Projects + Gigs
By Margaret Rather
Based on the characters created by P.G. Wodehouse
(I'm playing Jeeves — for the fourth time!)
Bertie Wooster and Jeeves return for a new adventure on the high seas - or, at least, off the coast of Monte Carlo. Bertie and his chum Sir Percival Everard Crumpworth (aka Crumpet) are reveling in life aboard the fetching Lady Stella Vanderley's yacht... until Crumpet discloses that he may or may not have murdered a prince.
In the blink of an eye, Bertie is masquerading as a romance novelist, Crumpet is posing as his own long-lost twin, and a foreign count is challenging Bertie to a duel!
In Margaret Raether's fourth adaptation of the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories, appearing for the first time in our Studio Theatre, can Jeeves prevent his master from being murdered - or worse, married?
By Madeleine L’Engle
Adapted by John Glore
A Wrinkle in Time is produced by special arrangement with Crosswicks, Ltd. and Stage Partners. (www.yourstagepartners.com)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle © 1962 Crosswicks, Ltd. All rights Reserved.
(I'm playing Mrs. Whatsit and the Man with Red Eyes)
It was a dark and stormy night. When a mysterious stranger arrives at Meg Murry’s home, she embarks on a wild, empowering journey of self-discovery. Joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O’Keefe, and more, they travel through space and time to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. Propel your imagination with this fantastical adventure of a lifetime.
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
Music & Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book and TYA adaptation by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
New arrangements and orchestrations by William Yanesh
Developed by Adventure Theatre in Maryland (in association with First Stage)
(I'm playing the King.)
Travel along the mighty Mississippi River as Huck helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom and reunite with his family. Their shared journey of discovery proves humorous, suspenseful and heartwarming. Mark Twain’s timeless classic comes alive on stage in this coming-of-age musical, adapted from the award-winning Broadway musical for our family audiences.
BY AYAD AKHTAR
(I'm playing Maximilien Cizik)
Immediately following its acclaimed Broadway run at Lincoln Center and featuring one of the largest casts ever on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, this riveting story is set in the financial world of the 1980s. Inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, it’s a battleground of titanic egos, where magnates are pitted against workers, lawyers against journalists, and everyone against themselves. With Junk, debt is an asset, and we see from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered.
THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL
By Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
(I'm playing Bruce Bechdel)
Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s father was a volatile and brilliant man whose secrets defined her family and her life. Bruce taught high school English, ran the family’s funeral home business, and was obsessed with restoring their old house. When he dies unexpectedly, Alison digs deeply into her childhood memories to try and understand how his choices may have influenced her own.
This unique, funny and heart- shattering new musical zig-zags across Alison’s past and present as she tries to make sense of her parents’ lives, her own sexuality, and how she maps the terrain of her adult world.
A NEW PLAY READING
By Andy Bayiates
Directed by Marcella Kearns
(I'm playing Abraham Lincoln)
A play about social media. Set in the 1850’s. Any brilliant young woman in 1853 with ambitions to change the world would be scorned. But Mabel Prescott finds such an opportunity in a unique venture—a printing-press version of Facebook—led by failed Congressman Abraham Lincoln. Join us for an historical what-if which will determine the fate of Mabel’s career, Lincoln’s future, and the imperiled union of the United States.
Pay-What-You-Choose Reading. Talkback with playwright to follow.
By Katie Forgette
(I'm playing Professor Moriarty)
Legendary actress Lillie Langtry has a big problem! She's being blackmailed, by a man who has stolen highly intimate letters she exchanged with the Prince of Wales! When she turns to her dear friend, Oscar Wilde, he knows there is but one man who can solve the case: that master of detectives, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes!
By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
(I'm playing Hucklebee)
A whimsical, funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, a wall, and two fathers whose plans to bring their children together is by keeping them apart! Come see Off-Broadway’s longest running show, featuring classics like Soon It’s Gonna Rain and Try To Remember as the narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic.
The beloved children's book in a beautiful adaptation.
Adapted for the stage by Dwayne Hartford
Based on the book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Text © 2006 by Kate DiCamillo
(I'm playing the voice of Edward Tulane.)
With his handmade silk suits, wide array of hats and tiny gold pocket watch, Edward Tulane is the most exceptional toy in Abilene’s room. He is adored and he is happy. But when Edward is thrown overboard on a cruise ship by mean boys, he begins a remarkable journey of discovery across Depression era America. Based on Newberry-winner Kate DiCamillo’s celebrated book and brought to life through imaginative storytelling and folk music, don’t miss this breathtaking story of finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home.
Back by popular demand!
By Charles M. Schulz
Adapted by Eric Schaeffer from the television special by Bob Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Music by Vince Guaraldi
(I'm returning to this production as Snoopy.)
This treasured classic once again comes to life on stage this holiday season. Everyone is giddy with Christmas cheer, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. Will directing the Christmas play help him get in the spirit of the season? Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. This is one holiday gift the entire family will adore.
A play by Rebecca Gilman
(I'm making my Renaissance debut playing Pastor Jay)
When Caroline, a veteran social worker, removes infant Luna Gale from the custody of her struggling young parents, the best course of action seems clear and Baby Luna is placed temporarily with her devoted grandmother. However Caroline quickly realizes that the situation is more complicated as she uncovers a shadowy and secretive family past. Struggling with the limitations of an overburdened bureaucracy, Caroline is forced to make a risky decision with potentially dangerous consequences.
LUNA GALE explores the tough situations welfare workers must contend with daily to ensure the well-being of children and their families.
Based on the beloved Rankin-Bass TV Special
Adapted by Robert Penola from a story by Robert L May
Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks
(I'm returning to this production as Movement Director and playing Boss Elf and Charlie in the Box.)
And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows! The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and returns to our stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, join Rudolph and his friends, Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius, as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us.
This production has become the gold standard around the country, as originally conceived by First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank.