2009-2010 Season

August 29 – September 6
Shakespeare on the Green – Othello
Directed by Bill Jones.

September 4 – 19
Two Gentlemen of Verona
A guest production from The Rude Mechanicals
Directed by Joshua Engel
The lovely ladies of the Rude Mechanicals had such a good time with last year’s all-female Much Ado About Nothing that we’re doing it again for Two No Gentlemen of Verona. Shakespeare’s bromance, with no bros.

September 25 – October 17
Bus Stop
Written by William Inge
Directed by Randy Barth
Produced by Malca Giblin
During a howling snowstorm, a busload of weary travelers must hole up at a roadside diner until morning. Cherie, a nightclub singer, has been kidnapped by a young cowboy who is ready to carry her, kicking and screaming, down the aisle. Overnight, the cafe owner and the bus driver explore a long-overdue friendship, a middle-aged scholar faces his past, and a small-town girl gets her first taste of romance.

November 6 – 28
Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Jeffery Lesniak
Choreographed by Denise A. Levien
produced by Norma R. Ozur
A down-and-out skid row florist’s assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed R&B singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!

December 4 – 12
The Devil’s Christmas Carol
GAC Special Event
Book, lyrics, and music by Penny Eileen Martin
Directed by Penny Martin, produced by Glen Nelson
Theater is Hell … or is it? Expect the unexpected in this musical story of lost souls who are condemned for their mistakes, to perform A Christmas Carol in Hell until they get it right. If the show is really good, some souls may get out .. honestly!

January 8 – 30
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Stephen Cox
Produced by Sheilah Crossley-Cox
Just preceding The French Revolution, two aristocats play a diabolical game of seduction, betrayal, and revenge. Gossip, flirtation, and games are a mask for the underlying manpulations that unfold before us, when a notorious playboy is challenged to seduce a beautiful young newlywed. Both wickedly funny and heartbreaking, this brilliant play reminds us that “revenge is a dish best served cold.”

February 4 – 6
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
A guest production from Thunderous Productions
An evening of one-acts by Nina Mansfield
Produced by Celeste Campbell with various directors.
A set of five plays featuring a blend of comedy and drama all set on or around various means of transportation.

February 12 – 13
Interactive Opera: Carmen
Ever dream of being on stage?
At Interactive Opera you can be the star.
Join the cast of Bizet’s Carmen as a singer, actor, dancer, or extra.
You can participate as much or as little as you want. Participate from your seat or on stage.
Costumes and instructions are provided.
Organized by Myrna Meeroff, Associate Professor of Music, Prince George’s Community College.

March 19 – April 10
Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman
lyrics by Joe Darion
music by Mitch Leigh
Directed by Curt Somers
The literary genius of Miguel de Cervantes, as seen in the visionary tale of Don Quixote, is put to the test when the illustrious scribe is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition. The exploits of the mad knight and his glorious quest, retold through the wondrous music, offers the audiencean enchanting evening of reality and fantasy, of death and despair and the exhilaration of hope and what can truly be when the spirit is allowed to “dream.”

April 15 – 18
Fred & Frieda
A guest production from Apippa Productions
Written by Nicole Burton
Directed by Sheilah Crossley-Cox
Produced by Gail Seavey
This is an original play that celebrates the transforming power of memory and storytelling. Fred liberated 16-year-old Frieda when his all-black battalion stumbled on Ohrdruf concentration camp. Fifty years later, Frieda’s ready to tell her own story, but she can’t remember and calls for Fred’s help. This time, the life he saves may be his own.

May 7 – 29
Moon Over Buffalo
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Norma Ozur
produced by Celeste McMillan
The hilarious comedy centers on two fading repetory stars in 1950’s Buffalo. Not only have they lost their last chance at leads in a Frank Capra film, but their agent loves her, he is involved with the company ingenue and he battles with his deaf mother-in-law. Add to the mix their newly engaged daughter, her timid fiance and her former lover. Since the company cannot decide if they’re playing Private Lives or Cyrano de Bergerac, the plot is filled with misunderstandings. misplaced affections, and missing persons.

June 11 – 13
Local Playwrights Festival
Produced by Penny Martin
An evening of five One-Act plays by local playwrights.

June 18 – 20
Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
A guest production from Thunderous Productions
directed by Rick Starkweather
Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy features mistaken identities and cross dressing.

February 26 – 28
Greenbelt Voices
A guest production from TransitionTheater, Inc
Co-directed by Misha R’Kingsley & Amethyst Dwyer
Greenbelt Voices is a staged collection of Greenbelt stories written by and about the Greenbelt community. Various monologues, ranging from the dramatic to comedic, will offer a snapshot of how lives are affected by the town and its residents, workers and volunteers.

August 6 – 14
Charleston Revisited
Guest Performance from 7th Street Playhouse
Written and directed by Anthony Gallo
Indomitable Charleston matron, Charlotte Butler, is visited by her neighbor’s new beau. The two make a nighttime trip to a cemetery, which leads to an unanticipated encounter. This mystery-comedy, set in Charleston’s Historic district, is filled with eccentric characters and old-world gracious living.