The 2008-2009 season consists of:
A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen
Oct. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 @ 8:00 pm; Oct. 5 @ 2:00 pm
An intense and riveting psychological drama about how a wife’s dedication to her husband reveals cruel truths about power and gender. Critics credit this 1879 drama with helping to initiate the modern feminist movement and paving the way for the gradual acceptance of divorce. This classic questions the traditional premise of marriage and presages the coming storm of change that will engulf European and American culture at the dawn of the 20th Century
directed by Augustine Ripa
THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl
Nov. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 @ 8:00 pm; Nov. 9 @ 2:00 pm
Mathilda hates to clean. Virginia loves to clean. Lane doesn’t have to clean. Mathilda, from Brazil, is unhappy cleaning Lane’s house. She would prefer to be a professional comedian. Lane, a doctor, takes Mathilda to the hospital in the hopes of curing her depression. As Lane’s life slowly unravels, Mathilda continues to search for the perfect joke. This award-winning play is a work of uncommon romance and unique comedy.
directed by Pam Pepper
HOUSE OF YES by Wendy MacLeod
Dec. 5-7 @ 8:00 p.m.
The Pascals, for whom the clock stopped with the Kennedy assasination, are shut in as a Thankgiving hurricane swirls outside. Arriving ahead of the storm's eye are Jackie-O's twin brother, Marty and his fiancee Lesly. The obsessive Jackie is keen to renew her long-running incestuous affair with Marty, which is fine by the mother, who's still lamenting her husband's desertion, and by puppyish younger brother Anthony who immediately desires Lesly. The resulting battle over Marty becomes something of a class struggle between the Pascals' poetic insanity and Lesly's plebian pragmatism.
directed by Allison Targoff ‘10
WINTERTIME by Charles Mee
Feb 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 @ 8:00 pm; Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm
A modern farcical look at the divine insanity of love! Jonathan brings girlfriend Ariel to his parents’ cottage with big plans for a romance. But when Mom and Dad arrive—separately, and with their respective lovers in tow—his plans are quickly eclipsed by a hilariously twisted family feud. Romance gives way to accusation and jealousy as this snow-bound gathering loses control in a weekend of slamming doors, tears, laughs, and insights into how to manage the craziness of love.
directed by Kashi Johnson
The Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also on board is May, who shares her seat with a charming young flyer, Raleigh. Religious and bookish, May plans to be a missionary. Raleigh has been given a medical discharge and, inspired by West and Fitzgerald, is heading to New York to be a writer. Raleigh and May discover they are from neighboring Appalachian towns, and he decides to change trains for Kentucky, promising to take May to the next Nibroc Festival. Scene Two finds May and Raleigh at the festival, but a year and half later. Unfit for war, and needing to support his parents, Raleigh has been working in a Detroit factory. May is teaching school and dating an itinerant preacher. When Raleigh confronts her, May admits her prejudices against his family. It is not until the following spring as they sit on May's front porch, watching a lumberyard fire in the distance, that the two are finally able to resolve their differences and discover the depth of their feelings. May accepts Raleigh's sudden proposal to elope, as the sky grows red like a sunrise.
directed by Sara B Rowen '09
Black Box production
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard
Mar. 27, 28, April 1, 2, 3, 4 @ 8:00 pm; Mar. 29 @ 2:00 pm
Virginia M. and Bernard R. Hale ’30 Production
In Stoppard’s best-known work, Hamlet gets comically turned on its head through the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern—two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. The humorous duo struggles heroically to fulfill their purpose, caught up in a world where reality and illusion intermix and where fate leads them to their inescapable end.
directed by Hilary Kissinger, ’09
Diamond Theater • $12