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2008-2009 Season Show Synopsis

Side Man
by Warren Leight
Director: Renee Kujawski
November 13-16 & 20-23, 2008 at Sturgeon Bay High School
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM

Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play. "SIDE MAN…is…a tender, deeply personal memory play about the turmoil in the family of a jazz musician as his career crumbles at the dawn of the age of rock-and-roll…It's a gentle reminder of bygone days, when a new play by Tennessee Williams or William Inge would stir up the public and fill seats for months." —NY Times.

Set in 1953 and traveling to 1985, this lovely and poignant memory play unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. Clifford recalls the key moments in his life, such as the day when he, fresh out of college, picked up his first unemployment check and was congratulated by Gene and his band mates. Gene's music career on the big band circuit ultimately crumbles with the advent of Elvis and rock-n-roll. Terry begs him to get a nine-to-five job to support the family, but Gene refuses to enter the "straight world" of regular paychecks, mortgages and security. For Gene, who knows jazz better than his own son, music is not just a job; it's his life. Their marriage slowly dissolves and young Clifford is witness to it all. As things worsen, Clifford assumes the role of parent and throws the hopeless Gene out of his mother's apartment. When an adult Clifford visits Gene in a rundown jazz club after years of separation, he requests that the old man play his mother's favorite song, the old standard "Why was I Born?" Clifford then asks, "Dad, why was I born?" It becomes Clifford's last, heart-breaking plea for his father's love.




She Loves Me
Musical
by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
Director: Ginger Auld, Musical Director: Craig McClelland
February 12-15 & 19-22, 2009 at Juniper Hall at Birch Creek Music Performance Center
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM

It is the rare musical theatre aficionado who doesn’t have a soft spot in his heart for this intimate show, considered by many the most charming musical ever written. Nominee: Tony Award for Best Musical (1964) Winner: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical Revival (1994).

Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental, “She Loves Me” is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances.

"An intimate work with nothing on its sophisticated mind other than romance, 'She Loves Me' is no less an anomaly on Broadway today than it was 30 years ago. Given how the world has aged since then, audiences may be hungrier than ever for this summons to a continuously melodic evening of sheer enchantment and complete escape." - The 1993 Revival, Frank Rich, The New York Times



Wit
by Margaret Edson

Director: Bill Bauernfiend
May 14-17 and 21-24, 2009 at Ephraim Village Hall
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play. In her extraordinary first play, Margaret Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. "[A] brutally human and beautifully layered new play…you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted." —NY Times.

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.


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