Current Season

February 15th & 16th, 2014

Katharine Cornell Theater
Shakespeare for the Masses
S4M

Shakespeare for the Masses – CORIOLANUS

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Quick & Painless & Free!

Shakespeare for the Masses brings you a rowdy Valentine’s Day Massacre set in ancient Rome!

The only Shakespeare play ever banned by a democratic government, CORIOLANUS is a startlingly contemporary tale about political intrigue, political spin doctors, political treachery… and, as with any story involving proto-fascism, the importance of motherhood.

February 15th at 7PM
February 16th at 2PM

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April 5th & 6th, 2014

Katharine Cornell Theater
Shakespeare for the Masses
s4m

Shakespeare for the Masses – CYMBELINE

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Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Nicole Galland & Chelsea McCarthy

If you can’t decide which of the Bard's plays you like – or hate - the most, then CYMBELINE is just the show for you.

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June 19 - July 12, 2014
(Opening night Saturday, June 21)

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage
Essex

The Whaleship Essex

Based on a true story

Written by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn

The Essex and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820 when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts, “The Whaleship Essex” is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea shanties, “The Whaleship Essex” revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds.

World Premiere
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July 11, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Edward Beck

Sweetened Water

Written by Edward Beck

A house on Martha's Vineyard is the setting for this play about Cynthia, a recent widow dealing with her grief and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has lost his mother to the same illness as Cynthia's husband. When Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet "retreat" after an introduction by their mutual friend, Sara, unanticipated revelations assure that these three will never be the same. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and sexuality are paramount as these characters come to terms with events that have now bound them inextricably together.

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July 21, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Bill C. Davis

Father-Land

Written by Bill C. Davis

After being disowned by his family, the grandson of a recently deceased German doctor arrives in America from Germany with a secret and a passionate request that both moves and enrages the adult son and daughter of a World War II American prisoner of war.

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July 28, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Arnie Reisman

Not Constantinople

Written by Arnie Reisman

An elderly couple settles into the Witness Protection Program in a gated community in Boca Raton. The husband unwittingly befriends a hit man with a contract on him. But when the husband develops Alzheimer's, the hit man develops a conscience: why kill a guy who won't know his own name soon? Time to send another hit man - a woman with an MBA.
Yes, this is a dark comedy.

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August 4, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Robert Brustein

Exposed

Written by Robert Brustein

A scorching satire on the extreme political and religious right in our country. Alternating prose, verse, and music, and loosely based on Moliere's Tartuffe, it follows the career of a hypocritical televangelist running for Congress in Texas, and the wealthy entrepreneur eager to finance his campaign and perhaps throw his daughter into the deal as well. Funny, ferocious, and offensive, it is destined to tickle the funny bone and scratch the pious nerve ends.

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August 11, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Monday Night Specials
Hanoch Levin

Murder

Written by Hanoch Levin
Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav

This brief, intense play by Israel’s most prolific, produced, and probably most controversial playwright, deals with the consequences of the murder of a Palestinian youth. Identity, revenge, and brutality blend in dramatic political and personal paradox; posing difficult questions of ethics and necessity.
Recommended for mature audiences only.
Directed by Joann Green Breuer

This reading is sponsored, in part, by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.

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August 18, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Halley Feiffer

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

Written by Halley Feiffer

An unlikely pair of strangers — a twentysomething foul-mouthed comedienne and a world-weary middle-aged tech geek — are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, these two very lost people must negotiate some of life’s heaviest problems — and make some of the world’s more inappropriate jokes — as they learn to laugh through their pain and to lean on each other when all they want to do is run away.

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September 1, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Monday Night Specials
Avram Ludwig

The Same Boat

Written by Avram Ludwig
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July 14, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Monday Night Specials
Sholem Aleichem

Tevy, Two Daughters, and a Cow

Written by Sholem Aleichem
Translated from the Yiddish by Julius & Frances Butwin

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Joann Green Breuer revisits three tales of Tevye, the milkman, not as musical spectacular but with the original simplicity of the shtetl. Meet Tevye, poor in goods, rich in faith and humor, his family, and their 'yiddish kop' wisdom.

This reading is sponsored, in part, by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.

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July 17 - August 9, 2014
(Opening night Saturday, July 19)

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage
Paul Clayton

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A Wiki-Folk Musical Experience in Two Acts

This new musical play celebrates the true story in words and song of one of Bob Dylan's first musical mentors. Paul Clayton of New Bedford was the most recorded young folk singer in America when Bobby Zimmerman arrived in 1961 Greenwich Village to begin his career as Bob Dylan. It was Paul who helped open the doors of the folk world to him. From 1961 to 1965 Paul taught Bob the tricks of the trade, while falling helplessly in love with him.

World Premiere
Written by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler

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August 14 - September 6, 2014
(Opening night Saturday, August 16)

Patricia Neal Stage
Professional Main Stage
Kansas City Swing

Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

It's 1947. Jackie Robinson has just integrated American baseball. In his shadow, Satchel Paige and his All Stars gear up to play Bob Feller's All Stars from the majors in a thrilling off-season match-up. Jazz fills the night, baseball the day. And America is about to experience something it's never faced before.

New England Premiere
Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan

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