2005 Season

ALLIGATORS
by Sylvia Reed
Directed by Brian Donohue

Performances
April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 13, 14

Characters and Cast
Lucy Davis: Suzanne Donohue
Marlene Davis: Sherry Santana
Miss Lila: Sheila Draper
Mr. Belden: Bill Graves
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Synopsis
Alligators tells the haunting story of a woman coming to terms with her past. Her memories of the mother who abandoned her, the mysterious one-armed woman who helped to raise her, and the father she never knew provide an often humorous and always moving exploration of the nature of survival and understanding.


PRELUDE TO A KISS
by Craig Lucas
Directed by Randy Tusing

Performances
June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Characters and Cast
Peter: Tom McKnight
Taylor: Kyle Tusing
Rita: Lauren Dekosky
“Tommie” and Waitress in Jamaica: Barbara Graves
Mrs. Boyle: Trich Ware
Dr. Boyle: Tim Treanor
Minister: Yvonne Whitfield Briggs
Aunt Dorothy: Kim Bessler
Uncle Fred: Dave Bayles
Old Man: Bill Graves
Leah: Kim Donaldson

Synopsis
A fable about the immortality of true love. It is a fantasy — a fairytale that looks at love, romance and all the mysteries of the heart — everlasting commitment through perplexing and challenging events — the fears of living and of dying and things supernatural. The story traces the whirlwind courtship and marriage of Peter and Rita. At their wedding, Rita is kissed by an unknown Old Man, who spins the “happily ever after” moment into a “soul-swapping” event that helps these three gain insight and awareness into all that is life.


THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
by Eve Ensler
Directed by Suzanne Donohue

Performances
August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Characters and Cast
Charmian O. Crawford
McCall Noelle Farrell
Karn Henderson
Cassie Lee
Trich E. Ware
Andrea Watkins

Synopsis
Celebrated as the bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. It has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement–V-Day–to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler’s Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to women’s deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.


EXTREMITIES
by William Mastrosimone
Directed by Janet Zavistovich

Performances
September 23, 24, 30, October 1, 7, 8

Characters and Cast
Marjorie: Katie Prout
“Mike”: Brian Donohue
Terry: Diana Fox
Patricia: Brooke Howells

Synopsis
The Associated Press described this drama as “a searing play about rape.” That it is, and much more: it is also about the breaking point we all have, the extremity in all of us over which, when pushed hard enough, we tumble into violence. Susan Sarandon, Farrah Fawcett, and Lauren Hutton have all starred in this incredibly gripping drama about a young woman who is attacked in her own home by a rapist. Circumstances allow her not only to resist the attack but to turn the tables and lock him away. And that is where her dilemma really starts. The story charts her battle with herself: should she turn the rapist over to the authorities, who may very well set him free, or should she mete out her own punishment?

“If you’re looking for an evening of intense theatre, don’t miss the Hard Bargain Players production of ‘Extremities’.” – Washington Post