This is Illyria, folks! Our heroine is shipwrecked. Her brother presumably drowned. Disguising herself as a boy, she joins Duke Orsino’s court. She is sent as his emissary to the Countess Olivia, who’s mourning the death of her brother. Olivia falls for the youth. Mistaken identity, gender confusion, a mordant clown, a pompous major domo, whackadoodle relatives (Sir Toby) — a great deal of fun!
Pulitzer Prize winning family drama inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Act One, set in 1959, shows nervous white community leaders trying to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act 2, set in 2009, the same house, the same neighborhood, shows the now-predominantly African-American neighborhood battling to hold its ground in the face of white gentrification. How the world turns!
Cleveland, 1934. The local opera company is set to present the opera Pagliacci starring a world-famous Italian tenor. He arrives with his wife, a very jealous woman. After a huge fight with her, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers. Can he go on as planned? An angry wife, a presumed death, crazy costumes, secret sex romps, and loads of slamming doors. A delightful, farcical comedy!
Post WWII England, a snow storm cuts off and isolates a country hotel being opened for its first weekend by a young couple. As the play begins we hear about a murder in London. After the guests arrive we find out the murderer may be among them, and all linked to a terrible case of child abuse. One of Agatha Christie’s most beloved plays.
Music by Marvin Laird, Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley
Mordant spoof of big musicals such as Mame and Gypsy, and the film The Bad Seed. Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. “Anything” includes murdering the leading lady! A sassy and comic piece!