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2020 - 2021 Season
The Monologue Show by Don Zolidis (Youth Production)
Directed by Brandi Davis
Produced by Tom Smith
Auditions Online: May 25 - 31
Performance Dates: August 14, 15, 16
It took Mr(s). Banks's drama class three long months to prepare for their monologue show . . . but barely a minute to throw all their plans out the window. From the couple staging their real-life break-up to the garden-gnome thief confessing his crimes, everything that can go wrong will in this flexible collection of hilarious tall tales.
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Adam Davis
Produced by Steven Marsh
Performance Dates: September 24 - October 4, 2020
Auditions: July 26 & 27
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.
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Nancy Lafferty
Produced by Jan Jamison
Performance Dates: November 12 - 22, 2020
Auditions: Took place prior to Covid-19 closures
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.
Christmas at the Playhouse
Performance Dates: TBA
A holiday event to take place at the new Westfield Playhouse.
The Drowsy Chaperone book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Directed by Evan Elliott
Produced by TBA
Performance Dates: January 21 - 31, 2021
Auditions: November 16 & 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
Squabbles by Marshall Karp
Directed by Doug Davis
Produced by TBA
Performance Dates: March 18 - 28, 2021
Auditions: January 2021
This hilarious play pits a father in law against a mother in a comedic succession of squabbles. Jerry Sloan is a successful writer of advertising jingles married to an equally successful lawyer. Living with the happy couple is the not so happy Abe Dreyfus, Jerry's curmudgeon of a father in law. Abe is a funny guy to the audience, not to Jerry. The situation is exacerbated when Jerry's mother Mildred looses her house in a fire and needs a place to stay. Abe and Mildred can't stand each other. This play is one hilarious confrontation after another until the heart warming finale in which the oldsters discover that, really, each is not so bad.
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Max McCreary
Produced by TBA
Performance Dates: May 6 - 16, 2021
Auditions: March 2021
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
Summer Youth Production 2021
Watch for upcoming news of our youth production in the summer of 2021!