Spring 2019

by Sarah Ruhl 

Director: Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Bobbie Bonebrake

Auditions and Crew Interviews: January 22 & 23, 2019 

Callbacks: January 24, 2019

Performances:  April 12, 13, 14 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & April 18, 19, 20 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2019

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m.

Synopsis from Samuel French: “An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man–with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead–and how that remembering changes us–it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.” And from Charles Isherwood with the NY Times: “As Dead Man’s Cell Phone takes surprising twists and leaps, the lament for the supposed coziness of pre-digital culture takes on layers of nuance and contradiction. Characters in Ruhl’s play negotiate the no man’s land between the every-day and the mystical, talking like goofs one minute and philosophers the next. And her characters’ quirkiness is in keeping, too, with the play’s doleful central theme, that each human being is a book full of surprises even to intimates, and that one is destined to be left unfinished.”

CAST: 4 Women, 2 Men.

 Fall 2018

by Lauren Gunderson 

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell

Auditions and Crew Interviews: September 4 & 5, 2018

Performances: October 19, 20, 21 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & October 25, 26, 27 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2018

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m.

Synopsis from Dramatists Play Service: “When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.”

CAST: 4 Women, 1 Man.

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