Category Archives: News


Cast Announced for The Good Doctor

Seneca Falls, NY: Seneca Community Players is proud to announce casting for The Good Doctor, directed by Seneca Community Player’s Director, Eric J, Jansen. The cast features Chris Boulter (Seneca Falls), John King (Waterloo), Joanne Saracino (Phelps), Maria Coleman (Auburn), Dawn Jansen (Clifton Springs), Pam Bryan (Waterloo), Peter Saracino (Phelps) and Jim Porto (Seneca Falls). The Good Doctor begins performances on Saturday, June 3, 2017, and runs at the 115 Fall Street “Partridge Building” (Lower level), Seneca Falls theater through Sunday, June 4, 2017.

“The Good Doctor” is Neil Simon’s heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into laugh-out- loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun. The show is set in Russia and Simon transformed the short stories into comedies. He wrote this show after his first wife, Joan died suddenly. One of the scenes in the show is very touching and is called, “Too Late for Happiness,” with Joanne Saracino and Chris Boulter capturing the pathos Simon felt at this point in his life. The title of the play refers to Chekhov who was a doctor in real life. The cast of characters includes a writer, a blustering general, a lady of the night, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a man who earns money by “drowning,” a novice dentist, and an overeager actress. “The Good Doctor” opened on Broadway’s Eugene O’Neil Theatre in November 1973 with Christopher Plummer heading the cast and ran for 208 performances. The show has 12 scenes and 8 performers.

Performed as a “Staged Reading” the play relies on the voices of the cast to tell the various stories and create the pictures in the minds of the audience. Director Eric Jansen has assembled a talented cast of veteran actors to take on this, perhaps most challenging form of theatre. Rooted in ancient times, oral storytelling is an intimate tradition between the storyteller and their audience. So, it is that the cast with only the power and skill of their voices takes the humor and wit of 19 th Century Author Anton Chekhov and sprinkles it with Neil Simon’s laughter and sarcasm in order to serve up a wonderful night of theatre.


Auditions Date Changed

SENECA FALLS, NY, April 24, 2017 ———— Seneca Community Players announced today that they will hold auditions for the upcoming staged reading of Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor.  This hilarious play is set to be presented at 115 Fall Street (Lower Level) with performances late May/early June.  

The Good Doctor is a Broadway hit offering a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a feisty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. Let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.  

The play will be presented as a staged reading.  A stage reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, use the tone and inflection of their voices to convey the work.  This allows the audience to see the action in all of its beauty in their mind’s eye unconstrained by the vision of the director.  Staged reading is often felt to be the type of theater truest to the sense intended by the plays author.

The cast includes roles for five actors, three men and two women with the ability to play ages 19-80.  Auditions will include selected readings from the script and short improv. There will be limited rehearsals and time commitment.   Auditions will be held at 115 Fall Street, Lower Level on April 30, and May 1 at 7pm.  

To learn more about this production, please contact Eric Jansen, Director. (585) 202-9143

Seneca Community Players Announce Auditions For Readers Theatre

Seneca Community Players Announce Auditions For Readers Theatre

Seneca Falls, NY, April 1, 2017 On Saturday April 8 at 6pm,  Seneca Community Players will hold auditions for a Staged Reading of Neil Simon’s play, The Good Doctor,

The Good Doctor is a play consisting of several “short plays” inspired by the short stories of writer Anton Chekhov.  It follows the trials and tribulations of an un-named writer who is suffering a bout of writer’s block, as he narrates his series of short stories to the audience.

No memorization is required, as actors will read from the script during the performance.  Parts are available for both men & women of all ages. Staged readings are a unique opportunity for actors and directors to experience interpreting new and old plays in a story-telling atmosphere.

There will be no charge for performances of The Good Doctor which will be on May 6th at 7:30PM, and May 7th at 2PM, at 115 Fall Street, lower level.  Each performance will be followed by a Q&A talkback session with the actors and director.   Craig Simmons, who has previously been seen as Boolie in SCP’s Driving Miss Daisy, and Doctor Prentice in What The Butler Saw, will be directing.

Auditions will begin promptly at 6pm, April 8 at 115 Fall Street, lower level, in Seneca Falls.

Please feel free to contact the director with questions or further details about this production at 585-402-5093, or by email at

Visit Seneca Community Players on Facebook, or at

Willy Wonka Photos

Enjoy some photos from our show!