**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
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 / rescheduled to January 14th thru 24th, 2021
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.
**Love Letters by A.R. Gurney
A Valentine’s weekend Special Fund Raising Event!!
Featuring Performances by:
Bob and Dona Lancaster – February 12, 2021
Joe Parish and Mary Tush Green – February 13, 2021
John K. Reel and Elisa Balleau – February 14, 2021
Friday – Saturday 8:00 pm / Sunday 2:00 pm
Please note: Dessert Bar Available / All tickets are $15 (no special pricing for this fund raiser).
THE STORY: Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of “good schools.” While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
**Charlie’s Aunt By Brandon Thomas
Directed by Jered Becker
Thursday thru Sunday / Reschedule to February 12th thru March 7th, 2021
Cast = 4F/6F
THE STORY: Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “where the nuts come from”. Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. As “Charley’s Aunt”, this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack’s father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy’s guardian. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues as Fancourt Babberley, posing as “Charley’s Aunt”, tricks Spettigue into agreeing to the marriage of his ward, the real aunt marries Jack’s father, Jack gets Miss Verdun, and Fanny Babs regains the fortune he lost at gambling as well as the girl he loves.
**STOP KISS By Diana Son
Directed by Dan Schuster
Thursday thru Sunday / April 8th thru 18th, 2021
Audition Note: This show was previously cast prior to COVID and reschedule as noted above.
Call backs maybe scheduled in (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
Thursday thru Sunday / May13th thru 23rd, 2021
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
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
Cast = 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.
**Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike By Christopher Durang
Directed by TBD
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.