August 20-September 5
Shakespeare on the Green: Romeo & Juliet
Produced and Directed by Ginny Zanner
The Bard’s most romantic drama: Young lovers, family feuds, fierce combat and misunderstandings with tragic consequences. Saturday August 21 from 5-7pm at Buddy Attick Park, Sunday August 29 at the Springhill Lake Recreation Center, and Sunday September 5 at the Greenbelt Arts Center as part of the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. All performances are free!
September 17-October 9
An American Daughter
Written by Wendy Wassersten
Produced by Celeste Campbell
Directed by Rick Starkweather
The award-winning political drama by the author of The Heidi Chronicles centers around a successful medical doctor, selected by the President to be the first female Surgeon General. When an indiscretion from her past is exposed by the liberal media, her campaign becomes embattled and she and her family are confronted with a crisis.
October 29-November 20
Written by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Jeffery Lesniak
One of the biggest Broadway successes of all time. Based on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, the parables of Jesus Christ come to life via a string of well-loved songs. Drawing from various theatrical traditions: clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics, and vaudeville, Godspell is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance, and love.
January 14-February 5
You Never Know
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Produced by Gretchen Jacobs
Directed by Roy Hammond
Based on the original play By Candlelight by Sigfried Geyer, Karl Farkas, and Robert Katscher
As adapted by Rowland Leigh, with additional adaptation by Paul Lazarus
Recipe for a delightful musical: 1929, a ritzy Paris hotel, a glittering cast of characters and the best ingredient of all: Cole Porter! Watch as the players sing, dance, hide, and deceive each other in their search for true love, because after all, You Never Know!
February 18. 19. 20. 25. 26
The Joy Gods Return
Written, Produced, and Directed by Chris Cherry
In our annual youth musical, it’s the year after the 9/11 attack, and a grieving actress and a jaded newscaster find hope and the chance for new happiness in New York City. This original musical by Greenbelt’s own Chris Cherry features sparkling 1930s-style showtunes in a show-within-a-show.
March 18-April 9
Night of the Iguana
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Randy Barth
Within the broken-down environs of a cheap Mexican resort hotel, Williams has created a mood of pervading loneliness and despair, as intrusive as the storm that stirs sudden lightening flashes and gushes through the tattered room. The desolation, the emptiness are in his people: the tough, sex-starved widow who runs the hotel, the neurotic, defrocked minister, and the gentle maiden from New England.
April 29-May 21
Creation of the World and Other Business
Written by Arthur Miller
Produced by John Calhoon
Directed by Norma R. Ozur
Miller plays out one of his most persuasive and fascinating themes: a power struggle between God and his favorite angel, Lucifer, who lusts for equality with God in heaven. As the first all-too-human family is caught between these two combatants, Miller uses comedy and drama to convince and persuade and to answer the question: Can two Gods reign in heaven?
Over the River and Through the Woods
Written by Joe DiPietro
Produced by Pamela Gill
Directed by Bob Hoffman
In this delightful comedy, Nick is a young, single Italian-American who lands the job of his dreams three thousand miles away from his beloved but annoying New Jersey grandparents. Faced with the loss of Nick to a position in faraway Seattle, the grandparents decide to take firm steps to keep him where they feel he belongs: close to them!