Proposed Season 2018-2019
FUN HOME By Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori
Director: Vonda Newby-Schuster
Sept 5– 16, 2018
Rating: 14 3M/4F + 2 boys & 1 girl
The Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home traces the coming-of-age of lesbian author Alison Bechdel, from her youth, to her years at Oberlin College, and finally to the present, where Alison, now grown, is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography. As Alison reflects on her past, she struggles to make sense of it, particularly her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man and the owner of the family business — the Bechdel Funeral Home (“fun” home, as it’s known to young Alison and her brothers, John and Christian). As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, Alison recognizes her own experience of discovering, and ultimately embracing, her identity. As Fun Home progresses, Alison is drawn deeper and deeper into her memories, finally entering into them, desperate (but unable) to reverse her father’s self-destruction. An unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, our identity.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (AKA: TEN LITTLE INDIANS) By Agatha Christie
Director- John Reel
Oct 17 – 28, 2018
Rating: PG 8M/3F
Eight people, all strangers to each other, are invited to Indian Island, off the English coast. Vera Claythorne, a former governess, thinks she has been hired as a secretary; Philip Lombard, an adventurer, and William Blore, an ex-detective, think they have been hired to look out for trouble over the weekend; Dr. Armstrong thinks he has been hired to look after the wife of the island’s owner. Emily Brent, General Macarthur, Tony Marston, and Judge Wargrave think they are going to visit old friends.
When they arrive on the island, the guests are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, the butler and housekeeper, who report that the host, someone they call Mr. Owen, will not arrive until the next day. That evening, as all the guests gather in the drawing room after an excellent dinner, they hear a recorded voice accusing each of them of a specific murder committed in the past and never uncovered. They compare notes and realize that none of them, including the servants, knows “Mr. Owen,” which suggests that they were brought here according to someone’s strange plan.
HARVEY By Mary Chase
Director- Mary Tush-Green
Nov 28 – Dec 9 2018
Rating: G 6M/6F
Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME By Mark Haddon adapted by Simon Stephens
Directors- Molly Tully & Mark Anderson
January 23 –Feb 3, 2019
Rating: PG 5M/5F (Doubling)
15-year-old amateur detective Christopher John Francis Boone is a mathematical genius. He appears to have an unspecified autism spectrum disorder that is variously described as either autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, although the condition is never explicitly stated in the play. The titular curious incident is the mystery surrounding the death of a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, found speared by a garden fork. While searching for the murderer of the dog, he encounters resistance from many neighbours, but mostly from his father. Christopher argues to himself that many rules are made to be broken, so he continues to search for an answer.
ALL MY SONS By Arthur Miller
Director- Dan Schuster, Asst. Director- Jared Becker
March 6 – 17 2019
Rating: PG 6M/4F
During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.
A tremendously impressive drama that received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
BLOOMSDAY By Steven Dietz
April 17 – 28, 2019
Rating: PG 2M/2F
Robert returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James Joyce literary tour thirty-five years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them—only briefly—together. This Irish time-travel love story blends wit, humor, and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past.
THE DIVINERS By Jim Leonard, Jr.
Director- Abri Geist-Dennis
June 5 – 16, 2019
Rating: G 6M/5F
Set in the early days of the Depression in a small southern Indiana town named Zion, Buddy Layman is a mentally-challenged boy whose sweet nature touches most people he meets. One day a stranger and retired preacher, C.C. Showers, passes through Zion looking for work and food. C.C. takes an immediate liking to Buddy and vice versa. C.C. is able to relate to Buddy in ways that most people aren’t. The two become close friends and C.C. soon finds himself as Buddy’s mentor and teacher. CC’s relationship with the people of the town changes drastically when they learned that he was a former preacher who has given up preaching.
DIXIE SWIM CLUB by Jones, Hope & Wooten
Director- Leroy Clark
July 17 – 28, 2019
Rating: PG 5F
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. When fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…