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Presenting the 2010 - 2011 Season

Harvey by Mary Chase

Directed by Diane Mashia

Presented on
October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 2010

When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment.

Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood.

Come see what happens when the truth comes out!

Mary Chase's Harvey presented in October 2010 by Rocheester's Black Sheep Theatre.
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Agatha Christie's
Witness for the Prosecution

Directed by Nic Hambas

Presented on
January 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 2011

A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man is the chief suspect. The testimony of his wife is expected to result in an acquittal, but she is a shrew who damages his case and all but hangs him before a vindictive mystery woman appears with letters against the wife. Come see how the mystery unfolds in Agatha Christie's brilliant “triple-flip” ending!

Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution presented in January 2011 by Rochester's Bladk Sheep Theatre.
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Magic Time: Early Off-Off Broadway
Featuring three one-act plays
from Caffe Cino

Directed by David Byrne

Presented on
March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2011

The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year
by John Guare

He and She first meet when She is feeding pigeons in the park, and He asks her for the plastic favor at the bottom of the Crackerjack box. He tells her that his wife takes all his money, bends the coins in her teeth, and shoots at his feet with a rifle with a blue silencer. She doesn't know what to make of him, but they begin to meet regularly, and gradually more of his story comes out.

War by Jean-Claude van Itallie

Two actors, one young, one old, and a bizarre lady, engage in a series of fantasy-like improvisations, articulating the relentless war that humankind is doomed to wage against harsh reality and the inexorable passage of time.

This Is the Rill Speaking by Lanford Wilson

A Play for Voices, This Is the Rill Speaking is a poetic, mosaic-style evocation of small-town life told through multiple voices which shift and blend from identity to identity. A slice-of-life of Americana, loosely based on the playwright’s childhood growing up in the rural Midwest.

Magic Time: Early Off-Off Broadway

Featuring three one-act plays from Café Cino March 2011 by Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre.

 

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The Mystery Plays
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Directed by Kathy Clay

Presented on
May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 2011

The Mystery Plays is two interrelated one acts, loosely based on the tradition of the medieval mystery plays. In the first play, The Filmmaker's Mystery, Joe Manning, a director of horror films, survives a terrible train wreck - only to be haunted by the ghost of Nathan West, one of the passengers who didn't survive. As the police investigate Joe, he investigates Nathan, desperate to understand why he survived and what Nathan's specter could possible want.

In the second play, Ghost Children, Joe's attorney and friend, Abby Gilly, travels to a small town in rural Oregon to make peace with the man who brutally murdered her parents and younger sister sixteen years earlier. Like the original medieval mystery plays, The Mystery Plays wrestles with the most profound of human ideas: the mysteries of death, the afterlife, religion, faith, and forgiveness – in a uniquely American way.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
The Mystery Plays presented in May 2011 by Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre.
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Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton

Directed by Kevin Swift

Presented in June 2011

A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice, Angel Street tells the story of the Manninghams who live on Angel Street in 19th Century London.

As the curtain rises, all appears the essence of Victorian tranquility. It is soon apparent however, that Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness which masks more sinister motives. While he is out, Mrs. Manningham has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in this very house. Gradually the inspector restores Bella's confidence in herself and as the evidence against Manningham unfolds, the author has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.

Patrick Hamilton's Angel Street presented in June 2011 by Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre.

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