Announcing our 2018-2019 Season!
We are pleased to announce our 92nd Season!
September 7-9; 13-16, 2018 – The Children’s Hour – a drama by Lillian Hellman – directed by Barb Mulligan
Two women run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.
Auditions: July 17, 2018; 2 male, 12 female
November 2-4; 8-11, 2018 – Arsenic and Old Lace – a comedy by Joseph Kesselring – directed by Larry Zerega
We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. We also meet the other nephew, Mortimer and his girlfriend Elaine and her father, a minister. Everything is running smoothly until Jonathan, another nephew, shows up.
Auditions: September 11, 2018; 11 male, 3 female
November 27-30; December 1-2, 2018 – Youth Theatre Christmas Fundraiser
Auditions: October 23, 2018
January 4-6; 10-13, 2019 – Dial “M” for Murder – a murder mystery by Frederick Knott – directed by Warren Frank
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn’t baffle the husband: He sees his hireling’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her. Can the Scotland Yard Inspector help our Margot?
Auditions: November 6, 2018; 5 male, 1 female
March 1-3; 7-10, 2019 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – a drama by Dale Wasserman – directed by Jessica Johns Kelly
McMurphy is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. He quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction: a frontal lobotomy.
Auditions: January 8, 2019; 13 male, 3 female
May 3-5; 9-11, 2019 – Over The Tavern – a comedy by Tom Dudzick – directed by Debbie Love
In that most idealized period of 20th-century America, the Eisenhower years of the 1950s, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in their cramped Buffalo apartment. The youngest of the bunch, 12-year-old Rudy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When Rudy goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose.
Auditions: March 5, 2019; 4 male, 3 female
June 6-9, 2019 – Youth Theatre Summer Fundraiser
Auditions: April 16, 2019
Announcing our 2017-2018 Season!
We are pleased to announce our 91st Season!
September 8-10; 14-17, 2017 – Black Coffee – a murder mystery by Agatha Christie – directed by Barb Mulligan
Accomplished physicist Sir Claud Amory has constructed a workable formula for one of the most deadly weapons known to man – the atom bomb. Hercule Poirot, with the help of Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp, is called in after the formula is mysteriously stolen and Sir Claud is callously murdered.
Auditions: July 18, 2017; 10 male, 3 female
November 3-5; 9-12, 2017 – The Haunting of Hill House – a thriller by F. Andrew Leslie & Shirley Jackson –directed by Betsy Gasoske
Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. Their visit begins with jovial informality, but their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences. As they struggle to disguise their mounting fears they are joined by Dr. Montague’s wife and a friend, who have come to Hill House for purposes of their own. They too are absorbed by the supernatural, but their approach is via direct communication with the departed spirits—a type of psychic research which is regarded fearfully by Dr. Montague and which, as subsequent events bear out, brings on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury.
Auditions: September 12, 2017; 3 male, 4 female
December 2017 – Youth Theatre Christmas Fundraiser
Auditions: October 24, 2017
January 5-7; 11-14, 2018 – Picasso at the Lapin Agile – a comedy by Steve Martin – directed by Jim Danek
This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’ agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, Charles Dabernow Schmendimen and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.
Auditions: November 7, 2017; 7 male, 2 female
March 9-11; 15-18, 2018 – Laughter on the 23rd Floor – a comedy by Neil Simon – directed by Tom Kopp
Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince”.
Auditions: January 9, 2018; 7 male, 2 female
May 4-6; 10-12, 2018 – Run for Your Wife – a comedy by Ray Cooney – directed by Rob Corbett
A taxi driver gets away with having two wives in different areas of London because of his irregular working schedule. Complication is piled upon complication as the cabby tries to keep his double life from exploding.
Auditions: March 13, 2018; 6 male, 2 female
June 2018 – Youth Theatre Summer Fundraiser
Auditions: April 17, 2018
Announcing our 2016-2017 Season!
We are pleased to announce our 90th Season!
September 9-11; 15-18, 2016 -Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams – directed by John Austermann
In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds.
November 4-6; 10-13, 2016 – Wait Until Dark by Frederic Knott – directed by Barb Mulligan
A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy.
Auditions: September 13, 2016
December 1-4, 2016 – Youth Theatre Christmas Fundraiser
Auditions: October 18, 2016
January 13-15; 19-22, 2017 – Sylvia by A.R. Gurney – directed by Mark Neels
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.
Auditions: November 8, 2016
March 10-12; 16-19, 2017 – The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch by James L. Rosenberg – directed by Larry Zerega
To the ambitious little town of Gopher Gulch, Sneaky Fitch is a nuisance. When he falls ill there is a sigh of relief, and when he apparently dies (thanks to some suspicious “medicine” administered by the departing Doc Burch) there are few tears. But when Sneaky rises from his coffin the picture changes, for no one dares confront a man who has come back from the dead.
Auditions: January 17, 2017
May 12-13; 18-21, 2017 – Doubt by John Patrick Shanley – directed by Debbie Love
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 improper relations with one of the male students.
Auditions: March 14, 2017
June 8-11, 2017 – Youth Theatre Summer Fundraiser
Auditions: April 18, 2017
Announcing our 2015-2016 Season!
September 11-13; 17-20, 2015 – Moon Over Buffalo a comedy written by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Ginny Austerman
Charlotte & George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac “revised, one nostril version” and Noel Coward’s Private Lives when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.
Auditions July 14, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 4M, 4F
October 23 & 24, 2015 – A Night of One Acts
Auditions September 1, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
November 6-8; 12-15, 2015 – Dracula a drama written John L Balderston & Hamilton Deane (from Bram Stoker). Directed by Dustin Reichmuth
Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitarium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, who goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula.
Auditions September 15, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 6M, 2F
December 2015 – Youth Theatre Christmas Production
Auditions October 13, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
January 8-10; 14-17, 2016 – God of Carnage a drama by Yasmina Reza & Christopher Hampton. Directed by Betsy Gasoske
A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys bring together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just liberal principles in tatters.
Auditions November 10, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 2M, 2F
March 4-6; 10-13, 2016 – The Underpants a comedy written by Steve Martin. Directed by Joe Hanrahan
Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, Theo thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Even though it does not result in the feared scandal, it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes’ home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both of them.
Auditions January 12, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 5M, 2F
May 6-7; 12-15, 2016 – Trip to Bountiful a drama written by Horton Foote. Directed by Britteny Henry
Mrs. Watts is an aging widow living with her son & daughter-in-law in Houston, Texas. Fearing that her presence may be an imposition on others and chafing under the watchful eye of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Watts imagines that if she can get away and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. So she attempts to run away, and when she reaches a bus stop on the last part of her journey, she falls into the hands of a sheriff whom her son & daughter-in-law have put on her trail. The sheriff, a kindly fellow, allows her to complete the final stage of her journey, so she proceeds. What does she find? What does she learn?
Auditions March 8, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 6M, 3F
June 2016 – Youth Theatre Summer Production
Auditions April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
Announcing our 2014-2015 Season!
September 5-7; 11-14, 2014 – Dearly Departed a comedy written by David Botrell and Jessie Jones. Directed by Joe O’Connor
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, “When I die, don’t tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you.” Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
Auditions June 25, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 5M, 6F
November 7-9; 13-16, 2014 – Bus Stop a drama written by William Inge. Directed by Joe Hanrahan
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana. Even as she’s ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, and screeching at him fiercely to shut him up, she pauses to furrow her forehead and muse, “Somehow deep inside of me I got a funny feeling I’m gonna end up in Montana …” As a counterpoint to the main romance, the proprietor of the cafe and the bus driver at last find time to develop a friendship of their own; a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself; and a young girl who works in the cafe also gets her first taste of romance.
Auditions September 9, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 5M, 3F
December 5-7, 2014 – Youth Theatre Christmas Production
Auditions October 21, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 7M, 3F
January 9-11; 15-18, 2015 – Dinner with Friends a drama by Donald Marguiles. Directed by John Austermann
Gabe and Karen, a happily married middle-aged couple, have been friends with Tom and Beth, another married couple, for many years. In fact, it was Gabe and Karen who fixed up their friends in the first place. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen’s home, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful.
Tom, who had been away on business, finds out that Beth has told their friends about the looming divorce, and hastens to Gabe and Karen’s home. Tom and Beth had planned to tell their friends about their breakup together, but Tom now believes that Beth has unfairly presented herself as the wronged party, and feels he must present his own side of the story.
Over the course of the play, we see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives, and we witness the effects of Tom and Beth’s breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage. They also begin to see the real meaning behind their friendships with Tom and Beth.
Auditions November 11, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 2M, 2F
March 6-8; 12-15, 2015 – You Can’t Take It With You a comedy written by George S. Kaufman. Directed by Debbie Love
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa’s interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn’t believe in the income tax.
Auditions January 13, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 9M, 7F
May 1-3; 7-9, 2015 – Fools a comedy written by Neil Simon. Directed by Simon Kaplan
Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.
Auditions March 10, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 7M, 3F
June 5-7; 12-14, 2015 – Youth Theatre Summer Production
Auditions April 14, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 7M, 3F
September 6-8; 12-15, 2013 – LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO a comedy/drama by Alfred Uhry. Directed by Betsy Gasoske
Takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but the German Jewish Freitag family is much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Along the way, the family gets pulled apart and then mended together again with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way.
Auditions July 9, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 3M, 4W
November 8-10; 14-17 2013 – VERONICA’S ROOM a thriller by Ira Levin. Directed by Betsy Belanger-Burnett
This chilling mystery thriller explores the thin line between fantasy & reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its dissolute caretakers, the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long-dead daughter of the family, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica is alive. Once dressed in Veronica’s clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica’s room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?
Auditions September 10, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 2M, 2F
January 10-12; 16-19, 2014 – CROSSING DELANCEY a comedy by Susan Sandler. Directed by Chris LaBanca
This is a charming, romantic comedy set in New York City. The play explores the age old traditional roles of women as expressed by Bubbie, a loveable, feisty, sharp-witted grandma in her eighties, contrasted by the liberated options of the “new woman” explored by her granddaughter Isabelle “Izzy” Grossman. When Bubbie and the matchmaker Hannah try to arrange a date for Izzy with Sam, the local pickleman, a generational and cultural clash erupts! Isabelle has ideas of her own but the conflict is resolved with a generous dose of humor, affection, and wisdom.
Auditions November 12, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 2M, 3F
March 7-9; 13-16, 2014 – ANGEL STREET a drama by Patrick Hamilton. Directed by Barb Mulligan
Angel Street focuses on a seemingly normal couple, Jack and Bella Manningham. It turns out that the suave Jack Manningham is slowly torturing his wife, Bella, into insanity under the guise of kindness. Soon, Bella is visited by a Scotland Yard Inspector, Roughy. He convinces her that her husband is a maniacal criminal wanted for a murder committed 15-years-ago. Bella gains confidence in herself as she and Inspector Roughy work together to build up evidence against Jack..
Auditions January 14, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 2M, 3F
May 9-10; 15-18, 2014 – HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES a comedy/drama by John Guare. Directed by Nikki Lott
Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas. This is much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix stowing a homemade-bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn with a starlet girlfriend in tow. Billy holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. Winner of the 1971 Critics Award and the Obie Award as Best American Play.
Auditions March 11, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. Cast: 4M, 6F