Ever since the leading employer left for sunny Georgia, times have been tough in Randolphsburgh, PA. the nation’s leading importer of overcast. Hoping to create a media event that will turn things around, a committee is organizing the dedication of a statue of the town’s only famous citizen, short, bald space shuttle astronaut Dr. Dick Davidson. With three weeks remaining before the gala event, the flirtatious former cheerleader, the avid gardener and school band director, the hypochondriacal shoe salesman, the cynical art history professor and the timid, pistol-packing storekeeper are finding that everything that can go wrong has. Facing certain embarrassment, probable financial liability and possible legal action, the committee reluctantly turns to Randolphsburg’s most hated citizen a vindictive millionaire.
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Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. (Feb 2020)
The Wild Women of Winedale
This joyful and exuberant, yet touching, comedy focuses on the Wild sisters of Winedale, Virginia—Fanny and Willa and their frustratingly quirky sister-in-law, Johnnie Faye. This feisty and fun-loving trio has supported and cheered one another on through life’s ups and downs. And they really need each other now as Fanny faces her 60th birthday, Willa is so stressed out from her nursing job she resorts to vodka and speed-knitting and widowed Johnnie Faye, desperately tries to find a man. With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and surprisingly unorthodox ways to move their lives forward. (May 2020)
The Cover of Life
Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. Deciding they belong on the cover of Life Magazine he assigns Kate Miller to the story. Though she views doing a “women’s piece” as a career set-back, she accepts because it’s her first cover story. Kate’s haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her personal conflicts. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about thestruggle for self worth. (Aug 2020)
The Men of Mah Jongg
Sid Weinberg, a lonely, reclusive widower lives alone in his New York City apartment. Upon opening his mail one day, he discovers a DVD addressed to his deceased wife entitled How to Be a Champion At Mah Jongg. Seeing how his wife was an avid Mah Jongg player, he feels it is a sign from his dearly beloved and goes about trying to convince his three buddies that their hallowed Friday night game of poker be replaced with the female, stigmatized game of Mah Jongg. It is then that the fireworks begin! (Oct 2020)
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
Running a theater is EXPENSIVE! And lately, a lot of our operating costs have been going up. Storage, rental of our performance facility, and more. And recent musicals have been pretty pricey, too! Musicals are tough. Musicals are demanding. But, mostly, musicals are expensive! Some of you may not know that the royalties for a musical are often four times the cost of a straight play and the very talented musicians who accompany need to be compensated. So, here’s where we pass the figurative”hat.”
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