$5 at the door only
Performances start at 8:30pm
In Stage Too: Sept 5, Oct 31, Jan 16, Feb 27,
March 5, April 30,, May 21, June 4
Nov and Dec TBA
No one under 17 admitted without a parent or guardian.
Nothing is scripted, so no one knows what will happen. Lots of audience participation, so bring your funniest A-game and kooky ideas.
2015 - 2016 READERS THEATRE
LETTICE AND LOVAGE
By Peter Shaffer
November 5 - 7 at 7pm in Stage Too
Nov 7 at PVL Nov 8 at CV Sr. Ctr.
Directed by Parker Anderson
Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventionial Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie Smith in London and on Broadway.
By James Prideaux
Jan 7, 8, 9 at 7pm in Stage Too
Jan 9 at PVL Jan 10 at CV Sr. Ctr.
Directed by Carl Kennedy
Foundering a bit after the death of his aged (and domineering) mother, Manley Carstairs, a self-styled literary artist, engages a housekeeper, Annie Dankworth, to look after his large Victorian house (and himself). When Annie first arrives, wearing sneakers and carrying her belongings in a grocery cart, Manley is taken aback, but she seems so eager to please that he relents—after which their relationship progresses rapidly from initial reserve to active hatred. Annie is one of the world's great oddballs. She insults her employer, denigrates his writing, admits she forged her references, accuses Manley of lusting after her and, in general, makes his life a hell. Eventually Manley can take no more, but when he advances on Annie with strangulation in mind, he trips, falls into her arms, they embrace, and the rest is history. Conveyed in a series of fast-paced, juxtaposed scenes—some in the present, some in the past—the play covers all these unlikely events with lively wit and biting humor, becoming funnier and funnier as it builds toward its unexpected and thoroughly delightful conclusion.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
By David Mamet
June 2 - 4 at 7pm and June 4 & 5 at 2pm in Stage Too
Directed by Rob White
This scalding comedy took Broadway and London by storm. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Revived on Broadway in 2005 and 2012, this masterpiece of American drama also became a celebrated film which starred Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin.
"Crackling tension… ferocious comedy and drama." - The New York Times
"Wonderfully funny… A play to see, remember and cherish." - New York Post
Winner! 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 1983 Olivier Award, Best New Play
Winner! 1984 New York Drama Critics' Circle, Best American Play
Winner! 2005 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play
NOTE: EXTREME ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE!
How to find STAGE TOO:
The best way to find STAGE TOO is to enter the alley between PCA and the merchants on Cortez St between Willis and Sheldon. From the alley, Murphy's is on the far left (south) and Peregrine is on the far right (north). Walk through the alley until you arrive at STAGE TOO, one door to the south of the freight entrance to Peregrine Books. There will be signage to mark the location.
PCA is very grateful to Ms. Judith Hardes and to the Prescott Lowes for their generosity which is assisting PCA with making Stage Too possible. PCA is also extremely appreciative to all of our AMAZING volunteers who have put in many hours and lots of physical labor making Stage Too a viable space for performers, students, and patrons.
Additional Contributors: MaryAnn and Allan Dutton, Art and Doris Winkler, Lindquist Realty, Anonymous.
2015 - 2016
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2015 - 2016 STAGE TOO PRODUCTIONS
FOOL FOR LOVE
By Sam Shepard
Oct 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm Oct 4, 11, 18 at 2pm
Directed by Paul Epoch
May Kelsey Claire
Eddie Tim Ward
Martin Rob Milligan
Old Man Walton Mendelson
The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. May, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May, who is distressed by Eddie's frequent absences and love affairs, she seems, at first, to soften—but then she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, and the action becomes, at times, physically violent, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent—they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion. The poignancy of their situation (they are half-brother and half-sister as well as lovers) is pointed out by the play's two other characters: a hapless young man who stops by to take May to the movies and becomes the butt of Eddie's funniest yet most humiliating jokes; and a ghostly old man (perhaps their father) who sits in a rocking chair at the side of the stage, sipping whiskey and commenting wryly on what he observes. Eventually May and Eddie tire of their struggle and embrace—but it is evident that the respite is temporary and that their love, the curse of the past which haunts them, will remain forever damned and hopeless.
NOTE: ADULT CONTENT
By A. R. Gurney
December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm Dec 6, 13, 20 at 2pm
Directed by Frank Malle
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives. A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. "Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney's new comedy, SYLVIA…" —NY Times. "I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…" —NY Daily News. "Gurney's mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…" —BackStage.
Was previously produced at PCA to great acclaim.
By Willy Russell
Feb 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30p, Feb 6, 14, 21 at 2pm
Directed by Julie Chavez Harrington
A comedy of wits as a disillusioned English professor is no match for his new student, a working-class hairdresser seeking inner growth and improving her lot in life. Michael Cain and a Juliet Walters starred in the very popular movie version. Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves. The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
"Warmly written...It is the interchange of feeling and realization of new approaches to life on both sides that make this play of particular interest." - London Telegraph"A marvelous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy tale with a quizzical, half happy ending." - London Times
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
By Tracy Letts
April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30pm
April 17, 24, 28 at 2pm
Directed by Jean Lippincott
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got a major new play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
NOTE: ADULT CONTENT