Driving Miss Daisy

Drama by Alfred Uhry
Directed by

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer's patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple.


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Greater Tuna

Comedy by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams
Directed by

The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all. Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas by its authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The play’s stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters, and Howard directed. One year after its premiere, Greater Tuna opened Off Broadway, ran for over a year, and went on to tour major theaters all over America and spots overseas for the next thirty-some years, becoming one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.

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Performance Note: 
Due to the constraints of the Oakley Stage, there will be no late seating for Greater Tuna. Patrons arriving late will be seated during intermission. Additionally, patrons who leave the theater during the performance will not be reseated until intermission. We encourage all patrons to arrive early to ensure they are seated on time. Doors to the building will open one hour prior to curtain and doors to the Oakley Stage will open one half hour prior to curtain.

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Directed by

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so- bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.


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Murder Room

Comedy by Jack Sharkey
Directed by Sara Solooki

A fabulous mystery farce concerning newly-weds Edgar and Mavis. Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis - a nasty piece of work - is being unfaithful. After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover. Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar's body has vanished. Secret panels, trap doors, fast dialogue, mistaken identity - this British mystery spoof has it all!


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Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine

Comedy by Roy C. Booth, Bob May, Cristopher Tibbetts
Directed by

Theatre for Young Audiences Series

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.

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Due to the constraints of the Oakley Stage, there will be no late seating for Beanie and the Bamboozling Book Machine. We encourage all patrons to arrive early to ensure they are seated on time. Doors to the building will open one hour prior to curtain and doors to the Oakley Stage will open one half hour prior to curtain.

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Ripcord

Comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.


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