1999-2000

CLOUD 9
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Marc Geller
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Both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes especially towards sex. There is Clive, a British functionary, his wife Betty (played by a man), their daughter Victoria (a rag doll), Clive’s friend Harry an explorer, Mrs. Saunders who runs about dressed in a riding habit, Clive’s son Edward who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman and Joshua a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on. What really is going on is a marvelous send up and a non-stop round robin of sexual liaisons. All this time the natives are restless in the background. The second act shifts to London in 1980 except for the surviving characters it is only twenty five years later and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated along with the Empire.
 
THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
By Sean O’Casey
Directed by Dermott O’Brien
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This play is gripping from beginning to end. It has to do with the futile efforts of the leader of one of the Irish revolutions. He is finally killed and his wife goes mad after losing her unborn child.
 
ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS
By George F. Walker
Directed by Charles P. Armesto
February 9 – March 5, 2000
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A very funny, very black, slice-of-life comedy that reveals how a family – an enormously dysfunctional family – deals with police brutality when a bizarre incident provokes police involvement.
 
OUR TOWN
By Thorton Wilder
Directed by Mary Boyer
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Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die.
 
LAST CHANCE FOR HAPPINESS
By Joel Greenhouse
Directed by Lester Thomas Shane
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Join the Ginsbergs during their 1959 summer in The Catskills as described by playwright Joel Greenhouse. Last Chance for Happiness is the very funny and touching tale of a Bensonhurst housewife who must decide between staying home, continuing to be the homemaker she never wanted to be, or leaving everything and everyone behind to follow her dream. In fact, each member of the Ginsberg clan harbors a dream (at times in conflict with reality) and it is a summer of revelations.
 
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Terry Schreiber

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The Cherry Orchard is the story of a mortgage, with the grounds and beautiful trees of the proud landowners going for sale at a public auction to pay off their debts to the boorish son of a peasant who has risen in the world. Mme Ranevskaya’s family departs to take up their lives anew, leaving the old and forgotten Firs to die alone as the woodsmen’s axes thud ironically against the cherished trees.

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