Up Next Nov. 24 - Dec. 3
and A Companion
by Win Wells
A Staged Reading directed by Patricia Duff with Martha Murphy and Duff in the roles.
OutCast is pleased to welcome this gem of a play back to the Black Box stage. "Gertrude Stein and A Companion" was previously produced in OCP's first full season in 2012. This staged reading will feature the original cast.
The play begins just after the death of Gertrude Stein. Her ghost returns to reveal her relationship with Alice B. Toklas and traces the extraordinary relationship between Stein, experimental author and collector of art and artists, and her lifelong friend, who remained devoted to her memory and the life they shared. It moves back and forth in time as the actors play not only Gertrude and Alice but a host of famous people who were part of their lives, including Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. But without Alice, her true love, Gertrude would have remained undiscovered.
Fridays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 @ 7:30 pm
Saturdays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 @ 7:30 pm
Sundays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 @ 4 pm (all seats $15)
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by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Phil Jordan with Gail Liston, Brian Plebanek and Kathy Stanley.
In Kirkwood's play, "The Children," two retired nuclear scientists reside in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles. Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.
“[The Children] raises profound questions about whether having children sharpens, or diminishes, one’s sense of social responsibility…a genuinely disturbing play: one not simply about nuclear power but about the heavy price we may pay in the future for the profligacy of the present.” —Guardian (UK).
by Jim Carroll
David Ossman directs Timely Twain, written by and featuring Jim Carroll.
Twain is arguably our most famous American author and humorist. He was also an important and influential social icon. Timely Twain opens with the witty storyteller. Then we see him use his podium to deliver his wry political and social commentary. Finally, the numerous tragedies in his personal life appear to lead him to a darker, disappointed cynicism.
Samuel Clemens followed every personal tragedy with surges of creative energy and productivity. There's no doubt he would have done so again but for an appointment with Halley’s Comet in 1910. With faith in Clemens’s indomitable nature, the playwright gives Captain Stormfield, Twain’s posthumous alter ego, the last word.
A New Works Project Staged Reading
by Sherry Friedman
Directed by Ned Farley
What would you be willing to sacrifice to make your dreams come true? Passionate teacher/aspiring playwright with bipolar disorder Lucy Dieudonne has returned to her teaching job after a mysterious absence to confront a burned-out, suspicious staff and corrupt administration. Lucy fears becoming another "zombie" like her colleagues, who stagger through lives they hate. Fighting for her sanity, and guided by the voice of the poet Tennyson, will Lucy quit the steady job she needs to pursue the uncertain world of playwriting?
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett Sept. 8 - 24
Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett
Fridays, Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 @ 7:30 pm
Saturdays, Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 @ 7:30 pm
Bargain Sunday, Sept. 17 @ 4 pm (all seats $14)
Sunday, Sept. 24 @ 4 pm
Students/Senior - $16
Co-directed by Dan Christiaens and Robert Sindelar
Join OutCast in celebrating the 70th anniversary of this timeless masterpiece. These directors use Beckett’s revised text to explore how the play, originally set in the French countryside following the existential devastation of Europe in WWII, has so much to say to an audience today.
The story all began on January 5, 1953, when a simple play, written in French by the Irish expat Samuel Beckett, opened in a tiny theatre in Paris. And it was this production that lit the fuse. From this inauspicious beginning WAITING FOR GODOT soon exploded and spread its brilliant bewilderment like wildfire around the world, first in Germany, then in England and finally, across the pond to the USA. Since that time GODOT has had many significant productions and has become one of the most important and enigmatic plays of the last 70 years, and a cornerstone of twentieth century drama.
Two seemingly homeless men, Vladimir and Estragon, are waiting by a tree for someone or something called Godot. In an undefined landscape, where “Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes,” these characters inhabit a drama spun from their own consciousness featuring the comic wordplay of poetry, clowning, dreamscapes and nonsense, that has been interpreted as mankind’s inexhaustible search for meaning.
Robert Sindelar, Ethan Berkley, Gabe Harshman and Dan Christiaens in the OCP production of "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett through Sept. 24.