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RED HERRING directed by Harriet Power October 1 - October 13, 2013
written by Michael Hollinger
“madcap mischief, rising to helium-giddy heights!" – Washington Times
Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It's 1952: America's on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower's on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy's on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy's daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the Harbor—or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana. A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot.
EVERYMAN directed by Rev. David Cregan, OSA, PhD November 12 – 24, 2013
written by Anonymous, adapted by Mark J. Costello
“a humbly inviting experience” – The New York Times
When Death pays a visit – unrecognized and unexpected – Everyman must scramble to find out which of his “friends” will accompany him on his final journey. This timeless morality play weaves together poetry, music and movement, bringing humanity’s greatest moral questions vividly to life in our own time. Experience Everyman’s discovery of renewed life in this absorbing new twist on a classic tale.
THE SCHOOL FOR LIES directed by Kathryn MacMillan February 11 – 23, 2014
written by David Ives, adapted from The Misanthrope by Molière
“beguilingly silly” – The New York Times
What do a dreadful poet, penniless Frenchman, and saucy siren have in common? They all speak in hilarious rhyming couplets in David Ives' deliciously off-color tribute to Moliere's The Misanthrope. It's 1666 and the brightest, cattiest salon in Paris belongs to Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she's being sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors (whom she leads on long enough to live off of), Celimene has managed to evade love since her adoring husband died. But she meets her misanthropic match when a sardonic stranger comes on the scene, turning her witty world upside down and matching her barb for barb.
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA directed by Valerie Joyce April 1 – 13, 2014
book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
“lovely and sensorial” – The New York Times
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, The Light in the Piazza whisks audiences away to Italy to experience a soaring tale of passion, forgiveness, and love. Margaret Johnson, a mother escaping her crumbling marriage, travels to Tuscany with her daughter Clara. When a handsome young Florentine captures Clara's heart, Margaret must decide if she'll risk revealing truths that could threaten her daughter's happiness. Hailed as “astonishing,” “intensely romantic,” and “breathtaking,” The Light in the Piazza has redefined the modern American musical.