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RUMORS By Neil Simon
Directed by Steve Miotto

Opens July 8th, 2020 and runs thru the 19th

Cast = 5M/5F

DESCRIPTION
At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

 

2020 – 2021 Season (Proposed pending approval of Royalties)

Barefoot in the Park By Neil Simon
Directed by Joe Parrish

September 9th – 20th, 2020 / Auditions July 25th 7pm & 26th 2pm

Cast =  4M/2F

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start. NOMINEE – 1964 Tony Award for Best Play

Dial M for Murder By Fredrick Knott
Directed by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey

Thursday thru Sunday / October 15th – 25th, 2020 / Auditions in August

Cast = 5M/1F

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife discover the truth, and in a scene of almost unbearable suspense they trap the husband into revealing his guilt, thus freeing Margot

Over the River and through the Woods By Joe DiPietro
Directed by Vonda Newby-Schuster

Thursday thru Sunday / December 3rd – 13th, 2020 / Auditions in October

Cast =  3M/3F

THE STORY: Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…we won’t give the ending away here.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike By Christopher Durang
Directed by Jered Becker

Tentative – Thursday thru Sunday / January 28th – February 7th, 2021 / Auditions in November

Cast =  2M/4F

THE STORY:Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

STOP KISS By Diana Son 
Directed by Dan Schuster

Tentative – Thursday thru Sunday / March 11th – 21st, 2021
Audition Note:  This show was previously cast prior to COVID and reschedule as noted above.  Call backs maybe scheduled in January (TBD).

Rating: PG     3M/3F
Note: Play contains adult content, language, and LGBTQ

Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.

The story is told out of chronological order: alternating scenes take place respectively before and after the assault, which is not shown onstage.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Original Text) By Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
Directed by John Dalton-White

Tentative – Thursday thru Sunday / April 22nd – May 2nd, 2021 / Auditions in February

Rating: PG     5M/5F

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands Anne Frank began to keep a diary on June 14, 1942, two days after her 13th birthday, and twenty two days before going into hiding with her mother, father, sister, and three other people. The group went into hiding in the sealed-off upper rooms of the annex of her father’s office building in Amsterdam. The sealed-off upper-rooms also contained a hidden door which the Franks would hide in during the parts when Nazi soldiers were investigating the buildings for harbored Jews. They remained hidden for two years and one month, until their betrayal in August 1944, which resulted in their deportation going to Nazi concentration camps. (Production dates in coordination with the anniversary of Anne’s birth, June 12, 1929)

AN EVENING OF CULTURE By Mark Landon Smith
Directed by Mary Tush-Green

Tentative – Thursday thru Sunday / June 10th – 20th, 2021 / Auditions in April

Cast = 5M/3F

An Evening of Culture – Faith County II: The Saga Continues is the long-awaited sequel to the wonderfully popular Faith County. We’re in Mineola County again, where the Community Theatre is producing Romeo and Juliet. Even though the cast members don’t have their lines memorized, the set isn’t finished, and a dog keeps barking offstage, they’re gonna give it a go! 

WAITING IN THE WINGS By Noel Coward
Directed by Leroy Clark

Tentative – Thursday thru Sunday / July 22nd – August 1st, 2021 / Auditions in May

Rating: G     4M/14F

Coward’s tribute to theatre is set in a retirement home for actresses, all former stars. Jealousies abound, especially between Lotta and another who was also married to her former husband. A tragedy brings them to their senses and a new solarium brings out everyone’s good nature. Lotta chooses to stay with her old friends rather than go live with her son.