About Ross Valley Players

The ‘Barn’ as it appeared in 1947. The structure was originally built in 1864 on the property of James Ross.

Board of Directors
Vic Revenko (President)
Steve Price (Vice President & Co-Exec. Producer)
Ellen Goldman (Secretary)
Mark Friedlander (Treasurer)
Alex Ross (Business Manager
Maureen O’Donoghue (Co-Executive Producer)

Stephanie Ahlberg, Michael Cohen, Buzz Halsing, Maureen Kalbus, Dee Kordek, Alison Peltz, Maureen Scheuenstuhl, & Carol Winograd

Co-Production
Ross Valley Players is interested in co-producing events with other organizations. Call (415) 456-9555 ext. 3 for more information.

ADA Compliance
The Barn and Ross Valley Players are committed to being fully ADA compliant, with wheelchair access, large lobby, and compliant bathrooms.

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Theatre for Our Community

Our Vision
Ross Valley Players produces diverse, professionally-oriented, high quality live theatre that evokes, entertains, and enlivens the human spirit. We invite the participation of an evolving and expanding community. We provide an open, collaborative environment in which to learn and develop theatre crafts. We honor and sustain our legacy as a flourishing cultural resource, and pursue the excitement and promise of the future through the transformative power of storytelling.

Our History
Ross Valley Players was founded by Beth Lloyd and a small group of women in 1930 as a way to escape the hardships of the Depression. After first performing in various indoor and outdoor venues, including the Mount Tamalpais Amphitheater, the Kittle estate offered the group a large red barn in 1939. The land on which the barn stands is now part of the Marin Art and Garden Center. Originally owned by James Ross, for whom the town of Ross is named, the land was settled by Ross’s daughter and her husband George Warn.

The barn was originally built in 1864 and then fell into disuse, and was far from performance ready. Jumping at the chance for a permanent home, the actors and staff cleaned out hay lofts, removed farming equipment, constructed a stage, bathrooms,  seating area,  and added lighting. Their first performance in their new home was a staged reading of  Life With Father in 1940.

Our Present
Ross Valley Players offers  a main stage season with six plays, plus a bi-annual Ross Alternative Works (RAW) program for a total of 34 weeks of live theatre annually.  Our actors, design staff, directors, production managers, and volunteers come from all over the Bay Area and we welcome newcomers with open arms. We are proud of our many awards and nominations. Among others, our productions have been nominated by Dean Goodman, the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle (BATCC), and most recently the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards.

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Non-Profit Status
Ross Valley Players is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted. All members are acknowledged by category in the program for each show. Join the Ross Valley Players and help us keep live theatre alive and thriving in Marin. donate-button

The Children’s Hour, 2018. Photo by Gregg LeBlanc

Current Season 89

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
Deathtrap  by Ira Levin
These Shining Lives
 by Melanie Marnich
2019 RAW Festival  – Scott & Zelda by Lance S. Belville
Moll Flanders by Jennifer Le Blanc
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

Current Season

Past Productions

Did you know that Ross Valley Players is the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi? Click below to see a  list of our major productions going back to our founding in 1930.

Archives

Recent Seasons

2017-2018 Season 88

Cabaret by Frank Ebb, Joe Kander & Joe Masteroff
The Game’s Afoot  by Ken Ludwig
The Children’s Hour
 by Lillian Hellman
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
2018 RAW Festival 
The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan
The Savannah Sipping Society by James, Hope & Wooten

2014-2015 Season 85

Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig
Jane Austen’s Persuasion adapted by Jennifer Le Blanc
Impressionism by Michael Jacobs
A Month in the Country by Turgenev, adapted by Brian Friel
The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

2011-2012 Season 82

Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camelotti
To Kill a Mockingbird adapted by Christopher Sergel
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
Twentieth Century by B. Hecht & C. MacArthur, adapted by Ken Ludwig
The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams
Greater Tuna by Williams & Sears

2016-2017 Season 87

Sylvia by A.R. Gurney 
H.M.S. Pinafore  by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson 
Way Out West by Joel Eis
Bus Stop by William Inge
Private Lives by Noel Coward
The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow 

2013-2014 Season 84

Chapter Two by Neil Simon
Harvey by Mary Chase
Journey’s End* by R.C. Sheriff
Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
Other Desert Cities by Robin Baitz
Old Money by Wendy Wasserstein

2010-2011 Season 81

November by David Mamet
Pride and Prejudice adapted by Jon Jory
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
Quilters by Molly Newman & Barbar Damashek
The Tiffany Box by Kathleen Buckstaff
Rabbit Hole by David Linday-Abaire
Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn

2015-2016 Season 86

Glorious! by Peter Quilter
The Ladies of the Camellias  by Lillian Groag
The Diary of Anne Frank
by Wendy Kesselman
Arches, Balance and Light by Mary Spletter
Boeing-Boeing by M.Camelotti, B. Cross and F. Evans
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
Robin Hood by Greg Banks

2012-2013 Season 83

Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig
You Can’t Take It With You by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart
Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore
Enchanted April by Matthew Barber
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
The Dixie Swim Club by J. Jones, N. Hope & J. Wooten

2009-2010 Season 80

Premiere! by Dale Wasserman
Miracle Worker by William Gibson
The Miser by Molière
The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin
Top Girls by Cary Churchill
The Middle Ages by A.R. Gurney

*Nominated for seven Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Overall Production of a Play and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble of a Play.