2015 Full Schedule
1 To Be Announced
2 INHERIT THE WIND
Literature of the stage
Debuting in 1955, Inherit the Wind is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial. High school teacher John T. Scopes was put on trial for violating state law prohibiting the teaching of any theory that contradicted the biblical account of divine creation. Two of the most famous lawyers and orators in the land contested the case. Scopes was defended by the legendary Clarence Darrow and the prosecution was led by three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. Darrow's expenses were paid by the Baltimore Sun papers, home of the famed, cynical, journalist H.L. Mencken, who covered the trial. The play includes a love interest, Rachel, and an activist father, the fundamentalist preacher Reverend Brown. The trial is part circus, part revival meeting, and all battle between those who believe the Bible is literally true and those who believe an idea is a greater monument than a cathedral." Scopes lost but the freedom to think prevailed. The play takes place in a small town, in an unnamed state, in the summer time, "not too long ago."
3 THE BIKINIS
The Jersey Girls!
Meet THE BIKINIS: Jodi and Annie, sisters from Paramus, New Jersey: Karla, their slightly mainipulative first cousin from Philly: and their best friend Barbara, from Staten Island. In 1964 they won the Belmar Beach Talent Contest, wearing only their bikinis. And now, to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort, the girl group from the sixties everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun, and all the great songs they sang down on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore. About first love, flower power, and disco, THE BIKINIS is a nonstop celebration of song filled with hits like It's in His Kiss, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Under the Boardwalk, There Boots Are Made for Walkin', Chapel of Love, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Incense and Peppermints, Look What They've Done to My Song Ma, Last Dance, I Will Survive and many more! A nostalgic show anyone of any age will enjoy. This beach party will have you dancin 'in the aisles!
4 ONE BLUE TARP
A piece of fabric ubiquitous to Maine creates the backdrop of a prize-winning play by Orono professor Travis Baker. Ornery homeowner Daivid Stillman is taking a stand. Actually, he is sitting atop a pile of junk in his front yard covered by a big, blue tarp. This lawn ornament is an affront to seasonal neighbor Gail Pritchard who wants to transform the small coastal town of Clara into her vision of what such a place should be. So to David, clutching his rifle, his is a symbolic stand for truth, justice, and the Maine tradition of not bending to the ideas of "people from away" who don't understand that a man's got a right to do what he wants on his own property even if it is an eyesore to tourists and upsets his wife. When wife Joan, daughter Judy, the grandson, a neighbor, and the local law cannot coax David or cajole Gail, the pair must resolve their issues at the Maine bastion of democracy - the town meeting. The eight characters on stage are easily recognizable as family, friends, neighbors, elected officials, or summer visitors. A blue tarp has a whole new meaning. You may even want to buy one. A-yuh.
5 DAMN YANKEES
It's a Home Run!
Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway send-up of love and the American pastime. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate and his devilish assistant Lola, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to win the World Series. This sporty musical comedy is a true American classic with hit songs such as, Six Months Out of Every Year, Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo., Two Lost Souls, You Gotta Have Heart and Whatever Lola Wants. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks .....and tickets!
6 LAUGHING STOCK
Now in its 115th Season, Lakewood Theater was for decades the glittering jewel in the fabric of professional American summer theaters. Laughing Stock goes on stage and backstage at The Playhouse, a rustic New England summer theatre, whose ambitious repertory season includes Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt. The virtuoso farce follows the well-intentioned but over-matched company from outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals through opening nights gone disastrously awry to the elation of a great play well told. Misplaced technical cues, forgotten lines, wrong entrances, eccentric acting and theater games will tickle the funny bone, A rendition of Auld Lang Syne will dampen the eye. With Laughing Stock, a balance is struck between a depiction of everything that can and usually does go wrong with a genuinely affectionate look at the magic that holds theatre companies together. Come experience the magic!
7 NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
On the weekend of his marriage a Jazz-Age playboy finds himself surrounded by bootleggers, rumrunners, chorus girls, politicians, and gold diggers all to the memorable tunes of George and Ira Gershwin. It is 1927. Oft-married Jimmy Winter must now marry someone respectable or his mother will disinherit him. So he's marrying Eileen, the finest interpreter of modern dance in the western world, the daughter of an ultra-conservative senator, the niece of a prohibitionist dowager, and a woman he doesn't truly love. Leaving his bachelor party, a drunken Jimmy meets Billie, Cookie, and Duke, a trio bootleggers looking to stash 400 bottles of booze, In a drunken stupor Jimmy mentions the 40 room estate on Long Island that his family never uses - and passes out. The rest is about all the good things in life - music and laughter and falling in love. Familiar musical numbers include: Someone to Watch over Me, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Fascinating Rhythm, But Not for Me, and I've Got a Crush on You. A new American Classic!
8 CALENDAR GIRLS
Annie and her best friend Chris are members of the Knapely Women's Institute, regional organizations who instruct members in the genteel arts of bread making, knitting, planting flowers, and piano playing, and who offer banal lectures on such subjects as the History of Tea Towels. When Annie's husband John dies from leukemia the two longtime friends resolve to raise money for a settee in the lobby of the local hospital. Remembering John's words that "the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire," and "the last phase of the women of Yórkshire is always the most glorious," the women convince members of a certain age and assorted boby types to pose nude for an "alternative" calendar. When the calendar is a success, Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. The women bare body and soul in a show full of poigneant moments - about friendship, determination and hope; about loss in many forms; about the importance of acceptance, and about knowing when to let go. Based on a true story.
9 THE LADIES MAN
The Ladies Man by the playwright of Figaro, voted best play of the 2014 Season, is a comic confection. The recently married Dr. Hercule Molineaux tells his much younger wife, one, tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie." From that single untruth tumbles a cascade of increasingly convoluted deceptions, misunderstandings, and mistaken identities. Treading the comic minefield are a suspicious wife, a gorgon of a mother-in-law, an outrageously aggressive female patient, her violently jealous Prussian husband, a well-intentioned friend with a serious lisp, a valet with attitude, a maid with a secret, and more slamming doors that realistic architecture should ever accommodate. A maze lurks behind every door, cases of mistaken identity multiply like May-flies, and the bed revolves! It all adds up to a hilariously zany and infectious charming farce.