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2001-2002 Season

SYLVIA

by A.R. Gurney
Ahhhh middle age...Greg's career is winding down but his wife Kate's is winding up when along comes the incomparably funny, Sylvia. Greg, experiencing mid-life crisis, finds abandoned Sylvia whose street smarts and riotous outlook on life, revives him. Lovely and smart, she offers Greg an escape from the uncertainties of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia is a rival for affection, a major bone of contention--oh, and a dog to boot (played by an actress)! This howlingly funny comedy about a dog who comes between two people is a must for all who have loved man, woman or beast.
Auditions: August 13 & 14 at 7 pm
Performances: Sept. 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2001 at 7:30 p.m and Sept. 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
(Adult language: recommended for mature audiences)
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors and $6 children under 11

 

THE USAREUR FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

October 5, 6 & 7
Once again Roadside Theater hosts this exciting US Forces in Europe event. The festival celebrates the best of Army Entertainment programs with one-act plays from Germany, Italy and Belgium. The event also includes theater workshops and a guest performance of the award -winning "Over the River and Through the Woods" from the AACT Festival 2001 in Harrisburg. The weekend is topped of with an awards ceremony honoring the best of the festival. Free admission for the public

 

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

By Stephen Mallatratt
Based on a novel by Susan Hill. The framework for this spine-tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him. As a young man, the lawyer attended the funeral of an elderly recluse in a dark isolated part of the English countryside. While there, he caught sight of a mysterious woman in black - the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals. She is a spectre who haunts the town. Wherever she appears, someone dies! "A real theatrical spine-chiller....A truly nerve shredding experience." - Daily Mail. "Provides a pleasurable ripple of fear down one's spine and an uncomfortable lurch in the pit of one's stomach." - Time Out.
Auditions: August 27 & 28 at 7 p.m.
Performances: October 26, 27 & 31 and November 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7:30 p.m
and October 28 and November 4 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors and $6 children under 11

ANNIE

Book by Thomas Meehan Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, "Annie," this is the tale of a peppy orphan whose life at the New York City Municipal Orphanage has grown intolerable, thanks to the gin-guzzling matron, Miss Hannigan. Enter billionaire Oliver Warbucks, who has decided to invite a lucky orphan to his home for the Christmas holidays. Warbucks and Annie hit it off and he decides to offer a reward to whoever can find her parents. Miss Hannigan, who has inside information on Annie, concocts a wicked plan to collect the reward using her crooked brother and his dimwitted girlfriend as accomplices. But the scheme is foiled, Warbucks adopts Annie, and along the way, Annie meets a faithful dog, and inspires FDR's New Deal.
Auditions: Oct. 8, 9, and 10 at 7 p.m.
Performances: December 7, 8, 14 & 15 and January 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m.
and December 9, 16 and January 13, 20 at 3 p.m.
December 16 and January 13 are Full Family Matinees and children under 5 are admitted
Tickets $12 adults, $10 students/seniors and $8 children under 11

HOME

A Readers Theater Presentation
by Samm-Art Williams
Produced to great acclain by the Negro Ensemble Company this brilliantly inventive, lyrically expressive play deals joyfully with the coming of age of a young black man from rural South Carolina. "...one of the happiest theatrical events of the season....HOME is a play from the heart, about the heartline of America - a play that all theatregoers should embrace." - NY Times.
Come join us in presenting the brilliant words and images of remarkable artists who speak for and to all peoples.
Performances: Feb. 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2002 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10, 2002 at 3 p.m.
Tickets $10 adults, $8 students/seniors and $6 children under 11

PROPOSALS

By Neil Simon
This memory play delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos. It's a comic, bittersweet tale of a cottage-country family get-together on one golden Labor Day weekend in the 1950s. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, PROPOSALS is about love... and about time -- precious, fast-flowing time. PROPOSALS may be Neil Simon's best work, ever. "PROPOSALS is a home run! An extemely entertaining play of great warmth and charm... It's a perfect, untroublesome way to spend an evening- especially with old friends.." - The New York Post. "Neil Simon's most sweetly personal play." - Newsweek.
Auditions: Dec. 10 & 11 at 7 p.m.
Performances: February 15, 16, 22 & 23 and March 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m,
and February 24 and March 3 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors and $6 children under 11

 

ART

by Yasmina Reza translated by Christopher Hampton
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. This subtlely hysterical comedy of manners looks at the friendship of three men. One of the three has spent a small fortune on a piece of art. The other friends' reactions and critiques of this "art" are "...wildly funny, naughtily provocative..." --NY Post. "...a nonstop cross-fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts that sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne...Reza is a fiendishly clever writer... 'ART' sounds like a marriage of Moliere and Woody Allen..." --Newsweek. "Anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should go to 'ART'." --Independent (London). "That such a simple plot can throw up such profound and meaty ideas about the rules that dictate art and friendship is a real treat. Reza and Hampton have an acute ear for the idiocies, trivia and petty assaults that pepper the conversation between friends...The real pleasures come from Reza's creation of three beautifully defined, original characters..." --The Mail (London).
Auditions: Feb. 4 & 5 at 7 p.m.
Performances: March 29 & 30 and April 5, 6, 12, 13 & 19 at 7:30 p.m
and April 7, 14 & 21 at 3 p.m.
Note: there is no show on April 20th due to the Topper Awards
(Adult language: recommended for mature audiences)
Tickets: $10 adults, $8 students/seniors and $6 children under 11

 

HONK!

A Musical Comedy Fairy Tale
Music by George Stiles Lyrics by Anthony Drewe Book by Anthony Drewe
This contemporary comical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" with won Britain's prestigious Olivier Award for Best Musical (over THE LION KING.) HONK! is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home, with only his loving mother Ida searching for him. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, Honk! will treat audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears.
Auditions: March 10 at 6 p.m. and March 11 & 12 at 7 p.m.
Performances: May 17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 and June 1, 7 & 8, 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m
and May 26 and June 2 & 9 at 3 p.m.
June 2 at 6 p.m. (rather than 3 pm- due to Baccalaureate)
May 26 and June 9 are Full Family Matinees and children under 5 are admitted
Tickets $12 adults, $10 students/seniors and $8 children under 11

 

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