Sept. 29 through Oct. 15, 2017
by Steve Martin
Adapted from 1910 German farce Die Hose by the playwright Carl Sternheim
Steve Martin, legendary comedian and award-winning actor, has written this uproarious comedy based on the 1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim. In the play, a well-respected, middle-class couple return home from the king’s parade where, as fate would have it, the wife’s underwear falls down in public igniting an overwhelming passion in several would-be suitors.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Oct. 12 to 28, 2017
by William Shakespeare
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy arrives on a Midsummer’s night where four young lovers find themselves in an enchanted forest. Targeted by the fairy folk who live within, the couples find themselves confused and passions are flared. Meanwhile, a bumbling band of performers wander into the wood and where the fairy mischief-maker, Puck, is ready to ensure the course of true love is anything but smooth. Comedy, love, and confusion collide on this magical moonlight night.
A Streetcar Named Desire
Nov. 3 through 19, 2017
by Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama takes a poignant look at one family’s
electrifying relationship in 1940s New Orleans. When Stella’s destitute sister Blanche arrives,
old wounds are reopened and new conflicts ignite as Blanche storms into her sister’s world
and upends her marriage to her belligerent husband, Stanley.
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 1 through 17, 2017
Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by John Wolf and Tom Aulino
This holiday season, join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens classic story. When the miserly old Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, now deceased, he begins a journey into the past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre.
Heck-Rabi Playwriting Festival
Feb. 1 through 3, 2018
Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
Since 2000, the Studio Theatre has hosted the Louise Heck-Rabi Dramatic Playwriting One Act Festival, encouraging young playwrights to submit their original works. Each year, 6-7 semi-finalists are chosen out of all submissions. The plays are then read at a Workshop, where they are critiqued by judges. Three finalists win a scholarship as well as the opportunity to produce their play in front of a live audience. Each winning playwright has a chance to work with a student director and student performers to realize their productions on the stage.
Sister Act: The Musical
April 13 through 22, 2018
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Steinkellner
Get ready to rock your soul with Sister Act, the feel-good musical comedy based on the 1992 film. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.