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2005-2006 Season Show Synopsis

Talking With...
Monologues by
Jane Martin
Oct. 20-23 & 27-30, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

Talking With is a series of monologues of characters talking with us about their experiences, in the poetic language that Jane Martin is known for bringing to all her stage characters. These extraordinary monologues received a standing ovation at Louisville's Actors Theatre. Idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and frighten, always speaking from the depths of their souls. They include a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex rodeo cowgirl, daughter, tattoed woman, an older woman in the twilight of her years and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job. 1982 winner of the American Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play. "A dramatist with an original voice ... [and] gladsome humor." N.Y. Times. "With Jane Martin, the monologue has taken on a new poetic form, intensive in its method and revelatory in its impact." Philadelphia Inquirer.

Door County’s finest actresses will take center stage and “dialogue” with the audience details of the passions and obsessions of their characters’ lives, challenging audiences to rethink assumptions created by exterior illusions and first impressions.



Assassins
Musical
by John Weidman & Stephen Sondheim
February 9-12 & 16-19, 2006
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM

Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, “Assassins” is perhaps the most thought-provoking musical ever written.

This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

An intimate acting piece for a largely male ensemble cast, “Assassins” contains some of the finest scene writing in recent memory as well as a brilliant, melodic score which pastiches American music throughout the ages, from folk to ragtime to 1970s soft rock. Its daring makes it ideal for any group looking for a unique, challenging theatrical experience.



Two Chekhov One-Acts - The Bear & The Proposal
Comedies by Anton Chekhov
May 4-7 & 11-14, 2006
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM

The Bear is one of Chekhov's very short plays, an unquestionable comedy, as opposed to the author's full length dramas which he considered comedies, but which are certainly of a more serious ilk. The Bear condenses so much of human nature into this short, comical, bizarre, and ultimately triumphant act. Chekhov demonstrates how close (at times) is the relationship between anger and passion, and how strange and wonderful is the human condition.

The Proposal shows how hilarious and ridiculous a situation can become when the excitable and "ailing" Lomov comes to propose to the attractive, but equally excitable, Natalia. They soon enter into rowdy quarrels about land boundaries and hunting dogs. Will they marry? Will they fight their way through life?

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