2019 Season

RABBIT HOLE

By David Lindsay-Abaire

 

Directed by Chris E. McCabe

February 7th - 17th

 

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, this sometimes funny, sometimes haunting play centers around Becca and Howie Corbett who have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

The play premiered on Broadway in 2006 and was nominated for several Tony Awards.  In 2010, it was made into a feature film starring Nicole Kidman and directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

 "David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that's not just a departure but a revelation—an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty." —Variety

 

“With RABBIT HOLE, David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted the most serious, simply told work of his career—a painstakingly beautiful, dramatically resourceful, exquisitely human new play."

“A transcendent and deeply affecting new play, which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief."

—Entertainment Weekly

REEFER MADNESS THE MUSICAL

Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney

Music by Dan Studney

Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

Directed by Kimberli Rowley

Music Direction by Sarah Wussow

Choreography by MacKenzie Cutcliffe

April 11th - 28th

Presented thanks to generous sponsorship by Bob Mayhew.

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.  You won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of REEFER MADNESS.  The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like ‘Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime’ and the Vegas-style ‘Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,’ featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels.  REEFER MADNESS is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary.  This dynamic show will go straight to your head!

"REEFER MADNESS...is deliberately outlandish and silly. And that's what makes it so good...[the show includes] a dozen or so over-the-top and hilarious production numbers."

—New York Daily News

 

"A delirious romp, which at its best reaches highs of intoxicating goofiness."   

 —USA Today

 

"The funniest thing to come down the pike -- or the pipe -- in a while."

—Backstage

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

By Tennessee Williams

June 6th - 16th

 

This celebrated play had a long and successful run on Broadway and the road.  A Streetcar Named Desire is often regarded as among the finest plays of the 20th century, and is considered by many to be Tennessee Williams' greatest work.

 

A Southern Belle schoolteacher, Blanche DuBois, arrives in New Orleans needing the aegis of her sister and brutish brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, for relief from the loss of her childhood home and all the small-town secrets and gossip. Stella and Stanley already have a volatile relationship, but the cramped quarters and Blanche’s deceptions only serve to pour gas on the already existing flame. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn, working-class Stanley.  The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 and in 1951, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. 

 

“A lovely play, in which the author, in oblique parable form, says that beauty is shipwrecked on the rock of the world’s vulgarity; that the most sensitive seekers after beauty are earliest and most bitterly broken.”

--The New Republic 

 

“[Mr. Williams] has not forgotten that human beings are the basic subject of art. Out of poetic imagination and ordinary compassion he has spun a poignant and luminous story.”

-- The New York Times

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

By Tennessee Williams

June 6th - 16th

 

This celebrated play had a long and successful run on Broadway and the road.  A Streetcar Named Desire is often regarded as among the finest plays of the 20th century, and is considered by many to be Tennessee Williams' greatest work.

 

A Southern Belle schoolteacher, Blanche DuBois, arrives in New Orleans needing the aegis of her sister and brutish brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, for relief from the loss of her childhood home and all the small-town secrets and gossip. Stella and Stanley already have a volatile relationship, but the cramped quarters and Blanche’s deceptions only serve to pour gas on the already existing flame. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn, working-class Stanley.  The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 and in 1951, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. 

 

“A lovely play, in which the author, in oblique parable form, says that beauty is shipwrecked on the rock of the world’s vulgarity; that the most sensitive seekers after beauty are earliest and most bitterly broken.”

--The New Republic 

 

“[Mr. Williams] has not forgotten that human beings are the basic subject of art. Out of poetic imagination and ordinary compassion he has spun a poignant and luminous story.”

-- The New York Times

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Darrell Rushton

June 6th - 16th

Presented thanks to generous sponsorship by Doug Schwab and Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab.

Also funded in part by Carl Belt, Inc.

 

This celebrated play had a long and successful run on Broadway and the road.  A Streetcar Named Desire is often regarded as among the finest plays of the 20th century, and is considered by many to be Tennessee Williams' greatest work.

 

A Southern Belle schoolteacher, Blanche DuBois, arrives in New Orleans needing the aegis of her sister and brutish brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski, for relief from the loss of her childhood home and all the small-town secrets and gossip. Stella and Stanley already have a volatile relationship, but the cramped quarters and Blanche’s deceptions only serve to pour gas on the already existing flame. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn, working-class Stanley.  The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 and in 1951, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. 

 

“A lovely play, in which the author, in oblique parable form, says that beauty is shipwrecked on the rock of the world’s vulgarity; that the most sensitive seekers after beauty are earliest and most bitterly broken.”

--The New Republic 

 

“[Mr. Williams] has not forgotten that human beings are the basic subject of art. Out of poetic imagination and ordinary compassion he has spun a poignant and luminous story.”

-- The New York Times

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL

Book by Heather Hach

Music & Lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin

Directed by Kimberli Rowley

Choreographed by Danny Durr

Music Direction by Chris E. McCabe

July 11th - 28th

Presented thanks to generous sponsorship by Dawn's Family Practice.

Also funded in part by Sam & Pam Griffith.

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

 

“…pink, silly, and plenty of fun!”

-- Chicago Tribune

 

"Witty, insistently engaging, warp-speed musical comedy."

-- The Record

 

“…smartly engineered, good looking, high energy and hilarious.”

-- Variety 

METEOR SHOWER

By Steve Martin

Directed by Michael Hood

August 22nd - September 1st

Presented thanks to generous sponsorship by Mary Splain Shrout.

 

Famed comedienne Steve Martin, using his trademark absurdist humor, bends the fluid nature of time and reality to create a surprising and unforgettably funny new play.

Corky and Norm are excited to host Gerald and Laura at their home in the valley outside Los Angeles to watch a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower. But as the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, it becomes clear that Gerald and Laura might not be all that they appear to be. Over the course of a crazy, starlit dinner party, the wildly unexpected occurs. The couples begin to flirt and insanity reigns.

 

"Mr. Martin is peerless at crafting tiny wit bombs, and always has been [...] It's definitely funny!" - The New York Times 

 

"Meteor Shower is a very funny play. Keening-like-a-howler-monkey funny. Design-a-new-cry-laughing-emoji funny." - Entertainment Weekly 

 

"Meteor Shower sparks with the same anarchic energy as Martin’s reckless comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile." - Deadline

DRACULA

By Steven Dietz

Directed by Sam Little

October 10th - 27th

Presented thanks to generous sponsorship by Dawn's Family Practice.

 

"I want your fear. For your fear, like a current, rushes through your body. Your fear makes your heart pound, it renders your veins rich and full. Your fear hemorrhages deliciously within you."

This new adaptation restores the suspense and seduction of Bram Stoker's classic novel to the stage. A remote estate in Eastern Europe. An asylum in London. The late Victorian era, with all its attending sexual politics, spiritual superstition and shaky medical practices. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances—in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire.

“A creepy but well-worn tale, as comfortable as an old pair of slippers, resurrected just in time for Halloween.”

 

“’Dracula’ is psychological. It’s built on anxiety and apprehension, on dread and the sense that something ghastly is about to happen. Mix that with a heightened eroticism that many vampire tales often promise but rarely deliver and you have a production that is fabulous.”

-- The Cincinnati Enquirer

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET THE MUSICAL

Book, Music & Lyrics by Meredith Wilson

Directed by Kimberli Rowley

Music Direction by Chris McCabe

Choreographed by Anthony Giorgio-Schmidt

December 5th - 22nd

Presented thanks to generous sponsorship by David & BettyJo Gehauf.

Also funded in part by Northern Eagle, Inc.

 

A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson.

Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year-old Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy's Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

 

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heartwarming musical is pure family entertainment

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