by Larry Shue; direction by Christopher J. Murphy
September 4**, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20, 2014
In this hilarious comedy, a fishing lodge in rural Georgia is a sleepy little place . . . until “the foreigner” arrives. Charlie Baker, the self-proclaimed “world’s dullest man,” is an Englishman so shy that he pretends not to understand English while on holiday. When others begin to speak freely around him, he becomes privy to secrets both frivolous and dangerous, while discovering the adventurous extrovert within.
A Lesson Before Dying
by Romulus Linney, adapted from the novel by Ernest J. Gaines; direction by Thom Hofrichter
October 23**, 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1, 2*, 7, 8, 2014
In 1948 backwoods Louisiana, an innocent black man is convicted of killing a white store owner and is sentenced to die. Because his attorney attempts to mitigate his sentence by arguing he only has the sense of a hog, the man decides to behave like one. A local schoolteacher tries to convince him he is a man, not an animal. As a result, they both regain their dignity as men. This celebrated novel’s wrenching power lies in the grace these characters muster as their only defense against being treated as less than human.
Christmas Potpourri: Songs & Stories for the Season
sketches by Jack Cantey, music compiled by Jim Mergenthal; direction by Thom Hofrichter
December 4**, 5, 6, 7*, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20, 21*, 2014
A joyous combination of songs, both sacred and secular, as well as sketches, both comic and heartfelt, that will put you in the holiday spirit. If you loved our Christmas Revue 2013, you won’t want to miss Christmas Potpourri 2014.
The Savannah Disputation
by Evan Smith; direction by Thom Hofrichter
January 8**, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18*, 23, 24, 2015
Southern charm flies out the window when a young conservative evangelist tries to save the souls of two elderly liberal Catholics. When out argued by the young bible-spouting know-it-all, they arrange for their parish priest to be part of the conversation to make it a fair fight. This blissfully entertaining play is filled with heady and fascinating debate, but along the way there are plenty of laughs in this heaven-sent comedy about the strange boundaries which separate Christians from each other.
Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
adapted with new material by Jack Cantey; direction by Jack Cantey
February 26**, 27, 28, March 6, 7, 8*, 13, 14, 2015
In one of Shakespeare’s most complex and controversial plays, a merchant secures a loan from Shylock, a Jewish money-lender, who will receive a pound of flesh if the loan defaults. Is Shylock simply a bloodthirsty villain or, rather, a victim of an anti-Semitic culture? Christianity and Judaism, vengeance and mercy, comedy and tragedy all collide in a fresh look at this powerful masterpiece. Thom Hofrichter is featured as Shylock.
music, lyrics, and book by Dan Goggin; direction by Thom Hofrichter
May 1**, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18*, 2015
Nunsense is a wildly entertaining, hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a talent show. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating the vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a show to raise money to bury their dearly departed Sisters.