The Rochester Community Players

Welcome to the Rochester Community Players. We are the home organization for the Shakespeare Players of Rochester, the Irish Players of Rochester, and our regular RCP productions. We are a member of TheatreROCS! (The Page for Stage; the association of theater groups in Rochester NY), the Acting Irish International Theater Festival, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the Theatre Association of New York State, and the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Open Shakespeare Now Open! Summer Program for Teens and Kids

Our new 2015 Open Shakespeare Summer program is now signing up Teens and Kids. Click HERE for more information

WEATHER ALERT: THE PERFORMANCE OF HENRY IV, PART 1, SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JUNE 28 IS NOT CANCELLED AS OF 6:30PM SUNDAY EVENING.

2014-2015: RCP's 91th Season!!!

The Rochester Community Players is pleased to announce its 91th Season of seven productions, four indoor performances at MuCCC Theater, a  Shakespeare production for young people show at the Dazzle Theater, and TWO free Shakespeare plays, in repertory, at the Highland Park Bowl in the summer of 2015.

Next up: HENRY IV parts 1 and 2, June 26 - July 18


The Shakespeare Players program of the Rochester Community Players is presenting TWO Shakespeare plays this summer, as part of our 19th annual free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl. Henry IV, Part 1 opened  Friday, June 26, and Henry IV, Part 2, will open next Friday, July 3. The two plays will run in repertory, on alternating nights, and both plays will be presented in an unprecedented (for us) double header on Sunday, July12. The two performances July 12 will also be interpreted for the deaf.

The shows are at the Highland Park Bowl, Corner of South Avenue and Robinson Drive, 1200 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14620. The performances are FREE (donations solicited at intermission)

These two plays are the second and third in a series of Shakespearean history plays known as the ‘Henriad’. RCP’s Shakespeare Players presented the first play in the cycle, Richard II, in April and will present the fourth Henriad play, Henry V, in November at MuCCC Theater.

The Henriad tells the dramatic dynastic struggle for the crown of England following the overthrow of King Richard II by his cousin, Henry, former Duke of Lancaster and now King Henry IV. In the two parts of the Henry IV plays, the new king fights off uprisings against his rule, while his son, Prince Hal, ignores his duties and spends his time carousing with thieves, whores and lowlifes, led by the great Shakespearean character John Falstaff.

Playing the part of King Henry IV is Jeffery Jones, a Shakespeare Players veteran, who is continuing the character he first portrayed in Richard II in April. His recent Highland Bowl roles include Richard III and Iago in Othello. John Jaeger, another RCP veteran actor and director, plays John Falstaff.

Henry IV part 1 and Henry IV, part 2 are being co-directed by Brad Craddock and Stephanie Roosa. Mr. Craddock, a teacher at Rochester’s School of the Arts, portrayed King Richard in Richard II in April, and Ms. Roosa most recently directed for us the 2011 Highland Bowl production of Othello. Admission is free with donations accepted.

Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 remaining performances:

Henry IV, Part 1:  Sunday, June 28
Henry IV, Part 2: Friday, July 3 and Sunday July 5

Henry IV, Part 1: Tuesday, July 7
Henry IV, Part 2: Wednesday, July 8

Henry IV, Part 1: Friday, July 10
Henry IV, Part 2: Saturday, July 11

Double header: Henry IV, Part 1 Sunday, July 12 at 4:00 PM and Henry IV, Part 2 July 12 at 8:00 PM (these two performances will be interpreted for the deaf)

Henry IV, Part 1: Tuesday, July 14
Henry IV, Part 2: Wednesday, July 15

Henry IV, Part 1: Friday, July 17
Henry IV, Part 2: Saturday, July 18

And Coming Up in 2015:


In November 2015, we complete the “Henriad” cycle with Henry V at MuCCC Theater.

Other RCP News and Information:

Rochester Shakespeare Literary Society: A program of RCP's Shakespeare Players, the Rochester Shakespeare Literary Society (RSLC) meets monthly to discuss Shakespeare and prepare for upcoming Shakespeare productions in Rochester and Western New York (ours as well as Shakespeare productions by other companies.)  Attendance is free and all are welcome. This is a discussion group; persons are encouraged to attend and share their insights and information about Shakespeare plays.

Meetings of the RSLC take place from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM the second Sunday of each month (except  May, when it is the third Sunday) at Barnes and Noble (2nd floor meeting room); 3400 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford NY.  More information and meeting dates on our RSLS page.

Stratford Trip 2015:  August 21 to 23, 2015: our third annual Stratford trip, intended to see as many Shakespeare plays as we can over this three day weekend. The 2015 trip will include Hamlet, Loves Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, Pericles, plus The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JULY 15. See our Stratford Trip page for more details.

Auditions: Next RCP auditions will be for Henry V, to be directed by Ken Dauer. Auditions will be July 25, 27 and 28 at the Dazzle School, 110 Webster Avenue. More information is on our Auditions page.

Director Proposals: We post on our Director Proposal page proposals to direct most of our productions.

FREE Movies at the Bowl: RCP is a co-sponsor of the Thursday evening FREE movies at the Highland Park Bowl, presented by the Monroe County Parks Department.  All movies start at dusk (Around 9 PM). Refreshments are provided by the Rochester Community Players. The 2015 schedule: July 16: Madagascar; July 23: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure; July 30: The Sound of Music

More information about RCP. . .
You can reach us at the office of our President, Peter Scribner, at 585-261-6461 Our business address is 1110 Park Avenue, Rochester NY 14610.

To receive our monthly email newsletter and information about upcoming shows and auditions, send us an email, with "ADD TO EMAIL LIST" in the subject line, to rochestercommunityplayers (at) gmail (dot) org

RCP has been staging community theater productions continuously since 1925. see our Wikipedia Production History page for a complete list of all productions.

The Rochester Community Players is a proud member of TheatreROCS, the Page for Stage.


Rochester Community Players Board of Directors: Peter Scribner (President); Patrick White (First Vice President); Michael Krickmire (Second Vice President); Joyce Curran (Treasurer), Tom Bohrer (Treasurer), Lori Love, Peg Weber, Carl Girard, Ken Dauer. Jean Ryon, Bernard Plansky, and Jillian Christensen

Shakespeare Players Committee: Patrick White (Chair), Peter Scribner, Tom Bohrer, Louise Jones, Matt Moore, Carl Girard, Ken Dauer, Jillian Christensen, Jim Landers

Irish Players Committee: Jillian Christensen (Chair), Lori Love, Peter Scribner, Jean Ryon, Ken Dauer, Mike Sorenson

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The Rochester Community Players, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are gratefully accepted by PayPal (below) or by check payable to "Rochester Community Players" and mail them to "Rochester Community Players; 1110 Park Avenue; Rochester NY 14610.