Main Season (in the Judy Bayley Theatre)
A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jeff Koep
Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play centers on the battle between Blanche du Bois, one of the greatest female roles in the history of American theatre, and Stanley Kowalski, one of the greatest male roles. We offer this acknowledged masterpiece in honor of the Centennial of the birth of Tennessee Williams which is being celebrated throughout 2011. You won’t want to miss hearing that famous yell, “Stella!” Rated PG-13.
A Christmas Carol
Adapted by David H. Bell
Directed by Brad Carroll
Back by popular demand, we are again offering our 2009 hit, Charles Dickens’ iconic Christmas story featuring that famous Ebenezer Scrooge (Bah Humbug!) and the three ghosts who lead him through time and show him the error of his ways. What’s Christmas without A Christmas Carol? A treat for the entire family. Rated G.
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Michael Lugering
January 27-February 5
When famed actress Arkadina arrives with her young lover, the writer Trigorin, at her country estate in turn of the century Russia, the romantic entanglements, artistic conflicts and jealousies that erupt threaten to tear her family apart. First produced by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898, this Chekhov classic is renowned for its comedy and cruelty, plunging into the funny and frightening lives of people who suffer for their passions. Rated G.
By August Wilson
Directed by Christopher Edwards
The sixth in the author's decade by decade exploration of the black experience in America, two of which have won Pulitzer Prizes. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career is on the verge of taking off. Part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy and part mystery, it is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd's sudden and unnatural death. Rated PG.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
Directed by Glenn Casale
April 27-May 6
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, a slave named Pseudolus attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. Farce, puns, slamming doors, mistaken identities and satirical comment on social class highlight this bawdy musical. The title derives from the line that vaudeville comedians often used to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater". Rated PG.
Second Season (in the Black Box Theatre)
The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Todd Espeland
Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, courts Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments — the "taming" — until she is an obedient bride. Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes has been adapted to opera, screen and musical theatre and remains one of his most popular comedies. Rated PG.
By August Strindberg
Directed by Ann–Marie Pereth
Set on midsummer night in 1874 on the estate of a Count in Sweden, the daughter of the count, attempting to escape an existence cramped by social mores dances at the servants' annual party, where she is drawn to an urbane footman named Jean: well-traveled, well-mannered and well-read. In the kitchen of Miss Julie's father's manor, Jean and Miss Julie engage in a shocking and sometimes brutal battle between the sexes. Rated R.
By A. R. Gurney
The eternal triangle of husband, wife, and dog drives this hilarious comedy. Greg and Kate move to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. The part of Sylvia the dog was originated by Sarah Jessica Parker. A must for all dog lovers! Rated G.