Into The Woods
Into the Woods, a Tony Award-winning musical composed by Stephen Sondheim with book by James Lapine was be presented in the Shanklin Theatre on November 2008.
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Diane Brewer
The most widely acclaimed and influential female playwright of the decade, Sarah Ruhl imaginatively and lyrically recounts the classic Greek myth of Orpheus, only this time through the eyes of the heroine. After tragically dying on her wedding day, Eurydice must face a surreal underworld, including a raining elevator, a swim across a memory-erasing river, and a chorus of talking stones. This Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright utilizes powerful imagery and a sense of wonderment to gently move audiences through an enduringly appealing story of love and its fragility.
September 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30 pm
September 23 & 30 @ 2:00 pm
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
A musical by Rupert Holmes
Original Broadway production produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer
Directed by R. Scott Lank
Musical Direction by Gregory B. Rike
Inspired by Charles Dickens' final (and unfinished) novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, this thriller garnered the 1986 Tony Award for Best Musical, in addition to winning Best Book and Best Score. After a young groom, Edwin Drood, disappears one stormy night, a veritable smorgasbord of eccentric characters are suspected to have played a role in the bizarre mystery. Grand musical numbers are interspersed with the twists and turns of a tightly woven whodunit culminating in an unusual finale with audience members voting on the hilarious resolution.
November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @ 7:30 pm
November 11 & 18 @ 2:00 pm
The Heidi Chronicles
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by R. Scott Lank
Winner of the 1989 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this comedic and poignant play by Wendy Wasserstein is an unflinching portrayal of the Baby Boom generation's coming of age. Following Heidi and her friends over 23 years, Wasserstein deftly explores the women's rights movement and its effects on a group of intelligent and well-educated women attempting to succeed in a male-dominated world. Audiences will be left in awe at the huge strides made by women in their attempt to "have it all" and pondering the hurdles still remaining in today's society.
February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30 pm
February 17 & 24 at 2:00 pm
Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by John David Lutz
One of William Shakespeare's most popular and well-known plays, Romeo and Juliet is set in the lush Italian city of Verona. This romantic tragedy features an adolescent couple inevitably drawn to one another, despite a deep-seated family feud. Rebelling against the demands of their kinsfolk, the teenagers wed in secrecy, and the repercussions disrupt the entire city and drag others into a vortex of misunderstandings and revengeful plots. Beloved and recognizable characters combine with exquisite and memorable poetry to make this particular Shakespearean play easily accessible and always an audience favorite.
April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30 pm
April 14 & 21 @ 2:00 pm
May Studio Theatre
By Anton Chekhov
In a new version by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Aaron Fentress, a senior theatre generalist from Henderson, Nevada
When a group of artists gather on a Russian country estate to share their latest creations, romantic triangles erupt, dreams blossom, andpassions flare. Considered to be the first masterpiece of renowned playwright Anton Chekhov, The Seagull’s rich language is brought to new heights in this new sharp-witted version.
October 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 14 @ 2:00 p.m.
Crimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley
Directed by Collin Matthew Jones, a senior theatre generalist from New Albany, Indiana
As the Magrath women reunite at their ancestral home to face their patriarch’s impending death and the possibility of prison for their baby sister, the inevitable opening of childhood wounds creates rivalries and shifting sibling loyalties. In the grand tradition of Southern writers, Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play brilliantly uses the seductive charm of dark humor and razor-sharp dialogue to create fresh and fascinating characters.
March 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
March 17 @ 2:00 p.m.