The Blue Flower
By Jim and Ruth Bauer, directed by Kit Baker
9/22/16 – 10/16/16
An artist sits on a bench in Central Park putting the finishing touches on the book of his life. Suddenly his mind’s eye is thrust back to the maelstrom of events that brought him to that point and the circle of revolutionary artists and lovers who lived through them by his side – Paris in the Belle Époque, the trenches of the First World War, the Cabaret Voltaire, Berlin during the Weimar Republic. His imaginary guide leads him on a Dante-like journey back to the fateful choice that changed his life forever as an eight piece band – complete with pedal steel – takes us on a kaleidoscopic romp through history that is part Kurt Weill and part Hank Williams (“sturm n’ twang”). Can he find the answer he seeks? The Blue Flower, named after the symbol used by romantic poets of the 18th and 19th centuries to signify the search for artistic perfection, weaves together video, cabaret, dance, and humor into a dreamlike evocation of a quest for redemption.
The Snow Queen
By Ron Nicol, directed by Lowery Moyer
11/16/16 – 12/23/16
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
“The Snow Queen” is not your average children’s show. This adaptation by Ron Nicol takes the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and brings it to life for the whole family. A visual spectacle of magical characters, puppets, and costumes which take on a life of their own, this show tackles the raw human emotions like grief, pain, jealousy and fear that accompany true love in all its forms. The setting is Denmark, Lapland, and Finland, but more importantly, it is cold and magical, where anything can happen. Soulmates Kai and Gerda find their true love tested by the Snow Queen and her magic when Kai is abducted and has all memory taken from him in an attempt to keep him in captivity. Good and evil battle the human heart and its complexity, proving in the end, that love can conquer the darkest secrets we keep in the corners of our souls.
That Championship Season
By Jason Miller, directed by Laura Jones
2/2/17 – 3/5/17
Following their annual custom, five men — a high school basketball coach, now retired, and four members of the team that he guided to the state championship twenty years earlier — meet for a reunion. The occasion begins in a light-hearted mood but gradually, as the pathos and desperation of their present lives are exposed and illuminated, the play takes on a rich power of rare dimension. As the evening progresses, all that these men were — and have become — is revealed and examined with biting humor and saving compassion. In the end, self-preservation, abetted by the unconscious cynicism and bigotry of their coach, draws them together. But they are lost, morally bankrupt men holding onto fraudulent dreams that have poisoned their present lives and robbed them of the future that was once so rich in promise.
Blue Kitchen & The Blue Kitchen Craic
A one act play A cabaret piece of songs, Written & directed by poetry & prose
Eric Prince directed by Eric Prince
3/30/17 – 4/30/17
“Last night she came to me. My dead love came in…” Ava loves her kitchen. Her family. Her music. Her view from the window. The shrubs in flower. She’s preparing dinner for guests who may never arrive. She cooks. She dances. She recalls a happy childhood in Donegal. She’s haunted by a song. And a memory. Haunted to the depth of her being. Then the unexpected happens. An astonishing visitation. All becomes clear. Not quite dark. Not quite light. But astonishingly clear.
A classic farce by French playwright, Marc Camoletti
directed by Jonathan Farwell & Deb Note-Farwell
5/25/17 – 6/25/17
It’s the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.