A Stardust Christmas Carol
an original 1940s Holiday Adventure by Harlowe Reed
November 17 – Dec 31, 2005
The year is 1945 in lower Manhattan and the Stardust gang is celebrating the first peacetime holiday in four years. But in the midst of their floor show, they are invaded by a remote radio broadcast team arriving a week early for a celebrity radio presentation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. It’s too late to reschedule the airwaves–despite the fact that they have no celebrities–so the Stardust crew is wingin’ it and swingin’ it to bring the classic Christmas tale to life. As it turns out, some of the band members have been studying “the method” in Emma’s acting class, so there may be hope yet…
This is Harlequin’s 11th original episode in the Stardust series, which has become a south sound holiday tradition for thousands. Join us for this year’s installment: a fun-filled family holiday adventure featuring the singin’, swingin’, dancin’ and romancin’ Stardust gang.
by Bryony Lavery
January 19 – February 11, 2006
One sunny evening outside London 10-year-old Rhona “goes missing.” Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American psychiatrist, travels to England to research a thesis entitled “Serial Killing – a Forgivable Act?” Then there’s Ralph, a loner with “a bit of a previous” who’s looking for some distraction…. Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark upon a dark journey that plumbs the deepest recesses of the human heart before finding a way into the light. This brilliant new play explores the possibilities of forgiving the unforgivable.
“Just wanted to drop you a note with kudos for your production of “Frozen,” which my wife and I saw last night. The play itself is a wonderfully challenging blend of psychology, neurology, criminology, spirituality, suspense and drama, and the small cast did a superb job of bringing complex characters (including some we never met) to life. At curtain call, it almost came as a surprise that the captivating play we had just seen had just four actors! Outstanding work all around. Congratulations, and thank you for all you do to bring quality theater production to Olympia.”
The Game of Love and Chance
by Marivaux, translated by Stephen Wadsworth
March 2 – 25, 2006
Sylvia, well born and high-spirited, is about to meet the young man to whom she has been promised. Hoping to discover his true character, she exchanges identities with her maid, Lisette. Little do the girls know that the intended husband, Dorante, has taken the same precaution, and his irrepressible servant, Harlequin, arrives playing the role of the groom-to-be. The ‘mock-servants’ are drawn inextricably to each other, but must overcome the pride and prejudice of their social class. Lisette and Harlequin, on the other hand, savor a delicious taste of freedom! Delightful, frothy, witty fun for anyone who ever dreamed of falling in love.
Romeo & Juliet
by William Shakespeare
April 27 – May 20, 2006
When the children of feuding families fall desperately in love, a passionate fire is ignited that burns beyond reason, politics or even death itself. Their breathless struggle to escape the forces that would separate them drives the young lovers to the height of ecstasy and the depths of despair. Romeo & Juliet is the greatest and most romantic love story ever written, one that has had a profound and lasting impact on how western culture thinks and feels about love. Join us for a bold new production of the ultimate love story.
Let the Good Times Roll
a tribute to Atlantic Records
June 22nd – July 22nd, 2006
Harlequin Productions’ summer R&B revues have become the stuff of legend. This summer we’re celebrating the great R&B label of the 50s & 60s: Atlantic Records. Their stable of talent included a royal roster of soul: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs and more. We provide the band, singers and dance floor (or our usual luxurious theater seating, if you’re more “inclined” to just bounce in your seat.) You just get down here, shake what you’ve got and let the good times roll!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
September 14 – Oct 7, 2006
Allow us to sweep you away to the enchanted realm of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When human will attempts to thwart the power of love, logic is lost and the fairies take over. Imagination is let loose, lovers are seized by a ridiculous madness, innocent bystanders are swept into a hilarious phantasm, and the fairies themselves fall victim to their own spectacular spells. Shakespeare’s most popular comedy gets a fresh new “Harlequimagining.” Dream a little dream with us.