2012-2013 Season Schedule
A Strindberg Café:
Two Savagely Short Plays by Sweden's National Playwright
This all-female play is a brief episode in the life of a young woman in the theatre and her overprotective mother. A friend of the young woman re-enters her life and reveals details about their past that causes turmoil in the family.
Two women, both actresses by profession, meet at a bistro table and have a conversation – though one is loquacious and the other is practically silent! Mrs. X, seeing her old "frenemy" Miss Y alone on Christmas Eve, describes her domestic bliss with her husband. However, as she unfolds the story and realizes things she hadn't before, she deduces that Miss Y has had an affair with him. Who will emerge as the stronger of the two?
October 17, 18, 19, 20 7:30pm, October 21 2pm
by John Cariani
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
A Christmas Carol
November 28, 29, 30, December 1 7:30pm, December 2 2pm
Adapted by John Baldwin
Charles Dickens' classic tale of a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of redemption through the intervention of ghostly apparitions. A holiday treat for the entire family.
A Celebration of African-American Theatre
February 1, 2 7:30pm, February 3 2pm
Two One-Act plays by Amiri Baraka and Alice Childress
by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
The first of Jones' successes, and the cause of his critical acclaim, this allegorical tale examines the racial tensions of the 1960's, through the actions of a lascivious blond who tries every way she knows to pick up and seduce a decent black youth in a subway car.
by Alice Childress
This 1950 play by Alice Childress, the first African-American woman to have a play professionally produced, examines the attitudes of two women – one white, one black - who meet in a train station waiting room in a very small town in the south. Their conversation uncovers the social conflict of racism.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
February 27, 28, March 1, 2 7:30pm, March 3 2pm
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Produced in conjunction with the Department of Music
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't make you a loser.
April 10, 11, 12, 13 7:30pm, April 14 2pm
By Caryl Churchill
This time-shifting comedy by the author of Top Girls created a sensation when first produced Off-Broadway. Both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes - especially towards sex - the play shifts from 1880 British colonial Africa to a London park in 1979, taking the audience on a dizzying exploration of sexuality, gender, and the ill-effects of a repressed society. Adult language and situations.