2019 – 2020 Season
BLOOD BROTHERS (Musical) By Willy Russell
Directed by Joe Parrish
Tickets are $15.00 for all performances of BLOOD BROTHERS
Sept 4– 15, 2019
Rating: 14 5M/3F plus chorus
Blood Brothers, by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of our times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her new born twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. One prospers while the other falls on hard times. A narrator warns that a price has to be paid for separating twins: the lives of the blood brothers, who die on the day they find out they are related.
Detailed synopsis at link above
Song samples at link above
ALMIGHTY BOB: A Fantasy By Tom Mula
Directed by John K. Reel
Oct 16 – 27, 2019
Rating: PG 4M/3F
Bob is being checked in to a nursing home. Sometimes he thinks he’s God, and sometimes he’s right. Bob has become too much of a handful for his daughter Karen, so they’re trying a trial period at Dr. Wally’s nursing home with miraculous results.
CHRISTMAS BELLES By Jones, Hope and Wooten
Directed by Mark Schuster
Dec 4 – 15, 2019
Rating: PG 4M/7F
It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters’ Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!
SWEAT By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Mary Lou Phipps-Winfrey
This show has been been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Rating: 14 6M/3F (Multi-Ethnic Cast)
Filled with warm humor and tremdous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.
The play portrays a meeting between a parole officer and two ex-convicts, and three women who were childhood friends and had worked in the same factory. The action takes place in a fictional bar in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Nottage shifts in time, switching scenes and showing events of eight years earlier. Variety quotes the bartender, Stan, as warning the other characters that “You could wake up tomorrow and all your jobs are in Mexico”, to which the characters respond with lethargy and disbelief. Variety described Nottage as going into “the heart of working-class America”. Reviews of the play have described the characters as representing blue-collar workers who voted in Donald Trump as President.
The play also examines the disintegration of a friendship, after two of the women – one white, one black – apply for the same management job. The latter character gets the position. But soon the company moves jobs to Mexico. The trade union goes on strike, and company management locks out the workers. The management/worker division begins to separate the friends, and racial tensions separate them further.
RUMORS By Neil Simon
Directed by Steve Miotto
March 11 – 22 2020
Rating: PG 5M/5F
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.
Detailed synopsis at link above
STOP KISS By Diana Son
Directed by Dan Schuster
April 22 – May 3, 2020
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
June 10 – 21, 2020
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)
WAITING IN THE WINGS By Noel Coward
Directed by Leroy Clark
July 22– Aug 2, 2020
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.
Detailed synopsis at link above.