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COME BLOW YOUR HORN | Local Theatre Play 1 A Comedy by: Neil Simon Production Dates: October 10 – October 25, 2015 Buddy Baker is 21 years old and still living with his parents. He decides to declare independence by packing his suitcase and arriving (unannounced) at the door of his brother Alan’s bachelor apartment. Buddy is so impressed with Alan’s playboy lifestyle he decides to become just like him! But before Buddy has a chance to try his wings as a playboy-in-training, his parents arrive to rescue him! In one of the funniest family comedies ever written, two parents try to keep their younger son from becoming an irresponsible Casanova like their older son! COME BLOW YOUR HORN was the play that revealed Neil Simon as an authentic comic genius and launched his career as the single most successful American playwright of all time!
HI-HAT HATTIE: THE STORY OF HATTIE MCDANIEL | Local Theatre Play 2 A Musical by: Larry Parr Production Dates: November 28 - December 13, 2015
Today, Hattie McDaniel is celebrated as the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her role as “Mammy” in GONE WITH THE WIND. But before she became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after character actresses, Hattie starred in Vaudeville as a popular singer and comedienne. She was also the very first African-American in the United States to sing on the radio! In Hollywood, she appeared with virtually every major star, including Shirley Temple, Mae West, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. She also appeared with the legendary Paul Robeson in SHOWBOAT singing “Can’t Help Loving that Man of Mine.” This heart-warming tribute to Hattie McDaniel was written by Larry Parr and features a variety of songs Hattie performed throughout her career, such as “Amazing Grace,” “St. Louis Woman,” “Gimme Me A Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer,” “Old Man River” and the Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen show-stopper, “The Birth of the Blues.” Hattie McDaniel will be portrayed by the talented singer-actress EVELYN RUSSELL, who earned a “Best Actress of the Year” Award for her 2012 portrayal of Ethel Waters in the musical, HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW.
OTHER DESERT CITIES | Local Theatre Play 3 A Comedy-Drama by: Jon Robin Baitz Production Dates: January 30 - February 14, 2016 In the award-winning OTHER DESERT CITIES, Jon Robin Baitz tells the story of a prominent political family forced to come to terms with some long-buried secrets. When Brooke Wyeth returns to her parents’ home in Palm Springs, she announces she is planning to publish a memoir about a tragic moment in the family’s past. Her older brother joined a radical protest group in the 1970’s that set off a bomb in an Army Recruitment Center. Because her parents were close friends with many well-known political figures, they survived the episode with minimal damage to their social standing. But Brooke’s memoir promises to drag the whole ugly affair back into the limelight. Vogue called CITIES “a scathingly funny and deeply felt family drama.”
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS | Local Theatre Play 4 A Musical Comedy by: Alan Menken & Howard Ashman Production Dates: March 28 - April 10, 2016 It is remarkable how few musicals deal with Man-Eating Plants from Outer Space! But thankfully, this interplanetary tour-de-force came along just in time to recount the story of Seymour Krelborn, a hapless clerk in a Skid Row flower shop who discovers a small plant sent by Aliens to take over the earth. He nurtures it with his own blood, while trying to rescue a girl named Audrey from an abusive relationship with a sadistic dentist. THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS delighted audiences for 2200 performances Off-Broadway before becoming a genuine Cult Film favorite. Alan Menken has won 8 Academy Awards for scores such as THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Songs include “Suddenly, Seymour,” You’ll Be a Dentist” and “Somewhere That’s Green.”
BLACK COFFEE | Local Theatre Play 5 A Murder Mystery by: Agatha Christie Production Dates: May 21 - June 5, 2016 Sir Claud Amory, a famous physicist, throws a house party to celebrate his discovery of a formula for a new weapon of such destructive capability that he hopes it will deter any nation from ever making war again. When Sir Claud is poisoned and the formula stolen, the legendary Belgium detective Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the crime. Among Sir Claud’s guests he finds a doctor who is an expert in rare chemicals, the daughter of a famous female spy and a manservant who may be in the employ of a foreign government. In the end, it is up to Poirot to devise a scheme to expose the murderer. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot remains one of the most beloved detectives of all time!