Rough Crossing



May 19 – 21, 26 – 28, June 2 – 4, 2017

by Tom Stoppard
Director: Jessica Rasp



Successful Hungarian playwrights Turai and Gal arrive aboard the luxury transatlantic liner SS Italian Castle which is about to set sail from Cherbourg to New York, where they will be presenting their latest musical comedy, “The Cruise of the Dodo.” They are accompanied by a young French composer with a speech impediment, and the three of them intend to surprise their stars with the newest song from the yet-unfinished play. The co-authors, the composer, and the cast are destined for Broadway – and are simultaneously trying to finish and rehearse the play while crossing the Atlantic on the ocean liner. Mix in star-crossed lovers, meddling playwrights, a cabin steward who is a jack-of-all-trades, a play within a play, and a bad storm and you have the makings of a classic farce!


Jessica Rasp is happy to be back at Aurora Players as a director. It’s been several years since she has occupied the director’s chair for AP, as recent theatre work has primarily been with downtown companies. You may recall seeing her on stage last season as Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park. Notable productions she’s guided to the Roycroft Pavilion stage include I Hate Hamlet, The Mousetrap, Play It Again, Sam, and Lost in Yonkers. Jessica directed the new comedy, Steve by Mark Gerrard for Buffalo United Artists, and several of the 10-minute plays staged for the “BUA Takes 10, GLBT Short Plays” program. Her direction for Mothers and Sons at BUA was nominated for a 2015 Artie Award. She’s worked with the Lancaster Opera House, and Jewish Community Center’s Youth Theater Program. Jessica loves to work with AP because of the fond memories each show invokes. An AP Life member, she’s earned several awards over the years; most memorable: Best Supporting Actress for Elmira Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.



Show Times
Friday & Saturday performances begin at 8:00
Sunday performances begin at 2:30

There will be post-show talkbacks with the cast and director on the first two Sundays (May 21 & 28).


Adults - $15
Seniors (62 and over) - $14
Students (18 and under) - $14