by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Rachel Wallace
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8:00 PM
Claire awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. A limping, lisping man in a ski mask pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother there to save her and she’s hustled off to the home of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire’s journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they’ve kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten.
by Katori Hall
A blues inspired play directed by Terry Spann
July 27, 28, August 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8:00 PM
In this tale of love, magic and mystery, young Toulou flees to Memphis from her home in the cotton fields of 1930s Mississippi to pursue her dream of becoming a blues singer. She meets a very charming traveling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, and falls madly in love. Ace likes to love them and leave them, but Toulou, has other plans for him. Enlisting the help of The CandyLady (the local Hoodoo Madame), Toulou casts a spell for his love, hoping that he can make all of her dreams come true!
[This play contains strong language and adult situations. Mature audiences only.]
AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON
by Jim Leonard, Jr.
Directed by Sean Michale Fraser
Assistant Directed by April D. Weimer
September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8:00 PM
In Jackson, a small town in rural Indiana, Elizabeth Ann Willow lives with her father and mother. Crippled at birth with polio, Elizabeth Ann is confined to a wheelchair and must wear leg braces, which cuts her off from the other children and prevents her regular attendance at school. Although she tries to reach out and make friends, Elizabeth Ann is increasingly isolated from and then taunted by the others, whose small-town prejudices are reinforced by a polio scare, of which Elizabeth Ann is a chilling embodiment. Comprised of a brilliantly conceived mosaic of interlocking scenes which move back and forth in time, with four performers portraying a varied assortment of children and townspeople, the play captures not only the moving story of Elizabeth Ann’s inexorable descent into madness, but also the small-mindedness and unfeeling callousness of her fellow townspeople—whose fear of the unknown or abnormal makes them the unintentional agents of her destruction. Culminating in a chilling scene, the play becomes in the final essence a moving and poetically evocative plea for understanding and compassion in a world where prejudice and casual cruelty are too often the norm.
(Summary courtesy of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)