Stumptown Players Presents Neil Simon’s Rose’s Dilemma

Summer season promises fun and farce for audiences

By Molly Priddy
Cast of Rose's Dilemma, courtesy of the Stumptown Players

Stumptown Players (STP) kicks off its 2014-2015 season this summer with the comedy “Rose’s Dilemma” by Neil Simon July 17-20 and 24-26 at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.stumptownplayers.org or by calling 406/871-6447. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Directed by Kim Krueger, the cast includes Alicia Blake, Tony Hernandez, Annika Hanson and Aaron Tumer.

In her beach house in the Hamptons, celebrated writer Rose Stern stands at a crossroads: she hasn’t written anything in years and money is getting short. Her former lover, the deceased literary lion Walsh McLaren, comes to her from beyond the grave and offers her an opportunity to regain her celebrity and gross millions. It’s not going to be easy and a “ghost” writer is required, which sets in motion another touching and unpredictable romantic theatrical experience by America’s premier Pulitzer Prize-winning comic playwright.

Stumptown Players has entertained sold-out audiences at the O’Shaughnessy Center during the last four summers, most recently with the comedy “Kitchen Witches” and at the KM Theatre in Kalispell with “Private Eyes” and “Spirit Control.”

“Stumptown Players is excited to be bringing this hilarious and heart-warming Neil Simon production to Whitefish,” said Alicia Blake, a Stumptown Players founding member, board president and actor. “This is the perfect summer treat for residents and visitors after a great day experiencing the Flathead Valley in summer.”

STP’s fall offering in their 2014-2015 season is a world premiere production of “No Time For Love” by Missoula playwright Kathy Witkowsky. The show will run Nov. 6-8 and 13-15 in the KM Theatre in the historic KM Building at 40 2nd Street East, Kalispell. All performances begin at 8:00 pm and tickets are $18.00.

“No Time for Love” is a witty, fast-paced social satire that explores how technology has affected relationships.

March 2015 brings the high-energy farce “Fabuloso” by John Kolvenbach. “Fabuloso” will be presented in the KM Theatre. All performances begin at 8:00 pm and tickets are $20.

In “Fabuloso,” Kate and Teddy are trapped in a soggy, lifeless marriage. Then Teddy’s old friend Arthur arrives, bearing chaos, knives, songs and his fiancé.

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