Mainstage 2012


by Joanna Murray-Smith
May 3-5; 10-13; 17-19

A BIG, BRASSY AND BOLD season opener. An area premiere. Margot Mason, celebrated author of the groundbreaking work, “The Cerebral Vagina,” sits in her country house, struggling with a deadline. Through the French doors bursts Molly Rivers, student, idealist, and daughter of one of Margo’s most ardent fans. Molly pulls a gun, handcuffs Margot to her desk and, interfering in no time—a parade of unexpected, wickedly funny characters. Farce, feminism and fun! “Feminism is a big girl now. We don’t have to tip-toe around her, mindful of her touchy gravitas.” We won’t tiptoe around this: Adult language advisory.

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by Ken Ludwig
May 24-26; 31-June 3; June 7-9

We are over the moon about receiving the production rights for this brand new, phenomenally funny farce! We dare you to get through this joyous comedy without belly-laughing. It takes audiences on a romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, over-the-top romantic shenanigans and, did we mention, a glimpse into man’s eternal love affair with GOLF?! You’ll want to return for seconds.

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by C.P. Taylor
June 14-16; 21-24; 28-30

Why hasn’t this wonderful play been on our stage before?! Shame on us. Once described as “bittersweet romance, tender farce, and a shot of history for good measure,” this play may sound like a drama, but it offers humor through and through. Although set in turbulent times—in England during World War II–the Stott family wrestles with marriage proposals, a grandfather with a hilarious form of wanderlust, and the arrival of a soldier who prompts a seismic shift in how one young woman views herself.

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by Horton Foote
July 5-7; 12-15; 19-21

At the heart of Horton Foote’s exquisite story is Myra, a divorcee who is boarding with her young son in the Jackson family’s home in Harrison, Texas. Myra plays live piano for the silent movies, and regales the Jackson daughters with plots of the movies they aren’t permitted to attend. It is 1929 though, and the “talkies” are drawing nearer to Harrison. “In our contemporary world of ever-hectic flash and sizzle it is tempting to call the play old-fashioned. It isn’t. A complex web of sisters, mothers, sons and lovers…creates a story as immediate as immediate family.”—Chicago Theatre Review Examiner. And, did we mention this “delicate marvel of a drama” is also funny.

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by Dale Wasserman
July 26-28; August 2-5; 9-11

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ken Kesey’s novel, we present Dale Wasserman’s funny, powerful and extremely engaging play. Randle P. McMurphy is one of the most memorable rogues ever crafted in this story of his confinement in a mental institution, and the dramatic role his rebellious spirit plays in the lives of those around him.

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by Joe DiPietro
August 16-18; 23-26; 30-September 1

There’s a reason this romantic comedy is on every theater’s summer schedule this year. It is absolutely delightful! At 80 years young, Ralph Bellini has developed a crush. With renewed boyish charm, he embarks upon a journey to woo the elegant, but reticent Carol. “Remarkably free of cliché, this golden-years love story casts a bewitching spell.” –Variety Written by the author of audience-pleaser , Over the River and Through the Woods.

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by Steven Dietz
September 6-8, 13-15, 20-22

“When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really wants is a new job. When she says she needs a new house, she wants a new husband. And when she says she wants a new car, she wants a new life.” Becky is in the middle of a midlife crisis—a hilarious midlife crisis. What happens when a socially awkward millionaire walks into the car dealership where Becky works and offers her a ride to an exciting new life? Buckle up for this funny, funny road trip.

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Adapted by Patrick Barlow
September 27-29; October 4-6; 11-13

From the novel by John Buchan From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited And an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Mix together: a juicy spy thriller with energetic, laugh-out-loud comedy, inspired theatrical invention and a cast of four who play nearly 150 roles and, we promise you, you won’t regret your evening out! Closely following Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 classic, a mysterious and beautiful female spy is found dead in an unsuspecting gentleman’s apartment, setting off a whodunit escapade of suspense and great, great fun. “Absurdly enjoyable!” New York Times

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by Donald Margulies
October 18-20; 25-27; November 1-3

An engaging drama and, often, very funny story about love, midlife directions, and the ties of friendship. Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist who covers war and combat zones while keeping chaos at arm’s length from behind her camera lens is, suddenly, injured while on assignment. She returns home to recover and regroup with her longtime boyfriend, only to discover it isn’t as easy to keep a cool distance when faced with an editor who is dating a much younger woman; a proposal of marriage; and the prospect of exchanging her compulsion for danger for a “normal” life. “Intelligent, perceptive, often funny, sometimes surprising, and always compelling piece of writing.” Adult language advisory.

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November 8-10; 15-17; 23-24

As Mark Twain once remarked, “Clothes make the man…and naked people have little or no influence on society.” Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast at his son’s rehearsal dinner. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored customs of his past, including his formal evening attire. When a surprise guest appears and generations clash, the way is paved for a very messy black tie affair. “A lighthearted romp about what really matters—manners.”— “..A charmer—funny, observant, and altogether winning.”–BackStage

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A Christmas Story

Based upon A Christmas Story©, 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
November 29-December 2; 6-9; 13-15

For Christmas, young Ralphie Parker campaigns to receive AN OFFICIAL RED RYDER CARBINE ACTION TWO HUNDRED SHOT RANGE MODEL AIR RIFLE while the entire adult world tells him, “You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”. A belly-laugher, a holiday gem. – purchase your tickets EARLY!

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