2017 Season





Merchant of Venice



June 23rd – July 23rd
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm



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Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Joe Parrish



A lost fortune, a lover's choice and one of the most powerful expressions of "the quality of mercy" in literature: meet Portia, Bassanio and Shylock, the Jewish moneylender and one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters of all time.

Shakespeare’s suspenseful comedy with a tragic core is the story of religion, race and prejudice has caused controversy wherever it has been presented. Bassanio, a young man-about-town is determined to woo the wealthy heiress Portia, but in order to finance his quest, he needs 3,000 ducats. Enter Shylock. The scales of justice and the bonds of family, friendship and love are tested in a world of deception, faithlessness and treachery.


 




The Twilight Zone



June 30th – July 22nd
Friday at 11pm, Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 5:30pm



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Directed by Darri Kristin & David Campos



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



Nick of Time
Season 2 Episode 7 Written by Richard Matheson

A pair of newlyweds stopping in a small town are trapped by their own superstition when playing a fortune telling machine in a local diner.

Don and Pat Carter are on their honeymoon when their car breaks down in the small town of Ridgeview, Ohio. They have a few hours to spare while their car is being repaired and spend time in the diner. There they find a fortune-telling machine, a game where you can ask a question and for a penny will spit out an innocuous answer. When the machine apparently begins to predict events - Don's promotion at work, a near accident on the street outside - a superstitious Don becomes infatuated with the device threatening his marriage and his future with Pat.


The Old Man in the Cave
Season 5 Episode 7 Written by Rod Serling

In a post-apocalyptic settlement in 1974, the inhabitants' survival is dependent on the advice of an unseen man living in a nearby cave. This dependence is tested when a band of soldiers descends on their town.

Ten years after an atomic apocalypse, a small group of survivors manage to eke out a very difficult existence. They've managed to survive in large part due to the advice they receive from an old man who lives in a cave outside of the town. Goldsmith acts as the intermediary and the old man's advice on things like crops or the safety of a batch of old canned goods are usually correct. When four soldiers led by Major French arrive in the town, the social order is upended with the townsfolk attacking the old man's cave but not really prepared for what they find inside.

The episode is a cautionary tale about humanity's greed and the danger of questioning one's faith in forces greater than oneself.


DUST
Season 2 Episode 12 Written by: Rod Serling

Luis Gallegos is scheduled to be hanged in a dusty western town after he was found guilty of killing a child while drunk. Gallegos' father begs everyone for mercy but the Marshal, who doesn't think the prisoner is a bad sort, has little choice but to proceed with the sentence. Unscrupulous salesman Peter Sykes decides to take advantage of the situation by selling the father his 'magic dust' that will make the townsfolk take pity on his son. Events provide for an unexpected conclusion.
 




Moon Over Buffalo



August 11th – September 17th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm



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Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Amanda DeMaio



Moon Over Buffalo is a raucous farce about a dysfunctional theater troupe performing in Buffalo, New York, in 1953. This backstage play by Ken Ludwig (author of Lend Me A Tenor) centers on fading stars George and Charlotte Hay, the diva lead actress, Charlotte Hay, is barely tolerant of her philandering semi-alcoholic husband, George, and mishaps and confusions arise for the company when presented the opportunity of famed film director Frank Capra attending a performance to possibly cast the two for a movie. Their temperamental daughter Rosalind splits time between fiancé Howard and ex-fiancé Paul, the company’s stage manager. Charlotte’s nearly-deaf mother, Ethel, and Richard, a would-be suitor for Charlotte, make their contributions to the mayhem as Eileen, a young actress in the company, reveals her pregnancy to all. The hopeful actors sprint through the tangle of confusion to produce a woefully misbegotten mixture of two different plays in their hoped-for presentation piece, and in the play’s climactic scene, manage to set everything right by still more series of coincidences and mishaps. Overall, Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced and energetic night of entertainment.




 




Missed Connections



Sunday August 13th at 6:00pm



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Conceived by Jill Johnson


Need a little pick me up before the work week begins? Come join us for a night of dramatic readings of some of the most ridiculous postings from Craigslist you’ll ever hear! Conceived by Jill Johnson and cast with Orange County Store Front Theatre All Stars!


 




Man Trouble, two one-act plays



August 19th – September 16th
Saturdays at 5pm & Sundays at 5:30pm



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Written by David Macaray
Directed by Phil Brickey



"FOOD COURT
A man (Kyle) and woman (Kitty) are serendipitously thrown together at—of all places—a funeral home. They are there to view a body. The deceased is Kitty’s cousin and Kyle’s best friend. After chatting, they realize they are not only attracted to each other, but have a great deal in common. Is this the beginning of a budding romance? Or is it something else? They’re in a funeral home….so it’s something else.

“DISCOUNT MURDER”
We meet Mr. Norman Fairchild, the world’s most inexpensive professional assassin. He works
cheap, he works clean, he works fast, and most importantly, he works smart. And because he
works smart, his services are always in demand, which is why a local building contractor has
come calling. By the end of the play, the assassin and the client have learned a time-honored
lesson: Money isn’t everything.


 




The Woman In Black. A ghost play



October 6th – November 5th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Thursdays October 19th, 26th and November 2nd at 8pm



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



The framework of this spine tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.


 




It’s A Wonderful Life:
a Live Radio Play



November 24th – December 17th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Saturday December 9th at 4:30pm
Sunday December 10th at 2pm & 5pm
Saturday December 16th at 4:30pm & 8pm



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Written by Joe Landry
Directed by Amanda DeMaio



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.

The most heart-warming show of the holiday season!