The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin by Steven Levenson
Tom Durnin is a disbarred lawyer who has spent the last five years in prison for a fraudulent investment scheme. He returns to his family, envisioning a happy reunion and catching up on lost time. What he finds instead is a son (James) who is struggling with a job he hates, a marriage that has failed, and resentment towards his father for much of it. While James reluctantly allows Tom to camp out on his couch, the rest of the family is even less thrilled about Tom’s return. His now ex-wife Karen has moved on to another marriage, unbeknownst to Tom, and his daughter will not allow him to see his grandchildren, though her husband Chris, who owes his job to his father-in-law, is caught between competing loyalties. The family, still hurting, has managed to move on, but Tom’s return to them in hopes of reclaiming a happier past dredges up even more pain.
In a 2015 interview about his work as a whole, Levenson notes: “I do find the dynamics in the family to be fascinating and endlessly variable. Family is, obviously, among the most universal experiences. We all come from some kind of family, for better or worse, healthy or not. Family has always been very important to me and has always been something that is such a rich part of our experience. I guess people living together is always a fraught enterprise, filled with so much beauty, so much joy and so much sorrow.”
Production Dates: November 18 – December 4, 2016
Director: Marjorie Strader
Producer: Barb Jorgensen
Audition Dates: Monday October 10 and Tuesday October 11 at 7 PM
Luna Gale, by Rebecca Gilman
A veteran social worker believes she has a typical case on her hands when she meets two teenaged drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby daughter. She places the six-month-old baby in the care of her maternal grandmother, who requests permanent adoption. Is it better for the child to be reared by a rabidly evangelical grandmother or eventually to be reunited with the rehabilitated
parents? This very contemporary play is about moral dilemma, faith and forgiveness.
Production Dates: January 20, 2017 – February 5, 2017
Director: Debra Kent
Producer: K.L. Storer
Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Nov 21 & 22, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm both nights
The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance
Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning classic, The Elephant Man, is based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, an afflicted 19th century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he is astonished by Merrick’s brilliant intelligence and unshakable faith. Treves introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress, Mrs. Kendall, who is struck by his loneliness and understanding. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick. But with Merrick’s new life comes new complexity for all involved, and a “normal” existence begins to seem all but impossible.
Production Dates: March 17 – April 2, 2017
Director: David Shough
Audition Dates: Monday and Tuesday, January 23 & 24, 2017, 7-9:30pm
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