The Ladies of the Camellias
by Lillian Groag
Directed by Charles Harman
January, Dates To Be Announced
“A juicy Tour de Farce on theatre, theatrical people and the conflicts between art and politics.”
In 1897, two different actresses, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse, were both to perform The Lady of the Camellia in Paris in the same week and at the same theater. Alexandre Dumas, fils, the French author who wrote the play, has particular complaints about both of their performances. Their respective co-stars, Gustave-Hippolite Worms and Flavio Ando, are caught in the actresses’ melodrama and competition. However, a Russian anarchist named Ivan decides to take the two actresses hostage and threatens to blow up the theater if two of his comrades are not released from prison.
WARNING: Coarse language
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Playwrights Horizons first produced THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS Off-Broadway in 1982.
The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband
By Debbie Isitt
Directed by Barbra French
March, Dates To Be Announced
A witty and dark comedy from the pen of Debbie Isitt. – “I left the theatre feeling I had dined rather well!”
Kenneth has been married to Hilary for nearly twenty years. Hilary is the perfect cook. But Kenneth is bored of their sex life, so starts an affair with the young, attractive Laura. There’s just one problem: Laura can’t cook. As time passes, Kenneth mourns the loss of Sunday roasts and haute cuisine, and the comforts of the settled life he once knew. So Kenneth finds excuses to sneak back to Hilary’s house to indulge himself in the pleasures of gluttony. To his delight, Hilary invites Kenneth and Laura round for dinner, but Hilary has very different plans in mind.
The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is a highly entertaining and absurd tale of a man who tries to balance his appetite for food with his appetite for sex proving the old adage, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”!
By Rick Abbot
Directed by Charles Harman
May; Dates To Be Announced
“A hilarious and wild romp through the perils of community theatre!”
This is the story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.
Just like real theatre, if anything goes wrong, the cast will just have to deal with it. The audience might not know if it’s a genuine mistake, or just part of the show.