by Tom Stoppard
Scott Kaiser guest directs: Robinson Theatre Ages 16+
November 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23
Winner! 1995 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
Winner! 1994 Olivier Award for Best Play
Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits the attraction Newton left out.
Landscape of the Body
By John Guare
Jean Sidden directs: Hope Theatre Ages 13+
Jan 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, Feb 1, 2
One of John Guare’s classic plays, Landscape of the Body tells the story of Betty, who travels to New York to persuade her sister, Rosalie, to leave her gritty New York City life and return to their bucolic home in Maine; Rosalie is killed in a bizarre accident and returns to the world of the living to witness Betty slipping easily into her persona, moving into her apartment and taking over her job while Betty’s son loses his country innocence and becomes involved in the street life of Greenwich Village. After he is found dead, Betty is suspected of his murder. Moving back and forth in time and space, Guare’s play is a revealing and affecting study of the American Dream gone awry.
Ecstasy: a Water Fable
by Denmo Ibrahim
Michael Najjar directs: Hope Theatre Ages 16+ (profanity, violence)
March 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16
Stories are written in water, spells are cast through washing, and to drink either creates your life or rips it from you. In this dangerous water world, three uniquely lost characters struggle to remember, and pray to forget. A man devotes his life’s work to a tragically simple task. A young woman is haunted by past images not her own. And an elder, submerged in a flood of old pictures, fights to remember a story that slowly seduces her into it. Inspired by 9th century Sufi fable, “When the Waters Were Changed,” Visceral, physical storytelling at its best.
Spring Awakening THE MUSICAL
music by Duncan Sheik book and lyrics by Steven Sater
John Schmor directs: Robinson Theatre ages 16+
Apr 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Franz Wedekind’s controversial 1891 symbolist play about the exhilaration and tribulation of adolescent sexuality in full bloom. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the power and poignancy of crossing the threshold between innocent youth and knowing adulthood, with passion and poetry you will never forget.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
adapted & directed by La Donna Forsgren: Hope Theatre
Based on the book by Lewis Carroll
May 30, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9
Super bright, feisty eight-year-old Alice Quivery challenges the strictures of Victorian society by happily following a pocket watch-toting White Rabbit down a magical hole into the quirky world of Wonderland. Help Alice as she tromps through a fantastical forest and struggles to grasp nonsensical celebrity Tweets, learn hip hop dance moves, and win a battle of wills with a Hatter who considers Twilight a serious work of nonfiction. Appropriate for all ages, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland powerfully recasts the beloved children’s classic by artfully infusing Victorian mores with modern popular culture.