2015-2016 Season (Our 70th Anniversary Season!)
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [revised] by Long, Singer & Winfield March 9 – 20, 2016 Rating: PG
Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors (though more can be used). Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
ENCHANTED APRIL by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim April 20 – May 1, 2016 Rating: PG
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could never have expected.
GOLDIE’S BAR by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey RESCHEDULED TO May 6-7 Rating: PG
Goldie’s Bar is a fundraiser for Wichita Community Theatre. The comedy will feature characters that Mary Lou developed while in NYC performing with the improvisation troupe, “Shock of the Funny.” It is an interactive play which will involve the audience. Have no fear. What happens at Goldie’s Bar, stays at Goldie’s Bar.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore June 8 – 19, 2016 Rating: MA
Derek Jacobi took London and Broadway by storm in this exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing who played a major role in winning the World War II; he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German maneuvers. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code the taboo against homosexuality. Turing, who was also the first to conceive of computers, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten and alone. This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley July 13 – 24, 2016 Rating: PG
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—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 as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
[title of show] Lyrics by Jeff Bowen; Book by Hunter Bell August 10 – 14, 2016 Rating: MA
Two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. Problem is, the submission deadline is a short three weeks away. Jeff eventually suggest to write about what to write about. They agree to write up to the festival deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] – taken from the space on the festival application form which asks for [title of show] – follows Hunter, Jeff and their friends through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is above all a love letter to musical theatre – a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for “Best Book of a Musical” in 2009.