THE GAMES AFOOT OR HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
January 14 to February 11, 2017
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jennifer Levens
William Gilette has been shot while on stage in a Sherlock Holmes play. We see him two weeks later at home on Christmas Eve entertaining some of the cast members. A murder,an attempted murder, a female detective, Gilette’s mother; Ah yes, the game’s afoot.
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
March 11 to April 1, 2017
Written by Horton Foote
Directed by Chris Gomez
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is a play by American playwright Horton Foote. The play involves Carrie Watts, a woman who has to live with a daughter-in-law who hates her, and a son who does not dare take her side. While the unhappy family lives in a Houston apartment, Carrie dreams of returning to Bountiful, where she was raised.
May 13 to June 10, 2017
Written by Brandon Thomas
Directed by Maria Drake
Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. As "Charley's Aunt", this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack's father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy's guardian. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues as Fancourt Babberley, posing as "Charley's Aunt", tricks Spettigue into agreeing to the marriage of his ward, the real aunt marries Jack's father, Jack gets Miss Verdun, and Fanny Babs regains the fortune he lost at gambling as well as the girl he loves.
THE COST OF WINNING/NONE OF THE ABOVE
July 8 to August 5, 2017
Written by Denise Derk
Directed by Michael Gilboe and Denise Derk
For some teens, college is a given. For others, it is a nearly unobtainable dream, but possibly within their grasp if they can outplay and outshine all the others on the gridiron. Two teen boys struggle to decide how far they will go to make their athletic ambitions a reality in this gripping play that explores the pressures on today’s young athletes to win at all costs. It combines a coming of age story for life-long best friends with intrigue and subterfuge by the town leaders to bring glory once again to their fading town. An honest look at the game that rules Friday nights in countless communities across America.
None of the Above
Written by Jenny Lyn Bader
Directed by Jennifer Levens
Jamie, 17, a sophisticated New York City private school student, answers the door one day expecting her drug dealer—and instead finds her SAT tutor. Things degenerate from there. First Jamie tries to get out of being tutored and then she tries to cut a deal with the tutor, Clark. He doesn’t have much sympathy for her plight. They clash right away and seem to have very different values and priorities. But as the play progresses, Jamie and Clark negotiate an unusual pact. Soon enough, all the snap judgments these two have about each other will get thrown out the window, and they’ll both be surprised by what they learn.
TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN A VAN
September 16 to October 14, 2017
Written by Mary Lyn Dobson
Directed by Samantha Fork
Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighborhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre. a friendly little playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie's van. Those looking for refuge at the asphalt oasis include: a stressed-out artistic director grappling for funding, a wanna-be diva who's realizing her ingenue expiration date has just about passed, a board member's nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarrentino spin and the "I'm no chorus boy" chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line - including Glass Menagerie.
These are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. Anyone who's ever seen a show may know these people. Anyone who's ever done a show may be these people.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 11 to December 16, 2017
Written by Charles Dickens
Directed by Tom Kirschman
A ridiculous but surprisingly faithful rendition of the Dickens classic in which Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghosts of his late partner, Jacob Marley: Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come. Faced with his own mortality and the evil results of his misanthropic miserly ways, Scrooge is redeemed, reconciled with his nephew and his neighbors, and becomes a second father to his assistant's son, Tiny Tim. Ludlam finds the humor as well as the pathos in this Victorian melodrama, creating the most Dickensian and stage-worthy adaptation yet.