2020 Main Stage Season

Assassins the Musical

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman

Directed & Staged by Kimberli Rowley

Music Direction by Chris E. McCabe

February 7th - 23rd*

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

 

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCES OF ASSASSINS.

RATING:  R

This show contains strong language and violence and my not be appropriate for younger viewers.  Parental discretion is advised.

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted for the stage by Simon Lev
y

Directed by Jennifer Clark

March 19th - 29th

 

Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and in Simon Levy's adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.


"Somewhere out there, Jay Gatsby is smiling one of those enigmatic smiles, with everything and nothing behind it. 'Yes, old sport,' Gatsby is saying, 'that's about right. That's about right.' Surely, that smiling sign of approval would be Gatsby's suitably understated take on Simon Levy’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby...a beautifully crafted interpretation of the 1925 novel which defined the Jazz Age...This is indeed a grand GATSBY." —London Free Press

RATING:  PG

The show contains some mild language, implied sexual situations and violence.  Parental discretion is encouraged.

The Flick

By Annie Baker

Directed by Rhett Wolford

April 16th - 26th

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not- so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

"Funny, heartbreaking, sly, and unblinking. The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater." - New York Magazine

RATING:  R

The show contains drug use, intense adult situations and strong language.  Parental discretion is advised.

The Cake

By Bekah Brunstetter

Directed by Kimberli Rowley

June 11th - 21st


Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.


“Wow! ...puts a deeply personal, delightfully down-home face on the Gay-Wedding-Cake Wars...I cried, I learned, I loved.” - StageSceneLA

RATING:  PG-13

The show contains mild adult themes and strong language.  Parental discretion is encouraged.

Chicago

By John Kander, Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse

July 9th - 26th


In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.


“Fosse’s best work, uncompromising and with real strength showing in every idea and image.”
- Newsweek

RATING:  PG-13

The show contains strong language and mild adult situations.  Parental discretion is encouraged.

August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts

Directed by Nicole Mattis

August 28th - September 13th*

Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got a major play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

"This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great
American family plays." —Time Magazine

*PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCES OF AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.

RATING:  R

The show contains drug use, strong language and sexual situations.  Parental discretion is advised.

Clue: On Stage

By Jonatan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin & Erick Price

Directed Darrell Rushton

Musical Accompaniment by Chris E. McCabe

October 8th - 25th

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the Wadsworth - the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out...WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

RATING:  PG

The show contains mild language and light innuendo.  Parental discretion is encouraged.

Elf the Musical

Book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Music by Matthew Sklar

December 3rd - 20th

A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf starring Will Ferrell and James Caan.


Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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