Love Street Playhouse presents ‘The Explorators Club’

Performances of the comedy will take place May 13-29

Love Street Playhouse announces a knockabout comedy, The Explorators Club, described as “a hilarious farce,’’ written by W.F. Schmidt. Performances will take place May 13-29 at Love Street Playhouse, located at 126 Loves Ave. in Woodland. Single tickets are $22 and are on sale at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com.

All heck breaks loose in the farcical comedy The Explorators Club at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland this May. From left, Ron Harman of Portland as George, Dan Robertson of Portland as Ashford, and Lou Pallotta of Ridgefield as Fred. Tickets available at lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo courtesy Melinda Pallotta
All heck breaks loose in the farcical comedy The Explorators Club at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland this May. From left, Ron Harman of Portland as George, Dan Robertson of Portland as Ashford, and Lou Pallotta of Ridgefield as Fred. Tickets available at lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo courtesy Melinda Pallotta

“Let’s Play Bridge” is the singular refrain that seems to be about all that is left to do for the aging members of the men-only, Explorators Club. So when the president of the club, Tom Caldwell unexpectedly passes away, leaving his legacy in jeopardy (as well as a spot open at the Bridge table), the remaining members come up with a plan to save it. All heck breaks loose in this farcical comedy as the members are also faced with a female who wants to join the club.

“Who ever heard of a woman explorer? And how do we tell her to get lost?” A complication that now puts the members into a frenzy matching excuses against the long list of credentials that Dr. Ruth Beekman is more than able to supply.

The Explorators Club is said to be “a wildly funny throwback to a time when men dominated clubs, and activities dominated the landscape, and how women have broken through those barriers and found common ground with their male peers.’’

Director Shanae Tullis, of Vancouver, has assembled a talented cast of seasoned veterans for the comedy. Starring in The Explorators Club is Lou Pallotta of Ridgefield; Dan Robertson of Portland; Ron Harman of Portland; Sharon Mann of Vancouver; Brenda McGinnis of Vancouver; Henry Lorch of Vancouver and Austin Yancey of Vancouver.

The Creative Team

The creative team includes Shanae Tullis of Vancouver (director); Love Street Playhouse Owner and Artistic Director Melinda Pallotta (producer and costume designer), Love Street Owner Lou Pallotta (managing director), Mikail Nordquist of Longview (lighting design), Autumn Bochart of Ridgefield (sound design), and Hailey Wilhelm (stage manager).

Single tickets to The Explorators Club start at $22 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LoveStreetPlayhouse.com or by phone at (800) 966-8865. Performances run May 13-29. 

Performance times: 

Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m.

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, Mary 22 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m.

Local businesses contributing to Love Street Playhouse include Holland America Flowers, Benno Dobbe, owner and president; Columbia Bank, Mapleridge House AirBnB in Woodland, Lewis River Studios of Woodland, Third Street Villas in Woodland, Business Cents NW of Vancouver, Woodland Truck Line, Woodland Funeral Home, Erica Rodman of Woodland Real Estate, Lelooska Foundation, Crisp Home Connection of Woodland.

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