October 4–20

Background Check by G. Matthew Gaskell

Brownwater Productions.

From the mind of acclaimed playwright G. Matthew Gaskell and directed by theater icon Gary Locke, Background Check is quite possibly the greatest love story ever told. If you don't include all the other great ones.

It's the story of Walter and Kitty. A newly wed couple enjoying their first night of marriage. And their last night keeping secrets they hoped no one would ever find out.

"Gaskell has created a serious selection of crazies... a never-ending stream of strangeness that gets only more so, and funnier, as the evening goes on." - Edge Magazine

"It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." - Bill Shakespeare

PG-13. This production contains adult language and situations, simulated comic violence, flashing lights and simulated offstage gunshot sound effects. 

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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October 25-27

Granite State Puppet Invasion

Featuring the Second Annual Granite State Puppet Slam.

The Fantastical Puppetarium.

Friday @ 7:30pm
“A Slice of Crazy Pie in 7 to 11 Acts”
Madison J. Cripps
A cabaret style marionette show

Saturday @ 2pm
The Magnificent Monster Circus & Workshop
Cactushead Puppets :John & Megan Regan

Saturday Night @ 7:30pm
2nd Annual Granite State Puppet Slam
Presented By The Fantastical Puppetarium
(lineup tbd)
NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FOR AGES 18+.

Sunday @ 2pm
Uncle Nappy’s Spooky Silly Sing-along
Shadow Puppets w/ Jim Napolitano

The Fantastical Puppetarium is a collective of artists from Weare NH, and co-producers of the Arisia Puppet Slams of 2017 and 2018 in Boston MA. You can check out some of their work on Facebook under the name The Fantastical Puppetarium.

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Queen City Improv

Queen City Improv is Manchester's finest improv troupe, and they're bringing their act to the Capital City! Join QCI as they perform a night of goofs, gaffes, and laughs through a never before seen show-every night! Improvisational theater is made up on the spot, which means the games are planned but the scenes stories are not! What will they come up with next? Join us to find out!

2019: 9/27, 11/1, 11/29, 12/27

2020: 1/24, 2/21, 3/20, 4/16 (Thu), 5/15, 6/4 (Thu), 6/25 (Thu), 7/12 (Sun @ 6:30pm), 8/9 (Sun @ 6:30pm).

Mostly Fridays @ 7:30pm (after March 2020, see above).

This is a BYOB event.

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Music Out of the 'Box

Produced by Quantum Media Productions.

Think out of the box.
Listen out of the box.
Music Out of the 'Box.

November 2. Senie Hunt

Senie Hunt is a singer-songwriter and percussive guitarist based in Concord, New Hampshire. Adopted from Sierra Leone at age 5 during the brutal Diamond Wars, Senie brought with him an inherent passion for West African rhythms and percussion. As a young boy, Senie and twin sister Sentho used djembe drumming as a creative outlet to process the traumas of their early childhood.
Senie’s playing is eclectic, powerful and artfully unique. This original approach and performance style, especially his unique percussion, sets Senie apart from other acoustic guitarists. Senie composes continuously and has a large body of work for one so young. He performs solo throughout New England and has featured as the opening act for several notable artists such as Richard Thompson, The Brooks Young Band, Daby Touré, The Levin Brothers, Delusive Relics, Bruce Millard, and Hank Osborne & Charles Mitchell. Senie has just released his first studio album Song Bird available now on all Platforms.

2019: 9/28, 11/2, 11/30, 12/28

2020: 1/25, 2/22, 3/21, 4/9 (Thu), 5/16, 7/2 (Thu) *OR* 7/3 (Fri).

Saturdays @ 7:30pm

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November 3

24 Hour Play Festival

Ottercat Productions.

Ottercat Productions is proud to present the first 24-Hour Play Festival at Hatbox Theatre! A fun, wild ride, the festival will produce and perform multiple original works of theater in just under 24 hours.

READY: On the evening of Saturday, November 2nd, local theater artists (maybe even YOU!), including directors, playwrights and performers will gather. The playwrights will pick their actors from a hat and write into the night, delivering their new short plays to the producer by 7:00 am the next morning.

SET: Sunday, the shows will meet together to rehearse and polish their pieces.

GO!: Sunday night we share them with you in a not-to-be-missed one-night-only performance.

Special pricing will be available for this one night only event. We hope to see you there!

Sunday @ 7:30pm.

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Discovering Magic with Andrew Pinard

This “mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, eye-opening” experience takes audiences on a guided tour of the impossible and the absurd. Using only the most ordinary of objects, accomplished actor, conjuror, puppeteer, storyteller, and award-winning performer Pinard brings the ordinary to life with the most surprising results.

The only show of its kind in the New England, audiences have traveled from throughout New England and beyond to experience sleight of hand, con games, psychology, history, science, comedy, political spin, and more through the eyes of a “perceptual engineer” on his quest to explore distortion and guile. Audiences can expect a truly unique experience and insight into how remarkable human perception and interpretation can be!

Now in its 7th Season of monthly performances!

2019: 9/11, 10/9, 11/6, 12/11

2020: 1/8, 2/12, 3/4, 4/8, 5/13, 6/3, 7/15, 8/12.

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

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November 8–9

Lady Luck Burlesque: "Bad Reputation"

Lady Luck Burlesque, Portsmouth's very own burlesque troupe is coming Concord for the first time! Lady Luck is New Hampshire’s biggest burlesque troupe and has performed all over New England, including headlining at the Vermont Burlesque Festival, Boston and Maine.

Bad Reputation is Lady Luck’s newest burlesque show, with no limits except that the music must rock. See the ladies shed their good girl image and their clothes with high-energy dance numbers, sexy striptease, and amazing costumes all set to rock ‘n’ roll favorites. There will be more studded leather than you can handle!

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm.

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November 15-24

Goblin Market
by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon,
Music by Polly Pen,
based on a Poem by Christina Rossetti

Not Your Mom’s Musical Theater.

Two proper Victorian sisters are now grown and mothers. Returning to the nursery of their youth, they relive their haunting memories there. Goblins woo them with luscious fruits, promising them ecstasy beyond their imagination.

NYMMT’s Goblin Market blends puppetry and poetry, journeying through the psyches of these two sisters. It takes inspiration from art and the fantasy worlds of films like Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal with synthesizers and percussion enhancing the score.

Critics referred to this production in New York as “an absolutely gorgeous piece of Victorian erotica”....“a spellbinding, highly imaginative show….in a class by itself.”

NOTE: This production is rated PG-13 due to Victorian-era eroticism and puppetry.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm.

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Hatbox Performance Lab

Produced by Hatbox Theatre.

Hatbox Theatre's educational series for theatre artists and the public looking to explore the theatrical arts and expand their capabilities. Each month we hold a two-hour (plus!) workshop on different topics including: lighting, sound, projections, costumes, design, acting, improv, directing, auditioning, publicity and more!

Free to Hatbox and CPC members. $10/adults; $7 seniors/students.

OCTOBER 12

The Care & Feeding of a Theatrical Production. Presented by Andrew Pinard.

This workshop will present an overview of the various components that contribute to the success of a theatrical production, how they fit together, and include strategies for communication and process. Some aspects to be discussed include: "How to Pick A Show"; "Planning Begins with Opening Night"; "Production Teams"; "Prioritizing and Delegation"; "Vision and Goals"; and more.

Andrew Pinard has been a full-time working theatre artist and performer since 1990. He designed Hatbox Theatre and manages the day to day operations of this cooperative volunteer venue. He is also a director, designer and theatrical consultant.

NOVEMBER 16

On Your Feet! An Introduction to Drama in Education, a Workshop for Teachers. Presented by Nancy Brennan.

Looking for ways to enrich your lessons this year? This interactive workshop will engage participants in activities based on theatre techniques. Known as "drama in education," these methods can be used to introduce a story or theme, explore ideas throughout the study of a topic, encourage reflection at the end of a unit. Whether you want to gather a few new tricks to help engage your students in learning, develop a whole unit based on drama techniques, or teach "in role," this workshop will show you how to begin. The workshop is primarily designed for non-theatre teachers. (But theatre teachers are more than welcome!) Emphasis will be for grades 4-12. If there is interest in a K-3 workshop, one will be offered at a later date.

From a student journal: "I understood all of the pieces when we studied it, but when we did the drama work, it all came together and made sense."

Nancy Brennan is an award-winning theatre educator who taught and directed middle and high school students in NH for many years. She has used theatre techniques to teach across the curriculum at all levels, including college and adult. She holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson. Her awards include NH Teacher of the Year, The Governor's Award for Arts in Education, and a New England Theatre Conference Award for Continuous Excellence in High School Theatre.

This workshop requires a minimum of 8 participants to run. Maximum: 24. Staff development certificates will be issued.

2019: 9/14, 10/12, 11/16, 12/14 (‘Shack)

2020: 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/18 (‘Shack), 8/15.

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December 6-15

Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Jill Pinard.

Hatbox Theatre.

In this original adaption of the holiday classic, Hatbox Theatre focuses on how the dream-like qualities of the ghost story aspect of Dickens’ work can bring about redemption. Is it “an undigested bit of beef” – a line in the original story – that leads Scrooge to have bad dreams or is he really being visited by ghosts intent on helping him redeem himself. Audience members, too, will wonder if they are dreaming when they are immersed in sound, lights and projections that bring out these eerier aspects of Scrooge’s fateful night.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm. Special Saturday 2pm matinee performance on December 7 and evening Thursday performance on December 12 @ 7:30pm.

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December 19-22

Santaland Diaries / Season's Greetings by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.

SEASON'S GREETINGS. Another funny, touching—and twisted—monologue about the season.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm.

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Join local drag sensation Lady Ro for an evening of classy, sassy, brassy, and a little bit smart-assy theatre. Featuring big Broadway dance numbers, quick-witted commentary and plenty of wild drag artists and actors, New Year's Eve is sure to bring down the house.

May contain adult themes and mature language, and, by may, they mean "absolutely will".

ONE NIGHT ONLY. BYOB. Tuesday, January 31st. Doors open at 9:30pm. Show starts at 10:00pm. 

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January 3–12

[title of show] Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen Book by Hunter Bell

Actorsingers.

The Actorsingers present the Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009, [title of show].

A new musical theatre festival deadline is just three weeks away. Jeff and Hunter dive into the task of writing a musical. With the help of a few friends the group works tirelessly to create a musical about creating an musical. A creative journey of self-expression ends them with a 90-minute musical that dives into lessons of collaboration, love, and theater. A production with failed dream sequences, sketchy dialogue, and axed sentimental ballads will find a way into the heart of any theatergoer. Come see how the magic is made!

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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January 17-19

Crippled Inside by Lawrence Hennessey

Produced by Weekend Writers Productions.

In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law "The Immigration Reform Act". The signing took place in front of a number of political dignitaries at the Statue of Liberty, and literally changed the face of America. Lawrence Hennessy's play, Crippled Inside, takes a look at the author of this landmark piece of legislation, not so much through the lens of American history as through the lens of an intimate and personal portrait of one example of a typically nameless and faceless population; government bureaucrats.

Crippled Inside takes place between the years 1967 to 1973, and traces the relationship between father and son trying each in their own way, to navigate the turbulent waters of that era as they both cope with the issues of drugs, Vietnam, social change and mental illness.

The narrator of Crippled Inside is James Matherson, a relatively minor if not insignificant historian, who's landed a little bit out of his element as the moderator of a PBS style documentary entitled Unknown Heroes. When things start to break down not only in the production but in James' life as well it brings him back to other more painful times in his life when he was also not so quite graceful under pressure.

Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm.

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Putting It Together: New Works

Produced by New World Theatre.

New World Theatre will present four new works at the Hatbox Theatre this season as part of our ongoing play development program. These productions will either be a staged reading or a workshop script-in-hand performance; with minimal staging, costumes, and props. Please join us and be a part of seeing a new play go from page to stage for the very first time.

2019: 10/13

2020: 1/19, 4/5, 7/26.

Sunday @ 6:30pm (quarterly).

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January 31–February 16

How It Works by Daniel MacIvor.

Produced by truepenny arts and directed by Michael Cobb.

Daniel MacIvor's How it Works introduces us to four unforgettable people: Al, his ex-wife Donna, his new partner Christine, and his troubled daughter Brooke. Brilliantly weaving past and present, this play illuminates these four lives as they come to terms with their own stories.

“… a wise, witty and warm family drama, shot through with insights about the human condition…. The story is unfolded with simple grace and profound skill…. Do yourself a favour and see How It Works. Because it certainly does.” - Toronto Star

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm.

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February 28-March 15

Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig

Lend Me A Theatre.

Winner of 3 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards, and having just closed a tremendous revival on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor is farce at its best!

Set in 1934, the world’s greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its struggling Grand Opera Company by singing Pagliacci. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues – including a scheming soprano, a star-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department.

Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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Pitch Night 2020

Every year Hatbox Theatre holds an annual Pitch Night for producers interested in being part of our upcoming season. Groups are given two minutes to pitch their project for the upcoming season (September through August) of Hatbox Theatre. Hatbox is all about live performance, so we ask that pitches be focused on that aspect, but any discipline is welcome to pitch: music, theatre, cabaret, dance, magic, variety, burlesque, comedy, improv, poetry/spoke word, game shows, whatever!

Producers are asked to fill out a detailed form and supply four bound submission packets (this might consist of: copies of a play with notes on the production team; sample audio/video recordings of a musical group; promotional material for the organization, etc.). The planning committee will take about a month to comb through the submissions, and select the ones that best fit the needs of the season. All groups selected for the season must: sign an agreement related to their production; commit to participating in the Launch Night where they will provide a five-minute taste (performance excerpt, readings, an expanded “pitch”, etc.) of their production for members of Hatbox Theatre and the public; take part in a producer orientation meeting; and participate in Hatbox auditions.

For more detailed information, please view the PITCH information page at http://hatboxnh.com/pitch/ (includes FAQ, online application, cover sheet, and tentative calendar).

Monday @ 7pm.

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March 27–April 12

The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow.

PerSeverance Productions.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a healthy dollop of Monty Python, a dash of Marx Brothers, and a soupçon of Three Stooges, and you have The 39 Steps.

This two-time Tony and Drama Desk award winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, bawdy limericks, missing pinky fingers, inexplicable accents, and some good old-fashioned romance! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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April 17–19

SOFA: The Symposium of (Almost) Forgotten Arts.

Absolutely Magic.

Experience a week-end long celebration of workshops, talks and performances by practitioners of some unique and unusual skills that, at one time, were common practice, but today are nearly forgotten.

The schedule is in development, but audiences can expect performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm in the “charmingly intimate” 100-seat Hatbox Theatre in Concord, NH. Workshops, and talks to be announced closer to the event.

Friday @ Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm.

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April 24-May 10

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn.

Phylloxera Productions.

In 1941 German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a secret trip to Copenhagen for a clandestine meeting with his old friend and mentor, Niels Bohr along with Bohr’s wife, Margrethe. Bohr and Heisenberg were the world’s leading experts on the theory that the atom could be split, thus creating an atomic bomb. They were also on opposite sides of the war. The meeting was a disaster.

Now, on a plain of existence which does not recognize the laws of physics, the three are brought together again in search of the answers which eluded them in life. The stage glows. The three figures circle each other like a proton, a neutron, and an electron. And when their ideas collide – BOOM!

Phylloxera Productions presents one of the great works of the modern stage, and the winner of the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Directed by Gary Locke.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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May 14

Launch Party 2020

Come and join us for the Launch Party for our upcoming season. We have around twenty full theatre productions plus monthly and special events through August of 2021.

This is a great way to get a taste of each production/series of the 2020/2021 season of Hatbox! Showcase will run around 2.5-3 hours with a meet and greet afterwards.

Thursday @ 7pm.

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May 22–June 7

The Dinner Party by Neil Simon

Community Players of Concord.

Six people are invited to dine at a first rate restaurant in Paris. They do not know who the other guests will be or why they have been invited. Tossed together in a private dining room, they have a sneaking suspicion that this unorthodox dinner party will forever change their lives.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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June 12–28

Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman

Old Town Theatre Company.

Dreams and reality collide with gods and mortals in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. Performed in and around a pool of water, Metamorphoses brings Ovid’s classical tales of passion, betrayal, hope, and transformation to stunning life, inviting us into a realm of shared cultural myths and beautiful, unshakable visions. Experience the transformative power of love—and the shadows that lurk beneath it.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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July 10–19

Man of La Mancha written by Dale Wasserman; music by Mitch Leigh; lyrics by Joe Darion

Original Production Staged by Albert Marre; Originally Produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James

Produced Hatbox Theatre.

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece "Don Quixote," MAN OF LA MANCHA is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, MAN OF LA MANCHA celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His
Dulcinea.”

MAN OF LA MANCHA
is presented by arrangement with
TAMS-WITMARK
www.tamswitmark.com

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays @ 2pm.

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July 24–August 2

Some Holiday written by Justin Scarelli; music & lyrics by Marina Altschiller and Justin Scarelli.

Rogue Productions.

Grace and Dan are college sweethearts, trying to pay the bills and settle into married life, when an unexpected pregnancy is thrown into the mix. Sam, a commitment-phobe, struggles when his boyfriend Chris reveals he has a child from a previous relationship. Tracy and Miles gave up their performer lifestyles for their son, but Tracy’s Broadway dreams are still calling. Some Holiday, an original musical written by Justin Scarelli, with music and lyrics by Justin Scarelli and Marina Altschiller, explores the thread that holds all of these relationships together: the uneasy, often humorous, endearing acceptance of becoming a parent.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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August 7–16

Scene Changes by Donald Tongue

New World Theatre.

"It's a Broadway traveling show, a theatrical purgatory, and the only reason any of us are here is because we failed to land a role in a production without wheels!" So explains Samantha Wheelwright, ex-Brit, star of stage and film, but whose faltering career has landed her in the role of Mrs. Cratchit in a traveling production of A Christmas Carol. Her co-star playing Bob Cratchit has taken ill and is in hospital in Burlington, VT. When the show arrives in Concord NH the producer is forced to hire a young local actor, Matthew Simmons, to fill in. This unlikely pairing immediately erupts into a colossal clash of wills as star-struck youthful enthusiasm slams headlong into mid-life cynical realism - and the scene changes.

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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August 20-30

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Shakespeare Company by Alan Lindsay.

The Granite Playwrights.

An ambitious company of Shakespearean actors falls on hard times. Desperate to stay afloat, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Shakespeare Company rushes to stage a festival of five plays in five days. But Rose’s private feud with Biron, her former lover, threatens to bring the curtain crashing down on all their plans. Can Henry, the newly hired director, negotiate peace? Will upstart Nate or cynical Paula bump Biron and Rose from their lead roles? Do Mark and Cleo need the company more than the company needs them? And where will they get the money to make the show go on?

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 2pm.

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Information

Adult: $18-20
Student/Senior/Member: $15-17
Senior Member: $12-14

Member discounts are applied on the final checkout screen or at the box office. Higher price for musicals or special programming.

Reservations

We do take reservations for performances by leaving your name, telephone number, email address and desired performance/number of tickets.

Reserved tickets must be picked up at the box office at least thirty minutes before show time or they will be released and sold to walk-in/wait-list buyers.

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