Productions

Fall 2020

Studio Show

Monologues written by students about their pandemic survival experiences.

First Viewing: October 16, 2020

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi-Yale

Main Stage Show

A collaboratively devised performance based on the ideas and stories of the cast, exploring themes and issues of most interest to the group.

First Viewing: November 15, 2020

Directed by Robin Aronson

Spring 2021

Spring Auditions: January 25-28, 2021

Classical European Farce

Directed by Virginia Drake

Dates: Opening Thursday March 4

Run (5 shows): March 4, 5, 6 (2 show day), 7 – All shows at 8:00 PM

Closing: Sunday, March 7 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Students and Seniors $10, General $15

Scapino, a freewheeling, monkeyshine farce is inspired by Moliere. The story is set in present-day Naples; beginning with a song from the menu of an Italian restaurant and it only gets wackier! Scapino is a lovable wise guy, surrounded by favorite, larger-than-life characters from Commedia dell arte. Scapino promises to help two young men who have fallen in love with penniless beauties. Both men need money to solve their dilemmas. Scapino’s goal is to deceive the family patriarchs into parting with lots of money! Ruses, chases, dancing, singing and clowning abound in this madcap romp towards a very happy ending.

Musical Fantasy

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: April 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1 at 7:30 PM ad April 25, May 2 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Students and Seniors $15, General $20

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy, highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.

Past Productions

2019-2020

Contemporary Drama

Play by Lanford Wilson

Studio Play Directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 PM, October 20 and 27 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Students and Seniors $10, General $15

Originally produced in 1998, Book of Days is set in a Missouri town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater. After the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, begins to suspect murder as she contemplates the details. Being cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of George Bernard Shaw's play, Saint Joan, Ruth is motivated by her character study to aggressively seek the truth. The quest embroils her in the jealousies, religion, greed, and lies of the small community, and the edges of “Ruth” and “Joan” become blurry for both herself and those around her. Wilson is here at his best uncovering the shadowy side of humanity.

Classic Expressionism

Play by by Sophie Treadwell

Mainstage Play Directed by Robin Aronson

Dates: November 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM, November 17 and 24 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Students and Seniors $10, General $15

First performed on Broadway in 1928 and inspired by the scandalous newspaper story of a woman who murders her husband and is executed for the crime, MACHINAL by Sophie Treadwell is a rare treasure of American Expressionism by a female playwright that tells the electrifying story of a Young Woman who, trapped by society’s stifling expectations in an unfeeling world, performs an act of desperation to free herself, only to pay the ultimate price. The play has lots of great ensemble roles that revolve around the Young Woman protagonist. Some actors may play more than one role.

Classical European Farce

Directed by Virginia Drake

Dates: March 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 8:00 PM, March 22 and 29 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Students and Seniors $10, General $15

Scapino, a freewheeling, monkeyshine farce is inspired by Moliere. The story is set in present-day Naples; beginning with a song from the menu of an Italian restaurant and it only gets wackier! Scapino is a lovable wise guy, surrounded by favorite, larger-than-life characters from Commedia dell arte. Scapino promises to help two young men who have fallen in love with penniless beauties. Both men need money to solve their dilemmas. Scapino’s goal is to deceive the family patriarchs into parting with lots of money! Ruses, chases, dancing, singing and clowning abound in this madcap romp towards a very happy ending.

Musical Fantasy

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8:00 PM, April 19 and 26 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: Students and Seniors $15, General $20

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy, highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.

2018-2019

Classic Comedy

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: October 19–28, 2018

Arsenic and Old Lace is a black comedy written in 1939. Debuting on Broadway in 1941, it ran for three years and over fourteen hundred performances. The plot centers on the Brewster family, a once elite American bloodline that has now descended into homicidal insanity. Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic and the most ostensibly normal of his clan, is forced to cover up for his sadistic kin while being torn between family loyalty and his desire to marry the woman he loves. Exploring themes including family loyalty, nature versus nurture, and whether we can ever truly break away from our family’s influence, Arsenic and Old Lace was praised for its dark, screwball comedy tone with The New York Times theater critic declaring it one of the funniest plays he’d ever seen.

Sci-Fi/Action

Co-Directed by W. Clay and Bruce W. De Les Dernier

Dates: November 16–25, 2018

Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate – and forces more powerful than they can guess – these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within, in a new production of Lifeline’s hit adaptation of the 1996 novel by Neil Gaiman.

Classic Drama

Directed by Bruce De Les Dernier

Dates: March 15–24, 2019

Written in 1957, this American dramatic play is about a young married man with a secret morphine addiction. It is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the destructive effects of morphine on an addict and his family.

Classic Musical

Directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: April 19–28, 2019

With a variety of styles in the musical numbers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a Webber/Rice tour de force. This story of Joseph and his eleven brothers adapted from the book of Genesis races from family betrayal, lies, escape, lust, imprisonment, and starvation to dream interpretations, community salvation, and relationship restoration. Beginning and ending with “Any Dream Will Do,” the large ensemble cast narrates and entertains through constant song and dance. From the first performance as a 20-minute pop cantata in 1968, through a Fringe performance in Edinburgh in 1972, and then long Broadway/West End runs and tours, Joseph and his coat of many colors continue to please audiences with unbounded energy and stage presence.

2017-2018

Drama

Dates: October 20–29, 2017 at the Studio

The Children's Hour was written in 1934. It is a drama set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives.

Prequel to Peter Pan

Directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: November 17–26, 2017

Adapted from the similarly named novel, Peter and the Starcatcher is an adventure worthy of pirates' gold! In this story we learn how Peter comes to fly, how Hook (formerly known as "Black Stache") loses his hand, Tinker Bell's birth, and a few things about the mysterious "star stuff," mermaids, pirates, and Wendy's mother. We experience ship wrecks, sea chest switcheroos, kidnappings, and a language spoken by dodo birds! This is not a play for the faint of heart, with its narrow escapes, near drownings, and one wonder after another.

A Dark re-telling of Beauty and the Beast (Not Appropriate for young children)

Written and Directed by Bruce W. De Les Dernier

Dates: March 16–25, 2018

Britain: 500 A.D. A merciless Saxon warlord is cursed for his brutality. He must remain a beast until he can become deserving of true love. He is tempted by the Spirits of the Forest to give up the quest to regain his humanity and become a true Beast of the Wild...where hunting and killing are the accepted way of life. This dark and magical retelling of a time-honored fable explores the difference between who we really are and who we wish to be.

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: April 20–29, 2018

In Berlin 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets academic Cliff Bradshaw Despite Cliff’s confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, until the arrival of the wealthy, decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune complicates matters. The love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party. A second plot involves the romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, a place that serves as a delicious metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany.

2016-2017

Contemporary Experimental

Conceived and Directed by Susan Pfeffer

Dates: October 21-30, 2016

Almost There, Nearly is an experimental, multimedia dance-theatre performance that investigates how the struggle for limited resources (food, water, shelter, work) is intertwined with what grows from the ground. Previously presented at Figment-Oakland, the second inception invites student performers to contribute to the script-less creative process by conducting research and devising movement and text in structured improvisations. A contemporary collage of abstract moments, Almost There, Nearly examines the support inherent in community and the natural world (trees!).

A Family Classic

Directed by Amy Zsadanyi Yale

Dates: November 18-27, 2016

Based on the beloved novel, this magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion Aslan and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country, its talking animals, and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time.

A Romantic Comedy

Directed by Laura Lowry

Dates: March 17-26, 2017

This 2003 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play is set in the 1920s. Two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could never have expected.

A Classic Musical Comedy

Directed by Carol Fischer

Dates: April 14-23, 2017

All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York"; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, who's short on sinners at the mission she runs; Sky Masterson, who accepts Nathan's $1000 bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, who wants Nathan to marry her; Police Lieutenant Brannigan, who always seems to appear at the wrong time; and the music/lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you've got quite a musical. Includes the songs: “Fugue for Tinhorns”, "Luck Be a Lady", "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat". This is musical theatre at its best!

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