie, Luba begins to reminisce about the three men who have meant the most to her in her life, which leads to a series of intriguing flashbacks. In the first Luba is sixteen and meets Paul, a young employee of her father’s, who initiates her into the mysteries of sex, but bores her otherwise. Then comes Jack, a high-powered television producer who is successful, exciting and funny, but also married to someone else. Finally there is George, a rich widower who keeps the house for her but looks elsewhere for love. As the play ends the unanswered question is whether her new dinner companion will, at last, be “the man” she has been searching for, but as the nonspeaking clarinet player so eloquently suggests with smiles, shrugs & instrumental trills, the prospects (measured by Luba’s past) are not too promising.
The Lady And The Clarinet Player features Constance Lopez as Luba, Eamon Martin as Paul, Bill Solley as Jack, John Leinung as George), and Stephen Sanborn on clarinet. The Theater at the Copake Grange’s historic grange hall provides an intimate performance space that brings the audience into this engrossing romantic comedy.
Performances of The Lady And The Clarinet are 2 weekends only – Feb. 17th, 18th & 19th, and the following weekend of Feb. 24th, 25th & 26th, 2023. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 3pm. The comfortable & intimate Theater at the Copake Grange is located at 628 Empire Road in Copake NY, right down the street from the Clock Tower Pub in the center of town. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Students & Seniors. Please call for Group Rates. For advance reservations visit www.TheTwoOfUsProductions.org or call 518-329-6293. Make your reservations early for the best seats on the date you want! Masking is recommended for the safety of all.
The Two Of Us Productions is well known throughout the Hudson Valley for presenting quality theater, both musicals and dramas. Their recent productions of A Shayna Maidel, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Les Miserables, next to normal, Deathtrap, Lend Me A Tenor and Jesus Christ Superstar have all been recognized by the Theatre Association of NYS with multiple awards, including outstanding work by the company, outstanding performance by the orchestra, excellence in direction, and many cast ensemble & individual actor awards.
These performances are supported with funds from Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation, Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and Key Bank Foundation. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Columbia County Council on the Arts dba. CREATE Council for the Arts.