Pre-Show Seminar Features Filmmaker Neil Brookshire

Filmmaker, actor and playwright Neil Brookshire will host a pre-show seminar at Peninsula Players Theatre on Tuesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m., in conjunction with a performance of Neil Simon’s comedy “I Ought To Be In Pictures.” General admission seating will begin prior to the seminar; no tickets are necessary.  Tickets are available for the 8:00 p.m. performance following the seminar.  Pre-show seminars at Peninsula Players Theatre are free events for the public as a commitment to educate and serve its community at large.  

Herb Tucker, Simon’s main character in “I Ought To Be In Pictures,” is a seasoned Hollywood screenwriter.  The seminar’s discussion will focus on various aspects of filmmaking.

Brookshire is a Door County talent whose Peninsula Players Theatre stage credits include “A Trick of the Light,” “Silent Sky,” “Miss Holmes,” “The 39 Steps,” and this past winter’s playreading of “The Nature Plays.”  He has also performed with Third Avenue PlayWorks, Door Shakespeare, Great Lakes Theater, Company of Fools, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

As a playwright, Brookshire co-authored “Bent Compass,” a one-person show based on his friend’s time as a U.S. Army medic.  He also collaborated with Peninsula Players Theatre alum Cassandra Bissell to create the audio play “It Sounds Like a Christmas Carol.”   

Brookshire’s contributions to the arts extend beyond the stage.  In addition to his acting, he has produced, directed, written, and edited films through his company, Dirt Hills Productions.  “Farfalle Bianch,” a short documentary he directed, was awarded Best of the Fest at the 2018 Door Kinetic Arts Festival.  His screen work includes the features “The Pact” and “Coming Up for Air.” This diverse body of work is a testament to his versatility and creativity, and Peninsula Players Theatre is thrilled to have Brookshire share his film experiences with seminar attendees.

Pre-show seminars will also be held on:

  • Wednesday, July 24 – Paul Slade Smith, playwright of “The Angel Next Door”
  • Thursday, August 8 – Paul Sowinski, bass and vocals for Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns
  • Thursday, August 29, 2024 – Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, poet, educator and more
  • Friday, October 11 – Dr. Christopher Chan, Agatha Christie expert.  This Autumn Pre-Show Seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

“I Ought To Be In Pictures” will conclude its run on July 7 at 2:00 p.m.   Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m., except for Sundays, July 7, July 28, August 18, and September 1 at 2:00 p.m.    In the autumn, curtain times change for the run of “The Stranger” by Agatha Christie to Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:00 p.m. except for Sundays, September 8 and October 20 at 2:00 p.m.   The audience pavilion’s side panels, doors and vents will remain open throughout summer.  Patrons should dress for the weather and be prepared for shifting temperatures and breezes off the bay.