2017 Season





Dear Brutus


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January 12th - February 11th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
No shows on Sunday February 4th.


Written by J. M. Barrie
Directed by Alexis Stary



“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

It’s 1917, and a group of strangers have been invited to a midsummer’s eve gathering at the estate of an elusive and mysterious man. The strangers all have something in common, but none know what that could be. When a magical wood miraculously appears just outside the sitting room window, the guests find themselves compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever. From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan comes this haunting, darkly humorous, drama of self-revelation.




 




Brain Freeze



January 20th – February 10th, 2018
Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5:30pm
No shows on Sunday February 4th

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Written by David Macaray
Directed by Phil Brickey


A time-traveler awakens after having been in deep hibernation for a hundred years. The year is 2118. The place is Fontana, California. The fascinating new world that Philip Samsa wakes up to is different than the one he expected, however, as “different” as it turns out to be, it is nowhere near different enough. A sociological comedy about friendship and second chances.


 



Crimes of the Heart



March 2nd, 2018 – March 31st, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Saturday March 31, 2018 at 5pm only

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Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Steven Biggs


Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg is back after a failed singing career; and Babe is out on bail after having shot her husband. Their troubles, grave and yet somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tried to keep Babe out of jail while helpless to not fall in love with her. In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future. Warm-hearted and irreverent, this 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.


 


STAGESunscripted: Pretendesee Williams



March 10th, 2018 – March 31st, 2018
Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5:30pm
March 31st, 2018 at 2pm only

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Directed by Josh Nicols


From the collaborative team that brought to stage last year’s The Awkward Party - winner of OC Weekly’s Best Play of 2017 - Spectacles Improv Engine and STAGEStheatre join forces once again as STAGESunscripted to bring you some of the best improvisational performers in Orange County in an original unscripted play inspired by the archetypes of Tennessee Williams.

The Blanche, The Brick, The Big Daddy, The Laura...etc…Each night, the performers will discover their archetype and perform the common tropes (secretly being gay, trying to secure the future through marriage, most of the characters being left in desperation etc.) during the performance of the show. A new story, new characters, every performance, based on audience suggestion.



 




Urinetown



April 20th, 2018 – May 20th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Edgar Andrew Torrens


In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company: the Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp.

 




We Will Not Describe
the Conversation



April 28th, 2018 – May 19th, 2018
Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5:30pm

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Written by Eugenie Carabatsos
Directed by Mark Dane Torreso


Dani's a massage therapist who prides herself on choosing not to break her clients' necks. Sonya's a secretary who carries a bloody axe in her bag because it makes her feel powerful. They meet one night after the disappearance of a young man who has murdered an elderly woman. Together, they piece together what happened and uncover their own dark desires and fear that they will turn out like him... and what's that noise coming from the closet? Inspired by a missing scene in Crime and Punishment. 

 




Greater Tuna



June 8th, 2018 – June 24th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams
Directed by Brian J. Cook


What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas' third smallest town. The fictitious town of Tuna, Texas, is located in west Texas, about half-way between San Angelo and Hell. Though the action takes place in the early eighties, nothing has changed since then.


 




The Twilight Zone


June 15th, 2018 – July 8th, 2018
Fridays at 11:00pm and Saturdays at 5pm
Sundays at 5:30pm
Sunday July 8th at 2pm only

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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.” Episode details coming this spring! 

 



All the World’s a Grave:
A New Play by William Shakespeare



July 27th, 2018 – August 26th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by John Reed
Directed by Jill Johnson


Prince Hamlet goes to war for Juliet, the daughter of King Lear. Having captured Juliet as his bride--by reckless war--he returns home to find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth. Enter Iago, who persuades Hamlet that Juliet is having an affair with Romeo. As the Prince goes mad with jealousy, King Lear mounts his army. . .
John Reed reconstructs the works of William Shakespeare into a new tragedy. The language is Shakespeare's, but the drama that unfolds is as fresh as the blood on the stage.

 



Idol Minds



August 4th, 2018 – August 25th, 2018
Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 5:30pm

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Written by William Carey
Directed by Jason Sutton


Starved for money and opportunities, Z-list actors, Scott and Ronnie, snatch Dominic Lourdes coffin, taking it to Scott's home, which he shares with his girlfriend, Bella, a personal assistant to a Hollywood star. Confident he’s stumbled upon the perfect low-risk crime – after all, the kidnap victim is dead – Scott prepares to ransom the celebrity’s remains back to his widow, but fissures in his plan quickly materialize. The heist goes from hopeful to horror show as the bumbling crooks try to salvage the endeavor and battle for possession of the remains. A fast paced, screwball comedy about how we approach celebrity and how some people feel like the world owes them something.


 




The Secret in the Wings



October 5th, 2018 – November 4th, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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Written by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Patti Cumby


A captivating voyage into our collective childhood subconscious, The Secret in the Wings weaves elements from Beauty and the Beast with several Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a dream-like exploration of the darker side of human impulses. Punctuating the tales’ haunting truths with breathtaking visual moments and poignant snatches of song - and challenging the belief that fairy tales are only for children - The Secret in the Wings is an invitation for adults to immerse themselves in a rare and magical storybook experience told in an imaginative and colorful style.


 




It’s a Wonderful Life:
A Live Radio Play



November 23rd, 2018 – December 22nd, 2018
Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 8pm*
Sundays at 2pm**
*Saturday December 8, 2018 at 4:30pm only – No 8pm show
*Saturday December 15, 2018 at 4:30pm and 8pm
**Sunday December 16, 2018 at 2:00pm and 5:00pm
*Saturday December 22, 2018 at 2:00pm only – No 8pm show

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Written by Joe Landry


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.