Arena Players 2017 Season: Simon, Albee and LaBute, Plus Children’s Productions

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The Arena Players Repertory Theater will begin its 2017 season with a Neil Simon comedy, Jake’s Women, which opens Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.
Tickets for Friday and Sunday shows are $20, and $18 for seniors (60 and older). Saturday tickets are $25 (no senior discount). For more information and to purchase tickets, call 516-293-0674 or 516-557-1207. Visit

The Arena Players Children’s Theater opens its new season on Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m. with The Tale of the Frog Prince, also in the Carriage House Theater.

To purchase Children’s Theater tickets, please call Arena Players at 516-293-0674. Tickets: Adults $10, children $8. Children under 3 are free. The theater is fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

Jake’s Women by Neil Simon
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 and 17-18, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 and 19, at 3:00 p.m.

Neil Simon, America’s premier comic playwright, makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships.

Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from the actual women. These women include Jake’s revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee
Friday and Saturday, April 14-15 and 21-22, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m.

Martin is a 50-year old, award-winning architect chosen to design a $27-billion dream city in the American Midwest. He and his wife Stevie and their 17-year-old son live in their art-filled uptown apartment. They’re at the top of the heap. But when Martin confides to his best friend that he is in love with Sylvia, he sets in motion events that threaten to destroy his family and career, and leave his life in tatters. So who is Sylvia?

This Oedipus Rex for the modern world is from the legendary author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is a provocative and startling black comedy that questions the boundaries of love and the limits of desire.

Fat Pig by Neil LaBute
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 and 19-20, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 14 and 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Fat Pig centers on Tom, a typical young professional who becomes involved in a relationship with a plus-sized librarian, Helen. Tom is conflicted with the realization that his work associate, Carter, is highly insulting about the relationship due to Helen’s weight and appearance. The play follows the journey of their relationship through a poignant, and eye-opening production that hits on the topics of outside influence on a person’s every decision. Fat Pig premiered off-Broadway in 2004. Hailed as a provocative comedy that makes the audience think, the play received the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

The Tale of the Frog Prince
Saturday, March 4, 11 and 18, at 1:00 p.m.

Our Frog Prince is lonely, bored and unhappy as a frog. He secretly yearns to be the human he once was, before being put under a spell by an evil witch. The only way to break the spell is to be kissed by a lovely maiden. But who wants to kiss a larger-than-life frog that eats flies? Watch how our beloved frog finally gets the kiss of his dreams in this delightful and charming children’s play.

Little Red Revisited
Saturday, April 1, 8 and 22, at 1:00 p.m.

Come hear the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the way the animals of the forest tell it. Here we meet Little Red – but she’s not just a little girl. She’s a little girl wolf! And she and her Mama Wolf and Grandma Wolf are being hunted by some over-anxious hunters. See how Little Red and her family outsmart the humans in this animal-friendly audience-participation play.
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(Museum administrative office hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 4:00. Closed weekends and holidays.)

Hours – Museum and Mansion
Through April 10, 2017: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00. Last mansion tour begins at 4:00. (The Museum and Mansion are closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.) Planetarium open Friday and Saturday nights.

Hours – Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium
Through April 10, 2017: Daytime shows Tuesday at 2:00, and Saturday and Sunday at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Evening shows on Friday and Saturday at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00. (The Planetarium is closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but is open Friday and Saturday nights.)


January 3 – February 28

Open February 20 — February 24 (Winter Vacation)

Tuesday Afternoons
2:00 – Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe

Friday Nights
8:00 – Long Island Skies
9:00 – Black Holes
10:00 – Led Zeppelin – New Laser Show!
Saturday Nights
8:00 – Night Sky, Live!
9:00 – Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe
10:00 – Led Zeppelin – New Laser Show!
Saturday and Sunday Afternoons
Plus February 20-24

12:00 –One World, One Sky
1:00 – Earth, Moon, and Sky
2:00 – Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe
3:00 – Night Sky, Live!
4:00 – Black Holes

Year-round viewing of the night sky (weather permitting), Friday only, 9:00-10:00. Observation is free.

Museum Admission
General museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors (62 and older), and $3 for children 12 and under. General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Marine Museum, Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Habitat Room, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a mansion tour, add $5 per ticket. (A video tour of the mansion is available on request.)

Mansion Tours
Guided tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — are available Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00.

Planetarium Admission
During the day, visitors to the Planetarium pay general museum admission ($7 for adults, $6 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $3 for children 12 and under), plus $5 each for a Planetarium show. Since the museum is closed in the evening, no general museum admission is charged — visitors pay only for Planetarium show tickets: $9 for adults, $8 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $7 for children 12 and under.

Vanderbilt Observatory
Night-sky viewing on Friday (weather permitting), 9:00-10:00 p.m. Observation is free.

Location and Website
The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. Directions and updated details on programs and events are available at For information, call 631-854-5579.

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum
The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum — a unique combination of mansion, marine and natural history museum, planetarium and park — is dedicated to the education and enjoyment of the people of Long Island and beyond. This mission is achieved through the thoughtful preservation, interpretation and enhancement of the Eagle’s Nest estate as an informal educational facility. Many exhibition and program themes focus upon Long Island’s Gold Coast Era. Programs also concentrate on William K. Vanderbilt II’s desire that his marine, natural history and ethnographic collections promote appreciation and understanding of the marvelous diversity of life, other cultures, and scientific knowledge. Planetarium programming, more specifically, focuses on scientific knowledge and seeks to capture Mr. Vanderbilt’s sense of adventure and exploration through state-of-the-art entertainment.

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