We are pleased to announce our 2019 Season of MainStage productions in Bennett Hall. In addition to four MainStage productions, Theatre Workshop will continue to collaborate and produce many other events throughout 2019; including the Staged Reading Series with the Nantucket Athenuem, Take It From the Top workshop, a summer Cabaret and other special events to be announced soon.
Season Subscriptions are currently for sale and seat selections will be made available to subcribers March 15th.
Seat Selections will be made available to the general public starting April 1st.
by Neil Simon
California Suite is a 1976 play by Neil Simon. Similar instructure to his earlier Plaza Suite, the comedy is composed of four playlets set in Suite 203-04 of The Beverly Hills Hotel. In Visitor from New York, Hannah Warren is a Manhattan workaholic who flies to Los Angeles to retrieve her teenaged daughter Jenny after she leaves home to live with her successful screenwriter father William. The bickering divorced couple is forced to decide what living arrangements are best for the girl. Conservative middle-aged businessman Marvin Michaels is the Visitor from Philadelphia, who awakens to discover a prostitute named Bunny unconscious in his bed after consuming a bottle of vodka. With his wife Millie on her way up to the suite, he must find a way to conceal all traces of his uncharacteristic indiscretion.
The Visitors from London are British actress Diana Nichols, a first-time nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and her husband Sidney, a once-closeted antique dealer who has become inceasingly indiscreet about his sexual orientation. The Oscar is an honor that could jumpstart her faltering career, although Diana knows she doesn't have a chance of winning. As she prepares for her moment in the spotlight, her mood fluctuates from hope to panic to despair.
The Visitors from Chicago are two affluent couples who are best friends. Stu Franklyn and his wife Gert and Mort Hollender and his wife Beth are taking a much-needed vacation together. Things begin to unravel quickly when Beth is hurt during a mixed doubles tennis match and Mort accuses Stu of having caused her injury by lobbing the ball.
"For those of us who imagine Los Angeles as nothing but a long street in a desperate search of a parking lot, Neil Simon's California Suite...will come as a vast relief" - The New York Times
"Mr. Simon is writing at his ebullient best [...] his language has the grace of conversation we wish our friends could muster [...] makes us laugh so effortlessly." – The New York Times
"The incisiveness of his wit is driven by an insight into everyday humans and the cultures from which their habits are derived." – Chicago Theatre Beat
"The middle aged visitors had last night's middle aged audience laughing heartily." – NY Daily News
When: MAY 24 - JUNE 15
by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hubcaps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby socks and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be provocative and rebellious.
At the heart of the story is the romance between hot- rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance over the summer, but now back in the context of school, peer pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin’," "We Go Together,” and “Mooning,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following, especially among teens!
"A lively and funny musical-as well as the dancingest one in town. It's a winner [...] the songs are dandies [that portray] the early rockers with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it." - New York Daily News
NOMINEE! 1972 Tony Award® for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical
NOMINEE! 1994 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical
NOMINEE! 2008 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical
When: JULY 6 - AUGUST 24
Terms of Endearment
by Dan Gordon, Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry and on the screenplay by James L. Brooks
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. Described as a heartfelt comedy drama, Terms of Endearment explores the tumultuous relationship between Aurora, a devoted but opinionated mother, and her often pregnant and always headstrong daughter, Emma.
As Aurora struggles to impose order on her wayward daughter’s chaotic life, she finds her own taking an unexpectedly thrilling turn when she falls deeply in love for the first time in her life – with retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove. But Garrett it seems, is as big a cad as her daughter’s husband, and only when tragedy strikes the family is he revealed as a man with a heart of gold. This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.
“...this production reminds us that, even if we know how it ends, a good story will still be good whether on stage or screen. And if you have never seen the film you are in for a treat.” - Exeunt Magazine
When: SEPTEMBER 12 - OCTOBER 5
by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school kids’ saving grace! Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
“ After plugging through years of slick but workmanlike musicals, crowd-pleasing song cycles and formulaic spirit-lifters..., Matilda seems to clear away the deadwood and announce a fresh start for the Broadway musical.” - Time Magazine
“Matilda turns out to be an explosion of joy, the most exhilarating and flat-out best musical since "Billy Elliot.”...Matilda comes with a ready-made audience via generations who have feasted upon the original story.” - Variety
“For once, you can believe the hype. A treat for ears and eyes, brain and heart, the glorious "Matilda" has it all - plus lasers!”- NY Post
WINNER! Tony Award® for Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actor, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design
Drama Desk Awards® Winner for Best Musical
When: NOVEMBER 22 - DECEMBER 14