­­2019 - 2020 Season Plays

July 26 – August 11­

Someone Save My Baby Ruth!

by Billy St. John
Directed by Robert Pyle and Ruby Painter

When lovely young widow Penny Candy and her baby, Ruth, are taken in by her Aunt Praline, owner of The Sweet Shoppe candy store, little does Penny know that both love and danger lie ahead.  The villainous Sidney Swindle is determined to buy The Sweet Shoppe with the help of his beautiful but less than brilliant cohort in crime, Ada Sourball.  The hilarious results include the kidnapping of Baby Ruth, an attempt to burn down The Sweet Shoppe, and a wild chase through the audience.  You’ll be laughing, booing and cheering in this tasty theatrical treat.

 

September 6 - 22

Lost Boy

by Ronald Paolillo
Directed by Amelia Caldwell

Despite finding fame as a writer, James M. Barrie is dissatisfied with his work and his life. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother on a skating pond. Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother's harsh words, James slowly begins to confront his family's tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling. This wonderful retelling of the birth of Peter Pan will warm the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. 

 

October 18 – November 10

Quilters

by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
Directed by Denise Baker

Quilters is the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters. A rich mosaic of scenes captures the sweep and the beauty, the terror and the joy, the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories intertwined with music and dance depicts the lot of women on the frontier: Girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness, and death. There is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor, plus simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity.

 

December 6 - 22

It’s a Wonderful Life

by James W. Rodgers
Based on the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern.

George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, has had his dreams of escape and adventure repeatedly quashed by family obligations and civic duty.  On Christmas Eve, George’s guardian angel Clarence descends to save him from despair, and to remind him that his life has been pretty wonderful after all.  It’s a Wonderful Life celebrates the season, and it also celebrates a very American philosophy of life: that hard work, fair play, and the love and support of family and community will be rewarded. 

 

January 17 – February 2

Charley’s Aunt

by Brandon Thomas

Jack loves Kitty and Charley loves Amy. The boys invite their ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, "where the nuts come from.” Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? Drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers, and wig solves the problem – or does it? Classic confusion ensues when the real aunt turns up!  Love and fortunes are lost and found in this timeless comedy.

 

February 28 – March 15

Revenge of the Space Pandas

(or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock)

by David Mamet
Directed by Madeline DeCourcey

Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and his almost human sheep Bob tinker with a two-speed clock with the idea that, as Binky says, "Time on Earth moves at the same speed all the time, but there is another speed, a slower speed, and if we could find it, everything would stand still on Earth and we would spin off." And they do! To Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, which is ruled by George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. When Supreme Ruler Topax commands that Bob be brought to him, never again to leave Goolagong, and steals the two-speed clock just to make sure, the excitement multiplies. Only a playwright like Mamet could produce such an insane comedy!

 

April 10 – 26

The Lion in Winter

By James Goldman
Directed by Rachel Kostrna

Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

 

May 29 – June 21

The Sunshine Boys

by Neil Simon
Directed by Robert Pyle

Al Lewis and Willie Clark were top-billed vaudevillians for decades. Despite their celebrated reputation, the two old men have not spoken to each other in many years. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. In addition to reworking their most famous skit, Al and Willie have more than a few conflicts to resolve before they are ready to return to the public eye.