The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company

2022 SEASON

April - May 2022

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The  Edge Ensemble Theatre Company’s first production of 2022 – and its seventh film – premiered on YouTube on April 29 at 7 PM, and it is still available for viewing. This charming one-act play by the author of Peter Pan is directed by Kim Dupuis, with cinematography and editing by David Teubner, art direction by Susan Sanders, production assistance by Tristan Shawley, and poster design by David Teubner and Kyle Petrillo.

 

The cast features Damien Licata as the aristocratic Edwardian gentleman about to be made a knight, Kenzie Yelin, as the working class typist hired to answer the many congratulations he has received, and Laura Carbonneau as the soon-to-be Lady Sims. Supporting roles are filled by Wendy Almeida as the maid and John McMahon as the butler.

 

This play was filmed on location at the Keene Public Library, which graciously made available its Green Room for the Edwardian parlor in which the play is set. The Library and The Edge have worked together for many years, both in providing a venue for Edge productions and in creating original programs for the Library. "It's great to have partnerships that create a win-win for each organization and benefit the public," said Marti Fiske, Director of the Library. This partnership was especially significant during the pandemic. As The Edge turned to filming one-act plays to keep its art going at a time when large gatherings were not possible, it also gave organizations like the Library and the Historical Society an opportunity to show off their buildings in new ways. “The set that The Edge created in the Library's Green Room was lovely,” said Fiske. “It was so cozy and homey, all of the Library staff wanted to live in it themselves!"

 

The Putnam Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Eppes-Jefferson Foundation, More Than a Thrift Shop, and our local donors are generously supporting our productions.

 

This film, like The Edge’s other six online productions created during the pandemic, is being offered free of charge. But, as Founding Artistic Director Kim Dupuis emphasized, filming is very expensive, and with no box office receipts to support the production, money is very short.  Hence, donations are fervently requested.

 

Donations can be made by clicking on the donate button below.

 

To view The Twelve-Pound Look, click on the image above. It can then be viewed on your computer or on your television.

 

Call The Edge at 603-352-5657 for further information. Or email TheEdgeEnsemble@aol.com. You may also visit the Edge’s Facebook page. 

July 2022

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The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company’s second production of 2022 – and its eighth film since the pandemic began – premiered on YouTube on July 1 at 7 PM. It is still available for viewing. This poignant one-act play by the author of Peter Pan is directed by Kim Dupuis, with cinematography and editing by David Teubner, art direction by Susan Sanders, production assistance by Tristan Shawley, and poster design by David Teubner. The cast features Jackson Hogan as the "ghost soldier" killed in World War I, James Duffy as his father and Lindsay Bartlett as the grieving mother who tries to contact her dead son through seances, Ruby Dupuis-Morrison as the sweetheart of the dead soldier, John McMahon as a retired major and Tom Bernstock as Mr. Rogers. The year is 1918.

A Well-Remembered Voice was filmed on location in a private residence in Keene. The Putnam Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Eppes-Jefferson Foundation, More Than a Thrift Store and our local donors are generously supporting our productions.

This film, like The Edge’s other seven online productions created during the pandemic, is being offered free of charge. But, as Founding Artistic Director Kim Dupuis emphasizes, filming is very expensive, and with no box office receipts to support the filmed productions, money is very short. Hence, donations are fervently requested. Donations can be made by clicking on the donate button below.

To view A Well-Remembered Voice, click on the image above. It can then be viewed on your computer or on your television.

Call The Edge at 603-352-5657 for further information or email TheEdgeEnsemble@aol.comYou may also visit the Edge's Facebook page!

July 21-24 2022

The Edge Ensemble, 

The Keene Public Library, and

Monadnock Sherlockians Collaborate

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4 RADIO PLAYS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES PASTICHES IN COLLABORATION WITH KEENE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND THE MONADNOCK SHERLOCKIANS

 

The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company presented NOT ACCORDING TO DOYLE on July 21-24 at Heberton Hall. This program of 4 Sherlock Holmes pastiches adapted into radio plays will be set in a 1940s radio station, and will call on the talents of actors, singers, Foley artists, and a violinist. In addition to the plays, the show will feature live radio commercials reminiscent of the 1940s and sound effects created by Foley artists onstage. The overall production will be directed by Kim Dupuis.  Performances will be held on July 21 and 22 at 7 PM and July 23 and 24 at 2 PM. Admission is free.

 

On July 21 and 24, Kim Dupuis will direct THE ADVENTURE OF THE LATE MR. FAVERSHAM by August Derleth and Catherine Behrens will direct SHERLOCK HOLMES GOES WEST by Mark Twain.  

 

On July 22 and 23, Tristan Shawley will direct THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNIQUE HAMLET by Vincent Starrett and Catherine Behrens will direct YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SHERLOCK HOLMES by Derrick Belanger.

 

Playgoers must attend two performances to see all four plays! We hope you will do so.

Many artists will be performing in these plays. The entire company comprises Damien Licata, Liz Panneton, John McMahon, Andrew Bosworth, Elizabeth McCollum, Lindsay Bartlett, Peter Eisenstadter, Marilyn Simons, Erik Bell, Brian Belanger, Meg Kupiec, and PeggyRae Johnson.  Radio commercials will be performed by The Edge Radio Singers, with Meg Kupiec, Lindsay Bartlett, Elizabeth McCollum, Nicole Colson, Ren Doyle, and Liz Panneton.  Foley artists will include Liz Panneton and Ren Doyle. Tristan Shawley is the stage manager.

This weekend of Sherlock Holmes pastiches is the final event in A Sherlock Holmes Week being held by the Keene Public Library during the week of July 18, in collaboration with The Edge Ensemble and the Monadnock Sherlockians.  

For more information, please call 603-352-5657 or email theedgeensemble@aol.com. You may also visit The Edge’s Facebook page. For more information about Sherlock Holmes Week, please call the Library at 603-352-0157 or visit its website, keenenh.gov/calendar.

Coming Soon

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Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano has a problem! While he is safely divorced from his shrewish first wife, Janice, who shot his dog and even took a bead on him, he feels he cannot regain his “manhood” until he woos and wins her one more time—if only to put his broken marriage behind him once and for all. He enlists the aid of his lifelong buddy, Aldo Scalicki, a confirmed bachelor who tries, without apparent success, to convince Huey that he would be better off sticking with his new lady friend, Teresa, a usually placid young waitress whose indignation flares when she learns what Huey is up to. In a moonlit balcony scene, Aldo pleads his lovesick friend’s case and, to his astonishment, Janice capitulates—although not for long. However, we do learn that her earlier abuse of Huey was intended to make him “act like a man” which, at last, he does. And, more than that, he (and the audience) become aware that, in the final essence, “the greatest—and only—success is to be able to love"—a truth which emerges delightfully from the heartwarming, wonderfully antic, and always imaginatively conceived action of the play.

A fanciful, lighthearted and zestfully comic exploration of male/female relationships, and the sometimes unsettling (and very funny) complications that can ensue. An award-winning success in its initial production in Los Angeles, the play was subsequently presented by New York’s famed Manhattan Theatre Club as well. “He writes wonderful Runyonesque dialogue—a sort of gritty, downtown version of sparkling drawing-room comedy—and highly rhetorical speeches that are fun to hear, because actors love to perform them.” —The New Yorker. “Ultimately Shanley is telling us a tall tale but he does it with so much humor, so much winsome charm that it is almost irresistible.” —NY Daily News. “…bathed in the same moonlit madness that gave his Moonstruck screenplay its savor and flavor…A lovely play.” —NY Post.  (Moonstruck was released in 1988 and was nominated for six Oscars, winning for Best Original ScreenplayBest Actress (Cher), and Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis).

THE EDGE ENSEMBLE OPENS IN ITS NEW HOME!

PRESENTS ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION BY JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY

 

The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company will present its first ever production in its new home at 310 Marlboro Street, Suite 112, Keene with the twice-postponed (due to COVID) Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley. Opening day is November 11, and The Edge is eager to welcome its audiences into its new home.

 

Directed by Kim Dupuis, Italian American Reconciliation tells the story of best friends Aldo (Damien Licata) and Huey (Mark DiPietro), as Huey tries to win back his ex-wife Janice (Charlotte Traas) and Aldo confronts his lifelong fear of marriage. Matters are complicated for Huey by his girlfriend, Teresa (Kenzie Yelin), and Teresa’s widowed Aunt May (Kim Dupuis) watches the romantic entanglements with a wise and worldly eye. Tristan Shawley is the assistant director and stage manager.

 

Italian American Reconciliation is a comic and touching exploration of male/female relationships and friendships within the culture of New York City’s Little Italy. The play first opened in Los Angeles in 1987 and subsequently was produced at the famed Manhattan Theatre Club to high acclaim in 1988.

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