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Terms of Endearment 4/28 - 4/29
Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT

A Staged Reading


Adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon
Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry and on the screenplay by James L. Brooks of the motion picture produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation

SHOW DATES: April 28th & April 29th at 6pm. 

LOCATION: Bennett Hall.

SYNOPSIS

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in Dan Gordon's adaptation of Terms of Endearment, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and James L. Brooks's screenplay of the Oscar-winning film. Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma's struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

Directed by Justin Cerne 

Featuring:  Ellie Cornell, Scott Corry, Andrew Cromartie, Jordan Delphos, Janet Forest, and John Shea

Run time: 1 hour, 20 minutes 

* Contains adult themes and situations. 

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It’s Only a Play 6/06 - 7/07
Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

It's Only a Play

by Terrence McNally 

June 6th - July 7th 

It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the pill-popping leading lady, treading the boards after becoming infamous in Hollywood; and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in-town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre—and for comedy. But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.

“This show is without a doubt hilariously, sidesplittingly funny…These are among the funniest lines to roll off a stage in years…It’s Only A Play deserves only a rave.” —The New York Times.

“At the heart of the humor is the sublime narcissism of the professional players and their honest conviction that nothing matters except the theater…You really must laugh at McNally’s unquenchable wit—but those sloppy-kiss tributes to the theater…are deeply felt and honestly moving.” —Variety. 

Directed by Jedediah Schultz

Run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes 

* Contains strong language, adult themes and situations. 

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Footloose 7/13 - 8/25
Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

Footloose

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and WalterBobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins & Jim Steinman

July 13 - August 25 (July 15th Opening Night) 

When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town's youth, whom he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

Four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Grammy Award nominee.

"Exhilarating! You'll have a hard time staying in your seat!"— WNBC

“One of the most extraordinary musicals ever to come out of Hollywood.  Footloose blends fantastical situations with important issues and balances them perfectly” —L.A.Weekly

Directed and Choreographed by Justin Cerne

Run time: 2 hours, 20 minutes 

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The Cocktail Hour 9/13 - 10/06
Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

The Cocktail Hour

by A.R. Gurney

September 13 - October 7 

** This show is currently under contruction in preparations for a new seating chart to be created. An announcement will go out when it's time to select your seats. 

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play.

The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play that he’s written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them, the theatre is personified by the gracious and comforting Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. There is also John's sister Nina to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character a minor role. 
 The confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow, so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end, it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve, his parents and siblings are as beset by uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But though they seem shackled by the past and tantalized by an alien future, the ties that bind them do prevail—surmounting disputes and disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

"The Cocktail Hour is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker.

"An examination of an overprivileged family that fights domestic battles while downing drinks." —The New York Times 

"It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness." —New York Post

Directed by Dan Foster

Run time: 2 hours

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Miracle on 34th Street 11/15 - 12/09
Bennett Hall, 62 Centre Street

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical

 Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson

November 16 - December 9 

From the musical theatre genius of the Meredith Willson (The Music Man) comes the musical version of the holdiay classic.  Susan Walker's mother Doris is in charge of staging the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Susan's life is one of stark reality. Doris is divorced and determined that no fantasies will ever allow her child to fall into a such a disillusionment as her former marriage. Faith, hope, and men are strictly taboo. When the parade Santa gets drunk, Mr. Kris Kringle, a jolly man with a streaming natural white beard, pops up from nowhere. He is a big success in the parade and becomes Macy's store Santa.  Meanwhile, Susan has met Fred, a returning Marine veteran and hopeful law student. He befriends Susan even though Doris believes it's a plot to get to her. 
Kris is a great Santa. He even tells mothers where to buy toys that Macy’s doesn’t sell. Mr. Macy is upset, but Doris sees a great promotional chance. Make Macy's a friendly store—in the true spirit of Christmas.The plan is a huge success, but in the process, Kris admits that he is the real Santa Claus. His strange behavior wins him an interview with the store's psychologist, Dr. Sawyer, who nearly goes mad trying to break down Kris’s story and wants to have him committed. 
Susan and Kris become good friends. When she learns of his plight, she asks Fred to help defend him. The move is seconded by Doris, who is discovering that Fred isn't like the other men she has known. At the sanity hearing, Mr. Macy testifies that Kris is Santa Claus. So does the prosecuting attorney's little son. As a clincher, Fred manages to get the U.S. Post Office to deliver all of its "Dear Santa" letters to the courtroom. 
The judge sees his chance to wriggle off his political hook, and he accepts the U.S. government’s recognition as proof of Kris's claim. Fred has won more than a hearing. He has won a prospective wife and daughter as well.

Directed and Choreographed by Justin Cerne

Run time: 2 hours, 20 minutes 

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