Pen Players Read “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” at Bjorklunden

Osiris Khepera

Peninsula Players will present a reading of Rebecca Gilman’s stage adaptation of Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter on Jan. 30 at Björklunden at 7 pm. Produced in coordination with Door County Reads, the reading will feature Players’ actors Lili-Anne Brown, Anya Kopischke, Osiris Khepera and Alan Kopischke, as well as local actors Mark Moede, Hervy Hodges, Chad Luberger, David Maier, Amy Ensign and Brandon Bogenschütz. Signing actor Robert Schlieffer will portray the pivotal role of the mute John Singer. Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler and Players Development Director Alan Kopischke are directing the reading.

Brown was last seen at the Players in Little Shop of Horrors and will appear Off-Broadway this fall in A Twist of Water. Khepera was in last season’s A Few Good Men and has created a one-man show he will launch in Chicago in February. Anya Kopischke is a Gibraltar High School junior who was last on stage with the Players in A Little Night Music and will perform in Door Idol. Schlieffer recently played John Singer in the Steppenwolf production of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in Chicago.

Moede, Hodges, Luberger and Ensign are all active in the Door County theatre community with such companies. Bogenschütz is a Gibraltar senior who will play Sir Evelyn Oakleigh in Gibraltar’s production of Anything Goes. Maier, managing director of American Folklore Theatre, and Alan Kopischke both had long professional acting careers prior to their theatre administration careers in Door County.

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