All My Sons (December 2-18, 2004)

A Drama by Arthur Miller

Winner of the Drama Critics’ Award for the best new American play of the season

During World War II, Joe Keller and Herbert Deever ran a machine shop which sold aeroplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a great deal of money. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever, returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, are set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax, showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father, is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.

Our Town (March 11-27, 2004)

A Drama by Thornton Wilder

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Our Town is one of the most popular and enduring pieces of twentieth century American theatre! This classic depicts life in a New Hampshire village in 1901. A day in the lives of these good people and all the inherent human passions are shown to us. Love and marriage, success and failure, triumph and joy, death and sorrow ! And we come to find that the past cannot be re-lived. One of the sagest, warmest, and most deeply human scripts to have come out of the American theatre!

The Glass Menagerie (January 15-31, 2004)

A Drama by Tennessee Williams

One of the most famous plays of the modern theatre and a drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty! Amanda is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom, to escape his mother’s nagging, seeks solace in alcohol and the movies; Laura, crippled and insecure, withdraws more and more. The crux of the action comes when a nice, ordinary fellow is invited to dinner as a “gentlemen caller” for Laura. Laura’s world shines, but unfortunately only briefly. The world of illusion which Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable, collapses about them.

Sweet Bird of Youth (January 9-25, 2003)

A Drama by Tennessee Williams

“Once again, a bolt of thunder has been hurled by Williams, and the theatre reverberates to its roar!”

The Princess, an aging motion picture actress in flight from her latest screen disaster, picks up Chance Wayne, a young hustler. Taking advantage of her drunkenness, and his own youth and good looks he lures her to the Southern town of his birth to see a young girl with whom he has had an affair and still loves. He hopes to use the Princess to promote a movie career for himself and his girl. What Chance does not know is that he has unwittingly infected the girl. Boss Finley, political despot and father of the girl, and his sadistic son and toadies lay in wait for his return and their revenge. Chance is deserted by his patroness, and far worse, his youth!

The Scarlet Pimpernel (May 2-18, 2002)

A Drama by Baroness Orczy, adapted by Beverley Cross

First performed in 1903, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the most successful play of its day – archetypal Edwardian theatre and the precursor of romantic Hollywood historical epics. This new adaptation, first presented at England’s Chichester Festival and then as a long-run West End production, brings to modern audiences the tale of the elusive English hero who snatches helpless innocents from death during the French Revolution, and rescues the Comte de Tournai with the enemy hot on this trail. The Scarlet Pimpernel works in the shadows, his identity unknown even to his immediate followers. He stands for English stability and against chaos and passionate fanaticism.

Incident at Vichy (March 7-23, 2002)

A Drama by Arthur Miller

An intense, meaningful play which deals with the Nazis’ inhuman treatment of the Jews – and the burden of guilt which all men must share. In 1942, in the detention room of a Vichy police station, eight men have been picked up for questioning. As they wait to be called, they wonder why they were chosen. At first, their hopeful guess is that only their identity papers will be checked. But it soon develops that all of them are Jews or are suspected to be. One by one they disappear for interrogation until only two remain. The startling change of events at the end of this gripping play, redeems, at least in part, the concern and honour of decent men everywhere.

A Man For All Seasons (November 9-25, 2000)

A Drama by Robert Bolt

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Garlands of awards and critical praise greeted this long-run success in both New York and London. The play is the story of Sir Thomas More in his last years as Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry the Eighth. When Henry failed to obtain from the Pope a divorce from Catharine of Aragon to marry Ann Boleyn, he rebelled by requiring his subjects to sign an act making him both temporal and spiritual leader of England. More could not in conscience comply. He resisted anything heroic; he wanted only to maintain his integrity and belief in silence. This was treason, and his very silence led him to his death! A Man For All Seasons is the ageless and inspiring echo of the same voice that calls to us: “To thine own self be true”.
 

Cast

Scott Griffin
The Common Man

Edward Karek
Master Richard Rich

Rita Lynham
Lady Alice More

Gerard O’Neill
Cardinal Wolsey

J. B. Pierre Rajotte
Signor Chapuys

John Ignatowicz
William Roper

Valerie Thomas
A Woman

Brian Kipping
Sir Thomas More

Alan Washbrook
Duke of Norfolk

Laura Robitaille
Lady Margaret More

George Bertwell
Thomas Cromwell

Alex Nicolaidis
Chapuys’ Attendant

Michael Savage
King Henry the 8th

Lawrence Stevenson
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer