Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – November 2,3, 8, 9, 10, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. November 4 & 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
We will open the season with “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime,” a play written by Constance Cox that is based on an 1890’s story by Oscar Wilde. The play is about Lord Arthur Savile’s who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. He has had his palm read by Podgers and has been told that he will commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first. Despite help from his butler and the cheerful anarchist Winkelkopf, attempt after attempt fails. Then news comes that Podgers is a charlatan: Lord Arthur is free, and the carriage awaits to take him to the wedding rehearsal. Alas, it contains a surprise from Winkelkopf, a bomb. Lord Arthur saves himself by tossing the bomb into a horse trough. As the dust settles, two policemen appear and march the unhappy young man away and the wedding is postponed again.
This delightful satire will keep you laughing as Lord Arthur deals with one obstacle after another as he tries to get on with his wedding.
I’ll be back before Midnight – January 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. January 13 & 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Our winter play will be “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight,” a thriller written by by Peter Colley. This wonderful play has been described as “More spine tingling than Deathtrap. My ears still ring form the screams of the girls behind me.”
The play centers on the experiences of Jan, a young wife who recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear give this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.
Warm up your January by joining us for “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight.”
August Osage County – March 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. March 10 & 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Our spring play will be “August: Osage County,” by Tracy Letts. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, “August: Osage County” centers around the Weston family, who has been brought together after their patriarch, the world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. Violet, the matriarch, is depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling.” She is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers who harbor their own deep secrets. The family dynamics are further complicated by Violet’s sister Mattie Fae and her family who are well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty. Finally, Johnna, who was hired by Beverly as the housekeeper just before his disappearance, rounds out the cast. As the family is holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, “August: Osage County” is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.
Nice Work if You Can Get It – May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. May 5 & 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
We are really excited to close the 2018/2019 season with the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” This hilarious new screwball comedy premiered on Broadway in 2012. This new musical, featuring the glorious songs of George and Ira Gershwin, pokes fun at the Prohibition era in a clash of elegant socialites and boorish bootleggers, Set in the 1920s, “Nice Work If You Can Get,” is the story of a charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets a rough female bootlegger, Billie Bendix, the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer. Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol the basement of Jimmy’s Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore.