2019 SEASON SHOWS
by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett.
Directed by Keith Langsdale
October 17*, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm;
October 20 at 2 pm
*Pre-show talk by scholars Ted Thornton and Bernard Baker. No post-show discussion.
Post-show discussions with the audience following each performance.
Winner of the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Critics Circle Award, and virtually every other coveted prize of the theater, this sensitive story of a group of Jews who went into hiding in the sealed-off upper rooms of an office building in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam strongly resonates with today’s stories of the hunted and the hidden, the Other – the unfortunates with nowhere to go.
Anne’s diary bears witness to the fate of her family as iconic representation of the consequences of de-humanization and the threatened death of empathy. It is a challenge to bear witness, for to listen to a witness is to become a witness.
Come. Watch. Listen. Witness.
The Diary of Anne Frank Cast
Otto Frank – Frank Aronson*
Mrs. Frank – Stephanie Carlson*
Anne Frank – Samantha Choquette
Margot Frank – Molly MacLeod
Mr. Van Daan – Michael Budnick
Mrs. Van Daan – Kimberly Salditt-Poulin
Peter Van Daan – Chris Demerski
Mr. Dussel – Stuart Gamble
Mr. Kraler – Ted Trobaugh
Miep – M E Kearney
*Member, Actors Equity Association
Check our SPECIAL EVENTS page for related programming, FACING CLOSED DOORS: Exploring the Roots of Racial and Ethnic Exclusion through Theater
Made possible by a grant from MassHumanities
EARLIER THIS SEASON….
By Constance Congdon. Directed by Yagil Eliraz
April 25*, 26, 27, May 2**, 3, 4 at 7:30 pm; April 28 at 2 pm
*United Way of Franklin County Opening night. All tickets $30. Proceeds benefit BBBSFC. Reception at 7 pm, curtain at 7:30 pm.
** Post-show conversation with the audience
Life is not organized around a coherent narrative, despite how much we would like it to be. Life can be messy, jumpy, nonlinear, fragmentary and discordant, and we might find ourselves desperately trying to make sense out of it. “Tales of the Lost Formicans” reflects this messiness and the effort to make sense of it, both in its content and in its form.
It seems as if all characters are struggling through a crisis of this sort or another. Within the turmoil of their lives, all characters try to find something to hold on to, something that will serve as a solid ground to walk on. However, this is “a play that is too honest to propose any univocal explanation for the confusions of the day, or any instant remedy for them”, as was written in a review in the L.A. Times in 1989.
Congdon plays and experiments with the structure and form of this play, so it reflects the messiness of our life. She also uses a framing device, the Aliens, who try to analyze and understand the world of the play, exactly like the audience.
Through this dichotomy, of messiness and fragmentation vs. efforts to find meaning and order, the play explores existential themes like: adolescence, aging parent, lost love and divorce, memory, and the strength of the familial unit.
THE TALES CAST
CATHY (nee McKissick) Stephanie Carlson*
ERICA (her daughter) Molly MacLeod
JIM McKISSICK Frank Aronson*
EVELYN McKISSICK Polly Pillsbury
JUDY (Cathy’s best friend) Val Vaile
JERRY Joseph Cardozo
ACTOR #7 Michael Marceline
- Member Actors’ Equity Association
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones. Music by Harvey Schmidt.
Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil
Music Direction by Ted Trobaugh
June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm; June 23 at 2 pm
THE FANTASTICKS, the longest-running musical ever, tells the gentle story of falling in – and out – of love and the perils of wishes realized. It features lovers, pirates, bandits and turnips, as well as a memorable score with such classic tunes as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Join us in recalling that love is possible and dreams do come true.
THE FANTASTICKS CAST
El Gallo – Larry Picard
Matt – Andy Zane
Luisa – Jasmine Goodspeed
Bellamy – Autumn Tustin
Hucklebee – Stephanie Carlson*
Henry (The Old Actor) – John Reese*
Mortimer – David Cavallin
The Mute – Madeleine Bolles Odenberg
- Member Actors’ Equity Association
by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
September 19, 20, 21, 26*, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm; September 22 at 2 pm
*Post show-conversation with the audience
A brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, & Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hange out, murder Marat, lose their heads, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris.
Olympe de Gouges Brianna Sloane*
Marie Antoinette Julie Nelson*
Marianne Angelle Kyle Boatwright
Charlotte Corday Eileen Vanderwalle
- Member, Actors Equity Assocition