• Acting Irish Festival
    / April 11, 20170 COMMENTS
    Rochester Community Players and The Irish Players of Rochester are pleased to welcome the 2017 Acting Irish International Theatre Festival to Rochester on May 9–14. ...
  • Auditions for As You Like It
    / March 4, 20170 COMMENTS
    All the world’s a stage… RCP’s Shakespeare Players are excited to announce auditions for our twentieth anniversary production of Free Shakespeare at Highland ...
  • Philadelphia Here I Come!
    / March 4, 20170 COMMENTS
    RCP’s Irish Players are excited to present Philadelphia, Here I Come! on March 31—April 9, 2017 at MuCCC.

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Welcome!

Rochester Community Players (RCP) is the oldest community theatre in New York state. Since its debut in 1925, RCP has produced over 600 plays. RCP is the home organization for the Shakespeare Players and the Irish Players programs. 

Auditions!

We will be holding auditions for Coriolanus early in the summer. Stay tuned to our Audition page for all the details!

Volunteer!

Whether you're sharing your expertise or developing new skills, we have lots of opportunities to get involved behind the scenes with RCP.

 

Shakespeare Players

In 1994, RCP created the Shakespeare Players as a program of the Rochester Community Players. The first production was Twelfth Night, which premiered on November 19, 1994. Through the summer of 2016, RCP's Shakespeare Players has staged over 50 Shakespeare productions. Each July, we stage a free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl; indoor productions are staged at MuCCC.

Henry V, at MuCCC. 2015

Irish Players

RCP's Irish Players program was founded in 1997. The program presents one play each spring, always by an Irish or Irish-American playwright. After performing locally, we take our production "on the road" to the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival (AIITF). In recent years, our Irish Players program has performed in Florida, Chicago, and Milwaukee, as well as in Canada in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal and in Dublin, Ireland. In 2008, we hosted the AIITF in Rochester. In 2017, the festival will again be held in Rochester.  

History

The Rochester Community Players are Rochester's oldest theater group, having begun performing in 1925.  The first performance was of Wedding Bells, in January of 1925.  We have consistently been providing Rochester live theatrical entertainment ever since.