By Robert Harling
September 13-17 and 20-24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
September 18 & 25, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Our 50th year celebration continues with a revival of one of New Stage Theatre’s most popular comedies. It’s the 1980s in Louisiana and at Truvy’s beauty shop the motto is: “There is no such thing as natural beauty.” The women are all sass and brass. Gossip, revelations, and witty Southern banter flow like refreshing sweet tea on a hot summer day. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six Southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when the ladies face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship. Recommended for ages 12 and older.
By Thornton Wilder
October 25-29 and November 1-5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
October 30 and November 6, 2016 at 2 p.m.
The theatre’s 50th year observance will culminate with a special production of Thornton Wilder’s American Classic, Our Town. Endeavoring to capture what ‘our town’ is today, reflecting our city, our country and our lives, this rendition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will be presented in a manner that mirrors the diversity in America today. Our Town transports us to Grover’s Corners, a place of secret wishes and disappointments, loves and losses, where the people we encounter are shockingly like the ones in our own lives. This is a story that focuses on a village but encompasses the eternal, finding the world in a grain of sand. Recommended for ages 11 and older.
By Mark St. Germain
February 28-March 4 and March 7-11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.f
March 5 & 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Civil Rights Drama
Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between a Grand Cyclops of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice but also demonstrates what’s possible when we recognize the humanity in each other, forgive the past, and work together to change the future. Steep political ramifications, hypocritical thinking, and unexpected personal battles round out this deeply moving civil rights drama. Is it possible for sworn enemies to find common ground in solving the world’s problems? Recommended for ages 14 and older for strong, racial language and content.
By Christopher Durang
April 18-22 and April 25-29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
April 23 & 30, 2017 at 2 p.m.
With Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, is a wildly funny farce about a self-absorbed movie star—with her twenty-something boy-toy in tow—who returns to the family farmhouse to visit her brother and sister. Their arrival quickly turns a genial reunion into a hilarious free-for-all. This madcap masterpiece serves up family drama with comic savagery and poses the question: if you could choose your family, would you necessarily choose your family? Recommended for ages 14 and older. Contains mature language and situations.
By Colin Escott
May 30-June 3 and June 6-10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
June 4 & 11, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins came together for the first and only time for a famed recording session on December 4, 1956. These four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and more. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame at Million Dollar Quartet! Appropriate for all ages.