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One day a voice from the television screen spoke to her. Louise Seger was hooked. Making a special trip to a honky-tonk bar in Houston, Texas, Louise met her idol, Patsy Cline. Here was a woman that gave her soul a voice. Over a pot of strong coffee, a friendship began that would last until Patsy's untimely death in 1963. Through letters and visits, the two share the homespun stories of laughter and heartache that brought together a housewife and a legendary country singer. This fun-loving, crowd-pleasing musical features 27 classic songs, including "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams," "Back In Baby's Arms" and more.
Don't miss the triumphant story of Karola Siegel, the girl that became "Dr. Ruth" When she was very young, Karola was forced to leave her family and flee from the Nazis in the Kindertransport. With no home to return to after the war, she joined the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper. She married, became a single mother and moved to America to pursue her dreams as Ruth Westheimer. "Becoming Dr. Ruth" is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of a girl who found her own unique place in this world as America's most famous sex therapist.
This parody of low-budget 30s detective movies typifies British heroism at its dumbest. Teutonic villain Otto Von Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. Bullshot Crummond is called to the rescue by the professor's daughter Rosemary. The two work together to try defeat the dastardly Otto and save the professor in this car-chase and sword-fighting filled adventure.
This year marks our 23rd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from misery to man who honors Christmas in his heart. The production features a large multi-generational cast and traditional carols, and our 1840s grist-mill theatre is the perfect setting for the story written in 1843. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.
Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanitorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, a specialist, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a sort of ghost that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is at last found to be a certain Count Dracula, whose ghost is at last laid to rest in a striking and novel manner. The play is intended for all who love thrills in the theater, and is appropriate for all groups.
When one man's quest to do right is at odds with the interests of his community, ethics are pitted against economics. Join us for Henrik Ibsen's explosive drama, An Enemy of the People. Ringing with contemporary resonance as headlines debate the thin line between whistleblower and traitor, this play asks us just what is best for the common good. Our protagonist Dr. Stockmann discovers a possible toxic contamination endangering the town's sole industry. His brother, the Mayor, launches a counter attack that threatens to tear their community—and family—apart. Sometimes "the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone."
Created and Performed by Touchstone Apprentices Anna Russell & Remy Kayal
A one-of-a-kind peek into the creative process of theatre making. Experience solo and ensemble-based works in progress, created by Touchstone's 2014-2015 apprentices with the guidance of the Touchstone family. Always fresh, sometimes provocative, never ordinary.
Harvey, the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway and Hollywood comedy, pulls laughter out of the hat at every turn. Elwood P. Dowd is charming and kind with one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood starts to introduce his friend to guests at a society party, his sister Veta can't take it anymore. In order to save the family's social reputation, Elwood's sister takes him to the local sanatorium. But when the doctor mistakenly commits his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood and Harvey slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Everyone needs a best friend, and ours is Harvey!
"If you value your life, keep away from the moor!" This mysterious, unsettling note troubles Henry Baskerville on his journey to the desolate moorlands of Baskerville Hall. A terrifying curse has haunted his family for generations and, as the manor's most recent heir, young Henry could be its next victim. Only Sherlock Holmes can help, or he would... if he weren't a bit of a buffoon! One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most beloved Holmes mysteries gets a zany makeover when performed by a trio of endearing clowns and klutzes. Cheeky and fast-paced, The Hound of the Baskervilles offers farcical surprises, brilliant theatrical invention, and a new twist on the greatest detective of all time. "Only the most pure of purists could fail to be entertained by this very funny and inventive take on one of the great archetypes of English literature." –British Theatre Guide
In this modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter, a homeless mother of five lives with her kids on the edge of society. Hester's children bring her great joy, but as she seeks out a better life for them, her community derails her at every turn, as the play builds to its shocking conclusion. This play is part of Theatre Horizon's End Homelessness Project; please contact us if you want to help.
In this urban satire inspired by The Scarlet Letter, Hester is a homeless mother of five striving to escape the hand of fate. Will she be able to free her children from poverty, or is tragedy woven into her destiny and written in her blood?
Bucks County Playhouse will celebrate the 2015 year-end holidays with the beloved classic film, performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast. An ensemble of over two dozen characters bring the story of George Bailey and his unforgettable redemption to live on stage. Written by Joe Landry, directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Memphis features an original score by Bon Jovi's David Bryan that evokes the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations and the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl groups of the period. Turn up that dial! It's time for Broadway's roof-raising rock 'n' roll musical, Memphis.
On a Connecticut tenant farm, on a barren patch of earth in 1923, two lost souls find hope under a lover's moon. In Eugene O'Neill's touching and heartbreaking play, Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It's been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. When James Tyrone Jr.'s mother dies, he returns to the farm to settle the estate. One night, under the autumn moon, he opens his heart to Josie. Sparks fly and hope burns anew as two "misbegotten" people come together.
A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband who is the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of pornography, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending of closed or slamming doors. This farce ran in London over eight years and also delighted Broadway audiences.
On Golden Pond debuted on Broadway in 1979 (later a film starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn) is an enduring comedy set on a beautiful New England lake where Ethel and Norman Thayer have spent their summers for nearly 50 years. Their tranquil hideaway is disrupted when their daughter and her newest boyfriend turn up unexpectedly to leave his precocious teenage son with the elder Thayers for the summer.
When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. A breathtaking quest ensues to answer the question: how did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? "Peter and the Starcatcher" takes a hilarious romp through Neverland. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. This swashbuckling production will have audiences hooked from the moment they let their imagination take flight!
Post Haste by Frank E. Reilly
A new play by Frank E. Reilly chronicling Emily Post's thrilling cross-country automobile journey from New York to San Francisco through uncertain conditions.
Emily Post, recently divorced, accepts an assignment from Colliers Magazine to report on her travels to San Francisco and the great Pan American Expedition, which she embraces for more than reasons than the obvious. It was an exciting and adventuresome 3200 mile journey.
He Said, She Said A His and Hers Cabaret by Sarah J. Gafgen and Carl Smith
You'll love this hilarious show that's already delighted audiences in Philadelphia! You've heard "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus?" Well, Sarah and Carl are a real life life husband and wife team who will take you through relationships from beginning to end and sing some of your favorite songs along the way! Sarah and Carl perform songs from My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Pajama Game, and more!
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, Red is a thrilling portrait of Mark Rothko. This brilliant abstract expressionist has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He has been chosen to create a series of murals for New York's historic Four Seasons Restaurant. As classical music blasts from his record player, the painter works feverishly with his young assistant, mixing paints and building canvases. His creative process brings us an intense portrait of the artist, exposing his ambition and his vulnerability. Join us in our studio as this working visionary meets his match with the blank canvas. Will Rothko's crowning achievement also be his undoing?
Meet Tom, a young school teacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when characters come to life and show him how to win his students by being creative with music. His classic songs include "Just A Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Conjunction Junction!"
An old man hobbles onstage and declares, "I'm about to tell you a story. A fantastic and amazing story! A story all the more remarkable because every word of it is true." So says Louis de Rougemont. His brave and amazing adventures left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away by this heroic tale of the high seas, filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus! Inspired by a true story, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Marguiles' Shipwreckedexamines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.
On a quiet night in Lou's South Philadelphia bar, two lonely spirits arrive at a shared crossroad. This funny, wise, and tender love story from the author of Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown is a later-in-life portrait of friendship and taking the next step. "Bruce Graham demonstrates a rare talent for writing older than his own experience" (Windy City Times). The cast will feature People's Light Company Members Marcia Saunders and Tom Teti, along with Scott Greer.
Under-employed Scottie has a dream of making it big. Together with his unwilling wife and dim-witted best friend, he plans his own meteoric rise to fame on the coattails of "The Great One" himself.