At times, especially when I am hiding up on Jaramillo, I feel a bit like a mushroom. Some good things find there way up the hill. I did hear about the Woodwind concert held in the Evangelical Church in Bajo Boquete on Thursday. I and about two hundred others went to the short but good concert. I was impressed by performance but even more impressed by the mixture of expats and locals there. Even more so, I was pleased to see that the fifty or so children there, were well mannered and did not disrupt the concert. It was nice to see children listening too classical music. I do wish more expats were there, there were a lot of empty chairs. If we, the community as a whole wants growth in the performing arts in Boquete we may need to abandon the bars and football games occasionally to support the arts.
Still another outstanding surprise that found me was that the Board of the BCP has had the courage to allow Jim Hatch to be Creative Director. For those with short memories or new to Boquete, Jim has an independent theater company here for two years and they did serious Community Theater. Boquete supported both the Boquete Community Players (BCP) and the Chiriqui Players, but our small town within a small town was not enough to provide an audience for both. Now we will find a new BCP with changes coming in many ways. The official schedule to 2013 has been approved and I am pleased to publish it now.
The Boquete Community Players
23-27th Cosi —– A comedy by, Louis Nowra
‘Louis Nowra has written a terrific play about theatre, madness,
illusions, sanity, life:it’s a big, splendidly Australian epic…’
Set in a mental institution in 1970, Cosi offers up a world of the most
extraordinary, ordinary people.
10-14th Rabbit Hole A play by, David Lindsay-Abaire
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize
Rabbit Hole is a transcendent and deeply affecting play, which shifts
perfectly from hilarity to grief and back again. This is the some of
the most beautiful dialogue ever written.
22-26th Bench Warmers ……… New One Act Plays
A series of new one act plays, whose authors are winners of the BCP
Bench Warmer New play contest. Last year we had entrants from the
United States and many home grown right here in Panama.
“A delightful and fun filled evening.”
July 31st -August 4th Proof………. by David Auburn
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play
Proof combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned
storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theatre.
October 16-20th The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women
by Carolyn Gage
A play with intense audience participation! Engrossing, controversial
courtroom drama, where the audience must serve as judge and jury,
deciding motions and verdict, in a case against the five women who
betrayed the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, the last surviving
daughter of the Tsar of Russia. Complex ethical questions on a set of
“Carolyn Gage’s raucous, multilayered script explores issues of empathy, loyalty, and betrayal among women…” –The Washington Post.
“Verdict: An unexpected delight… ” Miami Herald
“… farcical humor, imaginative plot twists, and just pure theatrical fun…” –South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale.
Rumor, is that other changes are coming to the BCP including incentives for membership. I am looking forward to announcing the details as they find there way up Jaramillo.