2006 Season

OLEANNA
by David Mamet
Directed by Randy Tusing

Performances
May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Characters and Cast
John: Matt Jordan
Carol: Sara Joy Lebowitz

Synopsis
A college student, Carol, drops by her professor’s office in an effort to gain his help to do better in class. John, the professor, in the midst of buying a house to celebrate his nomination for tenure, at first seems distant. As the first meeting progresses the two discuss the nature of understanding and judgment in society, as well as their very own natures and places in our society. It seems as if a bond has been made. When next they meet we find that a report has been filed to the tenure committee. Carol has joined a “group” and has decided that John sexually harassed her during their first meeting. Their second meeting dissects the first; every word, every nuance of the first meeting has been twisted into something else. Or has it? John’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Carol to retract her accusation escalate to a more dangerous level. The third meeting, one the court officers warned against, climaxes violently leaving John and Carol both physically and emotionally devastated.


MISS EVERS’ BOYS
by David Feldshuh
Directed by David M. Thomas

Performances
June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, July 1

Characters and Cast
Eunice Evers: Rhonda Gayle Carney
Caleb Humphries: Jason Nious
Willie Johnson: Terry Spann
Ben Washington: George Mayfield
Hodman Bryan: Kenny Cooper
Dr. Eugene Brodus: Earl Harris
Dr. John Douglas: David Timmerman

Synopsis
Disease and unease — The good-time feeling of the ensemble in the passionate historical play “Miss Evers’ Boys” is only a setup for the devastating deterioration of the same characters as the infamous Tuskegee experiments take their toll. This play is closely based on the true events of the shameful Tuskegee project (“Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male”), for which the few survivors received a formal apology from President Clinton in 1997. Heat-haze and sultry music evoke the sensuality of the poverty-stricken, deep south. The questions asked by the Senate committee chairman are precisely those that viewers want to ask. Superb performances will create a plausible answer to one of the most baffling questions of all: why the black Miss Evers (in real life Nurse Rivers) might have participated in this unethical project for so many years. At the end, her passivity finally erupts in anger: “If these men had been white,” she tells the committee, “they would have been treated! And the federal government would not have renewed the grant year after year.”


FLOYD COLLINS
by Tina Landau
Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel; additional lyrics by Tina Landau
Directed by Brooke L. Howells

Performances
August 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

Characters and Cast
Floyd Collins: Jeff Paden
Lee Collins: John Kirby
Miss Jane: Marina Sanchez
Nellie Collins: Kristen Page-Kirby
Homer Collins: Michael J.Margelos
Bee Doyle: Craig Hower
Ed Bishop: Lanny Slusher
Jewell Estes: Mitch Fosman
Skeets Miller: Mike Mortensen
H.T. Carmichae: Brian Donohue
Reporters: Brian Merritt and Derek Pickens
Cliff Roney: Lars Peter Highby
Dr. Hazlett: Rob White
Frederick Jordan: Gary Richardson

Synopsis
In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when he got trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into the first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the property, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. This haunting musical — one of the most acclaimed in recent years — tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer.


HOT N’ THROBBING
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Michael Margelos

Performances
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

Characters and Cast
Charlene: Sherry Santana
Clyde: David Thomas
Leslie Ann: Brooke Howells
Calvin: Greg Smith
Voice Over: Tameka Cruz
The Voice: Trey Thomas

Synopsis
Prepare to have your buttons pushed, as you consider what is more obscene: pornography or domestic violence? Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s play is a savagely funny and potent exploration of sex, power, violence, and the consequences of habitual abuse of the imagination. As fantasy overlaps reality, you’ll be challenged to consider a woman’s control of her body in the heterosexual world, and the inner conflict of humans as sexual versus social beings.