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Theatre on the Square 2014-2015 SEASON
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Late Night Catechism
by Vickie Quade and Maripat Donovan
January 2 – January 24, 2015
Catechism classes are never as much fun – or as hilarious – as when they are led by Sister in the international hit comedy Late Nite Catechism by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan.
Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back – sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully – to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school, with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.
This production is co-produced by TOTS and Entertainment Events, Inc.
by Steven Yockey (Indy Premiere*)
January 30 – February 28, 2015
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.