2020-2021 Shows

2020-2021 Season

MAINSTAGE SERIES

LITTLE WOMEN (Musical)
Music by Jason Howland; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein; Book by Allan Knee Directed by A.J. Dinkel
September 25, 26, October 2 and 3 at 8:00
September 27 and October 4 at 2:30
Auditions: August 3 & 4 4 men, 6 women
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

CEMETERY CLUB (Comedy)
By Ivan Menchell
Directed by Laura Reed
November 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 8:00
November 15 and 22 at 2:30
Auditions: September 28 & 29
1 man; 4 women
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart

WAIT UNTIL DARK (Mystery)
By Frederick Knott
Directed by Jeri Doty
January 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8:00
January 24 and 31 at 2:30
Auditions: November 23 & 24
6 men; 1 woman
A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Comedy)
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Ted Compton
March 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8:00
March 21 and 28 at 2:30
Auditions: January 25 & 26
2 men; 4 women
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

SHREK (Musical)
Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Sara Solooki
May 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00
May 16 and 23 at 2:30
Auditions: March 22 & 23
4 men, 3 women, large ensemble
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

OAKLEY SERIES

BEANIE AND THE BAMBOOZLING BOOK MACHINE (Comedy)
By Roy C. Booth, Bob May, Cristopher Tibbetts
Directed by Sherri Wright
December 10, 11, 12, & 13
Auditions: October 19 & 20|
2 men; 3 women and 2-5 boys, 3-6 girls
Beanie Boren, a science wiz who is not keen on reading, has designed a book reading machine for the science fair. It combines a computer, a mini video cam and a contraption of his own design to enable one to read three books at once. Unfortunately, the machine is neither user friendly nor bug free. When Beanie turns it on, lights flash, thunder booms and out pop the witches from Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and the The Wizard of Oz, each set to wreak havoc! Beanie must get them back into the books with help from the good guys in the same stories. Afterward, he is eager to read about his new friends– the old fashioned way.

THE GOLDMAN PROJECT (Drama)
By Staci Swedeen
Directed by Mary Fisher
February 25, 26, 27, & 28
Auditions: January 4 & 5
1 man; 2 women
It is 1994 and Naomi Goldman, recently widowed, is living in an apartment in upper Manhattan. Her son Tony, separated from his wife, lives with her. When Tony’s old college girlfriend Aviva contacts him with the ulterior motive of interviewing and videotaping his mother for a Holocaust memorial project, Tony is appalled. Naomi, reluctant at first, eventually agrees to the interview. Though appearing to be forthright in her story Naomi clearly is hiding a devastating secret. When Aviva pushes her to admit the truth the consequences are life-changing. The Goldman Project is a play about family relations, the lingering legacy of the Holocaust and the catharsis of self-renewal.