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Join us in 2016 for tales of wit, wisdom, wonder and woman-power! We dive into our 9th season with Clare Boothe Luce’s deliciously satirical romp, THE WOMEN.

Performances are March 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, 13, and will be in 3 different indoor venues.
• March 3 & 10 at 8:00 pm, at Willamette Oaks Retirement Community, 455 Alexander Loop, Eugene 97401
• March 4, 6 & 11, 13 at 7:30 pm, at Good Samaritan Center, 3500 Hilyard, Eugene, 97405
• March 5 & 12 at 7:00 pm, at Sheldon Oaks Retirement Community, 2525 Cal Young Rd, 97401

Call 541-735-7184 for information.
In 2016, Roving Park Players dives into its 9th season with tales of wit, wisdom, wonder and woman-power. Leading off this year’s playbill, which includes The Merry Wives of Windsor in June and Little Women in August, is Clare Boothe Luce’s deliciously satirical romp, The Women.
Though this play earned a place in theater history for its author, at the time it debuted on Broadway, in December of 1936, Boothe Luce lacked the confidence in her work to be in attendance. Smarting from a dismal reception for her first play just the year before, she swore never again to show her face at an opening. She needn’t have worried.
The Women became one of the hits of the 1936-1937 season, breaking Broadway attendance records for a nonmusical, despite some initial critical squeamishness about the subject matter and the acid wit with which the author presented it. Boothe Luce’s dissection of life among the rich and fatuous was indeed heady stuff for its time, but audiences loved it and critics retrospectively praised her brilliance and fearlessness, placing her on an equal footing with some of literature’s finest social satirists.
For us today The Women stands as a monument to one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. Playwright, painter, editor, war correspondent, congresswoman, diplomat, and proto-feminist, Clare Boothe Luce was frighteningly ambitious and accomplished, her many achievements nothing short of legendary. However, it could be argued that her over-arching wish for The Women at the time it was written was that it and, by extension, its author be taken seriously.
Yes, it is a send-up of Park Avenue gossips of the 1930’s, a segment of society Boothe Luce was well-acquainted with. But, in the tradition of the best comedies of manners, it confronts us with ourselves, despite the intervening years’ march toward political correctness. The Women is Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 State of the Conjugal Union Address and, from the society dames to the shopgirls to the cooks and cleaners, it’s good to take heed and be reminded how far we’ve come…and how far we have yet to go.
Your tax-deductible donation helps us to bring plays like The Women to the people of our community free of charge. Please help us present this important work by one of the best and brightest minds of the 20th century. We welcome donations of any amount sent to our address at: Roving Park Players, P.O. Box 50024, Eugene OR 97405.
This Season:
Clare Boothe Luce’s THE WOMEN
Directed by Danette Lamson
Performances indoors
March 3, 4, 5, 6 & 10, 11, 12, 13

Adapted & Directed by Laura Robinson
Performances in the parks
June 9, 10, 11, 12 & 16, 17, 18, 19

Louisa May Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN
Adapted & Directed by Victoria Harkovitch
Performances in the parks
August 11, 12, 13, 14 & 18, 19, 20, 21

Call (541) 914-2374 or (541) 337-6144 for more information.