1994-97 Show Photos

1997 Show Photos

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT by Bill Manhoff

role: Felix

produced by The ActorsNet

of Bucks County

@ Artists Showcase Theatre

September 26 - October 12, 1997

directed by Joe Doyle

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde

role: Algernon

produced by Nine Lives Traveling

Players - September 1997

directed by Samuel W. M. Griffin

- no photos -

THE WINTER'S TALE by Wm Shakespeare

role: Autolycus

produced by Shakespeare`70

@ Washington Crossing Open

Air Theater

June 12 - 21, 1997

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

- no photos -

H.M.S. PINAFORE by Gilbert & Sullivan

role: chorus and dancer

produced by the Savoy Company

of Philadelphia

May 1997

musical direction by Dan Rothermeil

stage direction by Bill Barker

AN IDEAL HUSBAND by Oscar Wilde

role: Lord Goring

produced by Shakespeare`70

February 20 - March 2, 1997

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

My First Appearance with the ActorsNET of Bucks County

The Owl and the Pussycat was the first play I did with The ActorsNet of Bucks County, then in its second season. I had seen their production of The Petrified Forest the previous season. That show is one with which I had fallen in love upon seeing the production a few years earlier at The Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. Seeing that compelling but infrequently produced show mounted so well by a local company made me want to work with them. And I told Cheryl Doyle, one of the company's co-founders, so.

And it was the first time I worked with Joe Doyle, co-founding director along with his wife Cheryl, of the ActorsNet.


It marked the beginning of a long and pleasurable (and on-going) relationship with The ActorsNet.


That coupled with the familiarity of working in The Artist's Showcase Theater, where I had performed in many Shakespeare`70 productions since 1990 AND the added bonus of working with a lovely and talented actress, Kimberly Eberhardt, made the experience all the more pleasurable.


Kimberly Eberhardt was a Philadelphia based actress, who went on to try her luck in New York City shortly after this production. A oddly synergistic coincidence was also working. My last name - Hartpence - is an Anglicization of the two German names of my ancestor who immigrated to America in the middle 1700's. Johannes Eberhardt Penz, the founder of the family in America (not yet the United States), moved to Hunterdon County, New Jersey and contracted his last name into something a little easier to say and sounding more like his new neighbors' names. So Eberhardt Penz became Hartpence. Another relative in the middle of the 1900's further simplified his last name to help advance his political aspirations and thereby, Gary Hartpence became Gary Hart - today one of our country's leading elder statesmen. So by way of making a long story amusing, I told Kimberly that surely we must be related somewhere way back in our family trees.


A final "first" for me, this was the first performance in which I participated where an audience member contacted the theater to say that seeing our show had resulted in a "life changing" experience for her and her husband. It seems she and her husband hadn't been communicating with each other for a very long time when they came to see our show at the Pebble Hill Church Peace Center. However, after watching Doris and Felix work out their differences on stage, the couple sat down after the show and began to talk again. She called to thank us. The power of theater!

George Hartpence

H.M.S. PINAFORE with Savoy Company

Program Cover

performances at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

George Hartpence (left)

H.M.S. Pinafore set at Longwood Gardens

1996 Show Photos

RUMORS by Neil Simon

role: Ken Gorman

produced by Shakespeare`70

@ Artists Showcase Theatre

September 1996

directed by Tom Moffit

ROMEO AND JULIET by Wm Shakespeare

role: Mercutio

produced by Princeton Summer

Theater @ Princeton University

July 1996

directed by Brian Bara

-  no photos -

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by Wm Shakespeare

role: Ford

produced by Shakespeare`70

@ Washington Crossing Open

Air Theater

June 13 - 22, 1996

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

- no photos -

MACBETH by Wm Shakespeare

role: Macbeth

produced by Kendall Hall Theater

@ Trenton State College (TCNJ)

April 1996

directed by Hal Hogstrom

SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

role: Charles Surface

produced by Shakespeare`70

February 8 - 18, 1996

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

Neil Simon's RUMORS for Shakespeare`70

program cover

Cast Photo

above from left:  Michael Medwick, Ian Fore, George Hartpence, Bob Smith, Hugh  Barton, ?

seated from left: Tracy Hawkins, Wendy Way, Carol Thompson, Dani Monighan

SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL for Shakespeare`70

cast photo

Sir Peter Teazle (Tom Moffit), Sir Oliver Surface (Dale Simon), Joseph Surface (Tom Curbishley), Charles Surface (George Hartpence), Crabtree (Lee Harrod), Sir Benjamin Backbite (Walter Cupit) Rowley (Hugh Barton),Moses (David Geisler) Trip (Alex Thiemann) Snake (Ian Fore) Careless (Michael Medwick), Lady Teazle (Carol Kehoe), Maria (Kelly Foulks), Lady Sneerwell (Carol Thompson), Mrs. Candour (Susan Tapper)

George Hartpence as Charles Surface

Display real testimonials

from left: Tom Curbishley, Dani Monighan, Carol Thompson, George Hartpence 

Eyebrow Theatre

from left: Tom Curbishley (as Joseph Surface), Dani Monighan (set crew), Carol Thompson (as the maid), George Hartpence (as Charles Surface)

1995 Show Photos

DIVINE POLITICS - THE VOICES OF SAINT JOAN for Princeton Rep

staged reading of extracts from Anouilh, Brecht, Shakespeare & Shaw

roles: Bluebeard, Beaupere, Guard

produced by Princeton Rep Company

September 1995

directed by Victoria Liberatori

- no photos -

THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

role: Captain Georg von Trapp

produced by Yardley Players

@ Washinton Crossing Open Air Theater

August 17 - 25, 1995

directed by Derek Tarson and Marge Swidor

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for Shakespeare`70

role: Leonato

produced by Shakespeare`70

@ Washington Crossing Open

Air Theater

June 8 - 17, 1995

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER by Oliver Goldsmith

role: Tony Lumpkin

produced by Shakespeare`70

February 9 - 19, 1995

directed by Frank Erath

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER at Shakespeare`70

George Hartpence (seated) as Tony Lumpkin

Carol Kehoe (left) as Miss Constance Neville

Sue Tapper (right) as Mrs. Hardcastle

1994 Show Photos

EXIT THE BODY by Fred Carmichael

role: Lyle Rogers

produced by Shakespeare`70

@ Artists Showcase Theatre

August 12 - 27, 1994

directed by Tom Moffit

MEASURE FOR MEASURE by Wm Shakespeare

role: Provost

produced by Shakespeare`70

@ Washington Crossing Open

Air Theater

June 9 - 18, 1994

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde

role: Algernon

produced by Shakespeare`70

February 11 - 27, 1994

directed by Frank Erath, PhD

EXIT THE BODY for Shakespeare`70

from left: Anna Lee, Ilene Moore, George Hartpence & Christine Becker

MEASURE FOR MEASURE for Shakespeare`70

George Hartpence (left) as the Provost

Dale Simon (right) as Duke

George Hartpence (center) as the Provist