Our 2015 Season, "Theatre Across the Boards!"
Light Up the Sky
By Moss Hart. Directed by Jeremy William Osborne.
The comedy revolves around a group of New York theatre-folk who attend the opening of their new play in Boston. The lead actress, the backer, and several others, are in seventh heaven at the prospect of a tremendous success, which they hope for in the work of a young unknown writer. Gathered in a hotel room, these people go through their paces with tremendous gusto and many exhibitions of temperament. The opening of the play, which is a very earnest and experimental work, is such as to lead the cast, director and backer to believe it a flop. Instantly they turn against themselves, the production, the author and savagely proceed in what looks like an attempt to destroy themselves and all their former hopes. It turns out, however, that in spite of the curious reception by the first night audience, the play has made a deep impression, and when news spreads that the reviews are on the whole favorable, the tables are turned. But the playwright who has suffered both from the enthusiasm and pessimism of his associates has decided that he is through with the theater, and he is captured by the backer only at the moment he is about to take a plane back home. He is persuaded to play ball with his associates, but he is so disgusted with the temperamental shenanigans of those who were presumably his friends that he turns on them and lays down the law.
By Stuart Ross. Directed by Paul McKenzie.
Forever Plaid is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with over-zealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.
Lend Me a Tenor
By Ken Ludwig. Directed by Paul McKenzie.
It's September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
Into the Woods, Jr.
Book by James Lapine. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Nancy Pistilli.
(As a special presentation, this show is not part of our season ticket package.)
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into the Woods, Jr., an adaptation of one of Sondheim’s most popular works designed especially for young performers. All of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch — meet and interact in this whimsical original story. The musical centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
By Michael Frayn. Directed by Leslie Austin.
July 31-Aug. 15
Winner! The 1982 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play
Winner! The 1982 London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy
Nominee – 1982 Tony Award for Best Play
Nominee – 1982 Drama Desk Award for Best Play
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off! presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. Directed by Gary Anderson.
Sept. 24-Oct. 10
The cultural touchstone that is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London's second-longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is one of the world's most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into several dozen languages. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
By Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Company. Directed by Dennis Gullion.
Nov. 20-22, Dec. 4-12
A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off! in this hilarious hit from Seattle. A man who asks to audition at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor, and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. Perfect anytime, this delight is sure to be a Christmas treasure.