2017 Season Schedule

Cabaret Series

The 5 & Dime LIVE! an evening of song

JANUARY 20 & 21

‘NIGHT, MOTHER
by Marsha Norman | Directed by Bradley Akers
*Pulitzer Prize Winner

FEBRUARY 17,18, 20, 24, 25 & 26, 31 – MARCH 1, 2

The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie’s father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne’er-do-well; her last job didn’t work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father’s service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment—a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.

Readers Theatre Series

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
by Thornton Wilder | Directed by Christopher Farrell

MARCH 10, 11 & 12

A NEW BRAIN: a musical
by William Finn and James Lapine | Directed & Staged by Ron Shreve | Musical Direction by Erin Barnes

APRIL 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30 – MAY 4, 5, 6

Songwriter Gordon Schwinn works at his piano to meet a deadline, irritated because he must write a song about spring for the children’s television host Mr. Bungee, who dresses as a frog. Gordon takes a break from his writing and meets his best friend Rhoda at a restaurant. During lunch, he clutches his head and falls face first into his meal. Rhoda calls an ambulance, and Gordon is taken to the hospital, where he’s administered an MRI. His neurosurgeon tells him that he has an arteriovenous malformation, and needs an operation. If he doesn’t have it, he could die or never regain the use of his faculties.

While in the hospital, Gordon contemplates his situation, with his mother, Rhoda, and his boyfriend Roger. Gordon’s greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside him. After the operation, Gordon falls into a coma and while in that state, he hallucinates a surrealistic musical-within-a-musical starring the people in his life; and ultimately, the hallucination-Bungee leads Gordon back to consciousness and to Roger. He recovers slowly and his near death experience teaches him to re-evaluate and better appreciate the people and relationships in his life. With his life at last in balance, he is able to write again.

TOPDOG/ UNDERDOG
by Suzan Lori- Parks | Directed by Lindsay Curry & Lee Hamby
*Pulitzer Prize Winner

JUNE 16,17,19, 23, 24, 25, 30 – JULY 1, 2

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Readers Theatre Series

BENT
by Martin Sherman | Directed by Amy Canning

JULY 14,15 & 16

THE CALL
By Tanya Barfield | Directed by Joe Kemper | Assistant Director- Kaiti Barta

AUGUST 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27

When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they come to set their sights on a child from Africa. But when the reality of this choice sinks in, it opens a well of uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Politically-charged and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.

EVIL DEAD: the musical
By George Reinblatt, Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris | Directed by Christopher Farrell
Musical Direction by Ben Beck

OCTOBER 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28

This hilarious live stage show takes all the elements of the 1980’s cult classic films, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all to music.

Cabaret Series

The 5 & Dime Live! an Evening of Song

SEPTEMBER 15, 16 & 17

Readers Theatre Series

MACHINAL
by Sophie Treadwell | Directed by Matt Tompkins

NOVEMBER 17, 18 & 19

HIR
By Taylor Mac | Directed by Josh Waller | Assistant Director- Abigail Saenz

DECEMBER 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

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