Our Season

OUR 2016 SEASON

JANUARY 22–FEBRUARY 20

THE GAMESTER

By Freyda Thomas
Directed by Steve Hill
Comedy/Farce

 

THE GAMESTER is a  sparkling farce set in a Baroque Paris riddled with too much wealth, too much leisure time, too many casinos, too few women with any sort of real power, and too many ways of avoiding reality. Valère, a compulsive gambler, hilariously struggles between his affection for the woman he loves and his passion for the game.

 

MARCH 25–APRIL 23

THE ELEPHANT MAN

by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by John Maio
Drama

 

A celebrated modern classic, Tony winner THE ELEPHANT MAN tells the true story of Victorian freak-show attraction Joseph Merrick. When the  renowned doctor Frederick Treves takes Merrick into his care, he is astonished by the man’s intelligence, his unshakable faith, and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding.

JUNE 10–JULY 9

VIOLET

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Directed by Maria Calderazzo
Musical Drama

 

VIOLET is a musical with  a powerhouse score of show-stoppers, ranging from blues to folk to gospel, from one of musical theatre’s most vibrant composers, Jeanine Tesori (Caroline or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek). It’s a moving story of one girl’s journey and discovery of the miraculous effects of faith and love.

AUGUST 26–SEPTEMBER 24

THE QUALITY OF LIFE

by Jane Anderson
Directed by Michael Sally
Drama

 

When two devout Midwesterners come to visit their lefty cousins who have lost their home to the Berkeley Hills fire, the two couples must grapple with their wildly different worldviews. THE QUALITY OF LIFE is an extraordinary piece of theater filled with compassion, honesty and humor from award-winning playwright Jane Anderson. 

NOVEMBER 11–DECEMBER 17

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Directed by G.A. Klein
Musical Comedy

 

A lonely musical theater buff battles the blues by playing his favorite album:  the cast recording of the 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As the record spins, the show comes to huge, colorful life in his apartment, peppered with his wry commentary. This spoof of the golden age of musicals was a Broadway smash, winning five Tony Awards.