See & Be Scene

One night only!  Monday, December 2nd, 2019 @ 7p

This is an inside look into plays for the 2020-2021 season. The evening includes up to 8 excerpts from 8 shows under consideration, in a staged reading format.  Admission is free for Subscribers, Members and Donors, but tickets are available to the general public for $15.  

The bar will be open for happy hour 1 hr. before curtain, and remain open following the presentation. Grab a drink, come back in and let us know what you think!
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Directors:
Steve H. Broadnax  
Kathryn MacMillan
   Claire Moyer    Paige Price    Amina Robinson

Actors:
     Jen Childs  Walter DeShields  Scott Greer  Donnie Hammond
Stephanie Hodge 
Jessica Johnson   Todd Lawson
Campbell O’Hare  Alison Ormsby  Erlina Ortiz  Brandon Pierce
Michaela Shuchman  Blake Stadnik  Anne Tolpegin  Damien Wallace

Here is a glimpse at some of the plays we are considering this season:

Alabaster
By Audrey Cefaly

A darkly comic southern drama about love, art, and the power of women. This heart-wrenching story of a reclusive Alabama folk artist won the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. After a tornado barrels through town leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When a prominent photographer visits to take pictures of June’s scars, both are forced to reconcile the pain of loss and recovery. This Kilroys List drama explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.

First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II (a play in two acts)
Director Steve H. Broadnax 

The First Deep Breath tells the story of Pastor Albert Jones and his family as they plan a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her passing. But when Abdul-Malik, the eldest son he blames for her death returns home from prison, the entire Jones family is forced to confront a hornet’s nest of long-buried family secrets. Old skeletons claw their way to the dinner table, picking at the scraps of Mother Bethel Baptist’s First Family. The First Deep Breath finds each member of the Jones family desperately fighting to stay afloat, but sometimes the family that stays together drowns together.
Lee Edward Colston II, is a Philly native, former prison guard turned actor, playwright, director, acting teacher, writing coach, and author.

John Proctor is the Villain, by Kimberly Belflower (a Kilroy Play in two acts)
Director Kathryn MacMillan

In a one stop town in present-day Georgia, a high school class explores the seminal American classic, The Crucible.  But while Miller’s play was originally a commentary on McCarthyism, the students begin to see similarities between the play and their own lives. As scandal swirls in their community and beloved figures are unmasked, the play becomes uncomfortably relevant for the students. The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-MeToo examination of power, love, and sex education.

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (a musical in two acts)
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tonys, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.

Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up.

Featuring two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, the masterpiece Sweeney Todd is sure to both thrill and delight audiences.

Tell Me I’m Not Crazy (a comedy in two acts)
By Sharyn Rothstein
Director Claire Moyer

Forced into retirement and unsettled by the changing world around him, Sol Koening buys himself a gun—and his family is up in arms. His wife Diana thought they’d spend more time together and with the grandkids, but Sol’s new hobby puts a bullet in that plan. Meanwhile, their son Nate is trying to be a good stay-at-home dad while his jet-setting wife Alisa climbs the corporate ladder, and school is calling with concerns about their kid.  Tell Me I’m Not Crazy asks how one small firearm redefines a family and how two generations confront what it means to succeed and to sacrifice in America today.

Tell Me I’m Not Crazy is a Williamstown Theatre Festival Commission.

Too Heavy for Your Pocket (a play in two acts)
By Jiréh Breon Holder

Director Amina Robinson

Bowzie Brandon, his wife Evelyn, and their best friends Tony and Sally-Mae see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family’s life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. Too Heavy for Your Pocket is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.

Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder was recently named one of “Tomorrow’s Marquee Names, Now in the Making” by The New York Times. Previously seen at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and in an extended Off Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre, Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the recipient of the 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award.

Triangle (a musical in two acts)
Music by Curtis Moore
Lyrics by Thomas Mizer
Book by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore and Joshua Scher

One hundred years after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, two love stories set in the same New York City building, but a hundred years apart, begin to weave together. Brian, an awkward but driven medical researcher in the current-day lab, begins to see the ghost of Sarah, an immigrant who worked at the factory at the turn of the century.  Their stories become irrevocably linked across the century as long-buried secrets are uncovered and ghosts of the past begin to influence the future.

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