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Much Ado About Nothing Fall, 2017

In this Shakespearian comedy, a prince returns from battle and a party is thrown, and a wedding is announced between a soldier and his beloved. Romance and intrigue abound as emotions flare and a dark character tries to stop the wedding and exact his revenge on the prince, fraudulently accusing an innocent woman of infidelity.

And Then There Were None Spring, 2017

Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "soldiers" met his death until there were none.

Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead - poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up in this ideal play for schools, colleges, and community theatres.

The Picture of Dorian Gray Fall, 2016

The LTU Society of Dramatic Arts is pleased to present an adaption of Oscar Wilde's classic macabre story of Dorian Gray.  Dorian lives a life of debauchary, and while his friends and family suffer through it, Dorian never seems to experience any ill effects himself. Meanwhile, a painting of him bears the true effects of his lifestyle, slowly rotting away.

A Family Reunion to Die For Spring, 2016

It's time for the Knotting Family Reunion, and newlywed Christine Franklin is eager to show off her husband Freddie to the family she hasn't seen in years.  The joyful reunion quickly turns sour though when Aunt Gretchen, Cousin Rachel, and Cousin Stefan are all murdered.  The members of the Knotting Family are dropping like flies, and Christine seems to be next in line to become a victim!  To make matters worse, a terrible storm has trapped all of the guests inside.  It's up to Freddie to catch the murderer and save his blushing bride.  After all, he is a detective — well, a mall security guard turned wannabe detective, anyway.  Who is trying to wipe out the Knotting family?  Is it the pair of squirrel-hunting hillbilly sisters with their rifle?  The former Vegas showgirl with a knack for knitting?  The maid with a single digit IQ?  The grouchy cook?  The bitter journalist?  The troupe of mimes?  Gretchen, Rachel, and Stefan return from the dead, and with the audience's help, teach Freddie what it takes to be a real detective.  Complete with a hilarious chase scene, a chance for several of the characters to interact with the audience and a few surprising plot twists, this refreshingly fun, murder mystery comedy is the perfect play for high school ages and up.

Frankenstein Fall, 2015

Join the tale of Victor Frankenstein as his addiction with discovering the deepest secrets of life leads him to the final edge: challenging death itself. Dorothy Louise's adaptation returns to Shelley's original story, showing both the Creature's descent into malignity and Victor's journey to claw his way out of his self-created abyss without losing everything he holds dear.

Harvey Spring, 2015

Elwood P. Dowd is an endlessly pleasant & delightfully eccentric bachelor living in a small town that isn't quite aware that its newest citizen is a 6'3" white rabbit named "Harvey," that only certain people can see. After supposedly meeting this rabbit - its origins attributed to the Celtic legend of the Pooka - Dowd's sanity is put into question by his equally eccentric sister, Veta Louise.

Elwood casually drives his sister's guests from their house by introducing and carrying on one-sided conversations with his invisible and silent friend. His sister and niece, Myrtle Mae, resort to taking him to the local sanitarium to have him committed. However, due to people not paying attention, interrupting, and cutting Elwood off as he is about to introduce his imaginary friend, it doesn't immediately appear that there is anything wrong with him, and so the examining doctor admits Veta instead!

A celebrated success: This play has become one of the most successful and popular plays ever offered to nonprofessionals.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Fall, 2014

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, arranged marriages, a weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 Spring, 2014

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

Radium Girls Fall, 2013

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie was an international celebrity, and luminous watches were the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

The Curious Savage Spring, 2013

Mrs. Savage has inherited ten million dollars but her eager step-children wish to assist her in disbursing the funds. When she is institutionalized by them, she discovers various social misfits who need the help she can provide. This comedy leaves the audience feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times to only be motivated by greed and dishonesty.

The Crucible Fall, 2012

"The Crucible" is a brilliant illustration of the adage, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Abigail is a young woman who has been betrayed by a married man. In an attempt to take him for her own, she hatches a dangerous plot involving falsehood, witchcraft, and murder. However, when this tangled web accidentally snags the man she loves, it's anyone's guess as to who will break first.

"The Crucible" was written as a parallel to the infamous "Red Scare" of the 1950's, during which any action deemed "unusual" or "unpatriotic" was seen as a potential indicator of Communistic tendencies. In 1953, it won the "Best Play" Tony Award, and has remained a staple of American literature ever since.

 

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Rehearsal for Murder Spring, 2012

Welcome to 1950's New York, as playwright Alex Dennison turns on the stage work light and prepares for the first reading of his new play.  As the actors, producer, director, and others connected with the latest show come onto the stage, we discover that everyone connected with this play was involved with another play by the same playwright.  At its opening night, exactly one year ago and in the same theater, the beautiful leading lady, who was also the playwright's fiancee, was found dead, believed to have committed suicide.  As these people start with the new play, startling connections to the murder begin to unfold.  The growing tension reaches a boiling point with surprising revelations, countered by others even more surprising.

Hedda Gabler Fall, 2011

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Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein Spring, 2011

Shel Silverstein is renown for his poetry, but his talents also extended to the theatrical arts.  In January 1959, Look Charlie: A Short History of the Pratfall was a chaotic off-Broadway comedy staged by Silverstein, Jean Shepherd and Herb Gardner at New York's Orpheum Theatre on Second Avenue in the Lower East Side. Silverstein went on to write more than 100 one-act plays. The Devil and Billy Markham, published in Playboy in 1979, was later adapted into a solo one-act play that debuted on a double bill with Mamet's Bobby Gould in Hell (1989) with Dr. Hook vocalist Dennis Locorriere narrating. Karen Kohlhaas directed An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, produced by New York's Atlantic Theater Company in September 2001 with ten short sketches, eight of which you will see here tonight.

Fuddy Meers Fall, 2010

The story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. The audience views the ensuing mayhem through the kaleidoscope of Claire's world. The play culminates in a cacophony of revelations, proving that everything is not what it appears to be.

The Importance of Being Earnest Spring, 2010

Algernon Moncrieff, an aristocratic young londoner, is visited by his best friend, whom he knows as Ernest Worthing.  Ernest arrives from the country with the intention of proposing to Algernon's cousin, Gwendolen.  Algernon refuses to grand Ernest his permission until he explains why the cigarette case he left in Algernon's flat bear's the inscription "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack." "Ernest" is thus forced to disclose that he is leading a double life: in the country, he goes by the name of John (or Jack), pretending that he has a wastrel brother named Ernest living in London and requiring his frequent attention. He assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his ward, Cecily, the granddaughter of Jack's late adoptive father, but in the city, he assumes the name and behavior of the libertine Ernest. Algernon reveals that he engages in a similar deception: he pretends to have an invalid friend named Bunbury in the country; whenever Algernon wants to avoid unwelcome social obligations, he "goes bunburying" instead. Combine these two and surprises are all that can ensue.

David and Lisa Fall, 2009

David, only son of wealthy parents, over-protected by a dominating mother, is tortured by his mania against being touched.  And Lisa, the waif who has never known parental love, who has developed a split personality and is in effect two different girls, one of whom will only speak in childish rhymes and insists on being spoken to in the same manner.  The play follows them during the course of one term at Barkley School, where they have come under the sympathetic and understanding guidance of psychiatrist Alan Swinford and his staff, follows them through exhilarating progress and depressing retrogression.  Included are their fellow students: Carlos, the street urchin, the over-romantic Kate, stout Sandra who is unloved and unwanted by her glamorous father and step-mother, and others.  With laughter, heartbreak and suspense, the continuous absorption of an authentic and well-told story about problems that are totally unfamiliar to most of us.  The production is extremely simple; it is played against drapes using a minimum of props.

Arsenic and Old Lace Spring, 2009

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played by Karloff).

Flaming Idiots Fall, 2008

Carl and Phil decide that the ladder to success at the post office is missing a few rungs. They know that big money is waiting for people with entrepreneurial spirit and sound business judgement. They have lots of the spirit but little of the judgement and their new gourmet health food restaurant flounders. Zippy's, a popular cross town spot, has been crowded ever since Cy Manamalancia, a notorious mobster, was shot there and that was over twenty years ago. What if someone could get murdered in their restaurant?

Death of a Salesmen Spring, 2008

The depression of the 1930's was the turning point for an era of history in the United States. The American Dream, that amazing optimism and confidence, was shaken to its very core. Even though Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesmen" is not set during this Great Depression, the scars are still present as Willy Loman, a sixty-three-year-old salesman is left baffled at his failures. He lives in what is believed to be the greatest country in the world; a country of Manifest Destiny. But therein lies the problem: if every man builds his own path and something goes wrong, where can the fault lie but in himself? "If personal meaning in this cheer leader society lies in success, then failure must threaten identity itself" (intro).

Performance dedicated to Prof. Kevin Kelch and his family.

Dracula Fall, 2007

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Taming of the Shrew Spring, 2007

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