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ActorsNET productions began in 1996. To date, we’ve presented over 200 productions including plays, comedies and musicals. In these archives you will find lists of all of the shows. Most of the titles are links to the original show pages which also have links to posters and production photos.

Playing with Fire (after Frankenstein)
by Barbara Field
October 14 – 30, 2022

Picking up where Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein leaves off, aging Victor Frankenstein has finally caught up with his Creature at the North Pole. He intends to kill the “monster,” but first they spend a night under the midnight sun reliving past events (played by younger counterparts) and debating the Creature’s agonized question, “Why did you make me?”

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
December 2 – 18, 2022

It’s two years after Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and family and friends are gathering for Christmas with the Darcys at Pemberle. In this witty holiday romance, bookish sister Mary is used to being unattached in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. But an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s intellectual interest, which may even lead to love.

A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee
January 27 – February 12, 2023

Agnes and Tobias, a wealthy couple in middle age, have achieved a “delicate balance” in their household, which is disrupted when close friends arrive on their doorstep with luggage because an undefinable but overwhelming fear has caused them to flee their home. These uninvited guests disrupt the balance, leading to compelling drama and challenging revelations. 


The Dover Road
by A. A. Milne
March 10 – 26, 2023

In this clever English play for grownups by A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, a mysterious rich man waylays two couples running off together along the road to Dover. But their host has committed his life and fortune to preventing bad marriages, and he forces the couples to take time to get to know each other better and possibly avoid a big mistake.


The Half-Life of Marie Curie
by Lauren Gunderson
April 21 – May 7, 2023

In the early years of the 20th century, double Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie and Hertha Ayrton, an accomplished electromechanical engineer and suffragette, share a years-long, supportive friendship in the face of gossip, loss, and institutional and societal sexism. The story is by turns thought-provoking, moving, charming and surprisingly relevant to today’s news.


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The Merry Wives of Windsor
by William Shakespeare
June 9 – 25, 2023

In this riotous comedy, John Falstaff schemes to repair his fractured fortunes by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. The ladies discover they have received identical letters from Falstaff, and they get revenge by playing tricks on him. They enlist help from their husbands and friends to play an elaborate final trick, putting an end to Falstaff’s mischief.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

October 15 – 31, 2021

In this wacky comedy, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia bicker their way through late middle age in their comfortable Bucks County home. Their movie-star sister Masha, who pays for everything and wants to sell the house, enters with her buff young boyfriend Spike. The mysterious Cassandra cleans and tells the future. A costume party and some wicked voodoo add to the disruption, along with visits from Nina, a lovely young actress who performs a very odd play.


Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig

December 3 – 19, 2021

Sherlock and Dr. Watson are called to the English moors when it appears the legendary hound is back, killing one Baskerville heir and trying to kill the next in line—a friendly Texan returning to the ancestral home. Two actors portray the detectives, and three more play more than 40 characters in a dizzying succession of places and costumes. Yet despite the farcical elements, the play also tells the story sincerely and suspensefully—featuring murders, accents, clues, disguises, a fake beard, and a really big dog!


A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee

January 28 – February 13, 2022

Agnes and Tobias, a wealthy couple in middle age, have achieved a “delicate balance” in their household, which includes Agnes’ hard-drinking sister Claire and will soon include daughter Julia, returning home after her fourth divorce. The balance is upset when close friends Harry and Edna arrive on their doorstep, planning to move in with them (perhaps forever) because an undefinable but overwhelming fear has caused them to flee their home. These uninvited guests disrupt the balance, leading to compelling drama and challenging revelations.


Seven Keys to Baldpate by George M. Cohan

March 11 – 27, 2022

Billy Magee is a novelist who has bet a rich friend that he can write a 10,000-word mystery in 24 hours. The friend sends Billy to Baldpate, a “closed” hotel with only one key where Billy can work uninterrupted. But it seems there may be some extra keys to Baldpate, held by a motley parade of shifty characters who straggle in during a blizzard and make Magee’s task seem impossible. Will Magee beat the odds and stay alive? Can he win the girl (of course there’s a girl!)? Who knows?


Perfect Arrangement

Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne

April 22 – May 8, 2022

It’s 1950, during the red-hunting McCarthy era. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, get a new assignment—to seek out sexual deviants within their ranks. The dilemma is, they are both gay, and have married each other’s partners as a cover to keep their jobs. The gay couples occupy adjacent homes, connected by an open closet. This “perfect arrangement” lets them switch places as needed, and the need arises when the stuffy boss visits with his wife. The boss’s dizzy wife wants to be friends and a former lover of one of the ladies turns up to further complicate things.


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King Lear by William Shakespeare

June 10 – 26, 2022

In this stunning play, considered one of the greatest tragedies every written, aging King Lear gives his kingdom to cold-hearted daughters Goneril and Regan, rejecting younger daughter Cordelia, who is pure of heart but too honest. Driven out by the two older women, Lear— accompanied by his faithful fool and a banished but faithful earl—confronts the fury of a violent storm, and his madness rises to meet it. In a parallel plot, the Duke of Gloucester’s bastard son plots the destruction of his father and his legitimate brother, seducing both Goneril and Regan in his quest for power. As war looms among the sisters, Lear’s harrowing descent into madness echoes growing chaos in his family and kingdom.

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
September 13 – 19, 2019

Reimagined and adapted by Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and Charlotte Kirkby, Wilde’s comedic masterpiece of blackmail and political corruption moves effortlessly into D.C.’s world of politics and scandal in the 1960s.

The Big Bad Wolf: An Adult Fairy Tale About Fear, Forgiveness, and Sexual Identity by Christopher Canaan

October 25 – November 10, 2019

Emmy-winning writer Canaan’s comedy reveals the fate of Peter, Red Riding Hood, one Little Pig, and The Girl Who Cried Wolf when the Big Bad Wolf and his hench-wolf, Wayne, escape from prison.

The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge’s Revenge by Joe Doyle
December 6 – 22, 2019

ActorsNET revives Doyle’s hilarious sequel to the iconic tale, which the Village Voice called “a holiday happening” when it played in NYC. A year after the happy ending, Scrooge learns he was duped, and plans to retaliate. 


Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie
January 31 – February 16, 2020

In this rare gem of a mystery, Dame Agatha added a touch of comedy to her characteristic mix of murder and mayhem. A young wife discover real life can be more exciting than make-believe… and she’s lucky to survive.


Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw
March 13 – 29, 2020

Mrs. Warren’s daughter does not know how her wealthy mother earned the family fortune, but when the truth is revealed, sparks fly.


Seven Keys to Baldpate by George M. Cohan
April 24 – May 10, 2020

America’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy” wrote this medley of mystery, farce, and intrigue about a writer who meets a parade of shady characters at a “closed” hotel.


King Lear by William Shakespeare

June 12 – 28, 2020

In this stunning tragedy, an aging king gives his power to his two cold-hearted daughters, rejecting the one who is pure of heart but too honest. His harrowing descent into madness echoes growing chaos in his family and kingdom.

Is He Dead
by Mark Twain, as adapted by David Ives.
Sep 28-Oct 14, 2018

A stage comedy involving renowned 19th-century French painter Jean-François Millet. In it, Twain fictionalizes the artist as faking his own death to increase the value of his paintings and returning as his own twin sister to reap the rewards.

The Lion in Winter
by James Goldman.
Nov 30-Dec 16, 2018

It’s Christmas time in the year 1183, and King Henry has gathered his rebellious queen and his warring sons to discuss who will be the next king. Henry’s young mistress and the king of France are there, too. What can go wrong? The tone is comedic but the stakes are dead serious.

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde.
Jan 18-Feb 3, 2019

“A trivial comedy for serious people” This story of two Victorian aristocrats trying to escape their social burdens, by means of fake identities, contains all of Oscar Wilde’s characteristic wit, Victorian charm, and biting social commentary, without ever becoming too serious.

The Crimes of Diana Eastlake
by Mort Paterson
Mar 8-24, 2019

Diana Eastlake, a rich NYC socialite, faces a crisis when her daughter is kidnapped in Syria. She can raise the ransom by bankrupting herself, but it’s illegal to pay ransom to terrorists. Will she go ahead, and if she does, can she pull it off and stay out of jail? The answers may surprise you.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis.
Apr 26-May 12, 2019

Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play reexamines the plight and fate of one of history’s most infamous and unexplained sinners.

Exit the King
by Eugène Ionesco
May 31-Jun 16, 2019

Ionesco’s absurdist exploration of ego and mortality is set in the crumbling throne-room of the palace in an unnamed country where King Berenger the First has only the duration of the play to live.

The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
July 12-28, 2019

Shakespeare’s play looks at first like a tragedy, but morphs into a romantic comedy, with two kings, a queen, a prince and princess, some shepherds, a musical con man, and much more.

It Can’t Happen Here
By Tony Taccone and Bennett Cohen, based on the 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis.
Oct 13 – 29, 2017

This cautionary tale follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the US by promising to return the country to greatness.

The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular
By Bo Wilson.
Dec 1 – 17, 2017

The ladies of the Charitable Second Trinity Victory Church, last seen on our stage in 2014, have a mystery on their hands: Who stole the baby Jesus? Will this stop their spectacular holiday show? Not likely.

Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie.
Jan 19 – Feb 4, 2018

Did that handsome young man murder his elderly benefactress? Only his German war-bride knows for sure. As any Christie fan knows, things are not always what they seem.

Red Velvet
By Lolita Chakrabarti.
Mar 2 – 18, 2018

In the early 1800s, a black American Shakespearean actor finds he is not welcome on the London stage, but triumphs in Europe.

A Little Night Music (musical)
Musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.
Apr 20 – May 6, 2018

Sondheim’s romantic music and lyrics, coupled with the artful book by Hugh Wheeler, sweeps us away to a weekend in the Swedish countryside. Actress Desiree Armfeldt, her family, her lovers, and their families learn when to “Send in the Clowns.”

The Sum of Us
By David Stevens.
Jun 1 – 18, 2018

This gentle Australian comedy follows a young gay man whose father goes way overboard to show acceptance of his son’s lifestyle.

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare.
Jul 13 – 29, 2018

In this lyrical, romantic tale, two teens fall in love too quickly and too deeply; the well-known story seems always fresh and new as the star-crossed lovers fly heedlessly toward tragedy.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Drama by Jethro Compton
Sept. 16 – Oct. 2, 2016

. A classic tale of good versus evil. It’s the law versus the gun, education versus ignorance, and one man versus vicious Liberty Valance. A tale of love, hope and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society. Based on the short story that inspired the classic movie western.

Our Town
American classic by Thornton Wilder.
Oct. 21 – Nov. 6, 2016

A character known as The Stage Manager leads us through the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners and through the everyday lives of its citizens, who experience birth, childhood, love, marriage, death, and eternity in the town’s embrace.

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Dec. 2 – 18, 2016

Famous writer and radio personality Sheridan Whiteside dines at the home of the Stanleys, then slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. The irascible, demanding writer stays for six weeks to recover, taking over the household and bringing chaos (and uproarious fun) in time for Christmas.

Sherlock Holmes
Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette.
Jan. 20 – Feb. 5, 2017

The creator of the Great Detective and the actor who portrayed him co-wrote this exciting adventure featuring Holmes and Watson, Moriarty and his dastardly disciples, a scheming woman, and a charming captive.

Twelfth Night
Comedy by William Shakespeare
Mar. 10 – 26, 2017

In this much-loved comedy, shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a man, falls in love with the duke she serves, and is wooed by a titled lady. Meanwhile, a gaggle of bawdy retainers torment the pompous butler. Hilarity ensues, of course.

The Explorers Club
Comedy by Nell Benjamin.
Apr. 28 – May 14, 2017

In this zany romp, London’s Explorers Club is in crisis: the acting president wants to admit a woman who discovered a lost city. Worse still, the club’s bartender is terrible! Will the intrepid members resolve their dilemma and get a decent drink? And who is that blue-painted fellow at the bar?

An Inspector Calls
Drama by J.B. Priestley.
June 2 – 18, 2017

In an English industrial city, a rich family is having dinner when a man turns up at the door, saying he is an inspector investigating the suicide of a young woman. His questioning reveals all members of the group are implicated in the girl’s undoing!

The Threepenny Opera
Musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein.
July 14 – 30, 2017

The notorious outlaw Macheath (“Mack the Knife”) is back in town, marrying the daughter of the beggar king. This tale of love, death, corruption and betrayal plays out to the tune of an unforgettable score.

A Raisin in the Sun.
by Lorraine Hansberry
Sept. 11 – 27, 2015

An iconic play about an African-American family striving to escape the slums and build a better life. As relevant today as it was in the 1950s, it’s an American treasure. Directed by Victoria Benn.

Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw.
Oct. 23 – Nov. 8, 2015

A 1905 comedy about a lovely Salvation Army major whose path is challenged by her ambitious mother and arms-magnate father. Directed by Cheryl Doyle and George Hartpence.

Meet Me in St. Louis
Stage musical version of the beloved film, by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane, and Hugh Wheeler.
Dec. 4 – 20, 2015

Our way of helping you “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Directed by Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski.

Leading Ladies
Ken Ludwig, author of Moon Over Buffalo and Lend Me a Tenor.
Jan. 29 – Feb. 14, 2016

A farce regarding two Shakespearean actors who dress as women to win an inheritance, with hilarious consequences.

We present two plays with only one actor onstage running concurrently on alternate days for four weeks:

Underneath the Lintel
by Glen Berger
Feb 25 – Mar 20, 2016

Barry Abramowitz plays a sheltered Dutch librarian hunting for the culprit who returned a book over 100 years overdue. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

by William Luce
Feb 25 – Mar 20, 2016

George Hartpence plays the aging star John Barrymore in a pastiche of drunken reverie and Shakespeare recitation. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.


A Murder Is Announced
An Agatha Christie tale, adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon
April 22 – May 8, 2016

A newspaper announcement states the time and place of a murder to occur. Miss Marple’s on the case.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
by Tennessee Williams.
Jun 3-19, 2016

It’s Big Daddy’s birthday and no one’s talking about what’s really going on – except Maggie the Cat, who wants the truth at all costs. Directed by LouJ Stalsworth.

Dancing at Lughnasa
by Brian Friel.
Jul 15-31, 2016

A deeply moving story of five impoverished Irish sisters fighting for survival and love in their simple cottage. And just occasionally, the music from the radio sets them a-dancing. Directed by Jarad Benn.

The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church
by Bo Wilson
Sept. 12 – 28, 2014

In this heart-warming new comedy, as a flood rages outside the church, the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood discover the deeper meaning of charity when they encounter a fugitive from justice.

by Bill Cain
Oct. 31 – Nov. 16, 2014

Shakespeare receives a royal commission to write a play about Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot. He and his company must find a way to keep their integrity…and also keep their heads.

Cheaper by the Dozen
by Christopher Sergel
Dec. 5 – 21, 2014

The father of 12 children is an efficiency expert, and runs his family the way he would run a factory. Problems (and laughs) ensue, along with touching moments of love and courage.

Born Yesterday
by Garson Kanin
Jan. 23 – Feb. 8, 2015

A rich but thuggish junk dealer dabbling in Washington politics hires a writer to educate his girlfriend, and the results are not exactly what he hoped for, in this classic American comedy from the 1940s.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
March 6 – 22, 2015

There’s mischief afoot in the Bard’s delicious comedy, in which unsuspecting Athenians enter a forest fairyland. There’s a happy ending, of course, with weddings and a silly play-within-a-play.

Groucho: A Life in Revue
by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
April 17 – May 3, 2015

Groucho narrates this play with comedy and music, which takes the Marx Brothers from vaudeville, to stardom and their eventual break up. Includes many of Groucho’s classic songs and sketches.

My Favorite Year (the musical)
by Joseph Dougherty, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
May 29 – June 14, 2015

A musical comedy with a heart of gold, based on the film. It’s 1954, and Benjy Stone, a TV writers’ assistant, is assigned to baby-sit Alan Swann, a drunken Hollywood swashbuckler.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
by Neil Simon
July 10 – 26, 2015

A brilliant comedy inspired by Simon’s early career as a junior comedy writer, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, and his wildly eccentric writing staff, circa 1953.

Man of La Mancha*
Sep 20 – Oct 6, 2013

Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion’s brilliant and moving “Impossible Dream” musical about Don Quixote. When Miguel Cervantes is summoned before the Spanish Inquisition, fellow prisoners threaten to destroy his manuscript about the famed knight errant. To prove its worth, he and his manservant cast the prisoners themselves into the story and stage the quixotic tale. Rated PG.

*Because of issues with performance rights, MAN OF LA MANCHA replaces 1776 as the opening production of our 18th season.

Oct 6 – Nov 10, 2013

Ronald Harwood’s funny and poignant play about four aged opera singers in a retirement home for musicians. To celebrate composer Verdi’s birthday, they are called upon to set aside their ego-clashes and diminishing vocal skills to recreate the third act quartet from Rigoletto. Can they do it? Or, will Verdi roll over in his grave? Rated G.

White Christmas
Dec 6 – 22, 2013

Heartwarming musical adaptation of the beloved holiday film, featuring 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis are a successful song-and-dance act after World War II, who pursue a pair of beautiful singing sisters to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show. And, the financially-struggling lodge just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. Will love prevail and the lodge be saved? Mr. Berlin’s dazzling score features such classics as Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and, of course, White Christmas. Rated G.

The Night of the Iguana
Jan 17 – Feb 2, 2014

Tennessee Williams’ blazing drama about a drunken, defrocked American minister and the multi-national denizens of a shabby Mexican hotel. Having become a tour guide in Mexico, the former clergyman battles his personal demons when tempted by a sensuous teenage girl. Through it all, the onetime cleric struggles to regain his sanity and self-respect. Rated PG-13.

August: Osage County
Feb 28 – Mar 23, 2014

Pulitzer and Tony-winning play by Tracy Letts. An Oklahoma family’s crisis leads to an explosion of repressed feelings and old secrets. Despite the plot dealing with revelations of drug-addiction, broken marriage, incest, strained parental relationships and other dark subjects, the playwright mines laughs along with keen insights. In eye-opening fashion, this family explores the fun in dysfunction! Rated PG-13.

Julius Caesar
Apr 25 – May 11, 2014

William Shakespeare’s absorbing drama about politics, power, conscience, and intrigue, centering on the events of one fateful day in March. As relevant today as it was when first penned, the Bard of Avon shows ancient Rome was no mere toga party. It serves as a reminder as to how back-stabbing politicians can really be. Rated PG-13.

Moon Over Buffalo
May 30 – Jun 15 , 2014

Uproarious farce by Ken Ludwig. Fading husband-and-wife stage stars hope to impress a famed Hollywood director to reclaim their fame and fortune, but, as fate would have it, everything that can go wrong does go wrong! Of course, it doesn’t help that the couple is on the verge of splitting up because the husband has had a dalliance with the production company’s young ingénue. Sight gags and frenzied hilarity about. Directed by Joe Doyle.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Jul 11 – 27, 2014

Christopher Hampton’s sensual play (aka “Dangerous Liaisons”) examines two pitiless French aristocrats. The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are both rivals and ex-lovers, using sex as a weapon to humiliate and degrade others for their own amusement. This adult drama depicts the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution. It is Rated R.

The Best Man
Sep 14 – Oct 7, 2012

On the heels of the smash Broadway revival, we present Gore Vidal’s exciting play about back-stabbing backroom politics at a fictional 1960 Presidential convention.

A Man for All Seasons
Oct 26 – Nov 11, 2012

Robert Bolt’s powerful drama depicting the deadly clash of wills between Thomas More and Britain’s King Henry VIII.

You Can’t Take It With You
Nov 30 – Dec 16, 2012

Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman’s charming comedy about an eccentric family whose daughter wants to marry the son of a stuffy rich couple.

Jan 18 – Feb 10, 2013

An exciting new adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker horror/thriller by Steven Dietz about the Transylvanian Count who tries to put the bite on everyone!

Moonlight and Magnolias
Mar 1 – Mar 24, 2013

Ron Hutchinson’s riotous comedy. Studio mogul David O. Selznick fires the director and writer of Gone With the Wind and works with new writer Ben Hecht and new director Victor Fleming to rewrite the entire film in five straight days and nights. As they write, the trio act out all the parts!

Enchanted April
Apr 19 – May 12, 2013

Matthew Barber’s stage adaptation of the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. Four disillusioned Englishwomen of the 1920s rent an Italian villa and rediscover laughter and romance.

The Merchant of Venice
May 31 – Jun 16 , 2013

Shakespeare’s classic about Shylock’s quest for revenge and “a pound of flesh.”

Jul 12 – 28, 2014

Lionel Bart’s musical version of Charles Dickens’ masterwork – “Oliver Twist” brought to life with a memorable Broadway score.

12 Angry Men
Sep 24 – Oct10, 2010

The compelling drama about a deadlocked jury. One man’s quest for simple justice leads his fellow jurors to confront their own lives and prejudices. By Reginald Rose.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof
Oct 29 – Nov 14, 2010

Tennessee Williams’ steamy American classic about exploding passion amid family turmoil.

Once Upon a Mattress
Dec 3 – 19, 2010

A special holiday treat for the entire family — a delightful musical comedy version of the beloved fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Musical by Mary Rogers (music), Marshall Barer (lyrics) and Jay Thompson (book).

Uncle Vanya
Jan 28 – Feb 13, 2011

This bittersweet comedy about dysfunction and longings is as fresh and relevant as anything being written today. By Anton Chekhov.

The Rainmaker
Mar 11 – 27, 2011

A self-professed “rainmaker” comes to a drought-stricken ranch to work his magic on the clouds — and a lonely woman. By N. Richard Nash.

The Cripple of Inishmaan
Apr 29 – May 15, 2011

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, this is a challenging comic tale with twisted humor and a surprising and moving ending. The show is rich with eccentric characters and equally eccentric situations. By Martin McDonagh.

Jun 10 – 26, 2011

Love, jealousy and racial hatred swirl wildly throughout this monumental master-work by William Shakespeare.

Jul 15 – 31, 2011

In 1931 Germany, the Nazis’ rise to power spares no one — not even the performers and patrons of the Kit Kat Club. Hit songs include “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and, of course, “Cabaret.” Book by Joe Masteroff. Music & Lyrics by Kander & Ebb.

Matthew Cassidy & John Helmke

Roebling: The Story of the Brooklyn Bridge
Sep 25 – Oct 11, 20109

The world premiere of local playwright Mark L. Violi’s epic drama about Trenton’s Roebling family, who – against all odds – designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge. Cheryl Doyle directs.

Bell, Book and Candle
Oct 30 – Nov 15, 2009

John Van Druten’s classic comedy about a 20th century Manhattan witch who falls in love with a mere mortal, while her warlock brother and witch aunt try to scuttle the love boat. This popular “old chestnut” will be served in time for Halloween. A show brimming with tricks and treats!

A Christmas Carol – in repertory with The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge’s Revenge
Dec 4 – 20, 2009

On alternating nights, we present two shows: First, a faithful rendition of Charles Dickens’ immortal heart-touching tale of Scrooge, adapted by Joe and Cheryl Doyle. No gaudy special effects; the magic is in the script. Second, Joe Doyle’s silly 1996 send-up of the original – lampooning that it was all a trick in the first place. Scrooge learns he’d been duped and plots revenge! Sparks fly, laughs abound! Directed by Joe Doyle.

On Borrowed Time
Jan 15 – 31, 2010

Paul Osborn’s stage adaptation of the L.E. Watkins novel. An old man traps death itself up a tree and refuses to let it down. While up there, no one dies. This disturbance of the natural order makes for a thoughtful and heart-warming fantasy.

The Play’s the Thing
Feb 26 – Mar 14, 2010

P.G. Wodehouse adapted Ferenc Molnar’s comic farce. A playwright and his collaborator bring a young composer in love with the leading lady of an upcoming musical to a weekend retreat. The trio overhear the leading lady having a dalliance with another man. The jilted composer vows to kill the production. Overnight, the playwright invents a new story line to save the show by convincing the playwright what they overheard was not an actual romantic overture, but a rehearsal of new dialogue for their play. This witty romp has it all.

A Moon for the Misbegotten
Apr 16 – May 2, 2010

Eugene O’Neill’s masterwork. In 1920s Connecticut, sly Irishman Phil Hogan and his daughter, Josie, live on a farm owned by poetic lost soul James Tyrone Jr., who loves to visit the farm to drink with the old man and flirt with the daughter. When an enemy tries to buy the farm out from under them, Hogan and his daughter scheme to trick Tyrone into bedding Josie, catching him in the act and forcing a marriage. On a moonlit night the seduction begins. By dawn the pretending gives way to much more as sorrows are revealed, passions are exposed and souls are cleansed. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

Much Ado About Nothing
May 21 – Jun 6, 2010

Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. Young lovers Hero and Claudio are to be wed in one week. For a lark, they conspire with Don Pedro to set a “lover’s trap” for arrogant confirmed bachelor Benedick and his favorite sparring partner, Beatrice . Meanwhile, the evil Don Jon conspires to break up the wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity, which leads to denunciation, tears, and a faked death. In the end, though, it all turns out to be “much ado about nothing.” Amidst the two love stories, the members of the local constabulary provide some hilarious slapstick.

Into the Woods
Jul 9 – 25, 2011

James Lapine wrote the book and the incomparable Stephen Sondheim the words and music for this fractured fairytale – the story of a childless baker and his wife, who attempt to reverse a curse in order to have a child. Act I ends with all ready to live “happily ever after.” Then Act II – and reality – strikes. The lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the tales we tell our children. Directed by Cheryl Doyle..

You Never Can Tell
Sep 26 – Oct 11, 2008

G.B. Shaw’s hilarious youthful comedy about mistaken identities, family secrets, and romantic entanglements.

The Investigation
Oct 24 – Nov 9, 2008

A riveting drama by Peter Weiss which takes you inside the Nazi war crime trials stemming from the horrific atrocities at Auschwitz.

Dec 5 – Dec 21, 2008

Edward Albee’s 1975 Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama. A couple facing retirement discuss the meaning of life and love with – believe it or not – a pair of sea lizards who may or may not decide to evolve into a higher life form.

Orson’s Shadow
Jan 23 – Feb 8, 2009

Austin Pendleton’s penetrating backstage look at actors and their egos. When the flamboyant Orson Welles directs Laurence Olivier in the absurd Ionesco play Rhinoceros, tempers flare and sparks fly!

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs
Feb 27 – Mar 15, 2013

Joe Doyle’s popular comic drama about adult children and their aged parents returns. The mother has Alzheimer’s and the father’s mental faculties are failing. Naturally, it’s the children who are losing their minds!

Mass Appeal
Apr 17 – May 3, 2009

This is a comic and insightful two character play about an old parish priest who takes a rebellious young church deacon under his wing, trying to safely guide the young man to priesthood. They are polar opposites in all but their devotion to their God. The wise old priest uses charm and finesse to win souls, while the young deacon has a blistering “take no prisoners” approach which ruffles feathers. How will this clerical odd couple resolve their differences? God only knows!

May 29 – Jun 14 , 2009

Another backstage tale by Austin Pendleton. Based on the true story of Junius Booth, a tormented, alcoholic, 19th-century actor. His glory would be forgotten, while son Edwin would win fame as a great actor and his other son, John Wilkes, would win infamy as Lincoln’s assassin. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree …”

Finian’s Rainbow
Jul 10 – 26, 2014

The immortal musical comedy! An Irishman with a stolen crock of gold comes to the U.S. to bury it near Fort Knox in hopes it will grow in value. When the leprechaun he stole it from follows him to these shores, you can be sure bedlam and great music abound. Music by Burton Lane, Book by E.Y Harburg and Fred Saidy. Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Featuring such classic songs as ”Old Devil Moon“, ”If This Isn’t Love“ and ”How Are Things In Glocca Morra?“

Death of a Salesman
Oct 5 – 21, 2007

David Swartz & Theresa Forsyth Swartz star in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

Watch on the Rhine
Nov 16 – Dec 2, 2007

Virginia Barrie, Kate Couzens and Isabelle Elden are featured in Lillian Hellman’s gripping tale of Nazi spies in America, pre-World War II. Cheryl Doyle directs.

Song of Bernadette
Dec 14 – 30, 2007

Sarah Webster stars as the simple French girl who saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France. Costarring Susan Blair, Mort Paterson and Marco Newton. From the novel by Franz Werfel, dramatized by Jean and Walter Kerr. Joe Doyle directs.

Goodbye, Charlie
Jan 18 – Feb 3, 2008

Susan Fowler stars in George Axelrod’s comic romp about Charlie, a womanizing man who is murdered and reincarnated as a woman to learn lessons in humility, life and love. Ken Ammerman costars as Charlie’s former best friend and extremely reluctant love interest. Directed by Joe Doyle.

The desperate hours
Feb 29 – Mar 16, 2008

Jamie Bradley and Bill Thompkins star in Joseph Hayes’ gripping drama. Escaped prisoners seize a middle-class household and hold the family hostage! Directed by Ed Patton.

Cyrano de Bergerac
Apr 4 – 20, 2008

George Hartpence and Carol Thompson star in Edmund Rostand’s immortal swashbuckling tale of a Frenchman with a “nose” for trouble. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

Big River
May 23 – Jun 8, 2008

Evan Baranowski and Bill Thompkins star as Huck Finn and his runaway slave friend Joe in Roger Miller’s brilliant toe-tapping musical rendering of the classic novel by Mark Twain. Joe Doyle directs.

And Then There Were None
Sep 5 – Oct 1, 2006

Lured to an inescapable island, a group of people who have all escaped justice for their complicity in deaths of others, are themselves killed, one-by-one in a manner similar to the deaths in the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians. Classic mystery by Agatha Christie. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

Something’s Afoot
Oct 27 – Nov 12, 2006

Hilarious mystery musical that spoofs detective stories, mainly the works of Agatha Christie, and especially her detective novel And Then There Were None. Book, music,& Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach. Directed by Joe Doyle.

The Andersonville Trial
Dec 1 – 17, 2006

A striking courtroom drama about a famous event in American history: the military trial of Henry Wirz, who was commander of the Confederate prison at Andersonville during the Civil War. By Saul Levitt. Directed by Joe Doyle.

Santa and the Christmas Pig and From Bethlehem with Love
Dec 21, 22 and 23rd Only!

Two encore holiday one acts by Joe Doyle. Plus a holiday concert and sing-along!

The Crucible
Jan 12 – 28, 2007

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

Dark of the Moon
Mar 23 – Apr 7, 2007

Set in the Appalachian Mountains and written in an Appalachian dialect, the play centers on the character of John, a witch boy who seeks to become human after falling in love with a human girl, Barbara Allen. By Howard Richardson and William Berney. Directed by Joe Doyle.

Apr 27 – May 13, 2007

George Hartpence and Carol Thompson star in Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The Bard’s masterpiece dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake Directed by Cheryl Doyle.

Damn Yankees
May 5 – Jun 10, 2007

The musical is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., at a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball. Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Directed by Joe Doyle.

  • 1776, book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, Jul 4th & 5th, 2003
    (at the Open Air Theatre, Washington Crossing State Park, NJ)
  • The Man Who Bought a Country, by Joe Doyle, Aug 18 – Sep 4, 2005
  • High Society, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Sep 23 – Oct 9, 2005
  • The Petrified Forest, by Robert E. Sherwood, Oct 28 – Nov 13, 2005
  • Christmas Cavalcade, by the Net musical performers, Dec 22-24, 2005
  • The Miracle Worker, by Wm Gibson, Jan 13 – 29, 2006
  • The Odd Couple (male and female version on alternate nights), by Neil Simon, Feb 16 – Mar 5, 2006
  • My Fair Lady, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Mar 30 – Apr 16, 2006
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, May 4 – 21, 2006
  • Man of La Mancha, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh, Jun 8 – 25, 2006
  • My Fair Lady, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Jul 20 – 29, 2006
    (at the Open Air Theatre, Washington Crossing State Park, NJ)
  • Amadeus, by Peter Shaffer, Sep 17 – Oct 3, 2004
  • Sleuth, by Anthony Shaffer, Oct 22 – Nov 7, 2004
  • Stalag 17, by Billy Wilder, Nov 26 – Dec 12, 2004
  • Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, Jan 21 – Feb 6, 2005
  • Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, Feb 25 – Mar 13, 2005
  • TheTempest, by William Shakespeare, Apr 1 – 17, 2005
  • The Sound of Music, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, May 5 – 22, 2005
  • Angel Street (aka Gaslight), by Patrick Hamilton, Sep 12 – 28, 2003
  • Auntie Mame, Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee, Oct 17 – Nov 2, 2003
  • Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw, Nov 21 – Dec 7, 2003
  • Holiday Potpourri, by the Net musical performers, Dec 19 – 21, 2003
  • Lettuce and Lovage, by Peter Shaffe, Jan 16 – Feb 1, 2004
  • Richard III, by William Shakespeare, Mar 5 – 21, 2004
  • Arsenic and Old Lace, Joseph Hesselring, April 9 – 25, 2004
  • Clarence Darrow, by David W. Rintel, May 7 – 16, 2004
  • Sweeney Todd, by Stephen Sondheim, Jun 3 – 20, 2004

Summer Stock:

  • 1776, book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, Jul 4th & 5th, 2003
    (Free Performances – Outdoors in Williamson Park, Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville)
  • The Man Who Bought a Country, by Joe Doyle, Jul 22 – Aug 15, 2004
  • Inherit the Wind, By Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee, Oct 4 – 20, 2002
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Dale Wasserman, Nov 1 – 17, 2002
  • Meet Me in St. Louis, by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blaine with a book by Hugh Wheeler, Dec 5 – 22, 2002
  • Jefferson & Adams, by Howard Ginsberg, Jan 17 – Feb 2, 2003
  • Caesar & Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw, Mar 7 – 23, 2003
  • Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare, Apr 25 through May 11, 2003
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Jun 12 – 29, 2003
  • 1776, book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, Jul 4th & 5th, 2003
    (Free Performances – Outdoors in Williamson Park, Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville)

Summer Stock:

  • Animal Crackers, book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, Jul 10 – 27, 2003
  • Kiss Me, Kate, Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, Aug 14 – 31, 2003
  • The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, Sep 13 – 30, 2001
  • Harvey, by Mary Chase, Oct 11- 28, 2001
  • The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams, Nov 8 – 25, 2001
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, Dec 6 – 23, 2001
  • Becket, Jean Anouilh, Jan 10 – 27, 2002
  • The Lion In Winter, by James Goldman, Feb 21 – Mar 10, 2002
  • King Lear, William Shakespeare, Apr 11 – 28, 2002
  • Camelot, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, May 16 – Jun 2, 2002


Summer Stock:

  • Bye Bye Birdie, book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse
  • Dreamers, by Jack Davis
  • How to Success in Business Without Really Trying, music by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert
  • Jefferson & Adams, by Howard Ginsberg
  • An Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller, Sep 15 – Oct 1, 2000
  • Everybody Loves Opal, by John Patrick, Oct 27 – Nov 12, 2000
  • Little Women, adapted for the stage by Roger Wheeler, Nov 24 – Dec 10, 2000
  • Christmas at Summerseat, by Joe Doyle, Dec 15 and 16, 2000
  • From Bethlehem with Love, by Joe Doyle, Dec 22 and 23, 2000
  • I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick, Jan 12 – 28, 2001 (Link)
  • Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Feb 16 – Mar 4, 2001 (Link)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard, Mar 16 – Apr 1, 2001 (Link)
  • The Last Days of Dinosaurs, by Joe Doyle, April 2001
  • Show Boat, by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, May 2001


Summer Stock:

  • Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, book by John R. Powers and music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans, Jun 15 – Jul 1, 2001
  • Sunrise at Campobello, by Dore Schary, September 17 – October 3, 1999
  • Greater Tuna, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, October 15 – 31, 1999
  • The Devil’s Disciple, George Bernard Shaw, November 12 – 28, 1999   [Photos]
  • Santa and the Christmas Pig, by Joe Doyle, Dec 1999
  • Man of La Mancha, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh, Jan 2000
  • The Roar of Greasepaint – Smell of Crowd, by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Feb, 2000
  • Sea Marks, by Gardner Mckay, Apr, 2000

Summer Stock:

  • Ruthless, by by Marvin Laird & Joel Paley
  • The Beach Party Slasher/Rock Around The Block, by Joe Doyle (summer Star Production)

The following shows were presented at The Artists Showcase Theatre in Trenton, NJ

  • I Remember Mama, by John Van Druten, Sep 25 – Oct 11, 1998
  • Manly Men: An Evening Chock Full of Lies and Testosterone, by Bo Wilson, Oct 16 – Nov 1, 1998
  • Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie, Nov 20 – Dec 6, 1998
  • Happy Holidaze/Christmas Presents, by the Net musical performers, Dec 18 & 19, 1998
  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Jan 22 – Feb 7, 1999
  • Sherry, by Joe Doyle, Feb 12 – 28, 1999
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor, by Neil Simon, Mar 12 – 28, 1999
  • Criminal Hearts, by Jane Martin, Apr 9 – 25, 1999
Inaugural show at the Heritage Center in Morrisville
  • Man of La Mancha, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh, May 15 – 30, 1999

Summer Stock:

  • The Fantasticks, music by Harvey Schmidt, words by Tom Jones
  • The Foreigner, by Larry Shue
  • God Bless America, NET musical performers
  • The Sunshine Boys, by Neil Simon
  • It’s About Time, by Joe Doyle (Summer Star Production)

    The following shows were presented at The Artists Showcase Theatre in Trenton, NJ

    • I Remember Mama, by John Van Druten, Sep 25 – Oct 11, 1998
    • Manly Men: An Evening Chock Full of Lies and Testosterone, by Bo Wilson, Oct 16 – Nov 1, 1998
    • Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie, Nov 20 – Dec 6, 1998
    • Happy Holidaze/Christmas Presents, by the Net musical performers, Dec 18 & 19, 1998
    • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Jan 22 – Feb 7, 1999
    • Sherry, by Joe Doyle, Feb 12 – 28, 1999
    • Laughter on the 23rd Floor, by Neil Simon, Mar 12 – 28, 1999
    • Criminal Hearts, by Jane Martin, Apr 9 – 25, 1999
    Inaugural show at the Heritage Center in Morrisville
    • Man of La Mancha, book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh, May 15 – 30, 1999

    Summer Stock:

    • The Fantasticks, music by Harvey Schmidt, words by Tom Jones
    • The Foreigner, by Larry Shue
    • God Bless America, NET musical performers
    • The Sunshine Boys, by Neil Simon
    • It’s About Time, by Joe Doyle (Summer Star Production)

The following shows were presented at The Artists Showcase Theatre in Trenton, NJ

  • The Owl and the Pussycat, by Bill Manhoff, Sep 26 – Oct 12, 1997
  • Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, Nov 11 – 30, 1997
  • The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge’s Revenge, by Joe Doyle, Dec 3, 1987 – Jan 10, 1998 (Wings Theater, NYC)
  • The Chalk Garden, Enid Bagnold, Jan 23 – Feb 8, 1998
  • The Odd Couple(s) (male and female versions), by Neil Simon, Mar 19 – Apr 5, 1998
  • Oliver, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, May 15 – 21, 1998

The following shows were presented at The Artists Showcase Theatre in Trenton, NJ

  • Way Way Off Broadway Revue, by the Net Musical Performers, Sep 13, 1996
  • The Philadelphia Story, by Phillip Barry, Oct 17 – Nov 3, 1996
  • The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge’s Revenge, by Joe Doyle, Dec 5 – 22, 1996
  • I’m Not Rappaport, by Herb Gardner, Feb 20 – Mar 9, 1997
  • The Petrified Forest, by Robert E. Sherwood, , May 5 – 18, 1997