Season 2007-2008

Hay Fever
By Noel Coward
September 7th – 23rd, 2007

Regarded by many as Noel Coward’s funniest play, it concerns the ultra-Bohemian Bliss family. Mother Judith is a retired dramatic actress; father David, a successful but temperamental writer; and their adult son and daughter, who are handsome and ill-mannered. One weekend, each has invited a guest to their country home without the knowledge of the other family members. What ensues is a wild romp as each person is attracted to someone different from the original pairings. Light, luminous, charming and hilarious.

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Dracula: The Musical?
By Rick Abbot
October 12th – October 28th, 2007

What could be more timely for Halloween than the classic tale of Count Dracula? Except that this version takes Bram Stoker’s original horror story and turns it into a rollicking and delightful spoof with a melodic score. You may not be frightened by the dancing and singing vampires, but you will certainly be startled by all the special effects.

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By Barbara Robinson
December 7th – 9th, 2007

Join us for the Third Annual benefit production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Playing for one weekend only. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids– probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem– and the fun– when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Click here for details.

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Boys Next Door
By Tom Griffin
January 18th – February 3rd, 2008

This very funny yet touching play focuses on the lives of four men with disabilities who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere but increasingly despairing social worker. Filled with humor, the play is also marked by the compassion and understanding with which it peers into the world of its protagonists. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these men are moments of great poignancy, when we are reminded that disabilities are relative and that we all want only to love and laugh and find meaning and purpose in the brief time we are given.

Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Six Degrees of Separation
By John Guare
February 29th – March 16th, 2008

The title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another. Inspired by a true story, it follows the trail of a young black con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple by claiming he knows their son at college. By telling them he is the son of actor Sidney Poitier and that he has just lost all his money in a mugging, he is invited to stay overnight in their home. The fast-paced plot is cunningly executed, alternating comic situations with mildly disturbing ones. It is a play about everything with something in it for everyone.

Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Wizard of Oz
Book by L. Frank Baum
Music & Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Co.
Based upton the Classic Motion Picture

April 11th – 27th, 2008

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Classic musical numbers include Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong! the Witch is Dead, If I Only Had a Brain/a Heart/the Nerve, We’re Off to See the Wizard and more. Put a smile on everyone’s face with THE WIZARD OF OZ!

Presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc..

Agnes of God
By John Pielmeier
May 16th – June 1st, 2008

A court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone, is asked to determine the sanity of a young nun accused of murdering her own baby. The Mother Superior, Miriam Ruth, seems bent on protecting young Sister Agnes from the doctor which immediately arouses the doctor’s suspicions (Who killed the baby? Who fathered the child?). Dr. Livingstone forces all three women, herself included, to face some harsh realities in their own lives, and to re-examine the meaning of faith and the commitment of love.

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French, Inc..

One Act Festival – 2008
July 25, 26 and August 1, 2 2008

Group A (July 25, August 2)
Drop by Brian K. Vaughan
directed by Jim Camlek
The Game by Louise Bryant
directed by Amanda Marie Imhof
Ferris Wheel by Mary Miller
directed by Suzanne Yuskiw
Cat & Mouse by Rick Starkweather & Kryss Lacovaro
directed by Rick Starkweather

Group B (July 26, August 1)
The Shock of Recognition by Robert Anderson
directed by Paul Shoop
The Philadelphia by David Ives
directed by Suzanne Yuskiw
Mother’s Day by Donald Steele
directed by Kevin Sockwell
Jimmy the Antichrist by Keith Powell
directed by John Bartkowiak