A Number and The Children

A NUMBER
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Louisa Vilardi
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8pm
Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2pm

Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.

 

 

THE CHILDREN
By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Jeffery Battersby
Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8pm
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2pm

In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.

 

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Molly Sweeney and Mary’s Wedding

MOLLY SWEENEY
By Brian Freil
Directed by Cindy Topps
Saturday December 4 (8pm) and Sunday December 5 (2pm)

Three points of view about a poignant drama are related by three characters addressing the audience directly. First there is Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight. Her husband, Frank, who pushed Molly into this operation, relates his view of his wife’s journey into sightedness and his dealings with her doctor. Molly’s once-famous eye surgeon, Mr. Rice, watches both Molly and Frank and reveals his opinion of them along with his own fears in handling the operation. Through it all we see each character’s painful and happy histories, their memories and the events that led them to meet. Their stories interweave on stage, threading in and around each other’s lives, until the unexpected and touching conclusion to this striking tale.

MARY’S WEDDING
By Stephen Massicotte
Directed by Christine Crawfis
Friday December 3 (8pm) and Saturday December 4 (2pm)

A love story set against the backdrop of World War I, Mary’s Wedding is an epic, unforgettable story of love, hope, and survival, a moving memorial to both the Great War and great love.

 

 

 

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Uncanny Valley and Grand Concourse

UNCANNY VALLEY
By Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Kristin Battersby
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 8pm
Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 2pm

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, UNCANNY VALLEY charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible: mirroring people’s speech, engaging in small-talk, playing a musical instrument. Their deepening friendship and Julian’s growing “humanity” lead to the revelations of an unhealed sorrow in Claire’s personal life and, ultimately, the purpose for which Julian has been created. UNCANNY VALLEY explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

GRAND CONCOURSE
By Heidi Schreck
Directed by Dorothy Luongo
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 8pm
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2pm

Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless.

 

 

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The Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein

THE MEL BROOKS MUSICAL:
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music by Mel Brooks
Directed by Kevin Barnes
Friday, May 6, 13, 20 (8pm)
Saturday, May 7, 14, 21 (8pm)
Sunday, May 15 (2pm)
Saturday, May 21 (2pm)
Sunday, May 22 (2pm)

From the creators of the Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy. Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a hilarious stage creation. Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with extra theatrical flair.
* Please Note: For mature audiences, with a sense of humor!

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Grand Concourse and Uncanny Valley

GRAND CONCOURSE
By Heidi Schreck
Directed by Dorothy Luongo
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 8pm
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 2pm

Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless.

 

 

UNCANNY VALLEY
By Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Kristin Battersby
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 8pm
Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 2pm

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, UNCANNY VALLEY charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible: mirroring people’s speech, engaging in small-talk, playing a musical instrument. Their deepening friendship and Julian’s growing “humanity” lead to the revelations of an unhealed sorrow in Claire’s personal life and, ultimately, the purpose for which Julian has been created. UNCANNY VALLEY explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

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