Main Stage 2015

Our 2015 Season!

Our Town

by Thornton Wilder
May 7-9; 14-17; 21-23
Directed by  Sunny Disney Fitchett

Before finishing her 22-year run as Little Lake’s artistic director, Sunny Disney Fitchett had the formidable task of selecting the play she would most like to direct to launch Season 67. After having twice acted in and twice directed Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece, it rose to the top of her all-time favorite list. A fresh, surprising look at core universal truths told through daily life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, 1901.   Sunny directs her long-time colleague, Art DeConciliis, in the iconic role of the Stage Manager in a production that, as director David Cromer once remarked, “will strip the artifice away and attempt to get Our Town back to its original cool.”

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The Best of Everything

by Julie Kramer Based on the book by Rona Jaffe
May 28-30; June 4-7; 11-13
Directed by Roxy MtJoy

Set in the Mad Men era, this adaption of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller is about ambitious secretaries in the big city—“girls” who want thrilling careers and romantic adventures followed by, of course, husbands and children. “It’s Stage Door in a Mad Men world, with a martini jigger of Peyton Place. Kramer treats its soapiness like a bubble bath whose froth conceals some pretty dirty water.” (Time Out New York) Have fun pairing this offering with Lucky Guy for a men vs. women working world perspective! Area premiere.

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 Lucky Guy

by Nora Ephron
June 18-20; 25-28; July 1-3
Directed by Jena Oberg

Charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary rose from rank-and-file newspaper cub reporter to become one of the leading “go to” sources for cop corruption and crime stories. The play dramatizes his meteoric rise, and then his fall when a libel suit nearly ends his career, and his rise again as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Perhaps it was her own background as New York Post reporter but it is clear that playwright Nora Ephron clicked instantly with McAlary’s story. We are pleased to present the area premiere of the Broadway hit that featured Tom Hanks in the lead role. Adult language advisory.

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Last Gas

by John Cariani
July 9-11; 16-19; 23-25
Directed by Roxy MtJoy

On the eve of his birthday, Nat Paradis’ old high school flame returns for her mother’s funeral and walks into the convenience store Nat and his dad run in rural Northern Maine (“Last chance to use a landline for 38 miles!”) Suddenly, Nat comes face to face with a chance to “get back to happy.” With a cast of delightful characters putting their noses into Nat’s business, this exploration of lost love, love that’s not quite right and love that is just right, John Cariani (author of the audience-favorite Almost, Maine) pens a funny and touching “everyday” love story. Area premiere.

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Outside Mullingar

by John Patrick Shanley
July 30-August 1; 6-9; 13-15
Directed by Jena Oberg

Rosemary Muldoon and Anthony Reilly are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Rosemary has loved the painfully shy Anthony only from afar (or, at least, from the Irish farm next door) and is determined to one day marry him. How will romance bloom when a simmering battle over a sliver of land erupts between their families and Anthony’s father threatens to disinherit him? This charming, quirky romantic comedy has been called “a valentine to the wonder and weirdness of love.”

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A Little Hotel On the Side

 Adapted by John Mortimer
from the original farce by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Désvallières
August 20-22; 27-30; September 3-5
Directed by TJ Firneno

Thwarted passion, robust mayhem, and an obscure Parisian hotel where the corridors see more action than the beds bring a hilarious evening of mistaken identities and slamming doors—all the sidesplitting elements of classic farce from the playwright who is considered to be the master of the genre. Monsieur Pinglet sets out for a romantic liaison with his neighbor’s wife but instead encounters half of Paris in the seedy hotel, including many of his own relatives and the Inspector of Public Morality! You’ll have a ball!

Dead Accounts

by Theresa Rebeck
September 10-12, 17-19, 24-26
Directed by Art Deconciilis

Why is Jack back in his parents’ Cincinnati kitchen in the middle of the night eating ice cream from a half dozen cartons that, by the way, he paid a thousand dollars for? And, even though the family can’t stand her, where is his wife? And what was that he said about 27 million dollars? “While THE LAUGHS DON’T STOP when the truth comes out, Dead Accounts is in fact a dead-serious comedy about what happens to people who wake up one morning and realize that their lives haven’t lived up to their dreams.” (The Wall Street Journal) Adult language advisory.  Area premiere.

Prelude to a Kiss

by Craig Lucas
October 1-3; 8-10; 15-17
Directed by Roxy MtJoy

A “fairy tale” romance is challenged by the appearance of a strange and mysterious old man at the wedding reception of two young lovers. In a Twilight Zone twist, one congratulatory kiss forever changes the lives, indeed the very souls, of this intriguing trio. About the original Broadway production, The New York Times critic wrote “I loved this play…It propels the audience through hairpin emotional turns…until one is deposited at the final curtain in a winded…yet exhilarated state.”

LETTERS TO SALA

by Arlene Hutton
October 22-25; 29-30-November 1; 5-7
Student field trip 10 am performances: October 29 & November 4
Directed by Jena Oberg

In October 1940, Sala Garncarz was sixteen years old and living with her large family in Poland close to the German border. When her older sister was ordered to report to a Nazi forced labor camp for six weeks, young Sala volunteered to take her place. This true and victorious survival story of her five years in seven different camps is even more remarkable because she was able to conceal over 350 letters received from family and friends during her imprisonment. Sala’s letters, donated to the Dorot Jewish Division of The New York Public Library in 2005, are not only a significant addition to Holocaust research, but have also been called, “the greatest find since Anne Frank’s diary.” Sala’s story is one of beauty, courage and impact.  Area premiere.

The Grand Manner

by A.R. Gurney
November 12-14; 19-21; 27 & 28
Directed by TJ Firneno

This part of the story is true: When playwright A.R. Gurney was 18 years old and in boarding school he attended a Broadway performance of Anthony and Cleopatra starring Katharine Cornell, “The First Lady of the American stage.” Gurney’s grandmother wrote a letter to Cornell (since they were both from Buffalo) and young A.R. was granted a brief introduction backstage. Gurney writes, “And that’s pretty much all that happened. But it stayed with me, and rolled around in my head for years, and I kept thinking that maybe, sometime, it might grow into a play.” This love letter to the glorious heyday of the Broadway theatre is what happened when it grew into a play.  Area premiere. (This play contains  some strong adult language)

Inspecting Carol

by Daniel Sullivan and The Seattle Repertory Theatre
December 3-5; 10-12; 17-19
Directed by Jena Oberg

A wildly funny holiday comedy that hasn’t been on our stage since 2000. A small theater company is rehearsing for its umpteenth production of A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is bored, the costumes are smelly, and someone has carved his initials in the paper mache turkey. Without warning a mysterious VIP shows up, prompting an outbreak of mishap after hilarious mishap ending in a dress rehearsal that guarantees the heartiest holiday belly laughs.

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