2013 Season

2013 Season

February 22/23/24 and March 1/2/3
Over River

By Joe DiPietro

Directed by Irene King

Cast: Ani Ashley as Caitlin Candace Hook as Aida Ryan Walker as Nick Shirl King as Nunzio Tania Gonzalez as Emma Tom Brady as Frank “A hilarious family comedy that is even funnier than his long-running musical revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. —BackStage “Loaded with laughs every step of the way.” —Star-Ledger

THE STORY: Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…we won’t give the ending away here.

About the Playwright: Joe DiPietro won two Tony Awards for co-writing MEMPHIS, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical. His other plays and musicals include I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (the longest running musical revue in off-Broadway history); THE TOXIC AVENGER and THE THING ABOUT MEN (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical,); the much-produced comedy OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS; THE ART OF MURDER (Edgar Award winner for Best Mystery Play) and the Broadway musical ALL SHOOK UP. His drama CREATING CLAIRE debuted at George Street Playhouse in 2010. His work has received thousands of productions across the country and around the world.

 

June 7/8/9 and June 13/14/16

Seeing Stars

Directed by Tania Gonzalez

Cast:

Clemmie – Jennifer Meier
Tootie – Marcia Hamilton
Marjorie – Jacqueline Reck
JoBeth – Devan Willard
Glease – Cameron Waggoner

“A warm, funny play … hilarious, heart-warming, sassy Southern comedy … a standing ovation.” – Asheville Citizen-Times

“Offers jolly good fun…tightly crafted dialogue delivers a chuckle a minute.” – Starkville Daily News

The Story:

It’s 1956 and Hollywood has arrived in Natchez, Mississippi with its brightest stars to film Raintree County. Meanwhile at Clemmie’s, a Natchez tea room, the widowed proprietor who has a fascination with movies and a secret admirer, oversees her own cast of characters: Tootie, her take charge friend; Jo Beth, a former beauty queen; Glease, a man more comfortable with women than macho men, and Marjorie, an unethical social climber. Competition for a small role in the movie brings out the best and worst of these memorable characters. Twists, turns and revelations lead Clemmie to trade a moment of fame for love and the chance to impact the lives of people dear to her.

About the Playwright:

Ron Osborne’s award winning plays have been produced by hundreds of theatres throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as recognized in more than 90 national playwriting competitions. A number of monologues from his plays appear in books published by Samuel French (Exceptional Monologues for Men and Women-2) and Smith & Kraus (The Best Monologues For Women 2001 …2007, and …2010.) He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Melissa; is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America; and has a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. His play, First Baptist of Ivy Gap was produced by SFCT in 2012.

 

August 23/24/25

The Orphans

The Orphans is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.”

Directed by Sue Ferber
Staged Readers Theatre

…”Prideaux has given life to two of the most charming eccentrics since Marsha and Abby Brewster poisoned all of those lonely men in Arsenic and Old Lace.” —Daily Variety.

The Story:

For the past 25 years Lily and Catherine Spangler have lived in seclusion in their hotel room, their only visitor being their lawyer, who delivers (in cash) the profits from the steel mill they inherited from their father.  Herman is a con artist who schemes to cheat the sisters out of the six million dollars he knows they have tucked away in a trunk by passing himself off as a long-lost cousin. Lily, the older sister, who has persuaded Catherine that she has protected her from “all the cares of the world,” is guarded and suspicious about all this, but the gentle, warm-hearted Catherine, who is aching to know more of life and the outside world, falls easily into Herman’s trap. Inevitably their isolation must end, but facing reality, and the truth, proves to be a great deal easier—and funnier—than either sister had ever imagined.

About the Playwright:

James Prideaux was born in South Bend, IN on August 29, 1935. He was educated at Ball State University, Muncie, IN and University of Michigan. He was a regular contributor to Playboy Magazine and writer of CBS’s Secret Storm for two years. TV credits include Mrs. Lincoln’s Husband on NBC’s Sandburg’s Lincoln; Lemonade; The Last of Mrs. Lincoln on Hollywood Television Theatre and Return Engagement, Hallmark Hall of Fame. Recipient: New York Drama Desk Award as “Most Promising Playwright 1972-73.’

 

September 20/21/22
September 27/28/29
Seniors sahara
Seniors of the Sahara” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Directed by Gaylene Branton
Main Stage

The Story:

Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher, brings home more than just souvenirs upon returning from her grandson’s wedding in Israel. Sylvie’s troubles begin when she realizes that the old teapot she purchased at an outdoor market is actually a priceless relic containing a geriatric genie, Eugene.  Keeping Eugene a secret from her three best friends proves to be nearly as difficult as protecting herself from Eugene’s former master. Seniors of the Sahara is a magical romantic comedy for seniors and “juniors” of all ages.

About The Playwright:

Barbara Pease Weber has been acting on and off since she was a teenager in the 1970s and has appeared in theatrical productions in the Philadelphia area over a span of 35 years. Ms. Weber has also authored four comedies, Delval Divas, HOGWASH!, Seniors of the Sahara, and A Crock of Schnitzel. Ms. Weber’s comedies, including new works in her playwriting pipeline, feature fabulous, fearless, ferocious and fun roles for females over 40 because…she is one!