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Same Time, Next Year (Comedy)

By Bernard Slade

Directed by Brian H. Wagner


November 2930

December 67-8*, 1314, and 2021 (2013)



Catering by Goeglein's Catering


Dinner Rolls with Butter
Mixed Greens Salad with Assorted Dressings
Breast of Chicken Chelsea
Parsley Potatoes
Green Beans with Dill
Peach Crisp with Whipped Topping
Coffee and Iced Tea

Vegetarian dinners available upon request.


About the Show

One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world's most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers. Winner of the 1975 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding New American Play Nominee, 1975 Tony Award, Best Play.


"Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia." -The New York Times


"Genuinely funny and genuinely romantic."- New York Post


Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.





Whatzup / Curtain Call Review

Journal-Gazette Review

Whatzup / Gloria Minnich Profile

Whatzup / Director's Notes

Actor Bios

Gloria Minnich
as Doris

Gloria's credits include "Stepping Out", "Plaza Suite", "Almost Maine", "Any Wednesday" and others at Arena Dinner Theatre.  She also has appeared in "The Road to Mecca", Durang: 5 comedies in 1, Private Lives and Proof at the Civic Theatre. 

When not onstage, she teaches drama and dance classes at area schools.  She is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company. 

She enjoys traveling and has taken workshops with the Royal  Shakespeare Company in England.

Kevin Knuth
as George

This show marks Kevin's 7th performance on the Arena Stage.  Previously he has appeared in "Any Wednesday", "Social Security", "True Life Christmas Disasters", "The Marriage Go Round", and "Plaza Suite".  He won a Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in "Almost Maine" at Arena Dinner Theatre.

In his spare time he can often be seen walking his dog, and best friend, Connor, through the West Central Neighborhood where he and his wife Sharon reside.

Directors Notes

Our next production of the season is Same Time, Next Year written by Bernard Slade.  I first read the show upon its publication in the late 1970's and fell in love with it immediately! Arena is the perfect venue for this intimate look at a couple, Doris and George, married to other people, who meet one evening by chance in a restaurant in the early 1950's, fall in love and agree to meet for one weekend a year when he is in California doing a friend's books and she is on a religious retreat. The play follows them for the next twenty-five years of their relationship. Not only does the script chronicle the love affair between Doris and George, but it also comments on the events happening in America during this tumultuous time in history and how these events change them and shape their relationship. Same Time, Next Year is a classic romantic comedy of the modern theatre and one of the most often produced plays in the world. The original Broadway production was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play when it was first produced in 1975, as well as winning a Best Actress Tony for Ellen Burstyn who originated the role of Doris and went on to recreate her role for the 1978 film starring opposite Alan Alda as George. The show has not been produced in Fort Wayne since the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre did it in the early 1980's.

The play has only the two characters and I was able to handpick my cast. I was fortunate enough to be able to coerce two multiple award winning actors and Arena Theatre favorites, Gloria Minnich and Kevin Knuth, to give up a great deal of time over the upcoming holiday season to perform in this production. We have been hard at work over the past several weeks putting together what I think will be an incredibly memorable show for our audiences. It's funny and moving and a timeless classic that I'm sure our audiences will enjoy.



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