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2014-2015 Season Overview
THE BUTLER DID IT
(Farce, Mystery/Thriller, Parody/Spoof)
Written by Tim Kelly
Directed by Forrest Hodge, assisted by Claudia White
Production Dates: February 19-22, 2015
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm | Sunday at 2:00pm
This comedy parodies every English mystery play ever written: but it has a decidedly American flair. Miss Maple, a dowager with a reputation for “clever” weekend parties, invites a group of detective writers to eerie Ravenswood Manor on Turkey Island where they are to impersonate their fictional characters. The hostess has arranged all sorts of amusing incidents: a mysterious voice on the radio, a menacing face at the window, a mad killer on the loose. Who is that body in the wine cellar anyway? Why do little figurines keep toppling from the mantle? Then a real murder takes place, and Miss Maple is outraged. She offers an immense reward to the “detective” who can bring the killer to justice. And what an assortment of zany would-be sleuths! When they’re not busy tripping over clues, they trip over each other! Laughs collide with thrills, and the climax is a real seat-grabber as the true killer is unmasked, and almost everyone turns out to be someone else! Can be played as a pure farce, or as humorous satire.
Produced by special arrangement with Baker’s Plays.
THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY
(Farce, Romantic Comedy)
Directed by Erin Jacobs
Production Dates: April 23-26, 2015
A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with… golf.
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
(Comedy, Adult Drama)
Written by John Guare
Directed by Bobby VanDevender, assisted by Forrest Hodge
Production Dates: June 18-21, 2015
Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. No subject is left untouched in this comic, fast-paced and affecting piece. The title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another. "Among the many remarkable aspects of Mr. Guare's writing is the seamlessness of his imagery, characters and themes, as if this play had erupted from his own imagination in one perfect piece." — NY Times.
Six Degrees Of Separation is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
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