who we are... and why we decided to do this.
Story. Characters. Motivation. For you to walk out of a theater... ANY theater... and feel that you got your monies worth, you need to have experienced at least those three elements.
THE GENESIS OF COMPASS PLAYERS:
STARTING OVER WITH “CHAPTER TWO” and moving forward
Jeanna Michaels wanted to be a stage actress and director when she grew up. The first part of that dream came true when, as a drama/theater major at UCLA, she was fortunate enough to play the lead in "ENDANGERED SPECIES" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Soon she was in the midst of a 20 year career as a film and television actress, best known for playing Bobby Ewing's secretary on the television series "DALLAS," and Constance Townley on the daytime soap opera "GENERAL HOSPITAL" (opposite Tony Geary, Tristan Rogers, and Emma Samms). Television paid the bills---theater did not.
However, during this period, she never lost her desire to bring good theater to the public and as an actress, director and member of the Board of Directors of two elite theater companies in Los Angeles, she remained involved in building theater facilities and all aspects of theater production.
Living in Surprise, AZ, since 2005, Jeanna lent her creative talents to the Sun City Grand Drama and Comedy Club as the director of Thornton Wilder's "OUR TOWN" and Agatha Christie's "THE MOUSETRAP."
But the goal was to build a thriving theater company in Surprise that is able to attract talent from outside the West Valley area, including younger talent, those with professional backgrounds, and those with contacts in the Los Angeles theater community.
In 2015, Jeanna, along with three other Sun City Grand residents (Steve Murphy, Dave Golden, and Frances Murphy) formed a theater company, Compass Players, and branded themselves as "Taking it in a Surprising Direction." Since the city of Surprise has yet to build its own theater, they secured themselves a temporary home in the Peoria Performing Arts facility --- Theater Works.
Compass Players' first season included Neil Simon's "CHAPTER TWO," A. R. Gurney's Pulitzer Prize nominated play, "LOVE LETTERS," and A. R. Gurney’s "SYLVIA."
Building on the success of its first season, Compass Players has announced its second season's slate including John Pielmeier's "AGNES OF GOD," Gore Vidal's "THE BEST MAN," and Cynthia J. Cohen's World Premiere Comedy "WEST PALM PRIME." Tickets can be purchased on the website or through Theater Works. Senior discounts and season ticket packages are available.
But the long term goal (hopefully not too long term) is to build a theater in the city of Surprise; to have its own Regional Theater in the heart of the West Valley.
And for that we look to you. “Invest in us--either by purchasing tickets, making a charitable contribution, or becoming a sponsor.
Come see how we can entertain, enlighten, and move you. We are confident that our upcoming productions will keep you talking about them, and us, for a long time to come.”