2005-2006 Season

August 12-26
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Written by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark
Directed by Sheilah Crossley-Cox
Produced by Stephen Cox.
Set in pre-World War II Scotland, this drama portrays the impact, for good and evil, on young minds of the powerful personality of a teacher. The issues of personal and social culpability are as relevant today as they were in the 1930s.

August 14-September 4
Shakespeare on the Green: Henry IV Part 1
Directed by Jim Robertson, Produced by Ginny Zanner
Shakespeare’s take on war, politics, and comedy all come together in this whirlwind tale, as King Henry IV struggles to maintain peace, while is own young son, Prince Hal, comes of age in an era of civil strife. Performances are held in various locations throughout Greenbelt, and all performances are free!

September 9-17
Shylock, the Jew of Venice
Laley Lippard directs Sammy Wegent and John R. Johnston.
Shylock is a powerful new telling of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and takes place in a Nazi concentration camp in July 1944, where two prisoners–noted and respected actors in Yiddish theater before the war–are forced to present Shakespeare’s play as yet another form of degradation for the guards’ entertainment. Their final presentation illustrates the power of the original work and the ultimate triumph of human spirit in surpassing overwhelming adversity.

September 23-October 1
Six Characters in Search of an Author
By Luigi Pirandello, Adapted by Robert Brustein and the American Rep Theatre Company
Directed by Betsy R. Delaney
Produced by Jaimee Wurzel.
A production of OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company, in cooperation with Greenbelt Arts Center.
Pirandello’s 20th-century masterpiece opens in a bare backstage area where our actors are rehearsing. Six people – who claim to be characters from a play abandoned by their author – make a sudden appearance and seek new life by asking the actors to enact their drama. Pirandello’s brilliant exploration of the nature of reality versus illusion, truth versus artifice, and the workings of the creative process is being presented in a newly updated version.

October 14-November 5
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Lenora Dernoga
Produced by Beatriz Mayoral.
Simon’s delightful comedy details how middle-aged Barney Cashman, who married his high school sweetheart, wants to have one extra-marital romantic fling before life passes him by. On three different afternoons he brings women to his mother’s apartment. This is a funny but insightful portrayal of a decent guy who just can’t succeed in sinning.

January 6-28
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb.
Directed by Gretchen Jacobs.
Musical Direction by Joe Biddle.
Choreography by Richelle “Rikki” Howie.
Arriving in Berlin the last day of 1929, young American writer Cliff is instantly immersed in the local culture when a fellow passenger on the train hides a briefcase amidst Cliff’s luggage. From there it’s just a short step to Fraulein Schneider’s rooming house and Wilkommen to the Kit Kat Club, where he meets Perfectly Marvelous Sally Bowles, who sweeps him off his feet. They’d be Sitting Pretty if they weren’t so broke and the rise of the Nazis weren’t signaling an end to the Cabaret life.

February 17-25
Youth Musical: Perseus and the Gorgon
Written and directed by Chris Cherry. Produced by the Greenbelt Recreation Department.
This year’s Winter Youth Musical is Perseus and the Gorgon, a new original musical by Christopher Cherry. Adapted from Greek myth, the story features two kings, two queens, a prince raised as a humble fisherman’s son, an enchanted princess, the mysterious all-seeing Gray Ones, troops of singing bats and moles, and a monster so hideous that simply looking at it turns people to stone!
Tickets are specially priced at $5. The Winter Youth Musical has sold out for the last three years, so buy your tickets early! Tickets sales are handled through the Greenbelt Community Center business office. You may purchase tickets in person at the Community Center or charge them by phone at 301-397-2208, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Due to the high demand for tickets, this is a sales-only production, so we cannot accept unpaid reservations.

March 3-4
A Comedy of Errors
Written by William Shakespeare
a guest production from the Rude Mechanicals.
Masks, mayhem, and mistaken identities as twin brothers and their twin servants get lost in a mix-up over who did what and with whom and for how much! Come celebrate Mardi Gras with William Shakespeare and the Rude Mechanicals, in this reprise of their very popular 2005 production.

March 17-April 8
Written by John Morgan Evans
Directed by Rick Starkweather
Produced by Jennifer Alexander.
This harrowing and hilarious family drama shows how four generations of Irish American women deal with crisis. The five women gather in the kitchen of the Greenbelt home while the gravely ill family patriarch is in his bedroom playing Irish songs on a record player. With yelling, laughter, crying and lots of food , the Daughters’ characters are composites of bravado, anxiety, selfishness, love, innocence, and the desire to stay a family.

April 28-May 20
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephen Cox
produced by Sheilah Crossley-Cox
Pre-shadowing many themes and plot devices of his later work, Shakespeare’s first foray into romantic comedy explores love in all its forms and complexities. Intertwined with this tale of two pairs of lovers are the hilarious antics of a set of clownish servants.

June 2-24
Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Jeffery Lesniak.
One night a young stable hand blinds six horses in their stable? Why? The boy was sick. Of course he was sick, but why? In this drama a psychiatrist tries to determine the facts and circumstances and piece together the anatomy of an outrage. (Parental advisory: contains strong language and nudity.)