Vineyard Playhouse, a busy place

Mary Kate Law and Merle Perkins
Mary Kate Law, left, and Merle Perkins perform one of many numbers during the anniversary celebration at the Playhouse. Photos by Ralph Stewart

Posted July 26, 2007

The icing on the cake

Last Sunday, The Vineyard Playhouse celebrated its 25th anniversary in style. The Icing on the Cake gala was comprised of a reception and a show, put on by an ensemble of past and present Playhouse performers and performances. Devised by MJ Bruder Munafo with musical direction by Dan Murphy, the show was fabulous entertainment, with numbers from "Ain't Misbehavin'," "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Godspell," to name just a few. Many donations from Island restaurants and businesses made the night a true gala, especially since it ended with good slice of cake.

Billy Meleady
"We shall lose our time, and all be turn'd to barnacles, or to apes, With foreheads villanous low" says Caliban (Billy Meleady) in Act IV, scene 1.

Shakespeare at the amphitheater

The recently renovated Tisbury Amphitheater opened its first show of the season, "The Tempest," considered by many to be Shakespeare's last known work. Directed and produced by MJ Bruder Munafo, the play runs Wednesday through Sunday night at 5 pm through August 5.

The setting and plot are a good fit for the Island community, Ms. Bruder Munafo said in a press release. "It truly is the perfect play to present here on Martha's Vineyard. Its characters are shipwrecked on a beautiful, enchanted island. I think there are many people on this Island during the summer months who identify with that situation completely."

The stage welcomes back familiar faces such as Larry Bull and Billy Meleady as Prospero and Caliban, respectively. Other veterans include Mac Young, Victoria Campbell, Danny Jensen, and Chelsea McCarthy. The Playhouse welcomes for the first time Kelsey Rose Siepser, Will McFadden, Jonathan Freeman, and Jake Estabrook. Tickets are $15 and $10 for children under 18. The amphitheater is located at the Tashmoo Overlook off State Road in Tisbury.

George Cohn and Leslie Stark
George Cohn, left, and Leslie Stark help celebrate at the Playhouse.

History repeated

The next main stage production at the Vineyard Playhouse is Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning play, "Copenhagen." A politically charged and socially relevant production, "Copenhagen" tells the story of a historic meeting during World War II between two physicists: the German Werner Heisenberg, father of the uncertainty principle, and the Dane Niels Bohr, an expert in atomic structure and quantum theory. What the two Nobel Prize winners spoke about during their meeting is unknown to this day, but the fact that it pertained to the atomic bomb is undoubted. This production is directed by John Lipsky, Playhouse artistic associate. Actors include Ken Baltin from Boston, and Cary Barker and Rob Skolits, both from New York.

"Copenhagen" begins on August 1 and runs through August 18. For complete ticket information, call the box office at 508-696-6300 or visit

Casting Call

There is an immediate casting opening for an African-American actor for the role of jockey Simon Cato in the play "Pure Confidence," by Carlyle Brown. The actor must be in their mid 20's to early 40's, and 5' 8" or under. Play rehearsals begin on August 7, and the show runs from August 22 through Sept. 8. A small professional theatre contract is offered. If interested, e-mail your picture and resume to, or mail it to Vineyard Playhouse, P.O. Box 2452, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

For more information about the Vineyard Playhouse, call 508-696-6300 or visit