2021-2022 Season

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Nana's Naughty Knickers

by Katherine DiSavino
Directed by Michael Fusco
Produced by Sarah Merkey
Stage Manager Jenn Shively

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Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2021 at 8:00PM
Sept. 19 & 26, 2021 at 2:00PM

Allison Fagan (Clair), Barbe Helwig (Sylvia), Brian Henry (Tom), Dave Killinger (Delivery Man), Nancy Meyer (Vera), Al Minor (Schmidt), Samantha Norman (Heather), & Rachel Wiltshire (Bridget)

Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she'll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five-borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her nana get arrested - or worse - evicted?

Angel Street

by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Coreen Janetske
Stage Manager Allison Fagan

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Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30, Nov. 5, Nov. & 6, 2021 at 8:00PM
Oct. 31 Nov. & 7, 2021 at 2:00PM

Sarah Bender (Elizabeth), Brian Henry (Detective Rough), Jeff Kemeter (Police Officer), Rachel Luther (Bella Manningham), Kyle Smith (Jack Manningham), & Meaghan Torres (Nancy)

As the curtain rises on the Manningham's residence in 19th century London, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility -- except for items going missing, an injured dog, and Mrs. Manningham, who keeps hearing footsteps that aren't there. She thinks she's going mad, until an Inspector from Scotland Yard starts asking questions about Mr. Manningham's past, and she begins to suspect that her husband's insinuating kindness masks more sinister motives. A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight, this tale of mystery and murder boast one of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.

Women Playing Hamlet

by William Missouri Downs
Directed by Heather Schultz
Produced by Debb Miller
Stage Manager Wendy Brinker

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Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2021 at 8:00PM
Dec. 12 & 19, 2021 at 2:00PM

Sharifa Andrews (Lord Darby and more), Hope Bailey (HSN Hostess and more), Ashton Brammer (Emily Ostergaard and more), Julie Emmert-Silvius (Mother and more), Briana Harger (Jessica), Lynn Hull (Gwen), & Colleen Underwood (Barista Actress and more)

Hamlet's a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn't help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she's too young for the role. Or that she's somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she's a woman. How can Jessica figure out "to be or not to be," when she can't even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, Women Playing Hamlet is rip-roaring fun for Shakespeare fans and haters alike.

The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by J. Damon Barnett, Jr.

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Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, & 19, 2022 at 8:00PM
Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2022 at 2:00PM

Randy Benge, David Boley, Dianna Craig, Carolyn Harding, Nichole Meredith, Thom Ogilvie, Heather Schultz, & Rusty Wummel

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie, interviewing more than 200 citizens in the aftermath of Matthew's murder. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Due to strong language, this show is recommended for mature audiences.

Present Laughter

by Noël Coward
Directed by Bethany Schoeff
Produced by Sharifa Andrews
Stage Manager Jennifer Shively

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Mar. 25, 26, Apr. 1, Apr. 2, Apr. 8, Apr. & 9, 2022 at 8:00PM
Apr. 3 & 10, 2022 at 2:00PM

Cory Baker (Fred), Julia Cannell (Joanna), Beth Connell (Lady Saltburn), Jeff Kemeter (Hugo), Chelsea Martins (Miss Erikson), Casey Merkey (Garry), Sarah Merkey (Liz), Brian A. Palmer (Roland), Rachel Steffen (Daphne), Molly Watson (Monica), & Phil Wells (Morris)

The egocentric, self-indulgent actor, Garry Essendine, is at the height of his fame on the London stage. He has a multitude of adoring fans, but he fears becoming obsolete now that he has turned forty. Adding to this impending mid-life crisis, Garry must deal with a parade of interlopers who disrupt preparations for his overseas theatrical tour. His household is thrown into chaos as he juggles an infatuated debutante, an unhinged playwright, a seductive married woman, his long-suffering secretary, and his estranged wife, as well as the entangled love lives of his close colleagues.

My Three Angels

by Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack, based on La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson
Directed by Stephen Grinch

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May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, & 21, 2022 at 8:00PM
May 15 & 22, 2022 at 2:00PM

Randy Benge (Joseph), Sean Brinker (Jules), Tiarra Dapo (Marie Louise Ducotel), Julie Emmert (Mme. Parole), Brian Henry (Henri Trouchard), Jeff Kemeter (Lieutenant), Randy Lenhart (Felix Ducotel), Cheryl Nelson (Emilie Ducotel), Patrick Petrilla (Paul), & Kyle Smith (Alfred)

It's Christmas Eve in the tropical prison colony of Cayenne, French Guiana, where the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Hopeless shopkeeper Felix Ducotel has hired three convicts - two of them murderers, the third a swindler - to fix his roof. But when Felix's evil cousin arrives to oust Felix and his family from their business, the three convicts realize the Ducatels need a few guardian angels, and decide to use every criminal art they possess to set matters right.

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