by Larry Shue
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by”Froggy” LeSueur, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.
October 9-12 at 7:30pm
October 13 at 3:00pm
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by D.W. Gregory
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a “powerful” and “engrossing” drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
November 20-23 at 7:30pm
November 24 at 3:00pm
Keely and Du
by Jane Martin
This play, written over fifteen years ago, is still eerily relevant in today’s climate. Du, a right-to-life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape victim Du is confining, transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them. Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim’s rights? What are a Christian’s realities of procreation? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality.
February 26-29 at 7:30pm
March 1 at 3:00pm
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
By William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy
The war is over. Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, with his followers Benedick and Claudio, visits Leonato, Duke of Messina, and father of Hero and uncle to Beatrice. Claudio falls in love with Hero as Benedick and Beatrice fight about who hates the other more. While preparations for the wedding are underway, Don Pedro takes the Herculean task to get Benedick and Beatrice to fall in love. They set the trap by letting Benedick overhear a conversation about Beatrice being in love with him, and vice versa.
However, Don Pedro’s brother attempts to cause more malicious mischief with the assistance of his follower Borachio: Claudio is led to believe that he has witnessed Hero in a compromising situation on the night before her wedding day (in fact it is her maid Margaret with Borachio).
Claudio denounces Hero during the marriage ceremony. She faints and on the advice of the Friar, who is convinced of her innocence, Leonato announces that she is dead. Beatrice demands that Benedick should kill Claudio.
In great Shakespearean fashion, he brings the happy couples back together and punishes the wicked.
April 15-18 at 7:30pm
April 19 at 3:00pm
Titles and Dates are subject to change