Past Shows

Lost In Yonkers

by Neil Simon
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller

Sep. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 2012

A tale of two young teenage boys left in the care of their stone-hearted grandmother and gentle childlike aunt, in 1942 Yonkers. Warm and deeply humane, by turns heartbreaking and devastatingly funny … considered Simon’s best play. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.


by Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere
(translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur)
Directed by Rhonda Goldstein

Jun. 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, Jul. 1 2012

Penned in 1664 by French actor and playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (called ‘Molière’), Tartuffe has become one of the most frequently performed stage plays of all time. It is the immortal tale of a crafty hypocrite who feigns honesty, human compassion, and piety, but in reality takes advantage of his naïve and gullible benefactor in a calculating and ruthless manner. This delicious, sharp-witted, and insightful comedy/farce has been delighting audiences for more than three centuries! Molière, born in 1622, was definitely influenced by the farcical style of the Italian commedia dell’arte, in the usage of social satire and lots of broad physicality. However, his plays represent a far more accomplished structure, and characters of infinitely greater depth and variety, than their Italian predecessors. He gained great popularity already during his lifetime, enthralling Parisian audiences with such ‘hits’ as The School for Wives, The Miser, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and […]

The Deadly Game

by James Yaffe (adapted from the novella The Breakdown by Friedrich Duerrenmatt)
Directed by Yaga Brady

Apr. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 2012

Those whose dramatic taste runs to the delightfully macabre may wish to put on their theatrical to-do list the psychological thriller The Deadly Game, adapted by James Yaffe from a novella by Swiss author Friedrich Duerrenmatt, which is to open at The Stagecrafters on Friday, April 13. The action unfolds as a traveling American businessman, having run his car into a snowdrift during a fierce Alpine blizzard, gratefully accepts warm hospitality after trudging his way to a chalet up the road perched over a deep precipice. Little does he suspect that the initial encounter with his host, a genial, well-mannered older gentleman, will lead to a chain of events that will literally put his life on the line. The tension builds slowly and inexorably, as the battle of wits and wiles effectively blends horror and black humor with probing of deeper issues of human moral frailty. Friedrich Duerrenmatt (1921-1990) was […]

All My Sons

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Catherine Pappas

Feb. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 2012

Family and neighbors gather in the backyard of Joe Keller’s home on a lovely summer Sunday in 1946. Fellowship and good cheer abound, while little is said either about Joe’s son, who went missing in the war, or about Joe being implicated in the shipment of defective materials to the military during the war. As the story progresses secrets are revealed and illusions are dashed, in this powerful commentary on honor, truth, and moral responsibility. A classic by one of the greatest American playwrights, and winner of the Tony award for Best Play.

Moonlight and Magnolias

by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Tracie Lango

Nov. 25, 26, 27, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 2011

This mile-a-minute go-round revolves around the complete script rewriting of Gone With the Wind after producer David O. Selznick, dissatisfied with the progress of his intended masterpiece, stops production flat and entrusts the new script to Ben Hecht … who has never read the book! What follows is inspired farce, rip-roaring, brimming with witty dialogue – both a satire of and a tribute to movie-making in the old Hollywood. Based upon a real-life happening.

Kimberly Akimbo

by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Jane Toczek

Sep. 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 2011

This haunting and hilarious dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire introduces us to Kimberly Levaco, a sixteen-year old girl whose problems go far beyond what others her age might ever experience – a story of how she copes with a very out-of-the-ordinary physical disorder, while having to deal with some very out-of-the-ordinary family dysfunction – and somehow finding a place in the world at large, that she longs to savor. This shrewd satire, by turns outrageous and farcical, takes the theatergoer on a powerfully emotional journey and decidedly challenges one’s sense of the limits of reality and fantasy

The Price

by Arthur Miller
Directed by David Flagg

Jun. 10,11,12,16,17,18,19,23,24,25,26 2011

WHAT PRICE MUST ONE PAY … FOR CHOICES MADE IN LIFE? Written in 1967 by the man considered to be one of the pre-eminent dramatists of the twentieth century, this play examines the relationship of two estranged brothers who get together for the first time in years to address the task of disposing of their late parents’ property. This beautifully written piece addresses the issues of coming to terms with choices made in the conduct of one’s life, and the price one pays for making them. Arthur Miller (1915-2005) enjoyed a career of more than seven decades as a widely respected essayist and playwright. His most recognized earlier plays are Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge (1955) and After the Fall (1962); notable later works include The Ride Down Mount Morgan (1991) and Broken Glass (1994). The Price, produced in 1968, ran for […]

Mud, River, Stone

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Tracie Lango

Apr. 8,9,10,14,15,16,17,21,22,23,24 2011

“Every now and then you get really lucky, and you see something that reminds you why you go to the theatre … I urge you to see this show.” (Michael Schwartz, STAGE Magazine) Stranded in a seedy hotel somewhere in the interior of Africa, a vacationing African-American couple experiences an unforeseen turn of events. A romanticized journey to their roots detours into a bizarre adventure. An insightful and witty story reflecting on the inescapable connection between the personal and the political. The action of the play unfolds somewhere in Africa, as two vacationing African-American Manhattanites, Sarah and David Bradley, take a turn off the paved road and end up stranded during a rainstorm in a seedy Colonial-era hotel in the middle of nowhere, together with an assorted lot of both black and white strandees. Suddenly what started out as a romanticized journey to their roots takes a detour into a […]

Private Lives

by Noël Coward
Directed by Rhonda Goldstein

Feb 4,5,6,10,11,12,13,17,18,19,20

In this satirical and slickly sophisticated comedic classic, the antics and indiscretions of Elyot and Amanda Chase, formerly married to each other, both now newly-wed (to others!), transport us to the fashionable world of the rich and idle during the late 1920s.; Tempers flare, sparks erupt, heads are lost, barbs and arrows fly, hearts are set adrift … onetime spouses spinning in a whirlwind of love and hate. In this delicious take on marital passions … battle lines are drawn, and combat, both verbal and physical, turns to wicked farce. An enduring favorite from the acknowledged master of the quip, Private Lives gives fresh meaning to ‘over-the-top’. Noël Coward (1899-1973) rose from modest circumstances to become one of England’s foremost playwrights, renowned for his wit, flamboyance, and a consummate sense of personal style. He published more than fifty plays, many of which are seen regularly in the theatrical repertoire, and […]

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller and Marilyn Yoblick

Nov. 26,27,28 Dec 2,3,4,5,9,10,11,12

A well-to-do American Jewish family in 1939 Atlanta is preparing for the annual cotillion at their country club, while slowly awakening to what’s happening at the time in Europe besieged by Hitler’s armies. Loving, humorous, and poignant portrait of a family at a crossroads … winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1997. As our second offering this season we bring to you Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo, a loving, humorous, and poignant portrait of a well-to-do Jewish family who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. It’s December of 1939, Europe is under siege by Hitler’s armies, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere on the silver screen, but the biggest concern of the Freitag and Levy families in Atlanta, Georgia, is Ballyhoo, the lavish annual cotillion for the city’s Jewish socialites – and more precisely the choice of ball gowns, and the […]

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