Broadway Producer Pick List: Poor Players


Poor Players is a supernatural thriller akin to The Woman in Black and Let the Right One In. A fantastical black comedy in which five actors compete for the role of Macbeth at a very peculiar audition, this “supernatural evening’s entertainment” is a diabolical brew of magic and mystery, illusion and delusion, and just a drop of Grand Guignol. Mordantly funny and freaky in equal measure, the play traffics in the tropes of supernatural horror to tell a very human cautionary tale on the hazards of persistence. There are seven roles. Characters and setting are contemporary. The piece plays in real time, in one setting and in one act. It invites a spare and fluid production, sculpted by light and steeped in obscuring shadow.


RONALD KAEHLER is librettist and co-lyricist (with composer Albert Evans) of A Country Christmas Carol (Dramatic Publishing), a country music reimagining of the Dickens classic set in 1950s rural America. The original production was directed by James Rocco for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and presented in New York in the National Theatre Network’s “MainStreet Musicals” series, where it won the Directors’ Choice Award. The team of Evans & Kaehler wrote six editions of The Story Salad Shows, musicals for children that toured the country under the auspices of Theatreworks USA. Ron has written songs and specialty material for noted Broadway performers (Bryan Batt, David Garrison, Eddie Korbich, Alix Korey, Marin Mazzie, Jessica Molaskey, and Mary Testa, among others) and theatrical events (Broadway Cares benefits and SDC’s Mr. Abbott Awards). His songs have been published and recorded.

Current projects: Under the Overture, an operatic farce, and Poor Players, a supernatural thriller. Overture was one of six finalists at the MUT International Musical Entertainment Competition in Munich, Germany (July 2018). Highlights from the show were presented in New York under the direction of Gerard Alessandrini (October 2018). Ron served as Executive Story Editor and contributing writer for the children’s television series Van-Pires, which was rated No. 1 in its time slot in various domestic and international markets. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the New Play Exchange.


To read POOR PLAYERS or get more information on the play, contact Ron Kaehler at or visit

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