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George Hartpence is an actor/director in East Coast regional theater with extensive experience in classical drama & comedy. 
Some of his favorite roles include; the title roles in "Macbeth", "Hamlet", and "Richard III", Prospero in "The Tempest", Cyrano in "Cyrano de Bergerac", Iago in "Othello", Brutus in "Julius Caesar", Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice", Junius Brutus Booth in "Booth", Laurence Olivier in "Orson's Shadow", John Barrymore in "Barrymore", Lord Goring in "An Ideal Husband", Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady", Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music", King Arthur in "Camelot", Captain E.J. Smith in "Titanic, The Musical", Antony in "Antony and Cleopatra", Astrov and Vanya in "Uncle Vanya", Algernon in "The Importance of Being Earnest", John Proctor in "The Crucible", Dick Dudgeon in "The Devil's Disciple", Inspector Goole in “An Inspector Calls”, Thomas More in "A Man For All Seasons", and Henry II in both "Becket" and "The Lion in Winter".


2017-2018 Season  
Coming next year  

A Little Night Music
by Steven Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

George Hartpence as
Fredrik  Egerman
Carol Thompson as
Desiree Armfeldt
 Romeo and Juliet
by Wm Shakespeare

co-directed by
George Hartpence
Carol Thompson 
Earlier this season...  
 Andrew Wyke


OnStage Maurer Productions'



Anthony Shaffer


October 6 thru 15, 2017


with Dan Keyser as Milo Tindle STAGE REVIEW: 'Sleuth' at Kelsey Theatre

by Anthony Stoeckert Oct 11, 2017 


Regardless of how well you know the play, or what you figure out if you don't know it, this is well worth seeing because "Sleuth" is fun even if you know it, and because the acting is great. Hartpence is fantastic as Andrew.  He carries the swagger of a successful, somewhat cocky, man, who enjoys having power over this younger, somewhat intimidated man.  Hartpence does a lot of talking and is in full command of his lines, filling the theater with a voice that is near royal.  He also gets plenty of laughs, both with zingers, and physical comedy.


To read the full review, click here


Dan Keyser (left) as Milo Tindle

George Hartpence (right) as Andrew Wyke

Alec Cawthorne (left) as Inspector Doppler

George Hartpence (right) as Andrew Wyke 

 2016-2017 Season 
  Dr. Austin Sloper
the Langhorne Players production of

The Heiress
by Ruth and Augustus Goetz

July 14 - 29, 2017

Performance Dates: July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29

First produced at Langhorne Players in 1958, our third offering is The Heiress.  It tells of a shy and plain young girl, Catherine Sloper, who falls desperately in love with a delightful young fortune hunter.  Catherine’s lack of worldliness prevents her from realizing that the young man proposing to her is not entirely drawn to her by her charm.  Catherine’s father, a successful doctor, sees through the fortune hunter and forbids the marriage.  “It’s the literate, highly theatrical Ruth and Augustus Goetz adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square (1880), a psychological horror story set in the upper reaches of genteel New York society in the 1850’s.” (NY Times)

Directed by Jonathan Edmondson

Stage Managed by Blaire Deziel

Our Cast

Madison Kotnarowski as Catherine Sloper

Casey O'Neill as Morris Townsend

George Hartpence as Dr. Austin Sloper

Susan Blair as Lavinia Penniman

Jenna Burke as Maria

Cynthia Young as Elizabeth Almond

Molly Knapp as Marion Almond

Alec Skwara as Arthur Townsend


Kate Augstin as Mrs. Montgomery


Rear:  George Hartpence as Dr. Austin Sloper and Susan Blair as Lavinia Penniman

Front: Madison Kotnarowski as Catherine Sloper and Casey O'Neill as Morris Townsend


Casey O'Neill (left) as Morris Townsend

George Hartpence (right) as Dr. Austin Sloper


Susan Blair (left) as Aunt Penniman

Madison Kotnarowski (right) as Catherine


Madison Kotnarowski as Catherine

Casey O'Nelil as Morris

 Arthur Birling

The ActorsNET production of

An Inspector Calls 
by J.B. Priestley

June 2-18,2017 

Our Cast
George Hartpence as Arthur Birling
Carol Thompson as Sibyl Birling
Tammy Goldberg as Sheila Birling
Tom Smith as Eric Birling
Tim Swain as Gerald Croft
Mort Paterson as Inspector Goole
Hana Christenson as Edith

A nice, quiet, little family celebration. 
  Captain E. J. Smith

Newton Arts Theater Company
production of 

Titanic: The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston

Book by Peter Stone

April 20 - 26, 2017
 The ActorsNET production of
Wm Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night

role: Sir Toby Belch & Co-Director

March 10th thru 26th, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm 

Twelfth Night 1912 – a world slowly tilting toward global conflict.

British Pathe release: This wireless transmission just in:

Somewhere off the Coast of Illyria

The leviathan RMS Titanic sinks - casting its occupants into the sea.  Was it an iceberg?  Was it one of those new German underwater vessels called U-boats that was responsible of the steamer going down?

A pair of twins – a boy and a girl - is separated in the wreck.  The girl – Viola - is rescued from the sea by the ship’s crew and now finds herself, bereft and alone, on the coast of an unknown land.  It will take all of her resourcefulness and ingenuity to survive?

Meanwhile, a love-sick Duke fruitlessly tries to woo a bereaved noblewoman, whose household appears to be a refuge for the Lords of Misrule.

How will this all fadge?


All will be revealed beginning March 10th at ActorsNET

Our Cast:

Viola – Cat Miller
Lady Olivia – Carol Thompson
Maria – Susan Fowler
Duke Orsino – Olivier Leroux
Malvolio – Barry Abramowitz
Feste – Mort Paterson
Sir Toby Belch – George Hartpence
Sir Andrew Aguecheek – Ken Ammerman
Sebastian – M.A. Topoleski
Fabian – Chris Capitolo
Antonio – Jamie Bradley
Ship-wrecked Captain & Priest – Jim Cordingley
Valentine & First Officer – Jeffrey Hufnagel
Curio & Second Officer – Griffin Kemp

Third Officer – Joe Kemp
Handmaidens/Attendants to Lady Olivia – Hayley Rubins-Topoleski 

& Heather Parton

Twelfth Night cast 
Sir Toby & Sir Andrew
  Villager's Theatre production of
The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone

role: Captain Edward Smith

directed by Matthew Muccigrossi 
musical director Mike Gilch

November 4th thru 20th, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm


Thomas Andrews - BILL KAMPS

Frederick Barrett - SHAWN DOREMUS

Harold Bride - DANNY SIMS


Captain Edward Smith - GEORGE HARTPENCE


Caroline Neville - JOELLEN BURTON



Isidor Straus - NATHAN PARKER

Ida Straus - PAT POWERS




Jim Farrell - DAN KEYSER

Henry Etches - FRANK FERRARA


Charles Lightoller - NICHOLAS BUONVICINO


Bellboy - WASIF SAMI

Finale of Opening Number in Titanic
George Hartpence as Captain Edward J Smith
 Shakespeare`70 production of
The Doctor's Dilemma
George Bernard Shaw

role: Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington (B.B.)

directed by Janet Quartarone

presented at Open Arts Stages
Bordentown, NJ

September 30th thru October 9th, 2016 

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

Our Cast:

Sir Colenso Ridgeon - Olivier Leroux

Jennifer Didebat - Mariel Rosati

Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington - George Hartpence

Sir Patrick Cullen - John Devennie Sr

Cutler Walpole - Andrew Timmes

Dr. Blenkensop - Jack Bathke

Louis Dudebat - Michael Krahel

Minnie/Gallery Secretary - Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski

Redpenny/Newspaper Man - Patrick Rounds

Emmie - Teresa Welby

John Devennie (left) as Sir Patrick Cullen and George Hartpence as BB

Olivier Leroux (left) as Sir Colenso Ridgeon and George Hartpence as BB 
2015 - 2016 Season  
Langhorne Players production of
by Harold Pinter
directed by Carol Thompson
assistant director - George Hartpence 

Sarah Stryker as Emma
Brian Jason Kelly as Robert
Frank Falisi as Jerry
Marco Newton as the waiter

for more details and tickets click the show poster to the left
to go to Langhorne Players website
  next up
Shakespeare`70's production of
Wm Shakespeare's
role: King Hamlet - the ghost of Hamlet's father

at the Kelsey Theatre
on the campus of 
Mercer County Community College

Performance schedule:

Fridays, Jun. 3 & 10, 2016 at 8pm

Saturdays, Jun. 4 & 11 at 8pm

Sundays, Jun. 5 & 12 at 2pm

the rest is silence...

Stuart Duncan reviews for the Princeton Packet:

"...Hamlet by Shakespeare ‘70 at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College is a genuine theatrical delight. There’s plenty of revenge (no fewer than four dead bodies lying around at the final curtain); one of theater’s best ghosts, that being Hamlet’s father played beautifully by the veteran George Hartpence, and enough derring-do sword play to keep the most expert scholars on their toes for almost three hours."

 Mary Poppins
based on the Stories of P.L.Travers
and the Walt Disney film 

role: George Banks

a Yardley Players Production
at the Kelsey Theatre in Mercer County Community College
April 16th thru May 1st, 2016

Carol Thompson as Winifred Banks
Liz Rzasa as Mary Poppins
Makenna and Dylan Katz as 
Jane and Michael Banks

Liz Rzasa as Mary Poppins
Carol Thompson as Winifred Banks
George Hartpence as George Banks

George Hartpence and Carol Thompson as Mr. & Mrs. Banks
Makenna and Dylan Katz as Jane and Michael Banks

by William Luce
role: John Barrymore
ActorsNET of Bucks County
alternating nights with Underneath the Lintel
February 25 thru March 20, 2016

Schedule for Barrymore:

4 weekends, 8 performances:

Weekend 1Weekend 2
Fri 02/26 at 8Thu 03/03 at 8
Sun 02/28 at 2Sat 03/05 at 8
Weekend 3Weekend 4
Fri 03/11 at 8Thu 03/17 at 8
Sun 03/13 at 2Sat 03/19 at 8
The spring of 1942... one month before John Barrymore's death.
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
John Barrymore was the black sheep of America's most illustrious acting family.  Celebrated for his charisma and matinee-idol looks, he was, for a while, America's most popular actor.  Famous for his stage roles in Richard III and Hamlet, he also made more than fifty films.  But alcoholism soon dissipated his talents, and he became known more for his Falstaffian behavior and outrageous high jinks than for his art. 


Inside the ActorsNET

videography by Tom Smith

Major Barbara
by GB Shaw
Co-director with Cheryl Doyle
role: Andrew Undershaft
ActorsNET of Bucks County
October 23 thru November 28, 2015


 Inside the ActorsNET 
A behind the scenes look at
the ActorsNET production of
Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw

Mariel Rosati as Major Barbara
George Hartpence as Andrew Undershaft
 2014 - 2015 Season 


My Favorite Year

the musical

book by Joseph Dougherty, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

May 29 thru June 14, 2015


the ActorsNET of Bucks County


role: Alan Swann

Alex Smyk as Benjy Stone
Susan Fowler as Belle May Steinberg Carroca
George Hartpence as Alan Swann

Come see the show that the critics are raving about. 

Neal Zorn - local blogger on all thing entertaining and cultural - writes in his blog about this production.  Follow the link below:

Neal's Paper

Anthony Stockert of the Princeton Packet says:
"...the actors in this show do a terrific job of capturing these characters while not ripping off the actors who played them in the movie. These actors also bring terrific comic timing to the script..." "starring King Kaiser, a man with big talent and an even bigger ego (wonderfully played by Steve Lobis)" "Alan Swann (George Hartpence, who is perfect in the role)...(supposedly based on Errol Flynn) is a legend..." "Susan Fowler does a terrific job as Belle Steinberg Carroca." "Susan Blair shines as Alice, the only female writer on Kaiser’s staff." "Jeff Dworkin stands out as Sy, the beleaguered head writer."

And what about the music? 
“Welcome to Brooklyn,” is a hoot as Benjy’s relatives sing the praises of the borough. Mr. Hartpence leads the ensemble through a rousing number called “Manhattan” and Ms. Blair and Mr. Lobis are just terrific with “Professional Showbizness Comedy.” "The music is provided by five very good musicians, led by Peter de Mets."

Singing, dancing, laughter, tears, romance, swashbuckling action, spectacular costumes... so what more could you want?

Get your thickets here: or call 215-295-3694




George Hartpence      as Alan Swann

Alex Smyk                    as Benjy Stone

Steve Lobis                  as King Kaiser

Elizabeth Rzasa           as K.C. Downing

Susan Blair                  as Alice

Jeff Dworkin                as Sy

Jim Cordingley                        as Herb

George Agalias           as Leo

Susan Fowler               as Belle

Steve Pie                     as Rookie

Marco Newton            as Uncle Morty

Kimmy Graham           as Tess

Chris Learn                  as Doorman


Ensemble (Alphabetically)

Evan Bilinski

Connor Learn

Jessica Mousley

Emily O'Sullivan

Heather Parton

Hayley Rubins-Topoleski

Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski

and Joy Woffindin


Cheryl Doyle


Producer:  Susan Fowler
Music Direction:  Peter de Mets
Choreography:  Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski
Fencing Master:  Mark Holbrow
Stage Manager:  Kelly Allen
Asst. Stage Mgr:  Julie McMillan
Set Design:  Cheryl Doyle
Lighting Design:  Andrena Wishnie
Costumes:  Ruth Schanbacher with Anthony Remer

Also in this 2014-2015 Season



follow this link to the Midsummer page of this website

for more information and photos

 A Midsummer Night's Dream

by Wm Shakespeare

March 6 thru 22, 2015


the ActorsNET of Bucks County




Dramatis Personae 

George Hartpence as Oberon
 Carol Thompson asTitania 
 Jamie Bradley as Bottom
 Wren Workman as  Puck 
 Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski as Helena
 Shawn Doremus as Demetrius 
 Andrew James Gordon as Lysander
 Scott Karlin as Theseus 
 Susan Fowler as Hippolyta
 Elizabeth Rzasa as Hermia
 Jerry Smith as  Quince
 Marco Newton as Snug 
 Joe Doyle as Snout 
 David Burr asEgeus/Starveling 
 Bobby Reiser as Flute
 Hayley Rubins-Topoleski as  Mustardseed 
 David Bohn as  Philostrate
 Ashlyn Hale as  PeaseBlossom
 Julia Mitchell as  Moth
 Jocelyn Kemp asCobweb 
 Shane Howell as   Woodland Elf
 Griffin Kemp as  Woodland Elf 




by Bill Cain

October 31 thru November 16, 2014


The ActorsNET of Bucks County



Richard Burbage

Henry Garnett





Barry Abramowitz as Robert Cecil

John Bergeron as Sharpe

Andrew James Gordon as Nate

George Hartpence as Richard Burbage

Morgan Petronis as Judith

Dale Simon as Wm Shagspeare



note: No Performance Saturday, November 15th


Witches, hangings, beheadings, torture, bloody murder, a talking severed head, a broadsword fight & a knock-em down, drag-em out old man brawl.


A darkly comic rumination on an artist's role to himself and his art in a society where unrest hovers in the air.


Bill Cain's play set in 1605 England begins when King James' right hand man – Robert Cecil - commissions William Shakespeare to write a new play about the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy.  Equivocation is a bold new look at the greatest playwright ever in a drama whose contemporary parallels are unmistakable and whose laughter is abundant — a work of startling revelations and vibrant theatricality.

The play is many things at once: a backstage comedy, a historical drama, a (fictional) story of how one of Shakespeare's greatest plays (Macbeth) was born, and even a mystery-thriller as Shakespeare conducts research (in jail cells, no less) to better tell the tale of the Gunpowder Plot.


Stuart Duncan in The Princeton Packet says:

" The pyrotechnics are aplenty and a terrific cast make the most of them."

"... George Hartpence is a superb Richard Burbage (the leading actor of The King's Men, Shakespeare's troupe.)" 


Dennis Bloh in Stage Magazine says:"George Hartpence, in addition to designing a wonderful and thematically appropriate set, portrays the pivotal roles of Richard Burbage and Father Garnet.  AS Burbage he captures the difficulty of running a troupe of egotistical actors in a time of political turmoil.  As Garnet he provides a clever conscience for the unsure Shakespeare as he explains to him the true meaning of "equivocation." 

Adapted from Charles Isherwood’s review of the 2010 MTC production.


In Bill Cain’s “Equivocation” Shakespeare yanks “Macbeth” - his great tragedy of overweening ambition - from the discard pile at the last minute, as a substitute for a drama commissioned by the king about the treasonous Gunpowder Plot.


Shakespeare, or Shagspeare or Shag, as his friends call him here, has been struggling to balance his loyalty to the crown with his conscience and his commitment to creating richly complicated human beings, not pasteboard heroes and villains. Fortunately for posterity he gave up on the Gunpowder Plot play, according to Mr. Cain’s intriguing fancy, and the world gained many an immortal soliloquy.


Mr. Cain, a playwright who founded a Shakespeare company in Boston, brings a scholarly dedication and an impish humor to his portrait of history’s most famous playwright at work. But “Equivocation” has more on its mind than playing what-if games with the theater’s past. It also explores the moral obligation of artists to resist the manipulations of those in power. Parallels between then and now glare in neon, cutting through a fog as Mr. Cain depicts the brutal lengths to which the crown will go to investigate acts of supposed treason.


“Torture is completely against our laws,” says Robert Cecil, King James’s ruthless right-hand man, in response to a question from his ruler about the methods used to gain confession.


“So it does not happen,” the king responds with satisfaction.


“We are a country of laws, Majesty.”


“So there is no torture,” the king repeats, closing the discussion firmly. Sound vaguely familiar?


“Equivocation” suffers from its own overweening ambitions, as Mr. Cain aims to write a political allegory in Jacobean drag; a playful comedy amply stocked with audience-flattering in-jokes; a backstage tale of conflict amid Shakespeare’s unruly company of actors; and an emotionally engaging family drama in which Shakespeare’s daughter Judith is portrayed as the neglected child who never earned the love Shakespeare lavished on the twin son who died.


Aside from Shagspeare and Judith, the performers double as members of Shag’s acting troupe and as players in the larger political drama unfolding around them, into which they are drawn when Cecil gives Shag the highly secretive commission.


Initially flattered to be commissioned, Shag reluctantly agrees to set aside his current project, which he hopes to be his masterwork. Told that it’s about a king (the play turns out to be “King Lear”), Cecil asks wryly, “How does this one die?”


“What makes you think he dies?” Shag asks, taken aback.


“You’ve killed more kings than any man alive,” Cecil replies sourly.


But then Cecil has king killing on his mind, since the play Shag is asked to write is the story of the recent attempt by Roman Catholic conspirators to blow up the court by supposedly digging a tunnel under Parliament. The commission cannot exactly be refused, so Shag sets out to explore its potential as drama.


In doing his research he manages to interview the condemned ringleaders, most prominently the priest Henry Garnet.  And Shag finds himself in sympathy with their instincts of rebellion against religious tyranny, a feeling partly inspired by his own father’s Jesuitical leanings.


Shagspeare is a man caught between equally unpalatable choices. Either he must bow to authority and betray both his aesthetic and his moral principles or risk his life and the lives of his men by telling the more complicated truth.

2013-2014 Season 

George Hartpence and Carol Thompson


George and Charlotte Hay


Moon Over Buffalo

a farce

by Ken Ludwig


May 30 thru June 15, 2014

at the ActorsNET of Bucks County


Directed by Joe Doyle

Assistant Director - Matthew Cassidy

Stage manager - Kelly Allen



Tess Ammerman as Rosalind Hay

John Bergeron as Paul Singer

Andrew James Gordon as Howard

Elizabeth Rzasa as Eileen

Cheryl Doyle as Ethel

Jim Cordingley as Richard Maynard



Anthony Stoeckert of the Princeton Packet says:

"This show is so good, it literally broke a leg."

Don't miss it!

Carol Thompson (left) as Charlotte Hay

George Hartpence (center) as George Hay

John Bergeron (right) as Paul Singer

George Hartpence as George Hay

Tess Ammerman as Rosalind Hay






Julius Caesar

in Wm Shakespeare's

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar


The ActorsNET of Bucks County

at the Heritage Center

Morrisville, PA


April 25th thru May 11th, 2014


George Hartpence as Julius Caesar

in the ActorsNET production of

Wm Shakespeare's

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

 Directed by Aaron Wexler

Produced by Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski


Jim Ludovici as Marcus Brutus

John Pinto as Gaius Cassius

John Bergeron as Marc Antony


George Hartpence as Julius Caesar


Carol Thompson as Calpurnia

Kyla Mostello-Donnelly as Portia





Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon


Tennessee William's

The Night of the Iguana

January 17th - February 2nd, 2014


The ActorsNET of Bucks County 





Cheryl Doyle


Stage Manager:

Matthew Cassidy

Set Design:

George Hartpence

Lighting Design:

Andrena Wishnie


Hayley Rubins-Topoleski



Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon

George Hartpence

Hannah Jelkes

Carol Thompson

Maxine Faulk

Susan Fowler


Mort Paterson

Miss Fellowes

Susan Blair


Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski


James Cordingley

Jake Latta

Marco Newton


Sanjay Sharma


Wren Workman

Herr Fahrenkopf

Ken Ammerman


John Wishnie


Morgaine Workman

 2012 - 2013 Season at ActorsNET 


click poster above to follow link to the

A Man For All Seasons page on this web site

Sir Thomas More

in Robert Bolt's

A Man For All Seasons

October 26 - November 11, 2012


The ActorsNET of Bucks County


Paul Sycamore


You Can't Take It With You

by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman

November 30th thru December 16th


The ActorsNET of Bucks County


George Hartpence and Carol Thompson


Mom and Pop Sycamore





click the poster above to visit my Enchanted April page on this website


Enchanted April

by Matthew Barber

from the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim

April 19 - May 12, 2013


The ActorsNET of Bucks County


casting announcement

 Lotty Wilton 

Carol Thompson 

Mellersch Wilton 

Jamie Bradley  

Rose Arnott 

Kyla Mostello-Donnelly  

Frederick Arnott

Curtis Kaine  

Caroline Bramble

Cat Miller  

Anthony Wilding

 Michael Wurzel

Mrs. Graves

Virginia Barrie  


Cheryl Doyle  


Marco Newton 





click the poster above to visit my Merchant of Venice 2013 page on this website



Wm Shakespeare's

The Merchant of Venice

May 31 - June 16, 2013

(3 weekends only)


The ActorsNET of Bucks County



Kyla Mostello Donnelly as Portia

DeLarme Landes as Antonio

Aaron Wexler as Gratiano

Brian Kelly as Bassanio

Mark Swift as Launcelot Gobbo

Marco Newton as Old Gobbo

 Last Season 

Jaques in the ActorsNet production of

Wm Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

Runs April 20 thru May 13, 2012

635 N. Delmorr Ave.
Morrisville, PA
The Heritage Center

Reservations: 215-295-3694 or email

Tickets: $20 adults, $17 seniors, $10 children under 13

$15 WHYY Cards



by George Bernard Shaw

(click poster above to go to my Candida page)

directed by Mort Paterson

at the ActorsNET of Bucks County

October 28 - November 13, 2011

The Heritage Center
635 N. Delmorr Ave.
Morrisville, PA



Packet Publications' Time Off, critic Bob Brown notes that The NET has a "near-perfect ensemble" performing George Bernard Shaw's Candida. He writes, "All the actors in this production, directed by seasoned professional Mort Paterson, are pitch perfect. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Hartpence, familiar in regional theatre productions, play particularly well off each other. Ms. Thompson's Candida is a woman confidently in control." Mr. Brown has high praise for the rest of the cast -- Ray Fallon, David Swartz, Susan Blair and Fred Halperin -- as well.

As for the play, Mr. Brown writes, "Candida is a lighthearted, amusing probe of our assumptions about love and marriage, and about the effects of impulsive attraction....This is a very entertaining production, well handled all around by a talented cast and production crew."

Candida, a classic comedy of the modern English-language theater, was written in 1894 by George Bernard Shaw, the prolific Irish-born dramatist who became one of the most widely-produced playwrights of the twentieth century.

Set in London's East End during the Victorian era, Candida is about the domestic turmoil that ensues when an impetuous young poet comes between a progressive-minded clergyman and his charismatic wife. Though the story is centered on a classic romantic triangle, the questions it raises about the nature of love, fidelity, and the imagination of the artist are as provocative and enduring as ever, thanks to Shaw's vigorous wit and argumentative spirit.

The cast includes:

Carol Thompson

as Candida

George Hartpence


Rev. James Mavor Morell

Ray Fallon


Eugene Marchbanks

Susan Blair



David Schwarz


Mr. Burgess

Fred Halperin




Malvolio in

Shakespeare `70's production of


by Wm Shakespeare

at Kelsey Theater on the campus of Mercer County Community College

tickets $10 - $14

July 1 - 10

Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 2pm


for more information,

click to link to access my Twelfth Night page on this website

Malvolio's two sides: Seriousand seriously silly

as Iago

in Wm Shakespeare's


at The ActorsNET of Bucks County


click on the link above or the poster right to go to the Othello page on my website


George Hartpence (right) as Iago

Carlo Campbell (left) as Othello


George Hartpence (left) as Iago

Carlo Campbell (right) as Othello

Review excerpts from The Packet Publications


Actors’ NET takes on one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies

DATE POSTED: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:33 PM EDT

By Anthony Stoeckert

LET’S get right to the point, Actors’ NET of Bucks County’s staging of Othello is a major achievement, remarkable for a community group in fact. Give a lot of the credit to the actors, most of whom speak their lines with confidence and who actually act their roles rather than getting caught up Shakespeare’s language.

Despite its title, Iago is the play’s main character, at least in terms of driving the plot. Most of the story follows the villain’s scheme to convince Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, leading to Othello’s destruction and Iago taking Cassio’s job.

George Hartpence is one of the area’s best community actors and his Iago

doesn’t disappoint. Hartpence speaks his lines with such clarity and ease, as if he were having a conversation in a coffee shop — that is if a power-hungry warrior devised a plan to destroy everyone around him in a coffee shop.

Hartpence doesn’t resort to mustache-twirling villainy, he’s convincingly charming when dealing with Cassio, falsely loyal to Othello and intimidating and firm with his wife Emilia. Hartpence is so good I actually found myself buying Iago’s act, thinking he seemed like a decent sort. Hartpence does get his fun and powerful villainous moments during soliloquies, where his hatred for Othello and the world pour out of him.

Carol Thompson is Hartpence’s equal as Emilia, the wife of Iago (and Hartpence’s real-life wife). She’s also comfortable with the language and convincingly goes from dutiful wife to someone who realizes the awful truth of her husband.

Mort Paterson gives one of the night’s best performances as Brabantio, conveying the power of an influential man, the concern of a father and the anger of betrayal.  Too bad the character isn’t in the play beyond the first act because I could have watched Paterson all night.


click on the poster above to go to my "Uncle Vanya" page on this website

“Chekhov lived only forty-four years, and during the last third of his life he was surely conscious of the likelihood of a premature death. Those of us who do not live under such a distinctly stated sentence of death cannot know what it is like. Chekhov’s masterpieces are always obliquely telling us.”

-Janet Malcolm, Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey (Random House, 2002)


“Came home dazed and soul-scarred by your play, wrote you a long letter and tore it up. One cannot express fully and coherently the effect your play has on the soul, although I felt, as I watched its heroes, as though someone were sawing at me with a blunt-edged saw… For me Uncle Vanya is…a completely new form of dramatic art.- Maxim Gorki after seeing Uncle Vanya


“Let the things that happen onstage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life. For instance, people are having a meal at the table. Just having a meal. But at the same time their happiness is being smashed up.”


“Chekhov was always extremely fond of everything comic, humorous; he liked listening to funny stories, and sitting in a corner, his head propped on his hand, pinching his beard, he would go off into such infectious laughter that I often left off listening to the story and enjoyed it second-hand through him.”

~Olga Knipper on Chekhov

 2010 Season 

Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney

one night only at The Yardley Inn

Thanksgiving Weekend

on "Black Friday" - November 26th -

"All inclusive menu" - 3 course meal & show = $65

dinner starts at 6:30pm

curtain is at 8pm

call the Yardley Inn for reservations


On Friday evening, November 26th -- one night only -- popular Actors' NET performers George Hartpence and Carol Thompson star in A.R. Gurney's two-character comedic drama, Love Letters. Married in real life, the New Hope couple has costarred in recent years in such Actors' NET productions as My Fair Lady, Hamlet, Macbeth and more.

"We couldn't be more excited to present Love Letters as the first of what we hope will be many evenings of dinner theatre at the Yardley Inn," restaurant general manager Michelle Mohullen said. "Our amazing dinner theatre package is only $65 per person, which includes tax and tip. The meal will consist of choice of appetizer (soup du jour, house salad or marguerita salad), entree (roasted chicken, grilled flat iron steak, grilled salmon or crab cake) and dessert with coffee or tea."

"Serving will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the show night," Ms. Mohullen said. "The show will begin at 8 p.m. "

"Love Letters is one of playwright Gurney's most popular plays," explained Actors' NET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle. "In less than two hours, we see two star-crossed American lovers -- Andrew Makepeace Ladd 3d and Melissa Gardner. Gurney carries them over a period of 50 years from second grade through the trauma of adulthood, marriage, divorce and middle age. It is a staged reading of unadorned theatre. As one actor reads, the other reacts, communicating the bittersweet reactions to the words. This work speaks equally to the heart of anyone in love or anyone who has loved and lost. It is, quite simply, brilliant."

It’s appropriate George and Carol would launch our new partnership with the Yardley Inn and star for us in Love Letters,” Ms. Doyle said. "For them, it’s a labor of love. They love each other, this play, our theatre company and the Yardley Inn. They are enthusiastic regular patrons of the Yardley Inn, always extolling their great food and atmosphere. We’ve secured one of their favorite directors, Susan Berry Cadoff, to direct. She previously directed them in this stage play for a benefit performance elsewhere.”

“By the way,” Ms. Doyle added, “George Hartpence noted recently that the show will be staged in the same room where he and his wife held their wedding rehearsal dinner seven years ago!”

“Reservations are now being accepted for the Nov. 26th performance,” Ms. Doyle said. “Space is limited. To feed yourself, your heart and your soul, call the Yardley Inn Restaurant at 215-493-3800."

The Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar is located at 82 East Afton Avenue, Yardley, PA, 19067.


reprising the role of:

Edward Rutledge

representative from South Carolina


The ActorsNET of Bucks County

revival of the Sherman and Stone musical:

August 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2010


click poster above to go to

Much Ado About Nothing

page on this web site

Much Ado About Nothing
May 21—June 6, 2010: Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be wed in one week. For a lark, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for arrogant confirmed bachelor Benedick and his favorite sparring partner, Beatrice . Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity, which leads to denunciation, tears, and a faked death. In the end, though, it all turns out to be "much ado about nothing." Amidst the two love stories, the members of the local constabulary provide some hilarious slapstick.

Directed by : Janet Quartarone

Assistant Director: Mort Paterson

George Hartpence appearing as Benedick

Carol Thompson appearing as Beatrice

other casting news:

Mort Paterson as Leonato

Ray Fallon as Claudio

Rupert Hinton as Dogberry

Jamie Bradley as Don Pedro


"Much Ado" Rehearsal Photos by:Rich Kowalski

George Hartpence as Benedick

Carol Thompson as Beatrice

a rare moment of peace between Beatrice and Benedick


Celebrity News

Actor and Playwright Austin Pendleton visits

the ActorsNET of Bucks County

Sunday, June 7th, 2009 performance of Booth