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Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps! This hilarious whodunit features over 150 zany characters (played by a very talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance. The Tony Award-winning comedy follows the dashingly handsome Richard Hannay, who, after meeting Annabella Schmidt at a London theatre, is plunged head first into an adventure that will see him being chased by the police for a murder he did not commit.
Next up its Agatha Christie at her murderous best! And Then There Were None tells the story of ten strangers who are lured by a mysterious host for a relaxing weekend at a remote island resort. Once the guests have arrived there is a suspicious death. The guests are trapped. The host accuses each person, via a recording, of having escaped justice for a past murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets…until they begin to fall, one by one! The ever dwindling party rushes to unmask the hidden killer in their midst. Who is the murderer? Who is next? Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None will keep you guessing right up until the very end.
Tom Stoppard's masterpiece is a thrilling theatrical feast – a tale of two centuries, shifting as seamlessly between eras as it does between farcical comedy and heartbreaking romance. This comedy of misunderstandings and misinterpretations is set up against a passionate quest to unravel the mysteries of history, art, and science.
Our holiday tradition continues! The creative team behind Aladdin: A Musical Panto put their signature touch on the adventures of young Arthur as he discovers what it means to become a king. With their magic and hilarious antics, Merlin and the Dame of the Lake guide our hero on a quest to save the land from the dreaded Red Dragon.
In 1993, Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. As he took the picture, Watson believes he heard the soldier say to him: "If you do this, I will own you forever." Playwright Dan O'Brien was finishing a residency in Princeton when he heard Paul Watson telling this story on Fresh Air in 2007. Also obsessed by the idea of hauntings, Dan reached out to Paul and the two formed an unusual relationship spanning time and continents. The Body of an American is the story of their friendship; one conducted primarily by e-mail but eventually leading them to a meeting inside the Arctic Circle. The roles of Dan and Paul are shared by two actors, who also play over twenty other characters that the men encounter. A contemporary war story encompassing personal and global histories that's told in strikingly theatrical fashion, The Body of an American breaks boundaries of convention in both content and form.
Academy award nominees David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell will join longtime People's Light company members in Emily Mann's acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov's masterwork. A bankrupt matriarch and her brother are offered a lucrative scheme to save their family estate in this comedy-drama of timeless, bittersweet beauty. "Mann's elegant yet spare adaptation reminds theatergoers that the century old play is an apt choice for the new millennium" (Variety).
In the 46th play by the prolific British playwright known for his ingenious plot twists, the "communicating" door between two adjoining hotel rooms is no ordinary portal. This one allows time travel and an opportunity to change events in the past. A professional dominatrix is called to the posh London suite of of a client, only to learn he only wants her to witness his confession to having hired a business colleague to murder his two wives. Unfortunately, the killer is also there, and the woman flees through a door she believes leads to the next room. Instead, she finds that it's 20 years earlier, and as she's transported back and forth through time, she tries to find a way to prevent the deaths from happening.
Sometimes the high grass and golden fields of Ballybeg, Ireland can be unforgiving to the five unmarried Mundy sisters. Brian Friel's poetic and heartwarming masterpiece invokes Irish tribal dancing that awakens the sisters' long buried desires, vanishing dreams, and a last chance at happiness in the summer of 1936.
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."
Admit it. Shakespeare's comedies are stupid. Like Twelfth Night. Everybody knows it needs robots. Well, now it's got 'em! We have gender confusion, needlessly cruel drunks, and cyborgs. It's the play Queen Elizabeth I never wanted you to see!
Amanda Wingfield is a Southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura, and so she pushes her son, Tom, to find a "gentleman caller" for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller sends shockwaves through the family and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry & longing.
Shakespeare's masterpiece is a dark and thrilling story of ghosts, secrets and revenge. By rights, Prince Hamlet should be king, but his Uncle Claudius has stepped into the position after the untimely death of Hamlet's father. When the dead king's ghost rises and calls for revenge, Hamlet heads down a dangerous path filled with madness and uncertainty. In a world where no one can be trusted, where can you turn?
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.
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into the Woods Jr., an adaptation of one of Sondheim's most popular works designed especially for young performers.
All of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—meet and interact in this whimsical original story. The musical centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
With unforgettable roles, little dancing, and no chorus, Into the Woods Jr. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier – though still challenging –for young performers. Into the Woods Jr. is a funny and engaging
The Scottish company, Visible Fictions, arrives at People's Light with "a blazing reputation that's hard to ignore" (The Guardian) in this "sly, silly, sophisticated, and altogether winning take on an ancient Greek myth." (The New York Times) Jason's uncle isn't exactly lovable. He's murdered his brother (the king) and stolen the crown. No one dares stand up to him until now. Banished as a baby, Jason is BACK, ready to claim his rightful throne. Two actors with boundless energy and numerous action figures tell the tale of Jason and his crew as they journey to the other side of the world to find the Golden Fleece and bring it home.
Liberace! is a moving and highly entertaining tribute to "Mr. Showmanship," the man who epitomized charm, glitz, and glamour. On a stage set reminiscent of his celebrated TV program, we re-live the highs and lows of Liberace's famed life. Who was the real person behind the persona, one of the most talented and acclaimed performers of the 20th century? Interwoven with a piano score that spans classical music from Chopin to Chopsticks and Rachmaninoff to Ragtime, Liberace! will have you cheering the life of this unique American icon.
The title says it all! It's A Life in the Theatre. In this behind-the-scenes comedy, Robert, an older experienced performer and John, a newcomer to the stage, share both a dressing room and the spotlight. The play gives us a glimpse into the complex relationship that develops as the torch is passed from one generation to the next – a passing that wavers from love and mutual respect to impatience and resentment. Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre is a delightful theatrical experience for anyone who loves the world of Broadway.
In this coming-of-age story, Jay's life is turned upside down when his father leaves Jay and his younger brother Arty at their grandmother's doorstep. Their grandmother is an opinionated German Jewish immigrant who shares her home with her daughter Bella and son Louie, who is hiding from the mob. The upcoming year will leave a permanent mark on Jay and his highly dysfunctional family. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, and as comical as it is poignant, Lost in Yonkers is the masterwork of Neil Simon's career and is certain to leave you spellbound with laughter and tears.
In 1882, the flamboyant, dashing, young Oscar Wilde created a sensation, touring the United States on an extensive lecture tour. While visiting Philadelphia, he planned one side trip, crossing the Delaware to Camden to meet with America's own Great Grey Poet, Walt Whitman. Join us on Mickle Street and spend an afternoon with two great writers – one at the dawn of his career, the other enjoying his quiet fame. Over a glass of elderberry wine, two great men discuss man's most aesthetical existence and discover a common sense of beauty.
In Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr., the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto's little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto's perspective, features the beloved classic songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings," alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be "the perfect child" – and what it means to be "a real father."
Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family. Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr. is perfect for a dynamic cast of middle school performers and is a magical mix of heartwarming fairy tale and action-packed adventure. Audiences will love following Pinocchio's journey from an awkward wooden puppet to a real live boy and will be charmed by Geppetto's transformation from demanding creator to real live father.
Champagne and laughter will explode with Noël Coward's timeless comedy Private Lives. Glamorous, rich and reckless, Elyot and Amanda have been divorced from each other for five years. Now both are honeymooning with their new spouses in the South of France. When by chance they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies, their romantic feelings for each other are immediately rekindled. Without a care for scandal, new partners or memories of what drove them apart in the first place, they hurl themselves headlong into love and lust. Private Lives is a dazzling, witty masterpiece and considered to be one of the greatest comedies ever written.
When celebrity professor, Catherine, reunites with her best friends from graduate school, now a married couple with kids living in a New England college town, she begins to rethink the choices she's made over the past twenty years. As these three friends navigate their new relationships with each other, feelings of regret begin to arise. Catherine's homecoming leads to shifting dynamics and a larger look at how much (or little) the lives of women have evolved over the past century: from pornography to Betty Friedan to slasher films. Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winner Gina Gionfriddo (author of the Wilma's hit production of Becky Shaw), offers a fresh take on timeless questions by wittily juxtaposing feminist theories with messy human desires.
Romeo and Juliet, the adolescent daughters of two warring families, meet and fall desperately in love, starting a heartbreaking chain of events. Same-sex casting proves the universality of Shakespeare's immortal tragedy of pure, teenage love.
Two little league coaches with very different styles face off in this modern-day "Odd Couple"
Two hard core Civil War re-enactors have their traditional post-Gettysburg beer interrupted by a woman with her own battle scars. 1863 and today converge in this dark comedy about friendship, bravery, and healing by Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project). Hailed as "a talent to watch" by The New York Times, Dickey's "funny, sad, deep, and smart pay is beautifully written." (The New Yorker).
It's Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – must use their magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent!
This classic fairy tale comes to life in Disney's The Sleeping Beauty Kids, which features many roles for a large chorus, from King Stefan and Queen Stefanie's loyal subjects to Maleficent's slimy goons, as well as other fairies and animals. Songs from the beloved film, including "Once Upon a Dream," accompany fun new songs like "Maleficent!" and "A Little Magic Now" to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.
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.
In this heartrending and inspiring novel set against the gorgeous vast landscape of South Africa, a little girl living under apartheid tells the story of two families—one black, one white—separated by racism, connected by love.
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.