2020 MAINSTAGE SHOWS
By Peter Shaffer
Antonio Salieri, a gifted musician, has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition: to be the world’s greatest composer. When Mozart- a genius, foul-mouthed, and graceless young composer- rises to fame in the court of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II, Salieri’s jealousy of the young prodigy pushes them both to the brink of disaster. Passion, intrigue, revenge, and genius ignite in this masterpiece!
By Ken Ludwig
George and Charlotte Hay are fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re performing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep… in Buffalo… with only five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s fling with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. Throw in a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé, confusion over which play they are performing, and Charlotte’s hard of hearing mother turned stage manager, and everything that could go wrong does in this madcap farce.
By Garson Kanin
The boorish, loudmouth business tycoon, Harry Brock, has come to Washington to make crooked deals with government bigwigs. He is accompanied by his ditzy yet charismatic girlfriend, Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. In attempts to make her more presentable among the Washington elite, Harry employs a smart, idealistic magazine reporter, Paul, to polish her rough edges. But Harry gets more than he bargained for, as Billie is transformed from chorus girl to model citizen in this timeless satire.
By Donald Margulies
Jonathan Waxman is a superstar artist, so popular that collectors will buy his work "sight unseen.” While visiting London for a major exhibition of his work, Jonathan decides to call on his former girlfriend, Patricia, who was his muse for his early works. Patricia, now married to Nick, invites Jonathan to spend the night. When he arrives, tensions arise among the threesome. Nick despises both Jonathan's art and his superstar status. Patricia is still angry that Jonathan left her, and wonders about his motives for visiting. Jonathan finds a painting he had done of Patricia that represents the genius of his early career and finds himself wondering why his work has never been as good since he left her. Darting from the past to the present and back, Sight Unseen explores the power of inspiration, money, love, and role of the artist in changing times.
By Neil Simon
It is just minutes before his eight closest friends arrive to celebrate his tenth wedding anniversary and the Deputy Mayor of New York has shot himself, through the earlobe. Though only a flesh wound, the host lies bleeding in the other room. His wife is nowhere in sight. And his guests are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. The four couples must get "the story" straight before they all end up in trouble. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
By Lillian Hellman
The Hubbard siblings will go to any lengths to strike it rich, especially the wickedly clever Regina. When the glittering prospect of a lucrative business venture appears on the horizon, they turn against each other with calculated schemes fueled by greed and lust. Lillian Hellman’s opulent masterpiece warns us to keep our friends close- and our family closer.
By Roald Dahl. Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin. Orchestrations and Additional Music by Chris Nightingale
Matilda is an extraordinary little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and superpowers in this musical masterpiece that celebrates the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a young girl who uses her courage and cleverness to prove sometimes it’s alright to be a little bit naughty. Packed with humor, high-energy dance numbers, and catchy songs, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is perfect for audiences of all ages.
By Agatha Christie
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island for the weekend. All that the guests have in common are wicked pasts they’re unwilling to reveal - secrets that will seal their fate, for each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, one by one the guests are slain in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. Can the guests stop the killer before their time runs out in this classic thriller by Agatha Christie?
By Miklos Laszlo
Adapted by E.P Dowdall
Parfumerie worker George Horvath is in love! Just one problem: he has never met the girl, but only corresponded with this secret admirer by letter. On the day he is planning to propose, George’s boss fires him after mistakenly suspecting him to be the lover of his unfaithful wife. His love life continues to go awry as he discovers that the stranger with whom he has fallen in love is none other than Amalia Balash, his co-worker with whom he constantly feuds. See the romantic comedy that inspired the movies The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail.
By Christopher Durang
Music by Michael Friedman
Nothing is going as planned in this hilarious musical twist on the Dickens classic. Scrooge’s “Bah Humbugs!” have morphed into a sort of uncontrollable seasonal Tourette’s. Mrs. Bob, sick of her long-suffering life- especially of Tiny Tim and her twenty other whining children- just wants to jump off of the London Bridge. And the Ghost of Christmas Past seems to have lost all her magic, constantly transporting Scrooge to the wrong time and place. To make matters worse, Scrooge seems to be falling in love with Mrs. Cratchit! This wild Christmas ride turns your favorite holiday tale on its head in this delicious treat sure to keep you laughing all season long.