Upcoming Shows

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Suki
June 10,11 8pm, June 12 2pm
June 16,17,18 8pm, June 19 2pm
June 23,24,25 8pm, June 26 2pm

Vera Stark, aspiring film actress, is determined and talented. The time is 1933, and the place is Hollywood, USA, and Vera is Black. What awaits this young, ambitious woman is a string of roles as slaves, maids, cooks, and mammies. Public recognition of her contribution to the arts emerges only after several decades in the business, when she is invited to appear on a popular TV talk show, and years later, when she becomes the subject of a movie retrospective and an academic symposium. This life story of an actress of color in America is bitter, but also wildly humorous – a full-blown satire that takes on old-time Hollywood, latter-day pop culture, and private and public hypocrisies.

Playwright awarded Pulitzer Prize for RUINED (2009) and SWEAT (2017)


By The Way, Meet Vera Stark: Online Program
Printable PDF Version of Program (13 pages)


2022-23 Season Announced

Five great plays! Subscriptions available now!

The Stagecrafters is excited to announce the 5 plays of our 2022-23 Season!

Proof: Genius and madness.  How genetic are these traits?  Robert, a genius mathematician sidetracked by mental illness has just died.  His caretaker and daughter, Catherine, is at loose ends with his loss and seems to have inherited his mental instability.  Robert’s student finds a proof, but when was it written? And by whom?

Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley: Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet, invites her sisters to Pemberley for Christmas; Mr. Darcy’s awkward cousin Lord Arthur de Bourgh joins the festivities.  Gentle manners and comic misunderstandings build from the relationships among Jane Austen’s well-loved Bennet sisters.

Boy Gets Girl: Theresa, a successful professional woman, goes on a blind date.  If she and Tony hit it off, great; if not, no harm, no foul.  At least, that’s the expectation.  Expectations and societal conditioning shockingly collide in this thriller.

Steel Magnolias: Two generations of strong women share the joys and sorrows of life, and a good dose of local gossip at Truvy’s rural Louisiana beauty shop.

Rumors: Suburban New Yorkers Charley and Myra Brock are celebrating their wedding anniversary with a dinner party.  As each pair of guests arrives, and the Brocks are conspicuously absent, the suppositions, assumptions and fabrications become increasingly complex and hilarious.


Proof

by David Auburn

Sept 16,17 @8pm, 18 @ 2pm
Sept 22,23 @ 8pm, 24 @ 2&8pm
Sept 29,30 @8pm, Oct 1 @ 2&8pm
Directed by: Becky Fleckner

Genius and madness.  How genetic are these traits?  Robert, a genius mathematician sidetracked by mental illness has just died.  His caretaker and daughter, Catherine, is at loose ends with his loss and seems to have inherited his mental instability.  Robert’s student finds a proof, but when was it written? And by whom?


Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley

by Lauren Gunderson
and Margot Melcon

Nov 25,26 @8pm, 27 @ 2pm
Dec 1,2,3 @8pm, 4 @ 2pm
Dec 8,9,10 @8pm, 11 @ 2pm
Directed by Jane Toczek

Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet, invites her sisters to Pemberley for Christmas; Mr. Darcy’s awkward cousin Lord Arthur de Bourgh joins the festivities.  Gentle manners and comic misunderstandings build from the relationships among Jane Austen’s well-loved Bennet sisters.


Boy Gets Girl

by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Mariangela Saavedra
February 10,11 @8pm, 12 @2pm
February 16,17,18 @ 8pm, 19 @2pm
Feb 23,24,25 @8pm, 26 @2pm
Directed by: Mariangela Saavedra

Theresa, a successful professional woman, goes on a blind date.  If she and Tony hit it off, great; if not, no harm, no foul.  At least, that’s the expectation.  Expectations and societal conditioning shockingly collide in this thriller.


Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Apr 14,15 @8pm, 16 @ 2pm
Apr 20,21,22 @8pm, 23 @2pm
Apr 27,28,29 @8pm, 30 @2pm
Directed by: Suki

Two generations of strong women share the joys and sorrows of life, and a good dose of local gossip at Truvy’s rural Louisiana beauty shop.


Rumors

by Neil Simon

June 9,10 @8pm, 11 @2pm
June 15,16,17 @ 8pm, 18 @2pm
June 22,23,24 @8pm, 25 @2pm
Directed by: Patrick Martin

Suburban New Yorkers Charley and Myra Brock are celebrating their wedding anniversary with a dinner party.  As each pair of guests arrives, and the Brocks are conspicuously absent, the suppositions, assumptions and fabrications become increasingly complex and hilarious.


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