A Funny Thing Happened
On The Way to the Forum

January 17th - March 9th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
Directed by Robert Tully

“A Comedy Tonight!”

STAGES 2014 season opener features music, togas, gratuitous violence, revisionist history, mistaken identities and strippers. What more could you ask for? With music by Stephen Sondheim, this show is a wild and bawdy romp through ancient Rome, by way of vaudeville. Come and enjoy STAGES unique interpretation of this classic Broadway standard. No Drama, Guaranteed!

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March 28th – April 27th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Joe Orton
Directed by Jesse Runde

A masterpiece of satirical dark farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves, Dennis and Hal.

Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal's old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find the perfect place to hide the loot.

When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy. Loot saw its premiere in London in 1966 and remains one of the most potent works from this comedic master.

"Seethes with black, baleful mirth. Cudgels traditional morality."-Associated Press

"...sure to please anyone who loves black comedy" - Broadwayworld.com 

"...comic time bomb going off exactly on schedule and obliterating all in its radius with outlandish entertainment" - Huffington Post "LOOT is a hoot!" - WMNR Fine Arts Radio

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The American Dream

April 5th – April 26th

Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm

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Written by Edward Albee
Directed by Philip Brickey

Mommy and Daddy sit in a barren living room making small talk. Mommy, the domineering wife, is grappling with the thought of putting Grandma in a nursing home. Daddy, the long-suffering husband, could not care less. Grandma appears, lugging boxes of belongings, which she stacks by the door. Mommy and Daddy can't imagine what's in those boxes, but Grandma is well aware. Mrs. Barker, the chairman of the women's club, arrives, not knowing why she is there. A young Man enters. He's muscular, well-spoken and the answer to Mommy and Daddy's prayers: The American Dream.

“The American Dream is an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, emasculation, and vacuity; it is a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen.“ Edward Albee

"What counts is the fact that it is grandly funny." —NY World-Telegram & Sun.

 "The small change of ordinary conversation is turned on its head with a cynical innocence that makes for laughter, both ironic and offbeat." —NY Times

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Dinner With Friends

May 9th – June 8th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Donald Margulies
Directed by Gary Krinke

Dinner with Friends is not just a thoughtful study on divorce, but a turbulent meditation on the minefield of middle age. Gabe and Karen, a happily married couple, have been friends with married couple Tom and Beth for many years. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen's home one night, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful. The unfolding story is not the divorce, but the shock waves it causes in its wake. Over the course of the play, we witness the effects of Tom and Beth's breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage. The play exposes the same, universal insecurities that people face every time there are shattering changes in their lives. Margulies' characters are real. They are normal. They are family, friends, and the people next door. They are people facing their fears.

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize.

"…Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama…becomes something quite wonderful." —Time Magazine.

"…wry and keenly observed and bathed in the unspoken sorrow that can sneak up on you in middle age…" —NY Times.

"…full of life, warmth, laughs and wisdom…" —NY Daily News.

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Next Fall

May 17th – June 7th
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm

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Written by Geoffrey Nauffts
Directed by Jack Millis

For the past 5 years Adam and Luke have shared their lives together. Luke loves Adam. Adam loves Luke. Luke believes in God. Adam believes in trying to find out what he wants to be when he grows up - which can be depressing when you're 45. Even though there are times Adam has difficulty understanding how Luke can reconcile his religious beliefs with his sexual orientation, they have been able to make their relationship work. When a sudden accident leaves Luke in a coma, Adam realizes he is unable to turn to Luke’s family for the help and support he needs because Luke was always too afraid to include them in this part of his life. Hailed by the New York Times as “…artful, thoughtful and very moving…” Going back and forth between time, Geoffrey Nauffts’ play takes a bold, witty and provocative look at what it means to “believe”, and is there a cost not to. NEXT FALL is the examination of how faith doesn’t just stop at religion, but plays a significant part in our relationships with friends, family members and lovers. The future can change in the blink of an eye, but can our beliefs?

"The funniest heartbreaker in town! NEXT FALL embodies something theatergoers have been sorely missing, perhaps without knowing it, for years. A smart, sensitive, immensely appealing and utterly contemporary New York comedy." —NY Times.

"Five Stars. The best new American play of the Broadway season, NEXT FALL leaves you thinking about rapture and rupture. If you go, which you should, be prepared to laugh some, perhaps to cry some, and then to rise in appreciation." —Time Out NY.

"Compassionate, laugh-filled and enormously entertaining." —Associated Press.

"A daring new drama." —Entertainment Weekly.

"Deeply moving and surprisingly funny." —Hollywood Reporter.

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Don’t Dress for Dinner

June 27th – August 3rd
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Marc Camoletti
Directed by Amanda DeMaio

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well.... suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

"Hurtling along at the speed of light, [this] breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention." – Guardian

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The Twilight Zone

July 11th – August 2nd
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm, Sundays at 5pm

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Directed by Darri Kristin and David Campos

“That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone”

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. A dimension as vast as space, as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call “The Twilight Zone”.

It's a Good Life written by Rod Serling
On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Shadow Play written by Charles Beaumont
Adam Grant, a man convicted of murder, tries to convince those about to execute him that the world all around them is just his recurring nightmare. He claims that the district attorney and lawyers are all people he's known in his past who are playing parts in his dream, which leads a newspaperman to question what is real and what might just be a figment of someone else's imagination, until he visits Grant in jail and decides to try and do something about his claims, no matter how far-fetched they might be.
The Chaser written by Robert Presnell Jr.
A young man obsessed with winning over an uninterested beauty gets more than he bargained for when he buys a love potion to gain her affection.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

August 15th – September 21st
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Joe Parrish

Tennessee Williams’ heart-wrenching drama examines the web of deceit holding a wealthy Southern family together while threatening to tear them apart. Over the course of one sultry Mississippi night, the characters’ gentility disappears as accusations of greed, sexual desire, and dishonesty -- long repressed -- come to the fore. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play (Williams’ self-proclaimed favorite) forces the audience and characters alike to determine what is truth, what is a lie, and which lies have become the truth.

What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? -- I wish I knew ... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can.
--TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

One of the most successful plays of our time. "…a play of tremendous dramatic impact…enormous theatrical power." —NY Post

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October 3rd – November 2nd
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Rupert Holmes
Directed by David Campos

Accomplice begins as your typical English thriller, set in a country house, as a sex-starved wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband. The husband is …
Well, we’d love to tell you more, but the fun of a mystery is in letting its secrets be revealed in due time…

This truly unique thriller by the author of The Mystery of Edwin Drood broke box office records at the Pasadena Playhouse and thrilled Broadway audiences.

"A delight. It is humorous, odd, scary, wildly dramatic, adult, adolescent in short, impossible to dislike." - Pasadena Star News

"Miss it a your peril." - The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

"A breathless ride through an ever shifting series of planes." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Part murder mystery, part sex farce and completely entertaining...Suspenseful, charming and funny." - USA Today

Jerome Bixby's The Man from Earth

by Richard Schenkman
Based on the book "The Man From Earth" by Jerome Bixby

October 11th – November 2nd

Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm

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Directed by Calvin A. Ballard

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the university, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax.

Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of the original 'Star Trek' and 'The Twilight Zone', originally conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work.

It’s a Wonderful Life:
A Live Radio Play

November 28th – December 28th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Joe Landry
Directed by Wade Williamson

The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s 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.