PROPOSED SEASON 2017-2018
THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT By Christopher Pieler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans
Sept 6– 17, 2017
March 25, 1911. 4:45 P.M. In the Triangle Waist Factory off Manhattan’s Washington Square—where 500 immigrant workers toil fourteen-hour days making lady’s dresses—a cigarette is tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. Some make it to the fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath them. Others run to the exit door but find it locked and dozens leap from the windows to their deaths. Some, through bravery or sheer luck, make it out alive. In the space of twenty-eight minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, have died. THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT culminates in the manslaughter trial of the owners, whose acquittal inspires outrage across the country, the repercussions of which shaped social, political and economic policies for decades to come.
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED By Agatha Christie adapted by Leslie Darbon
Oct 18 – 29, 2017
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
A DOG’S LIFE (MUSICAL) By Sean Grennan and Leah Okimoto
Nov 29 – Dec 10 2017
Joel doesn’t want a dog — he wants his girlfriend back, and she wants a dog. But when she refuses to get back together, Joel becomes the reluctant owner of Jack. Meanwhile, Big Dog wants to be adopted alone, but his only way out includes yippy Little Dog. For both of these pairs, initially hesitant relationships blossom into profound friendships. Blending comic and touching moments, this musical is an uplifting tale of companionship, our time on this earth, and simple, unconditional love. website: www.adogslifethemusical.net
BREAKING THE CODE By Hugh Whitemore
January 24 –Feb 4, 2018 (Previously scheduled June of 2016)
An exceptional biographical drama about 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.
AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE By Paul Zindel
March 7-18 2018
Their father having deserted them in their childhood, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood; one sister has married and cut herself off; another has begun to drink more than she should; and the third, after a scandalous incident at the school where she teaches, is on the brink of madness. When the married sister comes to dinner to press the need for committing her sibling to an institution, the simmering resentments of many years burst alive and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish neighbor couple, whose unexpected arrival impels the action towards its shattering conclusion—in which all the pathos, humor and searing honesty of the play combine with overwhelming effect.
SILENT SKY By Lauren Gunderson
April 18 – 29, 2018
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
RIPCORD By David Lindsay-Abaire
June 6 – 17, 2018
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior LivingFacility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY by Jones, Hope & Wooten
July 18 – 29, 2018
Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.