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2017 Season
The Mad Tea Party
by Bryan Taylor
Directed by Dave Cook
Asst Dir: Rebekkah Solinsky
Show Dates: July 20-23 and 27-30

"A Wonderland story without Alice?!  It’s about Time! (wink, wink) Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland characters are so…  well, wonderful that favorite playwright Brian D. Taylor has brought them together in an original story with the same wit and whimsy as the classic tales.  Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and March Hare meet for a tea party to honor Time, who has forgiven the Hatter and set time right once again.  When the Jabberwock comes and wreaks havoc, the tea party guests — including the Caterpillar, the Duchess, the Frog Footman, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum — decide that something must be done.  Time suggests they travel back through time to the moment when the Jabberwock arrives so that they might catch him.  They travel back several times, but White Rabbit’s watch is fast, Hatter’s is slow, and they just can’t catch the Jabberwock.  Finally, Hare realizes they must fix the nick in Time…  Time’s cloak, that is, to save them from the Jabberwock!  After all, a stitch in Time saves nine!"
Black Box Theatre
Coordinated by Ken Armitage and Gail Ready
Show Dates: Sept 7-10
This will be a series of  10 minute short plays directed by local talent. More details to come!
Murder in Green Meadows
by Douglas Post
Directed by Bob Monson
Show Dates: Oct 26-29 and Nov 2-5

"This psychological thriller centers on Thomas Devereaux, a successful architect and local contractor, and his lovely wife, Joan, who have recently moved into their dream house in the suburban town of Green Meadows, Illinois. They are soon visited by their new neighbors, Carolyn and Jeff Symons, and a friendship develops between the two couples. But underneath the cool, middle American exterior, something is truly rotten. A previous sexual relationship between Joan and a teenage lawn-boy is revealed, as is the fact that Thomas learned of the infidelity and may have murdered his wife’s lover. To make matters worse, an affair develops between Joan and Jeff. One summer evening, following the Symons’ departure after a friendly game of cards, Thomas lets Joan know that he is aware of this new deception, and his violent nature takes hold. He makes two demands of his wife: one, she must stop seeing Jeff. Two, she must kill him. What follows is a diabolical plot that continues to thicken through the final showdown between a murderer and an aggrieved widow. Steppenwolf Theatre Company and WMAQ-TV first produced this thriller as a one-act teleplay in 1986. It was nominated for six Emmy Awards including one for Individual Achievement in Writing. The full-length version of the play received its world premiere at The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, England in 1992. The American premiere took place at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in 1995. Since then, the play has had over eighty productions around the world. "A thoroughly satisfying thriller on all points." - WMAQ-TV. "A wonderful evening of sleuth and murder." - Near North News. "It spins a web of deception, sex, murder and mind games as two suburban couples discover their darker sides." - Chicago Tribune. "A screaming hit...a tautly constructed plot...the people are the action." - Portsmouth News. "This tale of lust and death in the 'ideal' home is certain to become a classic." - Southampton Daily Echo."