2013-14 Subscription Season*

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2013-2014 48th Season


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Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club                                 Mystery

By Jeffrey Hatcher

September 10-22, 2013

In the heart of London, behind the impassive facade of a windowless house, some of Europe's most powerful men gather to play a game. The game is murder and this is The Suicide Club. But the club has a new member: Sherlock Holmes - brilliant, perceptive, the greatest detective in the English-speaking world. Does Holmes wish to die? Will he have to kill? Can his old friend Dr. Watson save him? Or doesn't Holmes want to be saved?


The Grapes of Wrath                                                               American Classic

By John Steinbeck, Adapted for the stage by Frank Galatiy

October 22-November 3, 2013

Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joad family pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Led by the indomitable Ma Joad, who is determined to keep the family together at any cost, and by the volatile young Tom Joad, an ex-convict who grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation that they encounter on their trek, the Joads must deal with death and terrible deprivation before reaching their destination - where their waning hopes are dealt a final blow by the stark realities of the Great Depression.


The Whipping Man                                                                Civil War-era Drama

by By Matthew Lopez

February 25-March 9, 2014

In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home at war's end to find that his family has fled to the countryside. Remaining in the city mansion are two former slaves, also raised by his family as Jews. With Passover upon them, the three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history.


The Miss Firecracker Contest                                             Southern Comedy

By Beth Henley                                                       

April 15-27, 2014

Brookhaven, Mississippi a few days before the Fourth of July: Carnelle Scott is rehearsing furiously for the Miss Firecracker Contest - hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner, complicates matters a bit, as does the repeated threat of Elain's eccesntric brother, Delmount, to sell the family homestead and decamp for New Orleans. But, aided by a touchingly awkward seamstress and several other cheerfully nutty characters, Carnelle perseveres!.


Shrek The Musical                                                              Musical Comedy

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire                                                       

May 27 - June 8, 2014

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villian with a SRT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero...Shrek. SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairytale and all irreverent fun for everyone! Rated PG.

*Titles and dates subject to change due to availability

Extra Seasonal Shows

A Christmas Carol                                Musical Adaptation of the Charles Dickens' story

By Charles Dickens, Adapted by Richard Hellesen, Music by David DeBerry                                                       

December 3 - 20, 2013

Ebenezer Scrooge is a wealthy man, rich in money and poor in spirit. He's locked his solitary heart into a cashbox and forgotten where he's put the key. Haunted by specters and visited by spirits of his past, present and future, he journeys from the painful losses of his youth to the human kindness and deep joy of a glorious Christmas morning. A song-filled adaptation of Dickens' classic tale reawakens the true spirit of Christmas in a heart-stirring Carol of profound beauty and redemption. .

Goodnight Moon                                  Musical Children's Production

By Chad Henry                                                       

January 21 - February 4, 2014

GOODNIGHT MOON, a family musical, is the charming story of a young Bunny struggling to stay awake to enjoy all the wonders that his great green room has to offer. Bunny's imagination makes this a wondrous place while he says his goodnights - a place where toys come to life and pictures are filled with real, talking, breathing people. After the pandemonium of getting ready for bed, Bunny finally closes his eyes and drifts off to sleep. .

Shirley Simpson On Stage as Erma Bombeck - A Benefit Performance For New Stage Theatre                                                      

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Tickets are $25; $100 Sponsorship (2 tickets and invitation to reception following performance)

A humor filled visit from the housewife-turned-author as she talks about her life and the career that brought laughter to millions. Bombeck’s sassy irreverence for tradition and her insight into the outrageous side of everyday life found its place in our culture and made her a warm and wise woman of influence.




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