A Christmas Survival Guide
by James Hindman and Ray Roderick
November 23 thru December 31, 2012
This intimate revue takes a wry and knowing look at a stressful season. Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into an urban holiday landscape searching for the true essence of Christmas. In songs and vignettes, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming.
by Liz Duffy Adams
January 24 thru February 16, 2013
Aphra Behn, soon to become Britain’s first professional female playwright, is languishing in debtors’ jail after an unsuccessful spying mission overseas. A mysterious visitor buys her freedom and, in a whirlwind of opportunity, she is given the chance to pen a full production for the Duke’s Company – but it has to be finished by morning. In the true spirit of Restoration comedy, Or, is bursting with wit, romance, and intrigue. A revolving door of actresses, royals, and double agents keeps the audience on their toes trying to tell who’s who in this genuinely funny play, where the 1660s begin to look remarkably like our own time.
The Philadelphia Story
by Philip Barry
March 14 thru April 6, 2013
It’s 1939 and headstrong and spoiled Tracy Lord – of the Philadelphia Lords – is a daughter of the privileged. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven, she is due to marry succesful young snob George Kittredge. A society weekly covertly sends a reporter and female photographer to cover the private wedding event, but the secret is leaked, and everyone winds up pretending to be someone they’re not. Written and set over seventy years ago, this intelligent romantic comedy touches on questions of celebrity, privacy, and personal happiness that remain familiar in the internet age.
by Israel Horovitz
May 9 thru June 1, 2013
In the course of turning an old fish packing plant into an upscale dwelling, a wealthy developer discovers that his young wife may be having an affair with his contractor. Old acquaintances make wily rivals, and fresh paint can’t hide the writing on the wall in this dark comedy of modern manners and menacing power tools.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber || Lyrics by Tim Rice
June 20 thru July 27, 2013
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are ever more embraced, Judas increasingly questions the motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge, and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
by Alan Ball
August 22 thru September 14, 2013
Have you ever been a bridesmaid? Have you ever considered what they say to each other on the big day? Are you better off not knowing? If you answered either yes or no to either of these questions, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a show you cannot miss. It’s a hilarious exposé of an ostentatious Knoxville, Tennessee, wedding reception where five reluctant, identically-clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom and the girl talk gets real. Each has her own compelling reason to avoid the proceedings below, and, as the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond. This is a funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the feminine soul written by esteemed screen writer, Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under, True Blood).
“My mother told me there is an art to wearing a gown, that I should just float down that aisle like a swan. I wanted to say, Mama, have you ever seen a swan walk? Anybody can float on a lake.”
by William Shakespeare
October 3 thru 26, 2013
The English countryside, 1602. A straggly, traveling troupe of players with a small pageant wagon are camped in a wood outside of town. Eight actors play 38 roles to bring to life–with the help of a basketful of costumes, a pile of rusty swords, and your imagination–the epic and inspiring history of Henry V, as written by William Shakespeare.
Harlequin Productions brings a unique approach to Shakespeare’s most heroic history play. Prince Hal has been wasting his youth in the company of rascals and scoundrels. But when the King, his Father, dies, the young prince must take the throne and learn to lead a nation now in desperate straits. His struggle to find a course of honor through endless contradictory challenges–and especially to lead a small army against a daunting foe–is an inspiring tale of accomplishment, not just for one man, but for all humanity.