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Theatre on the Square 2015-2016 SEASON

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Enter Love
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Lupold; Book – Kenny Shepard
September 12 – 27, 2015 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director: Lynn Lupold

A musical about the ever-changing nature of romantic relationships in the first decade of the 21st century. It is set in an international airport, located in a large city somewhere in the mid-west. The production consists of a series of encounters—with dialogue and music—that take place between an assortment of couples and individuals at various locations—arrival and departure concourses, waiting lounges, baggage check, observation deck, and the central location, a bar—in the airport.

“Enter Love contains many sweet notes.” — Chicago Theatre Beat

 

CABARET POE – The Musical (co-production with Q Artistry)
October 3 – 31, 2015 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director:  Ben Asaykwee

 

MISS GULCH RETURNS
BY Fred Barton
October 23 – November 8, 2015 – Stage Two

Brent Marty revives his one-man/one-woman musical comedy written and originally performed by Fred Barton. It is a loose parody of the character of Almira Gulch from the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz as portrayed by Margaret Hamilton. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the show builds on the premise that Almira Gulch was an actress—rather than a character portrayed by an actress—who appeared in The Wizard of Oz (as herself). Songs include Born On A Bike, Pour Me A Man, and I Can Be An Icon, Too.

“The most irresistible hag this side of Kansas.” Indy Star
“A comic romp and a nice way to enjoy adult humor in voice, verse and dress.” – Examiner

[TITLE OF SHOW]
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen; Book by Hunter Bell
November 12-22, 2015 – Stage Two
Director: Holly Hathaway
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something original. With the help of friends Susan and Heidi, Jeff and Hunter write a show about writing a show. [title of show] – taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show] – follows these friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression and is, above all, a love letter to original musical theatre. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.

NAUGHTY AND NICE for the Holidays

A CHRISTMAS STORY (Nice)
By Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark, Leigh Brown, Philip Grecian
November 27 – December 20, 2015 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director:  Lori Raffel

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

“The stage version lightens up a little on the cute, smart-alecky asides … allowing the story mostly to speak for itself….” — NY Times
“The stage adaptation plays like a heart-tugging, best-of version of the movie.” –EW
“No coal in the Christmas stocking for this entertaining family show!” —Hollywood reporter

8 REINDEER MONOLOGUES (Naughty)
By Jeff Goode
November 27, December 20, 2015 – Stage Two
Director: Greg Howard

Eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa. All those rumors you’ve heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph’s little secret? About Vixen’s story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and – believe us – they do not hold back!

“Brilliant. Clever. Wonderful. For those who appreciate stage excellence, this is a must see.” —Drama-logue
“Refreshing, disturbing, hilarious “—Naples Daily News

 

SKYLIGHT
By David Hare
January 22 — February 13 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director: Gari Williams

Actor Bill Simmons stars in this play about Kyra, a young woman who is surprised to see the son of her former lover at her apartment in a London slum. He hopes she will reconcile with his distraught, now widowed, father. Tom, a restless, self-made restaurant and hotel tycoon, arrives later that evening, unaware of his son’s visit. Kyra, who was his invaluable business associate and a close family friend until his wife discovered their affair, has since found a vocation teaching underprivileged children. Is the gap between them unbridgeable, or can they resurrect their relationship?

“A thrilling modern classic.”- Daily Telegraph
“Skylight insists that we take in that larger view, and consider our own places — and choices — as inhabitants of a crowded world.” NY Times; 1996 Olivier Award for play of the year; 1997 Theatre World Special Award for Outstanding Debut Ensemble; 2015 Best Revival of a Play

 

KILLER JOE
By Tracy Letts
February 19 –  March 5, 2016 – Stage Two
Director: Lori Raffel

The first play by the author of August: Osage County, which premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Killer Joe takes the daughter to bed as a retainer against his final payoff which sets in motion a bloody aftermath as the “hit man” meets his match

“White-trash Gothic with a comic-book spin.”  Wes Craven
“One of the best American plays of the past quarter-century.” – Wall Street Journal
“The play is an engaging tale that plays out like a redneck soap opera or a trailer park Shakespearean tragedy.” Chicago Theatre Beat
PASSION
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – Book by James Lapine
March 11 – 26, 2016 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director:  Tim Spradlin

Set in 19th century Italy, this dramatic musical concerns a young soldier and the changes in him brought about by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel’s homely, ailing cousin. The New York Times – Once in an extraordinary while, you sit in a theater and your body shivers with the sense and thrill of something so new, so unexpected, that it seems, for those fugitive moments, more like life than art. Passion is just plain wonderful.

“(Passion is) the most personal and internalized of Mr. Sondheim’s works.” — Variety
“The show’s pervasive appeal to the senses comes through the music, which seems to fill the theater like a churning ocean.” —NY Times

PORNO STARS AT HOME
By Leonard Melfi
April 1 – 23, 2016 – Stage Two
Director: Bill Wilkison

All those people who live fantasy lives up there on the not so silver porno screen what might they be like at home, away from the tacky lighting and cheap interiors of their workaday world? What might they fantasize about? What might they really, really want? One wants to be discovered as a serious actress well, they all more or less want that ; one, a star of gay porno, is actually heterosexual and wants to be recognized as such; another wants a child. At Georgia Lloyd Bernhart’s birthday party which wish, if any, will come true?

“Melfi’s affection for spiritual vagabonds shines through, and there’s a fine glitter to the work in its best moments.” – Village Voice
“A play well worth doing . . . this is the kind of play that makes the N.Y. stage live rather than just exist.” – N.Y. Times

BATBOY: The Musical

Story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
April 29 – May 28, 2016 – Christel DeHaan Main Stage
Director:  Zack Neiditch (co-produced with Zach Rosing)

Inspired by a series of tabloid headlines published in 1992 by The Weekly World News, a group of spelunking West Virginian teenagers discover the creature and the sheriff brings him to the local veterinarian (Dr. Parker’s) home, where he begins to assimilate to human life and become a part of the Parker family while trying to keep his penchant for sucking human blood under control. When Edgar tries to ingratiate himself with the townfolk of Hope Falls, he is quickly rejected, and he and Dr. Parker’s daughter (who fall in love) run away together. After a single night of joyous freedom, tragedy strikes when Meredith finds them and reveals the dark secret of Bat Boy’s origin.

“Smart, playful and funny…a giggling cult hit” —NY Magazine.
“At the end of the show, you’ve been gleefully, outlandishly entertained.” —NY Newsday.
Lucille Lortel Award; 2 Richard Rodgers Awards from the American academy of Arts and Letters
Outer Critics Circle Award

 

TIME STANDS STILL
By Donald Margulies
June 17 – July 9, 2016
Director:  Gari Williams

The play focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

“Goes beyond the personal to explore the moral ambiguities of journalism.” -NYTimes
“Margulies is a supremely intelligent writer” – Chicago Sun-Times

 

RENT
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
July 15 – August 13, 2016
Director: Scott Robinson

20th anniversary of RENT on Broadway!  Set in the East Village of New York City, rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme.

Winner of the TONY Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“This is theatre at its best — exuberant, passionate, and joyous.” — NY Times