April 20-23, 27-30
Peter Knight is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion where another author was murdered years before. A weird electrical storm effects a cosmic snafu, bringing his fictional characters to life – including a lovely ingenue, the trusty butler, a feisty Miss Marple-type, a dauntless hero, a fascinating "other woman," the hapless serving girl, and the wily lawyer, all waiting for midnight to read a will. Peter loses control of his characters and learns a murder is in the works…and he is the intended victim! Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets his author?
June 1-4, 8-11
Bert Cates, a 1920’s schoolteacher, is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead creationism. Cates’ girlfriend Rachel, the daughter of Reverend Brown, is torn between the opposing beliefs held by Cates and her father and her love for both of them. INHERIT THE WIND made its stage debut in 1955. The story fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial as tiny Hillsboro Tennessee brings in two world-famous, powerhouse attorneys to argue the case. The debate over creationism versus evolution still exists today and will spark conversation and insight into the topic.
July 13-16, 20-23
Two Little League coaches embark on a tumultuous journey through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher, while Michael is a newcomer both to the town and to baseball. He's a corporate executive who agrees to be Don's assistant because he wants a special activity with his son, who's never played baseball before. Despite their differences, Michael and Don form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team. And over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team.
August 17-20, 24-27, 2017
The sleepy factory office of Chunkibix Ltd. is run by domineering and pompous Mr. Price-Hargreaves whose assistant, the shy and downtrodden Mr. Bloome, is under his thumb and generally treated badly. That is until a flasher chases a young female across the Common, and Bloome is accused by the victim and a police detective! Surprisingly the female workers in the office, to whom Bloome had previously been all but invisible, suddenly find him sexually interesting and almost a hero figure. So satisfying is Bloome’s transformation and newly-found confidence that when the young victim discovers she had made a mistake in identifying him as her assailant, Bloome becomes increasingly desperate to keep her quiet.
October 5-8, 12-15
Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, this marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young he almost drowned; this trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, trying to break away from his family tradition of a long line of Kentucky preachers, works as a mechanic for the boy’s father. The town lacks a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to overcome his fear of water.
November 30 - December 3, 7-10
The inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas—four doublewides and a shed—are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. It’s not as if they don’t already have enough to deal with! But these friends, enemies, and neighbors realize they’ll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they—and their way of life—have a snowball’s chance to survive being swallowed up by “the big guys.” The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale.