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Players Prepare Production To Open 2017 Season

OSWEGO – Paul McKinney, in his directorial debut with the Oswego Players, has chosen Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

Paul McKinney, director, and Pablo Mendoza, stage manager, join the cast of the upcoming Oswego Players’ production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Seated frim left are Steve Standish and Inez Parker. In the back are Keilah Gates, McKinney, Mendoza and Cassie Slough.
Paul McKinney, director, and Pablo Mendoza, stage manager, join the cast of the upcoming Oswego Players’ production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Seated frim left are Steve Standish and Inez Parker. In the back are Keilah Gates, McKinney, Mendoza and Cassie Slough.

The play, one of two Simon comedies being staged this year by the Players in honor of the playwright’s 90th birthday, will be performed on the stage of the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Civic Arts Center at Fort Ontario, March 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.

Included in the cast are Steve Standish, Inez Parker, Cassie Slough and Keilah Gates.

Stage manager for the production is Pablo Mendoza Jr.

The play tells the story of Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married man wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late.

A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails in each of three seductions.

Each act of the play sets Barney up with a different woman: the first, Elaine Navazio proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses; Bobbi Michele is next, a 20-ish actress who’s too kooky; finally comes Jeanette Fisher, a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney’s best friend.

Other plays this season are a new comedy by Rick Sivers, “My War With The United States” that will be part of the Bemelmans Festival in May; the ever popular musical “Grease” in July; Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” in September; “Cards on the Table” an Agatha Christie mystery in October; and “A Christmas Story in December.

Reservations for “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” can be made by calling the Players’ box office at 343-5138.