2015-2016 Theatre Schedule

CHICAGO

CHICAGO Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Bob Fosse
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script Adaptation by David Thompson
Directed and choreographed by DJ Grooms

October 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 16

This sizzling tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz is the winner of six Tony Awards and is now the longest running American musical in Broadway history. Originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, this legendary musical, is set in the 'jazz-hot' 20s where two merry murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, compete not just for headlines, but with the help of their slick lawyer Billy Flynn, for a lasting moment in the spotlight.

"As dazzling a demonstration of the craft of musical theatre as you're ever going to see on a Broadway stage."
New York Post

THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH

THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH By Lanford Wilson
In the Lab Theatre
Directed by Kim Barber Knoll

December 2, 3, 4, 5

Set in 1966 in a dying mining town, population 70, this incredible acting tour de force piece is a murder mystery of sorts which critics say "captures the very fabric of the Bible Belt America with its tales of love and longing and deeply hidden moral corruptness. It reveals the cruelty that the rhythm of life can impose with honesty and bite."

CRIMES OF THE HEART

CRIMES OF THE HEART By Beth Henley
In the Lab Theatre
Directed by Tracy Clahan Riggs

February 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

This Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy examines the plight of three eccentric Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions, each with a secret in her heart. Babe has shot her husband in the stomach. Country music singer wanna-be, Meg, and homebody, Lenny, are doing their best to rally around Babe and determine whether or not she's headed to jail or to the looney bin.

"While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley's prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake." —NY Times.

 

Frolic, Fate, and a Masquerade: Opera on the Callaway Stage

Frolic, Fate, and a Masquerade: Opera on the Callaway Stage Dr. Toni Anderson, conductor
Stage Director, Kim Barber Knoll

March 10, 11, 12

Three scenes from the late Romantic period's most popular operatic works are featured in this program. Witty, slapstick, swashbuckler humor follows our maidens as they step upon the rocky seashore in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. Verismo opera at its best is illuminated in Puccini's miracle drama, Suor Angelica. And the Act II finale of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, or The Bat, complete with a party atmosphere, masquerade ball, and a grand champagne toast, concludes our evening.

On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning

On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning By Eric Overmyer
Directed by Kim Barber Knoll

April 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30

In this hilarious time-traveling fantasy, three Victorian women explorers trek to the Himalayas, the shrouded jungle, the exotic Orient and across the frozen tundra. They encounter a troll, a yeti, a cannibal, a smooth Havana club owner, and many other fun, surprising characters. As they travel the world they also travel through time and their language morphs from 1888 properness to the lingo of 1955!

"For the linguistically inclined, this ardently alliterative and omnivorously onomatopoetic safari should be difficult to resist."
– The New York Times


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