2020-2021 SEASON

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SHE LOVES ME
September 18 – October 18, 2020
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

The heart wants to sing…

With bubble baths, perfumes and more, the staff at Maraczek’s want their patrons to feel as glamorous as Garbo. While clerks Georg and Amalia clash, each has answered a lonely hearts ad and is finding passion in letters from lovers they’ve never actually met. With sweet songs such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” this elegantly romantic musical comedy has an impressive pedigree: score by Fiddler on the Roof’s Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, book by Cabaret author Joe Masteroff, and the basis of the hit movie You’ve Got Mail.


Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
October 29 – November 29, 2020
Adapted by Ken Ludwig

The heart wants mystery…

Detective Hercule Poirot is on board Agatha Christie’s witty mystery, adapted for the stage with comic flair by playwright Ken Ludwig. Set on the greatest train in the world – the Orient Express in 1934 – the grand production will be rendered in Art Deco scenic design, costumes to the nines, and a magnificent soundtrack. Passengers include royalty, staff, and a sassy Midwestern socialite who all become suspects after a body is found. It’s a wild ride that will force Poirot to question the difference between justice and law.


SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
January 21 – February 21, 2021
Based on the Screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the Stage by Lee Hall
Music by Paddy Cunneen

The heart wants to play…

Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the stuffy Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy?


TWO TRAINS RUNNING
March 4 – April 3, 2021
By August Wilson

The heart wants some sugar…

In 1969, as the civil rights movement ignites across America, Memphis faces a battle of his own in Pittsburgh where the city wants to raze his Hill District restaurant for an urban renewal project. As the world faces rapid change, Memphis and his regular customers fight to keep a sense of order and dignity as they each take a leap of faith. Some of them bet on love, or luck, or justice. And some of them only trust the mystical advice of 349-year-old Aunt Ester in this wise, funny and achingly beautiful play that’s brimming with local history and legendary language.


THE BELLE OF AMHERST
April 22 – May 23, 2021
By William Luce

The heart wants poetry…

The world is familiar with Emily Dickinson’s poems but this dazzling one-woman show introduces the complicated lady who created them. We meet Emily in Amherst, MA, circa 1845, where she shares recipes, gossip, and family. With mischievous humor she talks about her love for nature and animals. But Emily also tells of her burning need to translate feelings into poetry, and through a bravura performance by a masterful actress/pianist, the play celebrates her unique fascination with both shadows and light.

YOGA PLAY
June 3 – July 3, 2021
By Dipika Guha

The heart wants to stretch…OUCH!

Corporate culture meets enlightenment in this madcap comedy about a billion dollar yoga company trying to keep their cool and their clientele in the midst of a public relations crisis. Newly hired CEO, Joan, contrives a wild plan to win back their loyal followers but must manage some unexpected epiphanies and cultural mishaps in this zany and delightful comedy by an exciting new voice in American theater. Namaste.


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