Ladies and Gentlemen…our new season…
Theatre on the Square 2014-2015 SEASON

Calendar Girls                 
by Tim Firth (Indy Premier*)
September 12 – October 11, 2014

Winner! What’s On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

Calendar Girls, with a script by Tim Firth who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered the theatre.” – The Telegraph

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Lightning and Jellyfish
by Lou Harry (World Premiere*)
October 17 – November 8, 2014

Set in a rock-and-roll poster shop in the ’80s, Lightning and Jellyfish takes a realistic one-set play and explodes it, taking us into the hearts—and futures—of its characters. It’s about an evening in the life of a young woman on the brink of change–change that she’s trying to convince herself that she’s ready for. Realism vs. romanticism. Youth and frustration. Coming-of-age as a process rather than as moment. It’s about what we forgive in others and ourselves.
It’s about making a connection right now. It’s about that Flock of Seagulls T-shirt at the bottom of your drawer and whether Springsteen or Dylan wrote a better wedding song.

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Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical  
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls and Book by Betsy Kelso
November 14 – December 20, 2014

It’s Christmastime in the Armadillo Acres mobile home community, and everyone is filled with visions of kegnog and beer. In this fun-loving and raucous sequel to THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, you’ll meet new residents of north Florida’s premiere mobile home community, including Darlene (the neighborhood Scrooge), her boyfriend Jackie, and Rufus (a redneck with a heart of gold). Longtime Armidillo Acres residents Betty, Lin, and Pickles are back with voices as big as their hair, but when a freak accident strikes Darlene, everyone’s Christmas cheer will be put to the test. Saddle up and jingle your bells over to the Hipp this summer for an all-new, all-trailer-park holiday extravaganza and catch up with Starke, Florida’s rowdiest residents for a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’, good-ole festive Hipp summer musical good time!

“It is wicked funny. If your toe isn’t tappin’ you’re likely dead … or maybe just terminally prudish.”Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

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Late Night Catechism   
by Vickie Quade and Maripat Donovan 
January 2 – January 24, 2015

Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part stand-up routine. It’s an interactive comedy, one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history. The New York Times calls it, “hilarious, well-written and inspired.” Jeffrey Lyons from TV’s Sneak Previews calls Late Nite Catechism “something to savor and enjoy….one of the most intimate, rewarding shows in town.” You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles

This production is co-produced by TOTS and Entertainment Events, Inc.

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Wolves      
by Steven Yockey (Indy Premiere*)    
January 30 – February 28, 2015

In Wolves, two men’s folie à deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben’s apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This “deconstruction” of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe. Listed in Out Magazine’s Top-10-Stage-Plays of 2012!

“Playwright Steve Yockey fractures a familiar yarn – the Red Riding Hood story – into a prismatic and sometimes lacerating refl ection of the monsters that lurk in the streets of the big city – and also within.” – Los Angeles Time.

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An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
by Shel Silverstein
March 6 – April 4, 2015

Welcome to the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant. The ten imaginative plays in this collection range widely in content, but the style is unmistakable.

“Shel Silverstein — cartoonist, songwriter, author and playwright — was a beautiful oddball, and his quirky comedy is the best reason to catch the hour-long An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein.” – The Washington Post

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Rapture, Blister, Burn    
by Gina Gianfriddo (Indy Premiere*)
April 10 – May 2, 2015

After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.

“Thoughtful, funny…One of the top ten plays of 2012.” —Entertainment Weekly.

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Becoming Dr. Ruth
by Mark St. Germain (Indy Premiere*)
May 8 – 30, 2015

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”, Americaʼs most famous sex therapist.

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The Perfect “10” - A Dramatic Comedy with Music
Story and Original Music by Sean Baker(World Premiere*)

June 5 – July 4,2015

After a separation from a long-term relationship, a hilarious, self-foiling sexual conquest ensues in hopes of recapturing lost years chasing fantasies of youthful beauty.

Local performer Sean Baker “the music maker” has written a semi-autobiographical story loosely inspired by the classic 1979 film starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek. Baker is quoted saying, “This is not a campy spoof or remake of the film, but an original story that pays loving homage to film writer/director Blake Edwards by using trademarks such as slapstick humor mixed with uncomfortable, poignant reality to tell a story that deals with themes such as mid-life crisis, ageism, male menopause, online voyeurism, sexual objectification, and relationships that define various family types.”

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Love, Loss and What I Wore
By Nora and Delia Ephron (a fundraiser for TOTS produced by Roger Schmeltzer)
July 10 – August 1, 2015

Written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, the show is a scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear. Accessorizing these tales — which are mostly comic but often sad or sentimental too — are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear, the sisters who’ve got your back.

“This play not only charms but jump starts the reader’s own apparel-related memories…” – Curtain Up

* Per Merriam-Webster Dictionaries: A premiere (or première, from the French première, meaning “first”) refers to the debut (first public performance) of a finished body of work.