Oct 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct 15 matinee at 2:00 p.m.
THE STORY: David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet's characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win. (Samuel French)
Real Women Have Curves
Dec 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Story: Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the outrageously funny story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk... about their husbands and lovers, their children, their dreams for the future. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest among them. Just graduated from high school, Ana dreams of getting out of the barrio and going off to college and becoming a famous writer. Although she needs the money, Ana doesn't like working at the factory and has little respect for the coworkers, who make fun of her ambitions and what they consider her idealistic feminist philosophies. However, Ana keeps coming to her job and chronicling her experiences in a journal. As the summer unfolds, she slowly gains an understanding and appreciation of the work and the women, eventually writing an essay that wins her a journalism fellowship which will take her to New York City. This play, a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience, celebrates real women's bodies, the power of women, and the incredible bond that happens when women work together. (Dramatic Publishing)
Feb 23, 24, 25 and March 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.
March 4 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
THE STORY: The time-shifting comedy by the author of Top Girls created a sensation Off-Broadway directed by Tommy Tune. Here we are in 1880 darkest but British Africa as portrayed in old movies, plays and novels. Only with a difference. Both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes especially towards sex. There is Clive, a British functionary, his wife Betty (played by a man), their daughter Victoria (a rag doll), Clive's friend Harry an explorer, Mrs. Saunders who runs about dressed in a riding habit, Clive's son Edward who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman and Joshua a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on. What really is going on is a marvelous send up and a non-stop round robin of sexual liaisons. All this time the natives are restless in the background. The second act shifts to London in 1980 except for the surviving characters it is only twenty five years later and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated along with the Empire. (Samuel French)
Deborah Zoe Laufer
April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
April 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
THE STORY: In this comedy we witness the Stein family trying to hold it all together. After 9/11 the father sank into a dark depression and retreated to the family home where he wanders around the house in his pajamas refusing to go out. The mother has embarked on a personal religious journey and has come to believe that she has received a message from Jesus regarding the coming of the Apocalypse on Wednesday. Their teenage daughter, Rachel is currently trying on a goth identity and has recently befriended a neighbor boy who is into physics and Elvis Presley. They get together in the family home on Wednesday to wait out the coming apocalypse, come to terms with some of their issues and perhaps strengthen the family bond. Cameo appearances by Jesus Christ and Stephen Hawking round out the cast of characters.