July 14 - 23
July 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 @ 8 PM,
July 17 @ 2 PM
Directed by Bryan Adam
Musical Director; Bryan Babcock
Featuring Gina Handy as Ethel Merman, Nick Hardin as Elder Shumway and Theodore Johnpaul Adams as Elder Braithwaite
An outrageous musical comedy that combines musical theater's current "Mormon-mania" and everyone's love of the Queen of the Musicals herself, Ethel Merman. Mormon missionaries, Aaron and Jacob, on a two-year stint to convert more Latter Day Saints, ring a buzzer that says, “E.M. Welcome.” It doesn’t mean “Every Mormon Welcome” as the hopeful proselytizers imagine. The owner’s name ain’t “Welcome” either. It is the sacred bungalow of Ethel Merman, who didn’t die after all in 1984 but lives on. This meeting of squeaky-clean, fresh-faced, sexually-stunted Utah goody goodies with the brassy, bumptious, leather-lunged Queen of musical theatre not only proves that opposites don’t just attract, they put on a show. Haunted by a dream not unlike the one in Gypsy, Aaron is a frustrated Broadway camp follower, gaga over seeing his idol. Ripe for Times Square corruption, stage-struck Aaron keeps La Merman’s autobiography in his backpack. Resisting the urge to belt out ballads, demurer Jacob can’t immediately bring himself to desert the cause of Brigham Young, though his repressed longings for Aaron demand a different destiny. It is up to earth-mother Ethel to teach them that the goddess is not godless and that destiny wins.
August 4 - 13
August 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 @ 8 PM,
August 7 @ 2 PM
Directed by Greg Smith
Featuring: Kathy Sturm as Catherine, Matthew Sierra as Edison, Mark Phillips Schwamberger as Oscar, Pam Welsh-Huggins as Maia, James Harper as Robert and Christopher Storer as Arthur.
The story of Edison, a young man with leukemia and Robert, an older HIV+ man. Toss in an aging stage star, an eccentric medium, an old-school queen, a ghost, and you get a funny, thought-provoking, unconventional love story. Edison is a handsome young man with leukemia who can only get insurance to cover his chemo if he's HIV+. Robert is an older man, HIV+, and a self-proclaimed "sex pig" trying to change his life. Each has what the other wants. But what will they do to get it? The comedy is a wonderful new work that blends realism with other-worldly fantasy in a script that’s fresh, smart and laced with inside-theater references. POZhas some supremely likeable characters. The script alternates its humor between a warm glow and sharp, laser-like bursts finding the most unlikely path, constantly surprising with the off-ramps, each of them shockingly funny and breathtakingly beautiful. It's funny, it's tender, and it rings with truth. It is a love story with people we care about. If there's such a thing as farce with a heart, then POZ is it.
September 15- 24
September 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 @ 8 PM, September 18 @ 2 PM.
Based on a real event, Looped takes place in the summer of 1965, when an inebriated Tallulah Bankhead needed eight hours to redub - or loop - one line of dialogue for her last movie, Die! Die! My Darling! Though Bankhead's outsized personality dominates the play, the sub-story involves her battle of wills with a film editor named Danny Miller, who has been selected to work that particular sound editing session. It’s the last day of post-production on Die! Die! My Darling, one of those schlocky gothic thrillers that allowed former grande dames and sex goddesses of the screen to scrape a living in their later years, or simply pass the time before the cameras until the ultimate final cut. A single line of dialogue requires looping — re-recording to match the film — but Tallulah cannot manage to speak the requisite syllables in the proper order. As she stalls and stutters, expressing infinite scorn for the tedious process, she perfumes the stale air of the studio with snappy one-liners on her favorite subjects, namely her own eccentric behavior and uneven career, and the consoling seductions of booze, drugs, cigarettes and sex. Her audience consists of a beleaguered film editor, Danny who has been corralled into supervising the session because the director skipped town, and a studio technician, who watches from a booth above the studio as Tallulah toys with poor Danny like a haughty, grizzled feline batting around a hapless mouse.
October 13 - 22
Performances October 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 @ 8 PM, October 16 @ 2 PM
A poignant and compelling musical revue by two-time Tony Award winner William Finn, creator of the groundbreaking musical Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and conceived by Rob Ruggiero. Finn, whose work doesn't sound like any other composer's, is spotlighted in a fresh showcase of quirky, ruminative, agitated songs that fit right into the neurotic energy of the city. Songs from Finn's Falsettos, A New Brain, The Royal Family of Broadway, Elegies: A Song Cycle and more are heard in the six-actor, one-pianist revue. The musical tells personal, haunting, and often hilarious tales from Finn's rich and touching human songbook
November 10 -19
Performances November 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 @ 8 PM, November 13 @ 2 PM
The story of 17-year-old Cal and his quest to prove the secret sexual history of Gaybraham Lincoln. Along the way there is convincing evidence, time travel, a road trip to the nation’s capital, budding high-school romance, a crazy Mary Todd, and sex in a stove-pipe hat. The past and present collide in this time-hopping, pop music-Michael Jackson -infused quest as Cal sets out to uncover the colorful truth about his favorite president. It is a clever, touching and unapologetically gay comedy about history, truth and what it means to be a hero…then and now. Cal wants to stir stuff up as much as he can: He embarks on a crusade to prove that Lincoln–a national role model, portrait on our greenbacks, and his personal hero–was homosexual, with at least two undocumented lovers. A lavender legacy. Cal’s private demons clearly fuel his urge for historical revisionism. His assumption that somehow it’s more right to be gay if famous mentors once were remains unquestioned until the play’s shocking finale.