A Christmas Carol, the novella by Charles Dickens was first published in 1843 and has become a timeless holiday classic that families and audiences have enjoyed for almost 2 centuries. Recounting the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is approached by the ghostly vision of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him of an upcoming spiritual journey. An eye-opening exploration leads to happiness and enlightenment. Countless films, books, and theater adaptions have been made of this timeless story throughout the years and we are proud to present this holiday favorite with a new twist
In Oscar Wilde's most famous and final play, wealthy and bored protagonists, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, court two women, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, pretending to be men named Ernest. Jack, who resides in the country, introduces a devious and unruly brother named Ernest who resides in the city so that he can be reckless in one place while also being arguably mature in another. Algernon pretends to have to check in on a pale and sickly fellow named Bunbury when he is introduced to responsibilities or events he does not desire to participate in. Eventually, upon hearing of Cecily Cardew, Jack’s ward, from Jack, he pretends to be Ernest as well. The show is full of dramatic, romantic proposals that are only thwarted by the womens’ claim that they must marry a man named Ernest. The comedy follows a common structure, often seen in Shakespearean comedies, of misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Set in the 1980's.
"For while “The Importance of Being Earnest” might look like an elitist comedy of manners, it is a play that oozes subtext and that mocked the original audience by revealing all that they would have held dear (class, parentage, social standing, the privilege of the patriarchy) to be malleable, purloined and, in the final analysis, arbitrary.- The Chicago Tribune
March 5 - March 21
Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
REVENGE AND SORROW IN THEBES
A Play by Persephone Vandegrift
Directed by Marla Manning
Revenge and Sorrow in Thebes, by award winning local playwright, Persephone Vandegrift, is a down-to-earth adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae of Euripides. Set in ancient Greece, Thebes revisits the story of revenge by the infamous god, Dionysus, on a young, arrogant king and his family for a presumed insult. Thebes is a deeply human archetypal drama that explores the tyranny of ego (mortal and divine) and the struggle of the human condition to understand its connection to the material and spiritual world.
April 16 - May 2
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Co-Produced with LIMELIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
bare: a pop opera
Book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere
Book and music by Damon Intrabartolo
Directed by Brad Ruder
Presented through special arrangement
with Theatrical Rights Worldwide
A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Peter and Jason have fallen in love with each other, but Jason -- a popular athlete -- fears losing his status if he is discovered to be gay. Unpopular Nadia, Jason’s sister, is contemptuous of Ivy, a beautiful girl with a questionable reputation. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tensions flare, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever.
Bare rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.
"The team of Jon Hartmere Jr. (book, lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book, music) have wrought a magnificent, totally original contemporary musical extravaganza that explores the schism between youthful passion and theological dogma." - Variety
"The show has been retooled for the “It Gets Better” era to tap into today’s raised consciousness about adolescent homophobia, stigmatization and bullying. It’s frequently touching and tender, scoring points for the conviction of its young cast." - The New York Times