Our 2017-2018 Season!
All show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm unless otherwise noted.
To Kill A Mockingbird
dramatized by Christopher Sergel, based on the book by Harper Lee
Aug 17–20, 24–27, 2017
Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, experiences dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. Her widower father, Atticus, is raising her and her brother, Jem. Set in 1935, this play illustrates the social issues and language of this time period. The black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout's father, but in her youthful innocence, she does not know why. A few of her white friends are inexplicably hostile and Scout doesn't understand this either. Atticus, a lawyer, explains that he is defending a young Negro man wrongfully accused of a grave crime, "Because if I didn't, I couldn't hold my head up.” Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph – and this touching dramatization is a classic and meaningful work of art.
The Kitchen Witches
by Caroline Smith
Sep 14–17, 21–24, 2017
Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable–access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer (and son) Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a ratings smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!
Evil Dead: The Musical
music and lyrics by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, and George Reinblatt
Book by George Reinblatt
Oct 19–22, 26–29, 2017
Based on Sam Raimi's 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it's not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. "Camp" takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like "All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "Do the Necronomicon.” Get the ultimate 4–D experience in the SplatterZone!
* Audience Choice*
by William Mastrosimone
Nov 9–12, 16–19, 2017
Marjorie is home alone when Raul enters through her unlocked door and attempts to attack and rape her. The tables turn when Marjorie is able to subdue Raul and keep him tied up in her fireplace. When Terry and Patricia, Marjorie's roommates, come home, they are shocked and begin discussing how to handle the situation: call the police or take matters into their own hands?
It’s A Wonderful Life
adapted for the stage by James Rodgers, based on the film directed by Frank Capra
Nov 30–Dec 3, 7–10, 2017
In our American culture It's a Wonderful Life has become almost as familiar as Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story is a natural for a stage adaptation: the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play, and the love and support of one's family and community.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
by Charles M. Schulz
Dec 14–17 21–23, 2017 based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees in everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.
We Found Love and an Exquisite Set of Porcelain Figurines Aboard the SS Farndale Avenue
by David McGillravey and Walter Zerlin, Jr.
Feb 1–4, 8–11, 2018
The Farndale Ladies are back!! Flushed by their “successes,” the stalwart veterans of the Dramatic Society are poised to conquer yet another dramatic idiom: their current production sails the luxury ocean liner SS Farndale Avenue into the world of thirties musical comedy. The ladies prove that the age of elegance, glamour and enchantment is not dead...well, not quite. Circumstances almost beyond their control threaten to wreck the evening's entertainment, but the ladies and Gordon, in true Farndale form, soar above such mundane matters to present some catchy numbers and a stunning underwater sequence!
Peter and the Starcatcher
adapted for the stage by Rick Elise, based on the novel by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
music by Wayne Barker
Mar 8–11, 15–18, 2018
Tony–winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best–selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
Blackpool and Parrish
by David Belke
Apr 12–15, 19–22, 2018
For five millennia Harry Blackpool has been the agent for all Evil on Earth, while Rachel Parrish has represented Good. These implacable foes meet in a private club every twenty five years. With the end of the world scheduled for tomorrow at teatime, they must pass their duties to their oblivious heirs: a mild mannered physical education teacher and an aggressively Bohemian artist. Caught in the middle of their cosmic gamesmanship is an anxious club manager. As the sole representative of humanity, he may be the key to Armageddon's outcome in this fast paced comedy of apocalyptic proportions.
by Michael Frayn
May 10–13, 17–20, 2018
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. If it can go wrong, it will go wrong, and Murphy’s Law gets tested to its maximum in this hysterical show.