This year is Oldcastle’s 46th season and the 6th in their Main Street theatre. Oldcastle Theatre Company‘s 2017 season includes lots of laughs, heart-stopping suspense, and a psychological thriller that will leave audiences questioning, and debating.
Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told By Himself) by Donald Margulies
May 19-June 4
The season opens May 19 with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies’ highly inventive Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told By Himself). The play brings audiences the thrilling story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th century England spellbound. Be prepared to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Shipwrecked! examines how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. The New York Times wrote “We can also consider the possibility that the hero of this true story, based on an untrue story, is a little of each.”
Moonlight and Magnolias by Ron Hutchinson
June 23-July 9
The story of producer David O. Selznick shutting down production of his new epic Gone with the Wind. The screenplay, sadly, just doesn’t work. So the all-powerful movie mogul, while fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law sends a car for screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the door, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become a blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. Seeing Fleming and Selznick “act out” the novel, playing all the parts from Rhett Butler to Scarlet O’Hara is rip-roaringly funny.The Chicago Sun Times call it a ” hyperventilating slapstick comedy, an impassioned love song, and blazing critique of Hollywood.
Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
July 21-August 6
Tingling suspense follows with Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, a tension filled exploration of the seemingly benign hobby of stamp collecting. Two sisters, following their mother’s death, discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy high- stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.
Ms. Rebeck, who lives part-time in Dorset, has written for “NYPD Blue” ,”Law & Order: Criminal Intent, she created the TV series “Smash.” Her feature films include “Harriet the Spy”. Her numerous plays include Broadway productions of “Dead Accounts,” “Seminar” and “Mauritius.”
A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig
August 18-September 3
Picture one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as Producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maria from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight.
One of the most popular comedies in Oldcastle’s long history was Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor which the Washington Post called: “One of the classic comedies of the 20th century.” It was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning two including Best Director and Best Lead Actor.
Equus by Peter Shaffer
September 29-October 15
Equus is the story of a psychiatrist who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious fascination with horses. The play is a kind of mystery with a children’s psychiatrist as the detective. The play was first produced by England’s famed National Theatre. A later Broadway production starred first Anthony Hopkins and then Anthony Perkins, Leonard Nimoy and Richard Burton, who starred in the film version. It won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Featured Actress. The Oldcastle version features Nigel Gore as the psychiatrist. Ethan Botwick, who appeared with Gore in Oldcastle’s production of “A Lion in Winter” plays the young boy. Christine Decker and Richard Howe play his parents and Ana Anderson plays the young woman attracted to Botwick.
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