THE MOUNTAINTOP August 15 – September 14
August 15 – September 14
Central Coast Premiere! Best New Play 2010 Olivier Award
A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Set in a Memphis motel, 1968. First night for a sassy maid – last for an icon of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fresh from the speech of a lifetime. A breathtaking journey beyond realism, this provocative London/Broadway hit imagines the night before tragedy, burnishing a legend while revealing the flesh and blood man behind it. Humorous and magical, it is a daring rumination on life, legacy, loss, and conviction.
“Crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood.” – New York Newsday
“…as audacious as it is inventive… a thrilling, wild, provocative flight of magical realism…” – Associated Press
“Emotionally powerful… theatrically stunning!” – Variety
BLITHE SPIRIT November 14 – December 14
November 14 – December 14
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much revived classic is the unusual story of fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his clever and insistent late first wife, Elvira. She has been accidentally called up by a visiting medium, the wildly eccentric Madame Arcati. As the worldly and un-worldly personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over” and joins Elvira, leaving the two “blithe spirits” to haunt the hapless Charles into perpuity.
“A highly efficient laugh machine…keeps the audience in a state of tickled contentment”- New York Times
“Boisterous theatricality.”- The Guardian, UK
FOR BETTER February 21 – March 23
February 21- March 23
Central Coast Premiere!
In this plugged-in world of email, text messaging and camera phones, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon? Karen and Max are getting married. At least, if their jobs will ever let them be in the same city at the same time. A romantic comedy for the digital age, For Better is a hilarious new farce that pokes fun at our overdependence on the gadgets in our lives.
“Eric Coble’s hilariously funny, psychologically astute portraits hit home with rib- tickling acuity” – New York Times
“Coble’s work is a tour de force with physical and verbal comedy to spare”- The New Yorker
GOOD PEOPLE May 16- June 15
May 16 – June 15
Central Coast Premiere! Nominated for the Tony Award for Best play 2011, NY Drama Critics’ Circle Awards Best Play 2011. In South Boston, good people lean on their neighbors through hardship, nights are spent playing bingo at the local church, and life is lived from paycheck to paycheck. Falling on tough times, Margie Walsh turns to former boyfriend Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor. Can she manage to turn her life and luck around? Margie is about to risk what little she has to find out. With surprising plot twists filled with humor and pathos this comic drama about social class asks the question does where we grow up determine our destiny? Is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines a person’s fate?
“….. scrappy characters have tremendous appeal.” – Variety
“incisively drawn characters and sharp, witty dialogue.” – NY Post