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Here’s a list of the shows in our 2019 season. All performances are at Park Hall in beautiful downtown Ben Lomond.
March 15 – April 7
FOUR OLD BROADS
By Leslie Kimbell
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil
Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation, because things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. On top of that, Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as Beatrice and her conspirators try to outsmart the evil Nurse Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head?
May 10 – June 2
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN
By Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Peter Gelblum
Called “one of the top 10 plays of 2012” by Entertainment Weekly. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs – the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.
NEW WORKS WEEKEND
Produced by Alaina Boys
We will again be staging our New Works Weekend in August, featuring a staged reading of a new play by a local playwright. Each performance will feature a talk back with the cast and playwright.
September 20 – October 20
By Catherine Johnson, with music by ABBA
Directed by Kathie Kratochvil
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée Sky, except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men that she discovers in her mother’s diary and believes to be candidates, but when they all arrive, Sophie’s mother Donna becomes distressed. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends, and the three potential fathers prepare for the big day, emotions run high and surprises abound. The show ran on Broadway for 14 years, and was made into a successful film starring Meryl Streep.
November 22 – December 15
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Bill Peters
Chekov’s masterpiece tells the story of an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage, and her increasingly desperate attempts to save the property. The play’s brilliance lies in its use of a critical historical moment – the aftermath of the abolition of serfdom in Russia – to explore and provide deep insights into families and relationships, all done with humor and intense drama.