Our 2019-2020 Season!
All show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm unless otherwise noted.
Arsenic and Old Lace
By Joseph Kesselring
August 15-18 and 22-25, 2019
The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster and his slightly crazy family. He has two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff. Through the midst of all this, Mortimer thinks he is ready to marry the girl next door, but, should he bring her into this madness?
The Haunting of Hill House
Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie
From the novel by Shirley Jackson
September 19-22 and 26-29, 2019
Considered by many to be the best ‘haunted house’ story ever written, the plot concerns a truly creepy old mansion, shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation. Hill House has remained empty and silent until this isolation is broken by Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. He and his team try to delve into the morbid history of the house. Soon, the spirits of the house make themselves known, goaded into a fatal fury by the professor’s attempts.
Dial “M” For Murder
By Frederick Knott
October 17-20 and 24-27, 2019
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, the murderer ends up being murdered, and the planned victim survives. This doesn’t baffle the husband, though, as he sees the hit man’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted of the murder of the man who was trying to murder her. Luckily, a Scotland Yard detective and a young man who is in love with the wife want the truth to come out.
A Christmas Story
By Philip Grecian, based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, written by jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark, and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
December 5-8, 12-15, and 19-22, 2019
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more!
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of Macbeth
By David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin, Jr
February 6-9 and 13-16, 2020
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals. Under the carefully mascara'd eye of adjudicator George Peach, all events conspire hilariously against them. Nevertheless, the Farndale Ladies press on as best they can.
As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
March 19-22 and 26-29, 2020
Shakespeare examines love, power, and forgiveness while taking us on a jaunt through the idyllic Forest of Arden. In this scene, our heroine, Rosiland, has been banished from the court of her wicked uncle. She and her cousin Celia have fled to the forest and, for protection have disguised themselves as brother and sister shepherds. Before they fled, Rosiland fell in love with the handsome Orlando, also banished and also in the forest. Orlando, not realizing that his sweetheart is in the woods (much less disguised as a boy), has been posting love poems all over the forest. Hilarity ensues.
Becky’s New Car
By Steven Dietz
April 16-19 and 23-26, 2020
Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling life – with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life… and the audience is offered the chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. Beckys New Car is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
9 to 5 The Musical
Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick
May 7-10 and 14-17, 2020
If you don’t know the story, three female coworkers, after being pushed to their breaking point by their chauvinistic boss, decide that enough is enough and take matters into their own hands. Violet, Judy, and Doralee live out their wildest workplace fantasy – they give their boss the boot and take over.