The Lion in Winter
by James Goldman
January 17 through February 3, 2013
King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Geoffrey, and John. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Henry would like to have another heir by his mistress Alais, but that would only add to the confusion. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen.
explores themes of dysfunctional family, political maneuvering, war and peace, as well as aging, death, inheritance, and posterity. As the principle characters plot, scheme, conspire, and counter-plot between each other, the deep-seated emotional ties between them get played out in the political arena, such that sibling rivalry and marital jealousy translate into civil war, treason, and perhaps even murder among the members of a royal nuclear family.
The Odd Couple
By Neil Simon
May 30th through June 23rd 2013
This classic comedy opens
as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar
Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left
him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife.
Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the
action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the
clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious
results as The Odd Couple is born.
A Steady Rain
by Keith Huff
October 10th - October 27th, 2013
A STEADY RAIN looks at the relationship between two-lifelong friends, who now patrol the streets of Chicago as cops. Joey & Denny have known each other since kindergarten and have become family: Joey looks after Denny’s wife and kids, while Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. Things take a turn for the worse after a domestic disturbance, however, and the friendship is tested like never before. As the back of the script says, “The result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes and criminal lowlifes”.
One for the Road
by Harold Pinter
special limited engagement
December 5, 6, 7, 12,, 13 & 14 2013
A professor (Victor), his wife (Gila), and his son (Nicky) have been taken into custody by their government for reasons they do not know. One at a time they are interrogated by Nick, who keeps offering the man a drink. “One for the road?” he asks, but we all know well that the man is never getting out of there. No physical abuse takes place on stage—all psychological abuse, but the sinister allusions to what has taken place off stage is horrifying. This is Pinter’s not-so-improbable envisioning of a “civilized” abuse of human rights.