2018-2019 Footlight Season


September 7-23, 2018
Harvey by Mary Chase
Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all. (Auditions early July – 6m, 6w)

November 9-25, 2018
Two Witches, No Waiting by Pat Cook
Arlene Marcus and her sister, Elzbeth, are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable and a little eccentric. Also witches. At least, that’s the story spread by their housekeeper just before she vanished without a trace. The Sheriff seems a little shy about investigating for some reason, which bothers Elzbeth, who has a crush on the lawman. Arlene’s son Jeremy tries to get the sisters to sell their house to his fiance’s father. As Jeremy tries to keep the peace, he slowly starts falling for the mysterious new housekeeper. It’s a heady brew of twists and turns, where barn owls spy on people through windows, closets fly open and even the house itself seems alive. Of course, it’s all par for the course, especially when you have Two Witches, No Waiting. (Auditions early September – 3m, 5w)

February 8-24, 2019
Life Support by George Tricker
Alan Warner, whose wife is hospitalized for exploratory surgery, is joined in the lounge by Carol Stewart Brennan, who has just brought her husband to the emergency room as a precaution. They could not be more polarized: Carol is educated and wealthy; Alan dropped out of school and barely gets by as a house painter. The painful discovery that their spouses are both critically ill overrides their differences, and they develop a codependency that evolves from offering and receiving moral support into a physical and emotional relationship that seems to be heading toward a “life after death” existence. The situation is exacerbated when Alan realizes that his wife is even closer to death than originally anticipated; while Carol’s husband, having miraculously emerged from a coma, will survive after all. Carol and Alan are forced to deal with what has happened between them and their future. (Auditions mid November/early December – 1m, 1w)

April 12-28, 2019
Bloody Murder by Ed Sala

The usual British murder-mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. There’s the major who served in India; the inebriated actor; the innocent ingénue; the exotic lady in red; the mysterious Chinese gentleman; the rich dowager aunt and her faithful maid and worthless nephew. When one of them is poisoned, her Ladyship refuses to summon the police and says she won’t go through all this, again. All what, again? And why were they all invited here? Is this actually just another formulaic, all-too-predictable mystery story? Or is it something diabolically … different? Agatha Christie meets Pirandello, as characters rebel against their author. It’s bloody murder! (Auditions early February – 3-6m, 3-6w)

June 7-23, 2019
Bottoms Up! by Gregg Kreutz
“Who’s got the suitcase?” is the urgent question in this hilarious farce set in a Caribbean hotel. The comedy charts the confusion that occurs when June, an earnest aerobics instructor, unknowingly acquires the cash filled suitcase of two money launderers from Cleveland. Their attempts to retrieve it cause a movie director to mistake June for the next star of his basement budget production “Tan All Over.” Then he discovers the money and joins the convoluted efforts to get the suitcase. Interference is provided by: his former star who is now an outraged moralist, a nervous chemistry instructor visiting the island under duress, the hotel owner, and her sticky-fingered nephew. Wild chases, bizarre disguises, and the silliest looking aerobics dance ever make this a riotous farce. (Auditions early April – 6m, 3w)

 

Booklight & Improv
In addition to our fully staged productions, will also continue our tradition of having a few Booklight performances as well as improv shows on the first Saturday of the month at 7pm.

 

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