Westfield Playhouse is excited to announce their upcoming shows!
The 2019/2020 Main Street Production's Season is sponsored in part by Horizon Bank
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by Jethro Compton
Directed by Veronique Duprey
Produced by Thom Johnson
Performance Dates: September 27 - October 13, 2019
Auditions: August 5 & 6 2019
Journey into the Wild West, 1890 in this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society.
Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro
Directed by Doug Davis
Produced by Bill Miller
Performance Dates: November 15 - December 1, 2019
Audtions: September 2019
Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn't sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O'Hare as bait…we won't give the ending away here.
Lie Cheat and Genuflect by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore
Directed by Jen Otterman
Produced by Ka'Lena Cuevas
Performance Dates: January 17 - February 2, 2020
Auditions: November 2019
The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Tom's infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billy's savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else! There's plenty of money in grandfather Buckle's will, but these two black sheep are pretty sure they'll never see any of that. What else to do but dress Billy up as a nun and have him pose as their cousin who is to inherit the entire fortune?
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Nancy Lafferty
Produced by Jan Jamison
Performance Dates: March 20 - April 5, 2020
Auditions: January 2020
Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
Rumors by Neil Simon
Directed by Brynn Tyszka
Produced by Ka'Lena Cuevas
Performance Dates: May 8 - 24, 2020
Auditions: March 2020
At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
30 Reasons Not to be in a Play by Alan Haehnel (Youth Production)
Directed by Tanya Haas
Produced by Tom Smith
Performance Dates: July 17 - 26, 2020
Auditions: May 2020
Stage kisses, pinkeye, inciting World War III -- these are only a few of the many things that can go wrong during the production of a play. From the author of 15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play comes a full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Adam Davis
Produced by Bill Miller
Performance Dates: September 18 - October 4, 2020
Auditions: August 2020
Hedda Gabler focusses on the frustrated existence of its title character, exploring core issues of power, control, and social expectation. Bored and restricted by her middle-class environment, Hedda plays out her own fantasies and psychological games with those nearest to her to an ultimately costly end.
Annie - Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas Meehan
Directed by Jan Jamison
Performance Dates: Holiday 2020
Auditions: September 2020
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.