2013 Season





The Balcony



January 11th - February 16th
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 5pm


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Written by Jean Genet
Translated by Barbara Wright & Terry Hands
Directed by Dave Barton and Jeremy C. Hohn

“If we start thinking, people might follow our thoughts, and where would it all end?”

The Balcony is a high-class brothel where beautiful women help small men dress like figures of power and feel big...in more ways than one. When a revolution claims the lives of The Judge, The Bishop, The General and The Queen, the brothel's patrons are drafted to rule the country...with unexpected results. This rarely-produced classic has been banned and censored throughout its production history, but this often hilarious translation presents the play in a restored version that's absurd, raunchy and timelier than when it was written over 50 years ago.

WARNING: Contains nudity and sexual situations.

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The Chairs



January 19th - February 17th
Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 2pm


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Written by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Jesse Runde

“No man, in his lifetime, could hope for more.”

In this absurdist classic by Ionesco, a couple frantically prepares their home for a highly anticipated social gathering, but quickly find their small space threatens to be overwhelmed by the chairs needed to seat their guests. The more chairs that come into the room, the more absurd the situation gets, and the more the couple realize their meaningless lives have been transformed at last. More Info...



 
 



Life X 3



March 1st - April 7th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


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Written by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Gary Krinke

"Keep your friends close, your enemies closer…"

From the celebrated writer of Art and God of Carnage, comes this scathingly hilarious commentary on vanity, professional insecurity, and the vicissitudes of marriage. When Hubert and Inèz arrive a day early to dinner at the home of Henri and Sonia, the evening can only go downhill. Over an improvised meal of chocolate fingers, potato chips, and wine, the two couples trade insults on every social and professional level and loyalties change with the same rapidity that wine glasses are emptied. More Info....



 




Ghost Story & The Experiment

April 26th - May 26th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Written by Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Dave Barton

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GHOST STORY: Lisa has breast cancer. Meryl is a healer who believes in the power of positive thinking. As time folds back on itself and then forwards, Lisa and Meryl trade roles as the healer and the healed, discovering that the world is full of ghosts.

THE EXPERIMENT: If you could cure thousands of a fatal disease by experimenting on a single child, would you do it? That’s the question posed by the narrator of this story, their personal complicity in the experience a slippery possibility.




 




Fun & Nobody



May 4th - May 25th
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm


Written by Howard Korder
Directed by Jeffrey Kieviet

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Written by the acclaimed author of the 1988 coming-of-age play Boy's Life, and currently writing for Empire Boardwalk…  FUN: Two bored teenagers look for a good time in their small city of tacky shopping malls and fast-food outlets. Told in a series of short, fast-moving scenes, with biting, dialogue capturing both the laid-back and the pseudo sophistication of the boys, the action of the play follows them, boom-box in hand, as they move from one locale to another in search of excitement, sex, booze, drugs, or whatever. In NOBODY, Carl loses his well-paying factory job and as his family life plunges into turmoil, he finds his growing despair leads to drinking, violence, and the eventual destruction of his marriage.




 




Eating Raoul: The Musical



June 14th - August 4th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Music by Jed Feuer
Lyrics by Boyd Graham
Book by Paul Bartel & Richard Blackburn

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This slapstick musical adaptation based on the hilarious black comedy movie of the same name brings us the prudish couple Paul and Mary Bland, who bemoan not only their low status in life but the non-stop orgy in a near-by swinger’s apartment. When Paul is fired from his job at a wine shop, the couple is left penniless and their dream of opening a restaurant shatters…until they realize they can make money by killing the "rich perverts" next door.




 




The Twilight Zone



June 21st - July 27th
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm

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Person or Persons Unknown

Directed by Darri Kristin
David Gurney wakes up to find himself in a nightmare. No one, not even his wife or his mother, knows him and all evidence of his identity has disappeared.

One More Pallbearer

Directed by Darri Kristin
Eccentric millionaire Paul Radin offers the use of his bomb shelter to three people who wronged him. But the price - an apology - may be too high..

The Midnight Sun

Directed  by Dave Campos
When the earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.

A Passage for Trumpet

Directed by Dave Campos
A suicidal despondent trumpet player finds himself in a bizarre world where he presumes himself dead because no one can see him, except for one helpful other musician.




 

 



Americana

June 29th – July 21st
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm

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Three One-Acts by David Macaray
Directed by Phil Brickey

 

THE FRENCH CLUB

When a married couple drops by a car lot to check out the latest models, they encounter a salesman who turns out to be part-psychologist, part-sociologist, and part-con man.  Despite keeping their guard up, they soon find themselves players in a bizarre psycho-drama.  It ends in seduction, betrayal and, perhaps, the purchase of a brand new, fully loaded XL-70.


NO SALESMAN WILL CALL

The action centers around a woman who takes great pride in her sales resistance, but who also happens to be an inveterate and helpless buyer of consumer junk.  The play opens with a knock at her door.  It’s a salesman.  She hates salesmen.  She hates salesmen, and she hates predatory sales techniques.  But, paradoxically, she loves buying stuff.  Alas, our economy would collapse without people like her.


NATURE

Takes place in a public park.  A college professor with “women problems” meets an almost totally uninhibited young woman.  Despite being polar opposites, they manage to more or less hit it off.  Meanwhile, in a nearby tree, a mother bird frantically fights to keep marauding crows from killing her babies.  It’s part-allegory, part-sitcom.







 



Bedroom Farce



August 16th - September 22nd
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Amanda DeMaio

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"Fighting in front of friends? That’s not awkward…"

One chaotic evening: Three bedrooms. Four couples. Door slamming. Back pain. Jealousy. Sex.  Just like any other night.




 



Titanic and The Actor's Nightmare



August 24th - September 21st
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm


Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Wade Williamson

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Leonardo DiCaprio does NOT make an appearance in this TITANIC, a dirty-minded little comedy about family values - but Richard and Victoria do (accompanied by their son Teddy, a 20 year old, who dresses like he’s 12). A terrible argument ensues, including threats of divorce, extra-marital affairs and then things get strange - bondage happens, clothes go missing, people run about in their underwear and hide small animals in intimate body parts. We said it got stranger… did we forget to mention there’s an iceberg too?  As an opener to TITANIC, THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE is a short comic play involving an accountant named George, who is mistaken for an actor's understudy and forced to perform in a play for which he doesn't know any of the lines.



 




The Woman In Black



October 4th - November 10th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Written by Stephen Mallatratt
Based on the novel by Susan Hill
Directed by David Chorley

Back by popular demand!

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Arthur Kipps, journeys to a small town to attend the funeral of a client. At the funeral, he sees a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, standing in the churchyard. Bemused by the villagers' reluctance to speak of the woman in black. Arthur goes to his client’s former home, an old building in the middle of a marsh, cut off at high tide. Sorting through papers, he finds a box of letters, and ultimately discovers the dreadful secret of the Woman in Black – to his own terrible cost.



 




It’s a Wonderful Life – a live radio play



November 29th - December 29th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Written by Joe Landry
Directed by Amanda DeMaio

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Back by popular demand!
The beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.



 




A Dolts Only X-Mas Pageant



Sunday December 22nd

Written by Joel Beers and a cavalcade of writers
Directed by Patrick Gwaltney

A heart-warming X-Mas tradition commemorating a baby something wrapped in swaddling something and lying in a manger…what that something is, we can’t remember. All we know is it’s not for kids, it’s one night only and features a cast of very naughty boys and girls.