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by Noel Coward
October 2-4, 6-10, 2015
This much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. A winner of the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival, Blithe Spirit was first produced on Broadway in 1941.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts”
by Charles M. Schultz
book, music and lyrics
by Clark Gesner
(Revised Version, musical)
November 27-29, December 1-5, 2015
The musical show is focused on “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It really is just that – a day made up of a bright uncertain morning to hopeful starlit evening with little moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to the baseball season, from wild optimism to utter despair, all mixed in with the lives of his friends.
In 1998, the authors and producers of the original 1967 musical show decided it was time for a major revival of the work. The idiomatic, intimate innocence of the characters that is presented in the original stage production has been maintained, but a new perspective has been added. Featuring a cast of six characters, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy and Sally Brown (she replaces Patty), the original twelve songs all remain in this version, with two new songs added.
Director: Stefan Lingenfelter
Producer: Karen O’Donnell
Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley
January 22-24, 26-30, 2016
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin and an awkward young lawyer. In the end, this Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play is the story of how its characters escape the past to seize the future. The telling is so true, touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Director: Lester Malizia
Producer: Pat Bell
Inherit the Wind
by Jerome Lawrence
and Robert E. Lee
March 11-13, 15-19, 2016
This is the play that has as its genesis in the events of the famous Scopes trial. One of the most outstanding dramas of our time. “The portrait it draws of an explosive episode in American culture, vigorously written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, remains as fresh as it ever was. One of the most stirring plays in recent years retains its folk flavor and spiritual awareness in an Arena Stage production. Bursting with vitality…Literature of the stage!” —NY Times.
Director: Bob Meals
Producer: Danyle Solomon-Verzinskie
Come Blow Your Horn
by Neil Simon
May 6-8, 10-14, 2016
Alan Baker, a 30-ish swinging bachelor with time, money and women to spare, welcomes rebellious and eager 21-year brother Buddy into his den of iniquity while their horrified parents can only watch and pray. Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy smash,this farcical 60’s romp became a hit movie starring Frank Sinatra.