TOWN & COUNTRY PLAYERS 2018 SEASON
Please note unless otherwise noted below, evening performances begin promptly at 8:00pm, matinees at 2:00pm.Home
Bonnie and Clyde
A musical with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and book by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Susan Galli
The musical centers on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the ill-fated lovers and outlaws whose story has been infamous since they achieved folk hero status during the Great Depression. Wildhorn describes the music as a “non-traditional score, combining rockabilly, blues, and gospel music”
Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike
A Comedy by Christopher Durang
Directed by Andy McPhee
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about their circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.
Other Desert Cities
A Drama written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Nancy Ridgeway
When Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas in 2004, she is unable to relax into the prickly, yet loving, embrace of her wealthy California family. Brooke has been in continuous rebellion against her conservative parents - father Lyman, a former Republican ambassador, and mother Polly, a brittle perfectionist - for a long time, moving to the East Coast and adopting liberal political beliefs, but she still craves their approval. She is anxious about revealing her publishing plans for her new memoir, about the suicide of her beloved brother Henry, who was involved in an anti-war bombing of a draft board during the Vietnam War and brought disgrace to his unforgiving mother and father. Over the course of Christmas Eve, Brook spars with her parents, reminisces with her charming younger brother Trip, and receives the dubious emotional support of her alcoholic Aunt Silda. When the news of Brooke’s memoir s revealed, Polly and Lyman are faced with a choice -- either reveal a shocking secret that they have kept
July 20 to August 4
Peter and the Starcatcher
A Family Play written by Rick Elice
Directed by Carly Price
Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates - led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own - the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A Family Musical by Stephen Schwartz/Alan Menken
Directed by John Neuman
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound throughout the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though - the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies - and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
The Children's Hour
A Thriller by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Rob Rosiello
One of the great successes of this distinguished writer. A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was purely an invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.
** Note evening performances for this show will start at 7:00 PM
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
Town and Country Players, in collaboration with Dance Arts Collaborative, is excited to once again bring this timeless Christmas classic to the T&C stage.
Choreography by Reina Faith, Directed by Nancy Ridgeway