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Locally-produced professional live theater since 1997
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET by Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott
Classic Rock 'N' Roll Musical • September 8 – October 23, 2016
Some might just call it "serendipity"; most everyone else would say it was rock 'n' roll history in the making. On Tuesday afternon, December 4, 1956, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash found themselves in Sam Phillips' Sun Records Memphis studio. Initially, Carl Perkins was there to record a revamped version of the blues song "Matchbox", but what resulted was a casual, spur-of-the-moment jam session which Phillips had the foresight to record. A local reporter who was called and sat in headlined his article the next day Million Dollar Quartet.
LOVE, LOSS, & WHAT I WORE by Nora and Delia Ephron
Comedy • November 3 – December 11, 2016
Winner of a Drama Desk Award, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is not a play about fashion but what clothes are to the five women who tell their stories here — what clothes really are to them and those moments when they constantly try to find their identity through them. There are wardrobe malfunctions, first date outfits, lucky underwear, prom dresses, favorite boots, irreplaceable shirts, dressing room experiences, and the disorganized purse. These recollections about clothing prompt memories about mothers, boyfriends, husbands, ex-husbands, sisters, and grandchildren. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a funny, tender, and insightful comedy about matters of the heart.
AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer
Classical Drama • January 5 – February 12, 2017
Amadeus is the extraordinary story of the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, and was a major award-winner in both the stage and film versions. The play opens with Salieri as an old man having outlived his fame, and claiming to have used poison to assassinate. The story shifts back to a time when the two met. Salieri has adored Mozart's compositions but is shocked by his boorish behavior. A devout Catholic, he cannot believe that God would bestow Mozart over him with the gift of genius. While masquerading as an ally, Salieri does his utmost to destroy Mozart's reputation and success.
Contemporary Drama • February 23 – April 2, 2017
Winner of both the John Gassner Award and Best Off-Broadway Play, Painting Churches is set in a Beacon Hill townhouse owned by Fanny and Gardner Church. As the play opens, we find them packing, planning to move to a beach home on Cape Cod. Their daughter, Mags, an artist who lives in New York, arrives to help — and to paint their portrait. Gardner, who has become frail, is also having memory problems and in his frustration recites poetry. Meanwhile, Fanny has trouble holding onto a thought, and Mags sees her role in the parent-child relationship changing. Painting Churches is a sweet and heartfelt family story.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman
Musical • April 13 – May 21, 2017
Georges is the manager and master of ceremonies of the Saint-Tropez drag nightclub La Cage aux Folles. His romantic partner, Albin, is the star attraction. They have lived happily for years in an apartment above the nightclub with their "maid" Jacob. Things get a little complicated when Georges son, Jean-Michel (the result of a confused youthful liaison), comes home to announce that he is in love with a young woman named Anne Dindon and they have become engaged. Anne's father is head of the "Tradition, Family, and Morality Party" — and he and his wife believe that Georges is a retired diplomat. Their plan to visit their daughter's future in-laws creates havoc. La Cage aux Folles is heartwarming, riotously funny, and in the end is all about family values.
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