Doubt: A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Robin Sutton
October 5 - 21 at 7:30
Sunday Matinee October 15 at 2pm
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school
principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young
Father Flynn of troublesome conduct.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.
“All the elements come
invigoratingly together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley’s provocative
new play, DOUBT, a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior
that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of
moral certainty. Something rare for this season: a laudable new American
“How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite
ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolic playwright so far.
Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set
in 1964 but could not be more timely. In just ninety fast-moving minutes,
Shanley creates four blazingly individual people. DOUBT is a lean, potent
drama…passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.” —NY Newsday.
“A beautifully balanced drama. Shanley is a writer working at the top of his
craft, making the most of a muted but evocative palette in the pursuit of
truth’s shadows. Here, for the first time in a long time, is a play that is about
something.” —Chicago Tribune.
“An eloquent and provocative investigation
of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery, tightly written.”
—Time Out NY.
DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE
On Golden Pond
by Ernest Thompson
directed by Robin Sutton
Underwritten in loving memory of
Nov 30 - Dec 16
Sunday Matinee December 10 at 2pm
October 9 & 10
This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing
memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and
her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer
together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.
“ON GOLDEN POND is a work of rare simplicity and beauty, and in
Thompson our theatre has found a fresh new voice.” —NY Daily News.
“…a rare and memorable theatrical experience…” —Variety.
“What courage it
must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so
much affection in it!” —The New Yorker.
DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
by Brian Clark
directed by Nancy Woods
Fully Underwritten by
Cynthia C. Christner
Thursdays through Saturdays
February 8-24 at 7:30
Sunday Matinee February 18 at 2pm
A brilliant battle of wits takes place in this extraordinary play. Ken
Harrison, a successful sculptor, is paralyzed in a car accident and kept
alive by support systems in a hospital. Outwardly he's cheerful and often
very funny, but he's overwhelmed by the fact that he has lost control of
his own life. As the play begins, he is coming to the decision that if he
can't live as a man, he does not want to exist as a medical achievement.
His physician, however, is utterly determined to preserve Ken's life,
regardless of its quality. Finally, despite the pleas of the doctor and his
involved nurse, Ken invokes the law of habeas corpus and a judge joins
the battle to determine "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"
"A battle of ideas and a battle for life. It is a rare successful effort to use a
tense and provacative argument, carried on in unashamed vigor and
prolixity, with a play that lives and moves." -The New York Times
"As relevant today as it was when it won the Society of West End Theatre's
best play award." -London Theatre Guide
DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY
The Burial at Thebes
by Seamus Heaney
directed by Kathryn Sutton
Sunday Matinee April 14
Feb 12 & 13
In The Burial at Thebes, a young woman defies the law of the king with
violent and tragic consequences. This version of Sophocles' original
play 'Antigone' explores the dangers of pride and absolute belief
regardless of personal, political and moral consequences especially in
the eternal struggle between the individual and the state, between
conscience and society and between divine law and human law.
Adapted from the original play 'Antigone' by Sophocles.
Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney’s concise, accessible and
lyrical translation speaks clearly to modern audiences without sacrificing
the play’s classic grace.
“A Young Girl Before the King: Seamus Heaney takes possession of a
classic and in the process gives us a play for our time.” -The Irish Times
by N. Richard Nash
directed by Jay Thompson
May 30 - June 15
Sunday Matinee June 9 at 2pm
April 8 & 9
At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West we discover a girl whose
father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future
as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is
indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her
off, without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat,
when suddenly, from out of nowhere, appears a picaresque,
sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a
“rainmaker,” the man promises to bring rain, for $100. It’s a silly idea, but
the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family nally
consents, banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Meanwhile, the
rainmaker also turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has
a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father believes
the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love.
"[The Rainmaker's] underlying theme - the need for faith in oneself and
others - is universal." - Chicago Reader
"The notion of dreams coming true might seem a preposterous conceit in
a more cynical era, yet The Rainmaker, N. Richard Nash's unabashedly
optimistic 1953 teleplay-turned-Broadway-hit, still has the power to keep
disbelief at bay [...] After nearly half a century, The Rainmaker still makes a
handsomely staged case for miracles."
- Los Angeles Times
“The Rainmaker” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on
behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
with Mark Bendiksen
One night only!
December 21 at 7:30
Join us for an evening of holiday singing and help raise FUNds for StageCenter. Season Tickets/Flex Passes cannot be used for this event.
by Noel Coward
directed by Jennifer Hargis
Underwritten by Alan Bryant
August 1 - 17
Sunday Matinee August 11 at 2pm
June 3 & 4
Noël Coward’s Present Laughter follows a self-obsessed actor in the
midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego and libido,
the theater’s favorite leading man suddenly nds himself caught
between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and
unexpected twists. At the center of his own universe sits matinee idol
Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be
having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is
largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he
escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanors is
discovered. And all hell breaks loose.
"Sharp, withering and funny." -The New York Times
"Sharpness and wit...in each succeeding act." -New York Post
“...Noel Coward's sublime comedy of manners is as delightful, delicious,
and ‘delovely’ as ever.” -NY1
“Present Laughter” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals
on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com