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Next To Normal
Music by
Tom Kitt,
Book and Lyrics by
Brian Yorkey
October 31, November 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, November 14, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013

Pulitzer- & Tony-Winner Next to Normal daringly and creatively exposes a family in crisis. At its center is the mother, who’s dealing with formidable demons, her finger-hold on reality gradually slipping. This family has already suffered tragedy and could possibly again, as the gifted teen-age daughter, feeling alienated and unloved, begins experimenting with mood-altering substances. Her world is starting to tumble out of control, just like her mother’s. The only one who could possibly keep it all together is the solid, supportive father. And does he get the appreciation and love he yearns for? Unlikely. The family drama portrayed here is modern, stylish and heart-wrenching; created with artistry & sensitivity, understanding and integrity. The music is strong and emotionally satisfying, the relationships ring true, and the story’s emotional punch lands right in the gut. Next to Normal is an achingly sad, lovingly rendered portrait of people trapped in their pain, and of a family heroically fighting for recovery.

The Memory of Water

Shelagh Stephenson
February 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2014

Three sisters return to their childhood home, reunited to prepare for their mother’s funeral. As they make the final preparations for this event, memories of their childhood rush in and old rivalries resurface. During this sensitive time, each sister attempts to cope with the relationship with her husband/boyfriend – often with amusing results. The Memory of Water makes it abundantly clear that memories can be unreliable, and the differences in individual recollection of those memories can be the source of biting humor, as well as deep-seated anguish. Ultimately, this shared past has strongly influenced the psychological and emotional development of each woman, and provides each a source of strength and the ability to love and forgive her sisters.

Heartbreak House
George Bernard Shaw
May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2014

England 1918 - in a lovely country house, an intriguing assortment of beautiful, witty women flirt and dally with a bewildering - and bewildered - assortment of men, both gentlemen and ladies seemingly oblivious to “ The Great War ” raging just over the threshold. The elegance (and artificiality) of the Edwardian Age is breathing its last gasp, but here, in Heartbreak House, wit and whimsy still rule. George Bernard Shaw’s stunning masterwork brings to life a cornucopia of wondrous characters, some a little off-beat, some quite bizarre, but all delightful and all engaged in a grand unspoken conspiracy to shut out the rude realities of the larger world and live instead in a fanciful dreamworld of their own creation. It’s a world full of cleverness and charm, of artifice and masquerade, of bright humor and wicked satire - a dreamworld that cannot prevail against the coming cataclysm but lives brilliantly on stage for one last night of enchantment and, ultimately, enlightenment.

Is He Dead

by Mark Twain
as adapted by
David Ives
July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, August 1, 2, 2014

Raise your hand if you knew that Mark Twain wrote a play. You are excused if you never heard of this work; you’d probably have to be an English major specializing in hidden, un-produced gems by 19th century American literary geniuses. And Is He Dead? was Twain’s only foray into the literature of theater. In his simply ridiculous farce, Twain spins a yarn about a great artist who finally becomes successful once he’s dead. But, of course, to make this a farce, Twain needs to add a few elements: an artist who isn’t really dead, a love triangle (or, perhaps, two or three overlapping love triangles), a money-lender who’s owed money by nearly everybody else, a pair of bumbling loyal friends … oh yes, and cross-dressing. We did say this is a farce, after all! The master comedic playwright David Ives’ adaptation has taken Twain’s original work and tightened it up for modern audiences, while leaving intact Twain’s voice, Twain’s story, and Twain’s dialogue: a recipe for an outrageous night of comedy.
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