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I Hate Hamlet

By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Penny Lonergan

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew's series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew's agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew's apartment. This prompts a seance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew's life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor's destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew's deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Performing Sept. 4 - 20, 2015

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HART Full of Stars

Produced and directed by April Felder and Barbara Delegato

HART Theatre is proud to present our first ever talent show. You have seen our fantastic singers and dancers but now we're reaching out to the greater HART community. The event starts at 6:30 pm with the younger talent hitting the stage. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Performing September 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

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Page to Stage IV

Produced by April Felder and Sarah Ominski

Directed by Eric Lonergan

HART Theatre is again presenting our Playwrights' Showcase, taking a unique look at the creative process which takes a playwright's work from page to stage with readings from previously unproduced plays or works in progress. Actors will read the scene(s), followed by a discussion of what has just been presented. There will be three readings, a Q&A session with the playwrights whose work you just heard, an intermission (yes, there will be warm cookies!), followed by three more readings, the final Q&A session and a lively discussion where you tell us what worked for you, and what didn't! Bring your inner director, be prepared to discuss what you've seen, and don't forget your imagination! Our panel of judges will select one of the works to be produced in September of 2016.

Performing October 17, 2015

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The Foreigner

By Larry Shue
Directed by Sarah Ominski

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.

Performing Oct. 23 - Nov. 8, 2015 (except Oct. 31)

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Halloween Night Silent Movie

Golem: Written and directed by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen

Music written and performed by Beth Karp

HART Theatre is proud to present the cult classic German silent film, Golem. Come and enjoy the silent film like they were originally presented, with live music. Even better, it will have original piano music by our own Beth Karp.

And, yes, there will be popcorn along with our cookies.

Performing October 31, 2015

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Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

By Stuart Ross
Directed by Matt Russell

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is a new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized," our boys are back to do their Christmas Special.

At first Francis, Jinx, Smudge, and Sparky aren't sure why they've returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like their riotous three minute and eleven second version of The Ed Sullivan Show - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the "Day-O" in Excelsis!

 Performing Nov. 20 - Dec. 20, 2015

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Women and Wallace

By Jonathan Marc Sherman
Directed by Stephen Kelsey

A contemporary play that follows the highs and lows of one boy’s life from the second grade to his first year of college and his often comical attemps to come to terms with life, loss and the oposite sex.

 Performing Feb. 19 - 28, 2016

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Spring Storytelling Benefit

March 3 is right after Valentine's Day so our very own professional storyteller, Batya Podos, will amaze you with stories of love and romance and thoughts of spring. It is also a HART benefit evening complete with drinks, hor d'oeuvres and a silent auction before the show. 

Performing March 3, 2016. Doors open at 6:15 pm for the beginning of the silent auction and serving of food. The performance begins at 7:30 pm.

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Becky's New Car

By Stephen Dietz
Directed by Dorinda Toner

Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare. BECKY'S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.

 Performing March 18 - April, 3, 2016

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Peter Stein

The play concerns the misadventures and musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions with the events of Hamlet as background. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is structured as the inverse ofHamlet; the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a small part. The duo appears on stage here when they are off-stage in Shakespeare's play, with the exception of a few short scenes in which the dramatic events of both plays coincide. In Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are used by the King in an attempt to discover Hamlet's motives and to plot against him. Hamlet, however, mocks them derisively and outwits them, so that they, rather than he, are executed in the end. Thus, from Rosencrantz's and Guildenstern's perspective, the action in Hamlet is largely nonsensical and comical.

 Performing May 27 - June, 19, 2016

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Ticket Pricing for 2015-2016 Season

Plays
Adults $15
Seniors $13 (60+)
Students/Child $11

Musicals
Adults $17
Seniors $15 (60+)
Students/Child $13

Groups (10 or more) $2 off each ticket

(Box office is open 1 hour before the show)

Show Times: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

HART business office hours are Mondays & Fridays 2 to 4 pm.

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