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Mainstage One September 6 - 16, 2012
It's 1939, and legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick has a problem. He has just fired the director of Gone with the Wind and the script is on its umpteenth version. He desperately needs a new director and writer—immediately. His solution? Fire the director, pull Victor Fleming off The Wizard of Oz, and lock himself, Fleming, and script doctor Ben Hecht in his office for five days until they have a screenplay. With only peanuts and bananas to sustain them, they work through and act out Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller and in the process make movie history.
by Ron Hutchinson
Forum One September 27 - October 7
Inspired by a true story, this moving dramafollows a group called the Women of Lockerbie, who are determined to turn an act of hatred into an act of love. The story begins with a couple trying to gain closure after the death of their son in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They encounter the women of Lockerbie, who want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Brevoort has created a powerful reminder that air disaster victims include more than the people who fall from the sky — there are also the people who miss them and the people who find them.
by Deborah Brevoort
Mainstage Two October 18 - 28, 2012
"I want your fear. For your fear, like a current, rushes through your body. Your fear makes your heart pound, it renders your veins rich and full. Your fear hemorrhages deliciously within you." Wicked and seductive, the original bloodsucker is back in a fresh, faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horrific tale. The Count has taken residence in London, and only Professor Van Helsing understands the extent of the terror that is about to be unleashed. Transported back to a time where legend and science contend for supremacy, this story will keep your heart beating and blood pumping. Rich with both humor and horror, this play paints a wickedly theatrical picture of Stoker's famous vampire just in time for Halloween.
by Steven Dietz, adapted from Bram Stoker
HolidayShow November 30 - December 9, 2012
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight
lines.” So begins this delightful story of Madeline’s Christmas! The day begins like any
other day. Miss Clavel takes the twelve little girls on their morning walk. They go to the zoo
and then back to school for their French history lesson. Suddenly disaster strikes when
everyone gets the flu, and their Christmas holiday is in jeopardy. They need not worry. With
Madeline’s spunk, a little holiday magic and plenty of delightful music, this Christmas is sure
to be the best one yet!
Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Kirkeby, Music by Shirley Mier
Based on the book by Ludwig Bemelmans
Mainstage Three January 17 - 27, 2013
In this shaggy-dog comedy by A.R. Gurney (Love Letters), the long-married Greg and Kate adopt a street-smart mutt named Sylvia after their kids have grown up and moved out. But Sylvia soon turns into a bone of contention for the empty-nesters, as Kate feels that she is losing Greg to his adoring new best friend. This imaginative take on midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and thoughtful insights on love, marriage and jealousy. With their marriage in the balance, a series of hilarious and touching complications encourages Greg and Kate to compromise. If all goes well, Sylvia just might become a bone-a-fide member of the family, freshly healed by puppy love.
by A.R. Gurney
Forum Two February 7 - 17, 2013
The story begins with a common situation - that of a missing fifty dollar bill - and spins it into intriguing questions of probability, chance and the complexities of musical composition. A man programs a computer to compose music at random, but in the middle of all the binary coin-tossing the computer gives him much more than he asked for. A concurrent mystery surrounds several people who find themselves suspecting and distrusting each other over the issue of a lost or possibly stolen fifty dollar bill. Originally produced at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, Ghost in the Machine is an entertaining and brisk mix of sex, mystery and metaphysics.
by David Gilman
Mainstage Four April 11 - 21, 2013
This is the poignant story of Mrs. Watts, an aging widow living with her son and daughter-in-law in a three-room flat in Houston, Texas. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. She proceeds to Bountiful and makes a lonely pilgrimage to the scene of her old home. The results are both brilliantly life-affirming and heartbreaking in one of legendary playwright Horton Foote’s most beloved works. Travel with her in this delicately beautiful play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, whose work has enriched and mesmerized its audiences.
by Horton Foote
Mainstage Five May 30 - June 9, 2013
Michael Starkwedder encounters all the problems that rural Wales is known for: Ditches adjacent to poorly-lit roads, a corpse in the first house you visit, and a woman standing over it with a gun. But the woman is dazed and her confession unconvincing, so the unexpected guest decides to help her and blame the murder on an intruder. Later, the police discover clues that point to a man who died two years previously and a Pandora's box of loves and hates, suspicions and intrigues is opened to the night air. A thriller as well as a puzzler, this classic whodunit by England’s mystery queen promises a happy immersion in all the fun of untangling the intrigue.
by Agatha Christie
CTWS Fall High School Rep November 9 - 18, 2012
The Borrowers tells the story of young Arietty and her family: tiny people who live in people’s homes and “borrow” things to survive while keeping their existence unknown. Like every young person, Arietty longs for grown up adventures, but when she and her family are discovered, she gets much more excitement than she bargained for
By Mary Norton Adapted for the Stage by Charles Way
CTWS Spring Mainstage March 1 - 10, 2013
The story begins with Galileo as a young boy, inspired and awed by the heavens, and it follows his incredible and visionary life into old age. Starry Messenger uses historical fact as a stepping stone to imagination, creating a fable that allows us to enter the mind of one of the world’s greatest scientists and remind audiences that science and imagination go hand in hand.
by Kari Margolis
CTWS Spring High School Rep May 9 - 11, 2013
Generations of young readers have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of The Boxcar Children, and now the story comes to life on stage. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together.
By Barbara Field. From the book by Gertrude Chandler Warner
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