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Bad Ideas for Bad Television Shows

By: Don Zolidis

Two desperate NBC executives need a new prime time show and they need it now, so they’ve turned to the general viewing public for help. A ragtag collection of would-be producers show up in droves to submit ideas for the network’s next big hit, pitching everything from a sitcom starring Jean-Paul Sartre to a singing competition in which the contestants are encouraged to sabotage each other. A zany, satirical take on the absurdity of contemporary entertainment that won’t need a canned laugh track.

Recommended for Ages 13+ for Adult situations (comedic innuendo), and mild comedic violence

Dates: October 6-18, 2017 and October 13-14, 2017.

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

By: Edward Albee

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.sweet valentine to a little man with a big heart.

Recommended for Audiences ages 16+ for moderate, infrequent adult language, adult situations and mild violence.

Dates: October 20-November 4, 2017

Miracle on South Division Street

By: Tom Dudzik

 Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks’ 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. And now daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman show about the family miracle so the “whole world will know!” However, as her plans for theatrical immortality unfold, the entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.

Recommended for Audiences ages 10+ for language (infrequent)

Dates: December 1-17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Adapted by: William Glennon

Mr. Glennon has used the Perrault version of this fanciful story as the basis of his charming play, but has added depth of character and believable answers to some of the puzzling questions. We learn how and why the prince was changed into a beast in the first place. We also see the beast’s growth, under Beauty’s subtle guidance, from a raging creature to a man who can be loved for himself. Beauty’s family provides a warm and amusing background to the main plot, and they, too, change for the better.
Recommended for  All Audiences.

Dates: January 19-February 3, 2017

Fahrenheit 451

By: Ray Brandbury

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. With simple sets and uncomplicated staging, this powerful drama is about the inner struggle of Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books, but lately he has become increasingly unsure about what he is doing and about his vegetable-like existence. It is not until he meets 16-year-old Clarisse, who is filled with strange ideas, that he is led into a dangerous and highly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think.

Recommended for: Ages 16+ due to adult situations and violence. There is also moderate, infrequent language.

Dates: March 2-17, 2018

Much Ado About Nothing: Flipped!

By: William Shakespeare

This classic tale of love, wisdom, and wit by William Shakespeare gets Flipped! That’s right, it’s time for Shakespeare to be a part of the Live Arts tradition where the boys play the girls and the girls play the boys!

Dates: April 19-22, 2018

Evelyn in Purgatory

By: Topher Payne

When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year.

A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom.

Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

Recommended for  Ages 16+ due to language.

Dates: July 13-29, 2018