The Real Inspector Hound
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Tom Gregg
September 10-11, 15-18, 22-25 at 7:30 p.m.
September 12, 19 at 2:30 p.m.
It’s our show that was ready to open when the pandemic shut the world down. Tony and Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard’s mystery parody is in the form of a play within a play within a play. A comic spoof of the whodunits popularized by Agatha Christie, The Real Inspector Hound blends a secluded English country manor house, ominous radio reports of a criminal on the loose, suspicious visitors, a relative with a shady past, a dead body, and fourth walls broken down left, right, and center. It’s a riotous evening of immense proportions that answers the ultimate question: Who is the real Inspector Hound?
The Curious Savage
by John Patrick
Directed by Iain Macpherson
December 3-4, 8-11, 15-18 at 7:30 p.m
December 5, 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Ethel Savage inherits $10 million from her late husband, a fortune contested by her obstinate stepchildren. Mrs. Savage plans to give the fortune away to those with wonderfully ridiculous dreams and aspirations. The kids intervene and have her committed to The Cloisters, a nearby sanatorium. With the ragtag residents of the home, Ethel hatches a plot to regain what is rightfully hers and question the true sanity of the outside world. The Curious Savage by John Patrick has been a joy since its premiere in 1950, and continues to tickle audiences’ funny bones today.
Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley
Directed by Cindy Davis Massey
February 4-5, 9-12, 16-19 at 7:30 p.m.
February 6, 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Meet the Mississippi McGrath sisters: Lenny, the oldest, is unmarried and facing the prospect of living the rest of her life as an “old maid”; Meg, the middle daughter, has struggled mightily in pursuit of a singing career; and Babe, the baby of the family, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley’s Pulitzer-winning dark comedy, examines the bonds of sisterhood as the three siblings gather together to escape their past transgressions and to take hold of their futures.
by Ross Carter
Directed by Laurel Aiello & Beth Woodruff
April 1-2, 6-9, 13-16 at 7:30 p.m.
April 3, 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Carly Speranza has always pined to star in the title role of the opera Carmen! As with many an artist, landing that coveted part is easier said than done, so when a phone call seemingly destined by fate pushes Carly into the limelight, it looks like a dream come true! Unfortunately, that chance of a lifetime leads her into a state fair gig, where the contract with her country music band – known as The Car Men – puts her in the precarious position between earning stock and becoming the laughingstock. Ross Carter’s family-friendly original musical promises to please patrons of all ages.
The Elephant Man
by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by JK Gregg
May 27-28, June 1-4, 8-11 at 7:30 p.m.
May 29, June 5 at 2:30 p.m.
John Merrick is the star of the show – the traveling sideshow, that is; his abnormal appearance, the result of deformity and disease, label him in stark and harsh terminology: freak. Frederick Treves, a surgeon on the rise in Victorian England, discovers Merrick and becomes fascinated by the state of The Elephant Man’s condition, pursuing him as a case study unseen by the world. Based on a true story, Bernard Pomerance’s drama explores the bounds of normalcy and the sacrifices we will make in order to feel like we belong.