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A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 2018

Presented by the Young Actors' Studio:

Couples' quarrels abound in Shakespeare's best loved comedy, presented by our student acting troupe, the Young Actors' Studio. Exploring the nature of love in all its forms - true, eternal, unrequited, familial and even egocentric - fantasy and reality collide in this classic tale as four Athenian youths fall in and out of love. Throw in a donkey, a fairy king and queen, and see what shenanigans ensue in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Tickets:

Adults (ages 13+): $15

Students (ages 12 and under): $10

A Chorus Line

April 2018

Climaxing the season with glittering spectacle, this musical play tells the story of aspiring dancers. Each one hopes that talent and drive will make him or her a star. An exacting director, Zach, seeks to put together a dance team of the best dancers for his show. Personal stories of hope and loss reveal the lives of the dancers off the stage and shine a light on the reality behind their performances. Great dancing and powerful drama combine to make this final play of our season a must-see triumph. Winner of Nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

Disgraced

March 2018

Set in a spacious apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, this play explores the inner passions and beliefs of five Americans from different cultures. The play explores how the beliefs we learn from infancy are buried inside our adult selves. Ultimately, we are who we are. We can run, but not hide from what we have been taught. We act on our values in spite of ourselves, and when confronted with opposing beliefs, we clash, and that is how wars begin. Intense and mesmerizing, this story doesn’t just unravel; it explodes on the stage. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.

Pygmalion

April 2017

This story of Eliza Doolittle and her professor, Henry Higgins was made into a musical much more famous than the original play by the impeccable G.B. Shaw. A wonderful comedic comment on the silliness of class structure in Britain, the topic of the play is very timely in today’s world, where appearance trumps reality almost every time. Wit and wisdom combine with a clever plot to create a comedic masterpiece. We laugh as we realize that the real values of honesty, integrity, and love are what matter in the end.

God of Carnage

February 2017

In today’s world, civilized behavior, courtesy, and political correctness have evolved to keep raw emotion and impulses in check. When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over cocktails to resolve the dispute. The result is a dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy, and correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal who resides in all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, this show is wildly entertaining, and illuminates the dark side of being human.

Camelot

December 2016

Long, long ago, in a magical time, life was simple. Dragons were real, innocent boys pulled swords from stones. Right was right and wrong was wrong and no one questioned the difference. The legend of King Arthur and his young bride Guinevere tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The breaking of the spell of Camelot reveals the complexity and the struggle when ideal meet reality. One of the knights, Lancelot, falls in love and the kingdom crumbles. Set to the incomparable music of Lerner and Loewe, this play became a legend on Broadway.

Hamlet

October 2016

The keystone of Shakespeare’s works, this most famous play of all plays has a thousand times more words written about it than the play itself contains. Compass Rose Theater celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare by sharing a live production of his most celebrated play. To portray this work, and bring it to life on our stage is an honor and a privilege. Hamlet, aggrieved son and nephew to the new king, seeks to avenge his father’s most certain murder.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Secret Journey

September 2016

A winning entry in last season’s Rose Play Festival, this personal story of Eleanor Roosevelt is back by popular demand. On a limited run of nine performances, Sue Struve, who played the role last season, will recreate this personal journey of Eleanor at a time when we are deciding our next President. As the play reveals, women and politics were matched long ago. Discretion was the friend of power, and Eleanor Roosevelt became the first and greatest of influential women politicians and statesmen.

The Diary of Anne Frank

March 2016

A simple diary discovered after World War II shares the inmost thoughts and wishes of a young girl, Anne Frank, penned up in an attic hiding from the Nazis. The story is too real, too poignant to be fiction. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winning play not only shares a young girl’s life during wartime, but also explores the longings and dreams of all young girls. Innocence and youthful spirit are unquenched by circumstance, as Anne still discovers the world looking at the sky through a crack in the roof.

Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd

May 2016

An upper class gent and a lower class commoner compete for the top of the heap in this play contest of wills. Add a band of rowdy urchins and this un-story dances into our hearts. Running on Broadway in the late nineteen sixties, this play is less a story than an allegory. Featuring such hit songs as “Who Can I Turn to” and “Feeling Good” this play is a circus romp of good and bad, up and down. Let us entertain you, and enjoy the ride.

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