About PinnWorth Productions
PinnWorth Productions could be called the love child of set/costume designer Kate Pinner and playwright/director LouJ Stalsworth and the husband-wife team has been nurturing it since the early 1980s when they conducted a summer workshop for teens at Brookdale Community College.
The first venture in formal, onstage productions was “The Cookbook,” a comedy of a bumbling husband, lots of women and plenty of bedroom doors which made its debut at Edison Valley Playhouse in the summer of 1981. Stalsworth wrote it.
In the years that followed, the team brought their combined talents to the Villagers Theatre in Somerset where two more plays by Stalsworth, “Retreads” and “In Rehearsal,” premiered. Again, set and costume design by Pinner.
Eventually the team found a comfortable long-term home in Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor where “Jenny and the Jersey Devil,” Stalsworth’s Faustian tale of New Jersey history made its debut in 2000.
In the course of time, the company grew, taking on bigger shows, musicals and prize winning productions that have come to be the company’s hallmark.
While the future of community theater is unclear in these troubled times, one certainty is that PinnWorth Productions will continue to put shows on stage, adhering to its stated intent:
The mission of PinnWorth Productions is to entertain audiences while exploring common elements of the human condition that unite us all.
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IMPOSTERS, HYPOCRITES AND HUMOR; SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
When it premiered in 1664, Moliere's classic satire of lust, deceit and false piety was denounced as a sacrilegious outrage and banned from further public view. So naturally, Kelsey Theatre and the award-winning team at PinnWorth Productions couldn’t resist bringing this 355-year-old comedy into the present day and current political climate for an evening of deliciously satirical fun.
Featuring a new translation by Ranjit Bolt, this is the story of Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite who capitalizes on the piety and ignorance of others to line his own pocket. The trouble begins when Tartuffe deftly worms his way into the affections and household of the wealthy Orgon, who he convinces to hand over his daughter in exchange for divine absolution even as he exercises a rogue’s lust for the man’s wife.
In a household of flummoxed folks, Dorine, the sassy maid, sees the imposter for what he is, yet no one else fully grasps the crisis descending on the family. Caught most desperately in the middle of the pretender’s scheming is the desirable but dutiful wife, Elmire, whose comic booty trap is a legend of theatrical comedy. Chaos reigns until Tartuffe is finally revealed for the imposter that he is.
As director Lou Stalsworth holds a mirror up to America for the evening, this play takes us on a very familiar but hilarious ride, eventually ending it all bigly, with a happy ending, and a touch of deus ex machina, and a dash of contemporary covfefe. Seriously, the ony thing missing from this comic masterpiece is a twitter feed.
For more details and a full synopsis see Wikipedia.
This legendary story of good versus evil is the source of enduring fascination and the subject of the best selling novel by producer Isabel Allende and several major motion pictures. This new musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero, spectacular sword-fighting and incredible magic – all set to the famous red-hot Gipsy King beat brought to the stage with the authentic colors of traditional flamenco.
The swashbuckling adventure story of the legendary masked man comes to Kelsey Theatre this January under the guidance of the prize-winning team from PinnWorth Productions.
Diego / Zorro: Kevin Albanese
Luisa: Haley Schmalbach
Ramon: Shawn Simmons
Inez: Kate Bilenko
Garcia: Michael Wemer
Alejandro: Jim Morris
Francisco Javier Estrada, David Hartway, Jen Huckleberry, Tyler Huckleberry, Shelley Gail Weiss Lightman, Ivan Max, Graciela Monagas, Diego Pablo Montealegre, Jenna Moschella, Jason Nixon, Sonia Perez, Channing Roman, Stephen Roman, Sari Ruskin, TJ Sandor, Reva Sangal, Christopher Schmalbach, Darrell Watts, and Zoey Aliah Woody.
Past Production Highlights
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