Fiddler on the Roof – Show dates January 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 2017 on the Main Stage – Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The Butler Did It – November 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2016 on the Forum Stage – written by Walter Marks and Peter Marks, the play is about writer and director Anthony J. Lefcourt, who is rehearsing his new play, a “classic whodunit” (in which all the characters are named Butler) with which he hopes to regain the success that has eluded him in recent seasons. Desperately eager to stimulate his cast to their best efforts, he has deliberately withheld the final scene of the play from them, but his patience is worn thin by the petty jealousies and romantic rivalries that detract from their concentration. In an effort to spur them on he “stages” the murder of one of the actresses, after which the plot begins to twist and turn with such dazzling ingenuity—and hilarity—that soon actors and audience alike have lost track of what is real and what is make-believe—until a surprise ending sets matters straight in a most bizarre and ironic way.
Stage West Director – Dave Stenger
I Do! I Do! – October 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23, 2016 and performed on the Main Stage – The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do! I Do! – an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks). Written as a star vehicle for theater legends Mary Martin and Robert Preston, the original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations.
The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family, negotiate mid-life crises and re-discover how much they really need each other.
This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to a tuneful, charming score.
Directed by Carol Ballard
Twelve Angry Men – September 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 2016 on the Forum Stage. A 19 year old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open and shut case — until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts. Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry men. Director for Twelve Angry Men is Paul Wade.