Great Stories Well Told
A Drama by John Logan
Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. But it is possible that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.
Winner of the 2010 Tony Award
Directed by: Merritt Olsen with initial direction by Philip Muehe
Presented: October 9-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2020
A Comedy by Patrick Barlow
This thrilling adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic uses only five actors to bring some of Dickens’ most beloved characters to life; from Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig, not to mention three scary, but hilarious, ghosts. Barlow’s “A Christmas Carol” uses nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this highly theatrical adaptation.
Directed by: Bill Schnell
Presented: November 27-28, December 3-5, 10-13, 2020
A Drama by Damien Atkins
Motherhood was something that Vivian never desired. As a world renowned and much-respected anthropologist, Vivian is most comfortable in her world of quiet solitude. Her life is abruptly changed when her ex-husband shows up and asks Vivian to resume custody of their teenage daughter, Lucy, who is autistic. He wants to focus on settling in with his new wife. A powerful play about the relationship between mother and daughter, the power of love, and the rare moments in life when something or someone, comes along and forces a re-evaluation of life and the way we respond to the world around us.
Directed by: Dawn Farr
Presented: January 22-24, 28-31, 2021
A Musical Docudrama by Steven Dietz and Eric Peltoniemi
On November 10, 1975, the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm on Lake Superior, taking with it 30 men. Inspired by the Gordon Lightfoot song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” this docudrama is a compelling inquiry into the unanswered questions about that tragedy. “A wonderful mixture of music, historical research, and personal reflection—all of it wrapped in the metaphorical power of sea literature and in the evocative emotion of achingly beautiful folk songs.” — The St. Paul Pioneer Press
Directed by: Jeanne Skattum
Presented: March 5-6, 11-13, 18-21, 2021
A Comedy by David Ives, (adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille)
It’s Paris, 1643. A sweet, small town boy with big ambition has but a single flaw; he can’t tell the truth. He hires a servant who can’t tell a lie, falls for a girl engaged to his best friend, and then things get complicated. “The Liar” is a tour de force of madcap misunderstandings and breathtakingly intricate lies in this sparkling adaptation from the wordsmith magician, David Ives (All in the Timing and Venus in Furs).
Directed by: Merritt Olsen
Presented: April 23-24, 29-May1, 6-9, 2021
A Dramatic Comedy by Kim Carney
Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s victim, doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. Then she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, and her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. Can these lovers—played simultaneously by an elderly twosome and a young, vivacious couple—stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?
Directed by: Mary Pyfferoen
Presented: June 11-12, 17-19, 24-27, 2021
A Dark Comedy by Jen Silverman
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a Brontë-inspired dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. The New Haven Review says “The Moors establishes a world of shifting possibility—nothing is as it seems, and nothing will change, but everything will be different.”
Directed by: Kami Sim
Presented: July 30-August 1, 5-8, 2021