Mark Twain, UnCENSORED
By Ed Tasca
Directed by Barbara Clippinger
Preseason Fundraiser: August 23 - 28, 2016
Mark Twain, UnCENSORED was Ed Tasca's rendition of the philosophy, wisdom, grudges and memoir of America's maestro of humor and irreverence. Not quite a one-man show, it featured many of Twain's characters interrupting his lecture in performance of some of their most famous scenes. The lecture was an original, drawing on much material that hadn't been presented before, most humorous, some poignant and all provocative.
Thanks to all who attended this fund-raiser pre-season show!
By Tina Howe
Directed by Peggy Lord Chilton
September 23 to October 2, 2016
The Churches are preparing to move from their Beacon Hill home to their cottage in Cape Cod. Gardner, now retired, slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny tries to keep them both afloat. They await their daughter, Mags, who is coming home to help them move. On the verge of artistic celebrity, Mags also wants to paint their portrait. Fondly funny, sometimes painful, it's a reminder that love can and does mend differences.
Assistant Director Candace Luciano
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits in their 40s. Painfully shy, he's spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny, and ultimately deeply moving.
By Neil Simon
Directed by Phil Shepherd
December 2 - 11, 2016
George and Jennie are in love, utterly perfect for each other, and getting married. There are just a few problems: 1) They’ve only been dating for two weeks. 2) George’s beloved wife of twelve years just passed away. 3) Jennie has just gone through five years of counseling culminating in a messy divorce.
George’s brother, Leo, and Jennie’s friend, Faye, don’t have it any easier. Their marriages are in trouble, they’re worried about George and Jennie, and they are thinking about having an affair with each other. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Chapter Two examines what it means to truly love someone else, and asks whether finding a soulmate can happen more than once in a lifetime.
Assistant Director Collette Clavadetscher
Ariel Dorfman's explosively provocative, award-winning psychological thriller is set in a post-revolution South American country that has only recently returned to democracy.
After being named to head a commission to investigate crimes committed by the recently ousted military regime, Gerardo finds himself stranded by a flat tire. Good Samaritan, Dr. Roberto Miranda, offers the lawyer a ride home. Upon hearing Miranda's voice, Gerardo's reclusive wife, Paulina, believes him to be the monster who degraded and tortured her years before.
Dorfman's tense, shadowy psychological thriller asks timely and universal questions: Does a civil society have the moral responsibility to avenge the victims of past persecutions? Is personal revenge ever justified? When does the oppressed become the oppressor?
By Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Barbara Clippinger
Choreographer Alexis Hoff
Music Director Patteye Simpson
February 17 - 28, 2017
By Popular Demand! HELD OVER TO MARCH 1 & 2
In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap ... until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.
A good-natured and affable man, widower Reginald Herring has now become somewhat bitter after the death of his beloved wife, Mabel. Herring reluctantly sells his business and home and moves to Florida, or, as he calls it, “God’s waiting room,” to live out his final years alone. What Herring finds instead is a world of new possibilities when single women his age discover this new, available man. Second Summer is about the rebirth of an older man who finds the long dormant teenager in himself still exists. After all, “its not how old you are, it’s how you are old.”
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