TwoTurkeys Productions is local theatre group dedicated to staging concert-style presentations of neglected, rarely-performed and new works - from comedies to dramas, children’s productions to classics. The group’s founders are well-known local actors: Cos Cob’s Don Adams and Stamford’s Lori Feldman. They’ve both performed extensively with area theatre groups, including Greenwich’s Cameo Theatre and the Acting Company, Stamford’s Curtain Call and the Town Players of New Canaan. Don and Lori have also performed their own sketch comedy show, "Functional Funniness" on stage, for business groups and on the radio. Don has years of experience as an actor and stand-up comedian, and has appeared in Woody Allen’s "Curse of the Jade Scorpion," in episodes of NBC’s "Ed," and in CBS's crime drama "Big Apple." In addition to performing, Lori has taught improv comedy in area schools and has performed as "Loopie the Clown."
The group’s founders met in the early 90s while working on a local production of A.R.Gurney’s "The Middle Ages." Adams and Feldman realized that they both shared a common love of the language and literature of the theatre, with a particular affinity for comedy. "We both felt that our professional options didn’t quite address our needs as artists," says Adams. "I do a lot of film, television and voiceover work, but that doesn’t satisfy my artistic desires." Plus, the cost of mounting the kinds of plays they wanted to do were simply cost prohibitive. Adams adds that "After our first production, a series of original sketches that we wrote and produced, we realized that we were going to have to find another solution - one that enabled us to do quality theatre that was affordable to produce."
Hence, TwoTurkeys was born - a name, the actors say, reflects their offbeat sense of humor. "Now," says Adams, "we can produce a season of readings in a presentation style that focuses on the language of the play and not on costly sets and costumes. Concert-style performances are perfect for us, since we feel that the true magic of theatre lies in the special connection between the artist, the work of art and the completely engaged audience."
However, TwoTurkeys' staged readings, do not lack in theatricality. "Our productions will remind some theatergoers of the wonderful radio plays of years gone by," says Feldman. "Because of the intensity of the scripts, the music and the ability of the radio actors, listeners were truly able to visualize sets and understand the characters - their imagination and the power of the spoken were enough to create a compelling theatrical experience. And that’s precisely what we aim to achieve."
Our performances are at the Diamond Hill Chancel Theatre of Diamond Hill United Methodist Church, located at 521 East Putnam Avenue, Cos Cob. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm unless otherwise noted. All shows subject to change. For more information regarding reservations and seating, please call the box office at (203) 829-4767.
Directions: From I-95, exit 5 (Southbound: LEFT at light at the end of exit; Northbound: LEFT at end of exit) onto Post Road (East Putnam Ave.). Follow Post Rd through 2 lights; Diamond Hill United Methodist Church will be directly ahead, next to Fonda La Paloma Restaurant (Get Map!).