A Stardust Christmas Carol
by Harlowe Reed
November 26 – December 31, 2010
It’s Christmas 1945 and the Stardust gang is enjoying their first post-war holiday. But just as the show is taking off, a radio producer crashes the party and sets up for a remote broadcast of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. When it becomes clear that the Hollywood star scheduled to play Scrooge will not be arriving, the gang must pull the classic tale off in their own. Music, dance and comedy ensue, as the team finds surprising ways to apply swing music to Victorian London.
This is the sixteenth original episode of the Stardust series, a regional holiday tradition for the whole family.
The Last Schwartz
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
January 27 – February 19, 2011
The Schwartz family has gathered on the one year anniversary of their father’s death. Norma’s husband hasn’t spoken to her since she turned their 15-year-old son in for smoking pot. After five miscarriages it appears Herb’s wife won’t provide him with an heir. Simon has one foot on the moon. Gene has a new girlfriend who has some news that will land like a bomb in the old family home. A profoundly funny play about what it means to be a family when no one remembers how to hold it together.
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
March 24 – April 16, 2011
A biology grad student’s awkward personal ad attracts an angry young journalism student to his subterranean research lab for an evening of “no strings attached” sex. But when global caaclysm strikes, their date takes on evolutionary significance and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. A charming and hilarious comedy spanning billions of years, boom explores the influence of free will, fate and chaos on our passionate journey through cosmic history.
by Israel Horovitz
May 5 – May 28, 2011
It’s the 1950s and Roddy Stern is growing up in a family dominated by his pathologically jealous father, who lurks outside his own house in hopes of catching his wife with other men or playing the piano. The father’s absurd suspicions and bursts of violence are variously ignored, provoked, and tearfully forgiven by the mother, sister and bickering grandparents. On the surface, Unexpected Tenderness is a charming family comedy. But it’s punctuated by a tragic complexity that is alternately shocking, endearing and uplifting.
Summer in the Sixties
a Harlequin Original Musical Celebration
June 16 – July 24, 2011
“Get your motor runnin’…” with the music, the politics, the love, and the “fun, fun, fun” of the sixties! This original musical revue continues the celebration of sounds that rocked a generation and gave a new voice to a new world. The sixties brought us folk rock, surf rock, the British invasion, psychedelic rock, heavy metal and new ways to experience and express the uniquely American dream. Sixties Chicks and Sixties Kicks both packed houses and brought cheering audiences to their feet, night after night. The beat goes on with Summer in the Sixties!
by Theresa Rebeck
August 18 – September 10, 2011
Enter the dark and dangerous world of… stamp collecting! After their mother’s death, estranged half-sisters reunite and discover their grandfather’s rare stamp collection. One sister insists on placing the collection in a museum for sentimental reasons. The other slips off to try to sell it. When rumors of what the book may contain reach three seedy, high-stakes collectors, the situation quickly transforms into a deadly, five-way game of Rat and Mouse–which, at times, can be surprisingly difficult to tell apart.
The Love List
by Norm Foster
September 29 – October 30, 2011
Two middle-aged men celebrate a fiftieth birthday by filling out a gypsy matchmaker’s wish list for the perfect woman. When that longed-for lady walks through the door, both of their lives are disassembled—slowly and painstakingly—forever.
A hilarious comedy about learning to be careful what you wish for.