This American classic provides us the opportunity to follow the impassioned journey of two remarkable women as they explore and embrace the choices before them. For twenty-year old Annie Sullivan it was to take or reject the assignment to tutor a blind, deaf, spoiled, and wild child. For Helen Keller the choice was to stay in her dark and silent world or embrace the opportunity to break open the world she knew.
The Miracle Worker reveals the power of commitment and strength when the choice is made to reach beyond the understandable and tangible. Annie Sullivan embarked on a journey that would change the life of her charge, Helen Keller, who would, in turn, change the lives of others for generations. This is their story.
We all know the ending to this inspiring story, but it's watching the story unfold that will leave us all deeply encouraged and emboldened to embrace the choices life presents us each.
Written by: William Gibson based on Helen Keller’s biography The Story of My Life Directed by: Leslie Lloyd Tony Award winner: Best Play
CAST: Martha/Beatrice: Chloe Allen; Viney: Rebecca (Becky) Brownson; Hellen Keller: Samantha Goes; James Keller: Christian Hosler; Doctor, Anagnos: Kevin Kirby; Captain Keller: Jerry Lloyd; Sarah/Penny: Jasmine Rumble; Annie Sullivan: Katie O'Bryon Champlin; Kate Keller: Heather Skelley; Alice/Keller Help: Ruby Solomon; Aunt Ev: Gwendolyne Wagner; Jimmie: Christian Nguyen-Duc; Sharing the role of Helen's dog: Garvey McGrew and Sasha Goes.
Profoundly moving. — New York Times
With a drop-dead funny book and shamefully silly lyrics and lethally catchy music, this fast-paced musical, set in 1952 Macao, China, lovingly parodies Hollywood film noir classics of the 1940s and ’50s.
Book and Lyrics by Christopher Durang
Music by Peter Melnick
CAST: Mitch: Tim Reynolds; Lureena: Alicia Teeter; Tempura: Joshua Lau; Corinna: Cami Jackson; Rick Shaw: Derek DeMarco; Joe: Alexander Rubin; Daisy: Emily Schmeichel-Frank
A playful romp, playing with the tropes and stories of film noir, reverential yet irreverent. It’s camp at its campiest. — Chicago Critic
Peter and The Starcatcher
Ever wonder how Peter Pan became Peter Pan or what Captain Hook's backstory is? Well, wonder no more! Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 engaging and unforgettable characters, through this play with music we learn how Peter Pan earned his flight credentials and how a mustachioed pirate became Captain Hook. Winner of five Tony awards and based on the best-selling novels, Peter and the Starcatcher upends with panache, whimsy, and adventure the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan.
Written by Rick Elice Music by Wayne Barker Based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's novel Peter and the Starcatchers Tony Award-winning play. Directed by Jay Manley
Literate, eccentric, anachronistic, silly—in short, a celebration of endless verbal and physical shenanigans….
In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad's birthday with him as part of her Anger Management program, a choice she continues to question. One by one the family's secrets are peeled away, revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.
CAST: Mrs. Norquist: Rebecca (Becky) Brownson; Dad: Ray D'Ambrosio; Kevin: Christian Hosler; Mom: Charlotte Jacobs; Kat: Elizabeth (Beth) McClelland; Trish: Heather Skelley; Brittney: Amanda Vogel
Written by: Phil Olson; Directed by: Doug Baird
Winner: McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition
A crowd pleaser! ...’Mom’s Gift’ demonstrates playwright Olson’s gift at creating the kind of old-fashioned feel-good comedy that hardly gets written anymore….—Stage Scene LA
Holiday at the Savoy
It's December 1945, New York City — the first post-war holiday season at the famous Savoy ballroom in Harlem where singers, dancers, and musicians put on an exciting floor show filled with the swinging sounds and steps of the day in Savoy style.
Classic tunes from the swing era will be seasoned with festive holiday songs of the day, done big-band style.
Bring your dance shoes! The choice is yours for this engaging holiday tune fest to tap your feet at your seat or swirl and sway on the dance floor! Dressing in period attire optional!
CAST: Female Vocalists: Layce Lynne, Rochelle Roberts, Irene Trapp, Jessica Whittemore; Male Vocalists: Mike Hugill, Dallas Manson, Tyler Okunski; Youth Performers: Chloe Allen, Sam Borthwick, Samantha Noeth Lewis; “Bandleader”: Mohamed Ismail
Created by: Cathy Spielberger Cassetta & Gus Kambeitz Choreographed by: Carol Hawley
Evelyn in Purgatory
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center. There,
they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Based on real teacher “rubber rooms” in New York City, this surprising and engaging dramatic comedy follows five teachers one school year while they await their hearing.
CAST: Fred Disalvo: Rich Holman; Candace Metzger: Charlynn Knighton; Lila Wadkins: Diane Thorne; Evelyn Reid: Nanette Riendeau; Toby Fleming: Samuel Caulfield Barksdale; Roberta: Carolyn Ford Compton; Atwood: Veronica Andersen
Written by Topher Payne; Directed by Cathy Spielberger Cassetta
Winner: 2012 Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition
A very funny dramatic comedy, in the vein of ‘Steel Magnolias’
February 16 – March 11
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