If you thought John Patrick Shanley's Doubt had you in the edge of your seats...you've seen nothing yet!
Defiance continues this weekend
March 3, 4 and 5.
(L to R) Dale Monroe, Frank Bläuer, and Donald Calliste in Defiance
Defiance, written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Frank Licato, will play the Summit Playhouse stage from February 24 - March 11. From the author of Doubt and Outside Mullingar. Defiance, is set on a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in 1971. Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing. This riveting, surprising work is about power, love and responsibility-who has it, who wants it and who deserves it. Our production stars Kathleen Campbell, Frank Bläuer, Donald Calliste, Dale Monroe, B. K. Dawson and Peter Horn.
Dale Monroe and Donald Calliste in Defiance
Actor Spotlight: Dale Monroe
Making his SPH debut, Dale is grateful to be given to the opportunity to bring Chaplain White to life in this powerfully written play with topics relevant far beyond the military milieu. The journey to bring this production to the stage has been rewarding on so many levels: from the masterful direction of Frank Licato, to the amazingly talented cast that could easily be on either side of the Hudson, one could not ask for a better experience. When Dale first learned that Frank would be directing this play, he knew he needed to be a part of it, having last worked with Frank on the Perry Award Winner for Play of the Year, "Grapes of Wrath" five years ago.
There are many great parts out there, but playing a character like Chaplain White is why actors act. He is a complicated character with so many different levels to explore. In my opinion White is the most interesting of the characters because it's not so obvious what his motivation is throughout the play.
The Chaplain is both challenging and satisfying for audiences to digest, because while White's motivation is at question, he uses morality and "the side of right" to obtain what he wants even though he may "disgust you." As much as the audience sits jaw agape at what they hear out of the Chaplain's mouth, there is true awe for the actor in bringing this full character to life on stage. The arc of this character, written so masterfully by John Patrick Shanley, leaves the actor and director the challenge to explore his rich language and make choices that are critical for storytelling. The cast of "Defiance" is extremely lucky to have Frank who challenges all his actors to "drive the scene and tell our story."
Each character has his or her own distinct journey from beginning to end, and the shared insights among the director and cast alike provided dimension to the characters and a fulfilling experience for the actors. Summit Playhouse is a spectacular theatre to perform in and to watch live theatre. Come and check it out and if you don't like it, Dale will pay for your ticket.
Waiting in the Wings...Violet
VIOLET will run May 5-20 and will be directed by our own Rob Nissen!
The award winning musical Violet tells of a young woman's quest for beauty as she travels across the 1964 Deep South. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the healing power of a tv evangelist. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901