Your Community Theatre's 2014/15 Season


 


Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them
by Christopher Durang
A Staged Reading Directed by Jared Lee Morgan

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

cast:
Felicity - Amanda Walter
Zamir - Aidan Bonacci Zimmerman
Voice/Narrator - Gerald Gustav Owen
Reverend Mike - Andrew Cowen
Leonard - Jeff Moon
Luella - Katie Guy
Hildegarde - Sandra Lowe-Dusel
Performance
Saturday, July 19, 2014
2:00 p.m. @ 1985 Baird Road
Penfield Community Center
Admission is free (donations accepted)

The Best Man
by Gore Vidal
Directed by Dave Woodworth

Vidal's play tells the story of two politicians vying for the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States. William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. Cantwell has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. Then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. Throw in the candidates's advisers and wives as well as the former president eager to hand-pick his successor and what you have is a hilarious and biting comedy about American politics in all its ugly glory.


Performances
8:00 PM November, 2014
Penfield Community Center

Deathtrap
by Ira Levin
Directed by

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.


Performances
8:00 PM May, 2015
Penfield Community Center

Private Lives
by Noel Coward
Directed by

"Private Lives" is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed. A uniquely humorous play boasting numerous successful Broadway runs boasting such as stars Coward himself, Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Tammy Grimes, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.


Performances
8:00 PM November, 2015
Penfield Community Center

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