1st Studio: Summertime
Written by: Charles Mee
Directed by: Carolyn Guillet
Wed. Sept. 17th – Sat., Sept. 20th, 2014 at 8pm
Who believes in love at first sight? Is true love even possible these days? It is a sunny summer afternoon by a beautiful lake at an affluent holiday home in the Eastern Townships. Eleven love-struck individuals become ridiculously intertwined and hopelessly tormented by their misguided affairs of the heart. The cook and the pizza delivery guy witness these complicated entanglements as each member of the entourage seeks desperately for reciprocity with the beloved, with passion and despair in equal measures. A romantic comedy with an edgy, contemporary sensibility.
2nd Studio: The Impossible Years
Written by: Robert Fisher & Arthur Marx
Directed by: Winston Sutton
Wed. Oct. 1st – Sat., Oct. 4th, 2014 at 8pm
A psychiatry professor and his loving wife get challenged to the utmost during those delicate years when their teenage daughters get interested in the opposite sex. When the oldest daughter wants more and more freedom from parental control and the male admirers start knocking on the door in droves, the whole household gets turned upside down despite the best efforts of two devoted parents. This is a fast-paced comedy about romantic misadventures, barely avoided scandals, and the generation gap.
1st Major: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: W. Steven Lecky
November 10th – 22nd, 2014
Four confused Athenian lovers, six amateur actors, and an assortment of mischievous fairies cavort and wreak havoc in the woods on a midsummer night’s eve. Brimming with magical twists and dreamlike surprises, the plot moves swiftly from one complication to the next: Lysander and Hermia trying to elope; Helena determined to reclaim Demetrius’ heart; Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, in the midst of a terrible lovers’ quarrel; the mechanicals rehearsing a tragedy to perform at court; Nick Bottom, one of the players, waking up with the head of an ass and in the lap of a doting fairy queen; Puck the impish trouble-maker thinking of clever ways to mess things up; all while King Theseus of Athens wishes to celebrate his marriage to the Amazon Queen Hippolyta. This enchanting comedy is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare’s greatest and most popular plays.
2nd Major: Daughters of the Revolution
Written by: David Edgar
Directed by: Doug Buchanan
January 26th – February 7th, 2015
This fast-paced, political thriller examines the state of democracy in our time, by following the lives of American revolutionaries from the 1960s. The action starts with a birthday gift to an ex-activist of his FBI file. This leads him on an obsessive quest to identify the informer who in 1972 betrayed his revolutionary cell. His journey involves encounters with a former Black Panther turned pious community leader, an old Marxist-Leninist now a rabid right-wing convert and a Democratic gubernatorial candidate embarrassed by the discovery of an incriminating photo showing her planting a Viet Cong flag on the roof of a campus building. Although some of the radical baby-boomers from those turbulent times have turned into bland conformists, others struggle to maintain their idealism. This timely drama is a search for the roots of integrity in a morally ambiguous world.
3rd Studio: Our Town
Written by: Thornton Wilder
Directed by: Barbara Kelly
March 5th – 7th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
This charming bittersweet drama touches upon the significance of everyday life in small-town New Hampshire in the early twentieth century. American author Thornton Wilder, writing in 1938, follows the lives of ordinary people in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners from 1901 to 1913. Guiding us through this touching story is the Stage Manager of the theatre, who addresses the audience directly and brings in guest lecturers. He even steps in to perform some of the roles in this Brechtian play-within-a-play. We are all witnesses, as the various characters question what it means to exist in this world. Meanwhile, with sweet simplicity, they live out the major events of their lives such as birth, marriage, tragedy, and death. Come see this modern classic that has captivated audiences for many years with a depth that reverberates long after we leave the theatre.
4th Studio: Night Must Fall
Written by: Emlyn Williams
Directed by: Winston Sutton
March 12th – 14th, 2015 at 8:00 pm
This psychological thriller from the 1930s takes us deep into the woods where a crotchety and wealthy elderly woman gets entangled with a seductive psychopath. Mrs. Bramson is a bitter, fussy invalid living with her intelligent and attractive niece, Olivia. Danny, a wickedly charming bellhop, arrives at their cottage in Westmount and easily wins the confidence of the older woman, while Olivia becomes more and more suspicious. When the cook and the servants get involved, passions broil, shocking discoveries are made, the RCMP appears, and the suspense builds. A classic nail-biter sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
3rd Major: Love and Information
Written by: Caryl Churchill
Directed by: Jude Beny
April 20th – May 2nd, 2015
British dramatist Caryl Churchill is one of the most stylistically provocative playwrights working today, and one of theatre’s most influential writers. Her most recent play, “Love and Information”, is an exhilarating theatrical kaleidoscope, with more than fifty scenes and over a hundred characters. Although each segment seems to follow the next with no apparent relation, the accumulation creates a startling mosaic. In our dizzyingly changing world, this reflects the bombardment of information and the speed of communication facilitated by advanced technology. At the heart of this play is a portrayal of contemporary consciousness and our human need for intimacy, love and connection.