For the theatrically inclined, The Players at Barker Playhouse
just may be the ticket. As a member of this dramatic group, you can attend five plays a season, three annual parties and numerous readings and social events. Plus, if you’d like, you can participate in the excitement of live shows – performed by members, for members. Around since 1909, the club proudly claims the title of America’s oldest, continuously running “little theater.” On October 12, during the upcoming production of Doubt
, the Players will celebrate its 2,500th performance.
“We welcome those who like to work either onstage or backstage, and those who prefer to sit in the audience and watch the stage! A member can be as active as they wish,” explains Trisha McManus, the president of the Players and a 20-year member. McManus watched three of her five children perform at Barker over the years, and credits their positive experiences with inspiring them to work in the entertainment industry. Two of her sons have since written and directed a film (Funeral Kings, 2010, shot in RI), and her daughter has appeared as a series regular on several TV shows.