THE GAMES AFOOT OR HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
January 14 to February 11, 2017
Directed by Jennifer Levens
The Story: 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
By Horton Foote
Directed by Chris Gomez
March 11 to April 1
The Story: 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.
By Brandon Thomas
Directed by Maria Drake
May 13 to June 10, 2017
The Story: 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.
Charley’s Aunt was first produced at the Royalty Theatre in London on October 21, 1892. It premiered in New York City at the Standard Theatre on October 2, 1894.
TWO ONE ACTS:
THE COST OF WINNING
NONE OF THE ABOVE
TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN A VAN
Mary Lynn Dobson
Sept. 16 to Oct. 14 Comedy 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
Charles Dickens , Adapted by Charles Ludlam
Nov. 11 to Dec. 16 Drama Director TBA
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.