2015-2016 Season (Our 70th Anniversary Season!)
Specific performance rights to be negotiated and filed. Proposed season may change as a result.
FOOLS: A Comic Fable by Neil Simon Sept 9 – 20, 2015 Rating: G
Auditions July 11 & 12, 2015
Directed by Steve Miotto
Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.
AN INSPECTOR CALLS by J.B. Priestley Oct 14 – 25, 2015 Rating: PG
Auditions August 8 & 9, 2015
Directed by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey
The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centered or cowardly, its good humor turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over. The surprising revelation, however, is in the inspector—who turns out to be no copper at all but a mysterious individual with full knowledge of everyone’s connection with the suicide. After the false inspector has been shown up, and it is discovered that no suicide had been recorded, an actual copper shows, and a last- minute suicide is reported, which ties in mysteriously with the foregoing.
A CHRISTMAS STORY by Philip Grecian based on the motion picture A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd (based on his book, In God we Trust, All others Pay Cash) Nov 27 – Dec 13, 2015 Rating: G
Auditions September 26 & 27, 2015
Directed by Crystal Meek
Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.
GOLDIE’S BAR by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey Dec 16 – 20 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.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Arthur Miller Jan 27 – Feb 7 2016 Rating: 14
Auditions December 5 & 6, 2016
Directed by Bill Coleman
The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the “American Dream” kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theatre.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [revised] by Long, Singer & Winfield March 9 – 20, 2016 Rating: PG
Auditions January 16 & 17, 2016
Directed by Lyle Valentine
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
Auditions February 20 & 21, 2016
Directed by Dan Schuster
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.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore June 8 – 19, 2016 Rating: MA
Directed by Leroy Clark
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
Directed by Kathleen Barbara
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
Directed by Dan E. Campbell and Ann-Marie Rogers
Two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. Problem is, the submission deadline is a short three weeks away. With nothing to lose, they decide to create something new with their friends. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation on what to write about. 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.