2009 - 2010 Theatre Season
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller
“A play of enormous strength and intelligence.” – John McClain, NY Journal-American
“A drama of emotional power and impact.” – Richard Watts, NY Post
The Crucible deals with John Proctor, a man determined to find forgiveness, goodness and redemption in a situation in which society defined truth and goodness according to its own purposes. Few serious American playwrights have captured the imagination of the theatre public all over the world as has Arthur Miller. His play is rooted in a realistically critical view of American life and propelled by the intense personal conviction of a man who cares deeply. In The Crucible he turns for his setting to the grim days of the Salem witch trials, and brings into urgently brilliant focus an issue that still weighs heavily on American culture – the problem of guilt by association. Due to subject matter, this production may not be suitable for young children.
Steel Magnolias by Robert HarlingSteel Magnolias is set in a small town beauty shop in Louisiana on the wedding day of one of its favorite patrons. Sweet Shelby, a young and pretty diabetic, enjoys sharing her excitement with the other women who meet regularly to chat and gossip about men, marriage and the latest hair-styles. Together, the women form a sense of community that is both warmly good-natured and delightfully real. While Shelby’s mother ponders whether the all-pink wedding motif will make “the sanctuary look like it was hosed down with Pepto-Bismol,” and Shelby suffers a slight diabetic attack, we see a tenderness emanating from the spirit of these indomitable women.
Man of La Mancha (Musical) Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion; Music by Mitch LeighTo the scientific, critical, and analytical mind, Don Quixote is an outrage. There is no place for the knight’s kind of reality. His poetic truth is simply madness. The beauty of a harlot’s soul, the heroic quest for the impossible, and the espousal of a chivalric code of honor have no place in the world of the cold-eyed academicians.
Sanson and the Padre and the women are not only disturbed by Don Quixote, they must destroy him, or at least his dream. Don Quixote’s message is pure. It is ennobling. It speaks to the heart. The ignorant man of goodwill understands him. The despised victim of man’s brutality understands him. But the representatives of the established order do not.