by David Hirson
Directed by Caitlin Lopez
September 22, 23, 29, & 30 at 8pm; September 24 & October 1 at 4pm.
Written in rhymed couplets of iambic pentameter, the Molière-inspired story, set in 17th century France, pits dignified, stuffy Elomire, the head of the royal court-sponsored theatre troupe, against the foppish, frivolous street entertainer Valere, whom the troupe's patron, Prince Conti, wishes to bring aboard. Despite Elomire's violent objections, the company is forced to perform one of Valere's own plays, which results in dramatic changes to the future of Elomire, Valere, and the company itself.
Winner of the 1992 Olivier Award for best comedy of the year. This inventive and remarkably funny play makes it seem as if Molière had returned to the present day.
"LA BÊTE…begins with a bang that can make even a jaded New York audience abruptly spring to attention. No, one will soon forget…LA BÊTE, which takes the brave chances so rare in new American plays." —NY Times.
"There are a lot of laughs…And Hirson's way with a couplet…is smart and amusing." — NY Post.
by Lyle Kessler
Directed by Aly Easton
April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8pm & April 9 at 4pm
Broadway and Off Broadway audiences gave this moving drama standing ovations. Orphans has been an international success throughout the world. Two brothers, Phillip, sensitive, reclusive, never venturing out of his North Philly home and Treat, a violent pickpocket and thief who kidnaps a mysteriously wealthy businessman who turn the table on the two brothers and in strange, hilarious and moving way, becomes their long lost father figure.
Nominee! 2013 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
"A weird, wonderful thriller filled with suspense, pathos and packing an emotional wallop." - WMCA Radio, 1985
"Keeps you transfixed." - New York Daily News, 1985
"Bracing energy, dark humor, and tender spirit...Briskly entertaining, deeply affecting" - USA Today, 2013
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Dexter Rogers
March 3, 4, 10, & 11 at 8pm and March 5 & 12 at 4pm
Carmichael has been searching for his missing left hand for almost half a century. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell, and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire, and we're set for a hilarious roller coaster of love, hate, desperation and hope.
"When blood is shed in a Martin McDonagh play, the audience always laughs—and usually gasps. Mr. McDonagh is partial to comic violence, and in A Behanding in Spokane he lets it rip…full of grisly surprises…You're welcome to interpret A Behanding in Spokane as a fable about two lost souls who have more in common than they realize…or you can relax and revel in the virtuosity with which Mr. McDonagh stuffs wildly funny words into the mouths of his cast…Mr. McDonagh is one of the half-dozen finest playwrights in the English-speaking world." —Wall Street Journal.
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Beatrice Casagran
July 14, 16, 20 & 22 at 8pm
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, Hamlet dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow. Hamlet is ranked among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others”.
by Molly Newman & Barbara Damashek
A Collaboratively Directed piece by OJP Company Members
January 27, 28 & February 3, 4 at 8pm
January 29 and February 5 at 4pm
The Theatre Company Performing Arts Studio
1400 N. Benson, Upland
Based on the narratives of real women, this moving celebration of American Womanhood became a record-setting regional theater success before its presentations on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. Combining music, dance movement and scenes of vivid dramatic intensity, the play pays eloquent tribute to the courage and spirit of our nation's pioneer woman.
"Who would have thought that quilts, quilting—quilters—had so much joy and pain, laughter and tears, so much life, beauty and drama in them?" —Drama-Logue.
"…a tender and moving theatre work, a human patchwork rippling in the breeze of memory." —Newsweek.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Caitlin Lopez
July 13, 15, 21, & 23 at 8pm
Get ready for the verbal sparring match of the ages! Benedick and Beatrice have sworn off love... and eachother. But when their friends and family attempt to con them into a romance, will these acid-tongued cynicists take the bait? Mistaken identities, love, hilarity, honor, shame, and partying till the sun comes up are all ingredients for a great time in this rollicking production!