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The radio play for War of the Worlds was written by Howard Kloch (who later wrote Casablanca), Orson Welles, and Paul Steward and was inspired by the H.G. Welles story. It is a story of an invasion from Mars, and martians landing in Grovers Mill, New Jersey. This radio drama was updated to 1938 and moved to New York. This production will be a representation of how the radio broadcast of this classic moment in history may have looked to a studio audience. Actors will appear on stage with microphones and scripts, Foley artists will be seen on stage while they are creating an invasion from Mars.

Event Date Friday, 26 October 2012
Event End Date Saturday, 27 October 2012
Synopsis

Written by Evin Anderson, The Dark Flame is about three immigrant sisters that have come to New York to start their life again after losing their parents and significant others. They face strenuous hours and the horrific work conditions at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in hopes of achieving the American Dream. Little do they know that their dreams will be shattered as a fire rips through the building, forcing the sisters to challenge their beliefs. Directed by Harriet Friedman, The Dark of the Flame covers the rifts that can form between us as family as well as the events that bring us back together and help us form who we are. It also frames a time in American History where workers had little to no rights in an ever advancing world of consumerism and how these events still echo in today's society.

Event Date Friday, 22 June 2012
Event End Date Saturday, 23 June 2012
Synopsis

One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful, the show deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.

In turn-of-the-century Sweden, middle-aged Fredrik Egerman brings his 18-year-old bride Anne to a play starring his former mistress, Desirée Armfeldt. Soon, Fredrik and Desirée resume their romance, incurring the wrath of her current lover, a pompous Count. The situation culminates in a weekend at a country estate, with Fredrik, Anne, Desirée and the Count in attendance, as well as Fredrik’s son (who is hopelessly in love with Anne), Desirée’s illegitimate daughter, the Count’s manic-depressive wife and the Egerman’s lusty maid. And there, under the summer night, things are set to right.

Sophisticated, literate and stylish, A Little Night Music is also disarmingly warm, funny, charming and very human. Its well-constructed book is one of the best ever written, featuring a strong ensemble cast of vivid, memorable characters that span all age groups. The lilting Ravel-inspired score in three-quarter time accommodates both strong and less accomplished singers and contains Sondheim’s popular song, the haunting “Send in the Clowns.”

Event Date Friday, 02 December 2011
Event End Date Friday, 02 December 2011
Synopsis

Bjorn & Beeny are formerly of ABBA (the B’s in ABBA). The game of Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle. They are the ill-mannered American grandmaster, an intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second. She arrives at the international championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand.

While we all have enjoyed Rice’s musicals, Aida, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar, this is what many feel is his opus. It is at once inspiring, witty, brutally satiric, and cathartic. It doesn't sound like the pop hit Mamma Mia! or ABBA. It has classical overtones running throughout the musical, yet it has many 80’s style songs, power ballads and dance numbers that one might think dated, but are so delightful and so right-on.

There are also wonderful stand alone songs, "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well", both successful mainstream hits when released, and "Anthem" and "Pity the Child" are often performed at recitals and on solo albums. A great concept -- a chess game as a metaphor for life and politics is simply genius.

Event Date Friday, 06 May 2011
Event End Date Saturday, 14 May 2011

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