We conclude the 2021 season with These Shining Lives. These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. It’s the heartwarming story of Catherine Donohue and her friends and their struggle against the Radium Dial Company of Ottawa, Illinois. They were not only fighting for themselves but for all workers who have come after them. This is a work of creative nonfiction inspired by real people and actual events.
Our 2021 Christmas Production - Dashing Through the Snow. It’s four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity. Included in this zany cast of characters are the fabulous Futrelle sisters of Dearly Beloved and Dearly Departed fame. This family friendly comedy by the writing trio of Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The story spans 33 years in the lives of Sheree (the spunky team captain), Dinah (the career dynamo), Lexie (the woman always in search of youth and love), Vernadette (the self deprecating teacher) and Jeri Neal (the ditzy ray of sunshine). These women prove the enduring power of “teamwork” through all of life’s challenges. Poignant and funny, this is a comedy about friendships that last forever.
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their
bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women, a young socialite and a widowed
London matron, to share the cost and experience. With the help of the Italian housekeeper and the
artist who owns the estate, they find friendship and restoration. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again-rediscovering themselves in ways that they could never have expected. The Hartford News describes this as: “The kind of play that reminds you why you love theatre.”
What happens when you mix the brilliant wit of Noel Coward with the intricate plotting of Agatha
Christie? Set during a weekend in an English country manor in 1932, Death by Design is a delightful and mysterious “mash-up” of two of the greatest English writers of all time. Edward Bennett, a playwright, and his wife, Sorrel Bennett, an actress, flee London and head to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. But various guests arrive unexpectedly-each with a long-held secret. When one is murdered, it’s left to Bridgit, the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime. This is a new “classic”.
This laugh-oriented, old-fashioned melodrama is based on Wilkie Collins’s classic. This wild, fast and
funny story features a disreputable (and hilarious) villain who dispatches his adversaries with nefarious ease and even seals his wife in a madhouse to steal her fortune! He battles a wicked countess in an uproarious fight scene and engineers mock funerals but he’s terrified of the mysterious “woman in white” who escaped from the asylum to seek him out. Cheer for the damsel! Throw popcorn and boo at the villain! Don’t miss this delightful play!
A true classic by the grande dame of mysteries. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house
during a snowstorm and one of them is a murderer. The suspects include the married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman on skis. Murder, mystery and intrigue from the foremost mystery writer of her time.
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