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Love, Loss and What I Wore
By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman
Directed by D. Keith Stiver
Production Dates: January 31, February 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2020
THE STORY: A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.
"Funny, compelling…Brought down the house…but [the play] is not a comedy: A story about black cowboy boots becomes a sad tale of being underappreciated in a relationship; a tale of two women shopping for their wedding outfits ends bittersweetly; and the recollection of a new bra is a quiet testament to a women's search for dignity while undergoing treatment for breast cancer." —NY Times. "So funny and so powerful; so dear and sweet; so remindful of our female wiles, our worries, our insecurities, our remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers—I think it can't miss." —WowOwow.com.
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By David Auburn
Directed by Alex Nine
Performance Dates May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2020
THE STORY: On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. "When we think of the great American playwrights, we think of Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill and Lillian Hellman, in earlier generations; Wendy Wasserstein and Tony Kushner, Jon Robin Baitz and Donald Margulies today: They are always writing about big ideas and wrapping them in family squabbles that get us where we live. Welcome David Auburn to the club." —NY Magazine. "…combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theatre…[PROOF is a] smart and compassionate play of ideas." NY Daily News. "PROOF surprises us with its aliveness…Mr. Auburn takes pleasure in knowledge…At the same time, he is unshowily fresh and humane, and he has written a lovely play." —NY Observer. "[A] wonderfully funny…ambitiously constructed work…" —Variety.
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Venus In Fur
By David Ives
Directed by Brian Westerley
Performance Dates July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2020
THE STORY: Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.
"The teeter-tottering test of wills that takes place in VENUS IN FUR makes even the most fraught encounter between a domineering director and a sensitive performer seem like a play date in the sandbox. Actors may be pleased to hear that in this ninety minutes of good, kinky fun, the upper hand does not necessarily belong to the usual suspect." —NY Times. "VENUS IN FUR invites both carnal and cerebral excitement…" —Village Voice. "Ives has crafted a modern take on a classic tale, skillfully twisting his plot and characters in a fast-paced journey into one man's entrapment by a clever, vengeful female." —Associated Press. "You want funny? You want sexy? Then you'll want to see VENUS IN FUR." —New Jersey Newsroom.
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By James McClure
Directed by Claudia Lillibridge
Performance Dates November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2020
THE STORY: Three G.I.s recovering from Vietnam War injuries while away their time on the terrace of an Army hospital. Gately, a hillbilly, fiddles compulsively with a disemboweled radio; Silvio, a streetwise, big-city type, is addicted to "flashing" (even though his sex organs have suffered—he thinks—irremediable battle damage); while Natwick, a prissy "rich kid" from Long Island, writes letters to his mother telling her how much he wants to become a close friend of Gately (while omitting mention of how actively Silvio dislikes him). Comprised of a series of brief blackout scenes, the play blends these into a meaningful mosaic as the three tease, torment, entertain, exasperate and, on occasion, solace each other—maintaining throughout a hilarity that belies their deep concern about the uncertainties of the civilian world to which they will soon be returning.
A full-length version of one of the most popular, and hilarious, short plays in our catalogue. Dealing with three Vietnam veterans who are recuperating in an Army hospital, the play combines humor and compassion with uncompromising honesty as it follows the irreverent doings of its exceptionally engaging characters. "…alternately funny and poignant…PVT. WARS has been expanded into a consistently engrossing full-length drama." —Variety.
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By Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger
Directed by Chris Macchione
Special Performance Dates December 4 and 5, 2020
THE STORY: Peg and Irv, two quirky but endearing baby-boomers, bravely venture into the world of modern dating. But when these opposites attract, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. Winner of the Riva Shiner Comedy Award, KALAMAZOO is a romantic comedy about life’s second act and learning you’re never too old to be young.
“A disarming comedy that lets us laugh about growing older while addressing the very real hardships and heartaches that come when one spouse from a life-long marriage is suddenly left alone…the banter in this play is both hilarious and startlingly honest. It just rings true in ways that can be surprising and shocking, but always satisfying.” —Examiner.com. “…a rich story about love at any age.” —EncoreMichigan.com. “…an involved and skillful piece of writing.” —Indiana Public Media. “Bouts of riotous laughter…it’s hard to imagine a better show.” —Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana).
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