2014 – 2015 Season

I’m Not Rappaport
by Herb Gardner
Directed by Lester Colodny
September 19 – October 5, 2014

Two octogenarians meet regularly on a bench in Central Park, determined to fight off all attempts to “put them out to pasture,” free-associating about where life has taken them and what they learned on the journey. Nat is a cantankerous left-winger whose daughter is urging him into an old folks’ home. Midge, an apartment superintendent, spends his days in the park hiding in the past and hiding from his disgruntled tenants. Add to the mix a tenant committee that wants to take away Midge’s job. A daughter who wants Nat committed to an old folks’ home. A lonely girl who’s trying to get off drugs. A sinister drug dealer who considers the park his turf. A mugger. Nat and Midge refuse to relinquish their precarious grips on independence.. and a touching play, witty and funny, tugs on your heartstrings, creating a night of memorable characters and memorable theatre.

“Rambunctiously funny.” — New York Post

“A warm and entertaining evening” — Women’s Wear Daily

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
by Joe Landry
Directed by Richard Mancini
November 28 – December 14, 2014

The beloved Frank Capra film is staged as a radio play in which five actors perform dozens of characters, as well as produce the sound effects. Local playwright Landry’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in 1996 at Stamford Center for the Arts in Connecticut and Westport Country Playhouse, and has since been produced around the country to critical acclaim

“One of the best holiday shows around. Fresh and inventive… highly recommended” — Chicago Sun-Times

“Critics Choice! Preserves the heart of darkness in Capra’s fable, making its faux-radio version a compelling Christmas showpiece.” — TimeOut

“Outstanding! It’s a wonderful night. Brining new meaning and fantastic new sound to the heartwarming story of good will and good cheer in the face of adversity. Don’t forget to  put this inspiring show on your holiday “to do” list — KPBS, San Diego Public Broadcasting

Watch On The Rhine
by Lillian Hellmann
Directed by Mark Frattaroli
February 6 – 22, 2015

An idealistic German who, with his American wife and two children, flees Hitler’s Germany and finds sanctuary with his wife’s family in the United States. He hopes for a respite from the dangerous work in which he has been involved, but his desire for personal safety soon comes into conflict with the deeply held beliefs that have made him an active anti-Nazi. In the end his conscience cannot be compromised, and he returns to Germany and the resistance movement – and to what will be, most certainly, his ultimate destruction. Told in compelling, human terms, the play is an eloquent and stirring tribute to the brave men and women who, despite all odds, struggled early on to stem the tide of fascism which was to spread throughout Europe and the world.

“Powerful drama…” — New York Times

 And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
Director: Donna McLaughlin Wyant
April 10 – 26, 2015

A superlative mystery, non-stop suspense, fast-paced and classic Agatha. Statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel in a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death – until there were none. Eight guests, who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess, are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go. The excitement begins and never lets down until the very last minute.

The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written…’” — The New York Times

One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.” — Time Magazine

One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies.’” — The Observer

Nine
by Arthur Kopit
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Directed by Mark Graham
June 5 – 28, 2015

Inspired by the Fellini Film 8 1/2, the musical comedy Nine is the story of a celebrated film director and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by a bevy of beautiful women. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“A galloping fantasy with a ravishly inventive and tuneful score…” — The New York Times

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