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9/8-9/24, 2017 Out of Order
Richard Willey, a Labour Junior Minister, plans, under the cover of an all-night commons sitting, to spend the night in Suite 648 at the four-star Westminster Hotel, London, with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition’s junior secretaries. So the seeds are sown or in Richard’s case, not, for a hilarious Ray Cooney farce which won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the year in 1991.
Director: Michael McGarty
10/20-11/5, 2017 You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness is revealed. The new script features two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.
Director: Adam Joy, Music Director: Eli Bigelow
12/7-12/17, 2017 Driving Miss Daisy
A Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke. Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy’s cloistered inability to grasp the social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke’s “people” are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they’ve been friends and kindred spirits all along.
Directors: Ken Butler & Dori Bryan Ployer
1/19–2/4, 2018 Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a parable about what it means to be human. Steinbeck’s story of George and Lennie’s ambition of owning their own ranch, and the obstacles that stand in the way of that ambition, reveal the nature of dreams, dignity, loneliness, and sacrifice. Ultimately, Lennie, the mentally handicapped giant who makes George’s dream of owning his own ranch worthwhile, ironically becomes the greatest obstacle to achieving that dream.
Director: Richard Stiles
3/9-3/25, 2018 The Tempest
Magic, music, and mystery will be brought to life in William Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest. The Tempest tells the story of castaways brought to an island through a tempest created by the magician Prospero, who was exiled there with his daughter Miranda.
In this contemporary retelling, audiences will experience Shakespearean plays as they were originally intended – through the expression of sound and movement. Do not miss this special season offering!
Director: Steve Dooner
4/20-5/6, 2018 Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Hair is unique musical that changed the face of musical theatre during the late 1960s. Featuring music by Galt MacDermot and book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, the musical portrays the hippie culture of America in the 1960s around the time of the US involvement with Vietnam. This new type of ‘Rock’ musical helped pave the way for other shows in the later decade. Featuring a non linear narrative the show was one of the first ‘concept’ musicals and invited the audience on a remarkable journey The show features nudity, sexual acts, profanity and drugs. Recommended for mature audiences only.
Directors: Meg Dussault / Shannon Stiles
6/8-6/24, 2018 The Boys Next Door
The Boys Next Door was written in the early 1980s by Tom Griffin. The Boys Next Door is a two-act comedy-drama about four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment — and Jack, the caring social worker who is on the verge of career burn-out. At times funny, at times tender, The Boys Next Door provides audiences a candid look at the lives of a marginalized population and those who serve them.
Director: Kelly Crawford