77th Season — 2022-23
WCT PROUDLY ANNOUNCES ITS PROPOSED 2022-2023 SEASON!
OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder
Directed by SP Callaway
Sept 8 – 18, 2022
Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts. Narrated, and performed with minimal props and sets, the play follows the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.
THE MOUSETRAP by Agatha Christie
Directed by Steve Landes
Oct 20-30, 2022
After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from Dame Agatha Christie.
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Jeremy Buoy
Dec 1 – 11, 2022
A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, this play continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as a dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
LEADING LADIES by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Mark Schuster
Jan 26 – Feb 5, 2023
In this hilarious comedy two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.
RADIUM GIRLS by DW Gregory
Directed by Leroy Clark
Mar 16 – 26, 2023
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.
TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dan Schuster
April 27 – May 7, 2023
Murder, mayhem, and mutilation abound, in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play! Roman general Titus Andronicus returns victorious from 10 years of war, having lost 21 sons in battle. He brings as prisoner his arch-nemesis Tamora Queen of the Goths. But when Rome’s rash and impetuous new Emperor decides not only to free her, but to marry her and make her his queen, she embarks upon a remorseless course of revenge. As she and Titus engage in an escalating cycle of violence and vengeance, the body count rises and Rome threatens to fall. In the character of Titus, Shakespeare foreshadowed the great tragic heroism of Brutus and the depths of Lear’s despair.
LIGHT UP THE SKY by Moss Hart
Directed by Julie Longhofer
June 15 – 25, 2023
Gathered in a hotel room, the lead Actress, backer, playwright, and others, go through their paces with tremendous gusto. The opening of the play, an experimental work, is such as to lead those gathered to believe it a flop. Instantly they turn against themselves. It turns out in spite of the curious reception by the first night audience, the play has made an impression, and when news spreads that the reviews are favorable, the tables are turned. The playwright, who has suffered both the enthusiasm and pessimism, of his associates has decided that he is through with the theater. Persuaded to play ball with his associates, but so disgusted with the shenanigans of those who were presumably his friends, the playwright turns on them and lays down the law.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS by Robert Harling
Directed by John Dalton-White
July 27 – Aug 6, 2023
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon where the outspoken, Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice. Filled with hilarious repartee and acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when Shelby risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which gives the characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and amiable company in good times and bad.