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2011-2012 Season Show Synopses
Eclipse of the Soul

Eclipse of the Soul
by Scott Kopischke
Director: Henry C. Timm
October 6-9 & 13-16, 2011 -- Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM


World Premiere! An odd assortment of characters fills the cast of Othello at a local theater company as it prepares for its annual Shakespeare festival.   Drama ensues both onstage and off: the Stage Manager falls for the leading lady who wants nothing to do with him, there are disagreements about casting, actors are MIA for rehearsals, and two disinterested teenagers find ways to cause trouble.  Attempting to lead the motley troupe towards a quality production, the harried Director is compelled to take aspirin with ever-increasing frequency.  When rehearsals are further interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious spirit, members of the group must solve the clues to figure out how & why she needs their help. Can they rescue her in time and still put on a show?

Auditions!Aug. 22nd & 23rd - More Info


Door County Reads

DOOR COUNTY READS 2012 - Jan. 23 through Feb. 17

The Member of the Wedding
by Carson McCullers
adapted for the stage by the author

Director: Henry Timm
Thurs., January 26 , 2012 -- Greens N Grains Deli, 7821 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor
....6:00PM -- Natural & organic supper ($7.50)
....7:00PM -- Staged Reading (Free)
Seating is limited; please RSVP: 920-868-9999

The Member of the Wedding continues in the tradition of Carson McCullers' breakthrough novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.  This funny, dark story reveals 12-year old Frankie, another McCullers misfit; this time a pre-adolescent girl whose dreams are too big for her small town and her small world.   Friendless, excluded by peers and family, and on the brink of sexual and emotional discovery, Frankie is searching desperately for a “we” in the midst of a world struggling with racial conflict and the horrors and disruption of war.  She sees her involvement in the upcoming wedding of her older brother as a chance to abandon her life and become someone new; a member of something larger, more accepting.

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Striking 12

Striking 12
Music by Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Director: Janet Anderson
February 9-19, 2012 -- Juniper Hall at Birch Creek
.... Music Performance Center, Egg Harbor
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM


'Tis the Season. Deal with it. Striking 12 is the story of a Grumpy Guy who decides to avoid the hectic, loveless world on New Year’s Eve, until he’s visited by an incandescent salesgirl with the promise to chase away his winter doldrums.  This festive tale connects lush musical textures and soaring vocals to make a new music that’s all its own. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and old-fashioned uplift with a healthy dose of 21st-century skepticism, Striking 12 will re-ignite the holiday spirit with intelligent, original songs and no shortage of wit.

"[Vigoda and Milburn] are joined in the writing by effortlessly witty Rachel Sheinkin, who won a Tony Award for the book to the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. [They] fiddled around and came up with an easy-going spin on Hans Christian Andersen's seven-paragraph-long children's story, The Little Match Girl. The sunny result...keeps a smile on your face from start to finish. Every so often, you even give out a Santa Claus-resounding belly laugh." -TheatreMania.com

"Striking [12], a modern musical built around The Little Match Girl, is a beautiful melding of musical craft and sharp story-telling. The lyrics, like the between-song dialogue that propels the story line, are, by turns, smart, touching, and hilarious. The story is immediately appealing." -Amazon.com

Auditions!Nov. 19th & 20th - More Info


Circle Mirror Transformation

Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker
Director: John Wilson
May 17-27, 2012 -- Ephraim Village Hall, Ephraim
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 PM & Sun. at 2:00 PM

2010 OBIE Award Winner for Best New American Play

What do a flirty former actress, a teen-aged girl, a hippie husband and a divorced carpenter have in common? At first glance, not much. Circle Mirror Transformation traces the lives of a handful of small-town Vermont residents, who gather each week for an acting class taught at the local community center. They soon learn more about each other and themselves than they bargained for, revealing secrets that they never intended and transforming in ways they never expected. By the play's end, we seem to see to the very bottom of these souls, and feel how the artificial intimacy of the acting class has shaped their lives in substantial ways. ...Hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama; a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

"...absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny..." -NY Times

"Is there a nanosecond of self-discovery to be gleaned in the impersonation of a baseball glove? Ah, but this is where the imaginative intervention of a cunning dramatist can work wonders, as with the eminently satisfying outcome in Circle Mirror Transformation, Annie Baker's comically insightful merging of brittle epiphanies and adult education." -Washington Post

"Circle Mirror Transformation is a small play, but because it’s so genuinely alive, its stature ultimately seems larger than works with more ambitious subject matter. And let’s not underestimate the scope of Baker’s vision. In bringing together a cadre of ordinary characters drawn to “creative drama,” the playwright doesn’t just communicate something fundamental about theatrical expression. She manages...to enact what makes theater the most human of all the arts." -LA Times

Auditions! March 6th & 7th - More info


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