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The Man Who Came To Dinner

The Man Who Came To Dinner

Directed by Connie Boyd
Produced by Kat Perhach

The irascible yet irresistible force known as Sheridan Whiteside takes over the home of his would be hosts when he slips and fractures his hip after a dinner party. Hilarity ensues as he tries to maintain his elaborately elitist lifestyle while recuperating in middle America.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

Directed by Dick Gant
Produced by Gretchen Pili

A newlywed couple’s lives are thrown into disarray by the return of the wife’s former lover in this classic drama by one of the world’s greatest playwrights.

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Directed by Sherrie Colbourn
Produced by Kevin Jones

This hilarious and frequently touching comedy by Neil Simon focuses on three different occupants of Suite 719 at New York’s famous Plaza Hotel.

The King and I

The King and I

Directed by Mary Bright and Richard Brousil
Produced by Brenda Townsend

Prince Maha Mongkut was born on October 18, 1804 in the kingdom of Siam (now called Thailand). His father, Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, become the king of Siam (King Rama II) when Mongkut was five.

Mongkut was a true monarch, with total power over his five and a half million subjects. He spoke English, French, and Latin as well as Siamese, Pali, and Sanskrit, although he joked once that some Englishmen “have not understanding of their own language when I speak.”

In his personal life Mongkut adhered to Siamese tradition, having 82 children by 39 wives. Nine thousand women lived in his harem, kept apart from the world in a separate city that they were seldom allowed to leave.

Mongkut arranged for the women of his court to be educated about the world beyond Siam. He allowed them to receive English lessons from Christian missionaries, but the Siamese women were bored by their preaching. So Mongkut’s consul in Singapore hired another woman, Anna Loenowens, to teach the king’s wives and children. She arrived in Bangkok in 1862.

This play is a fictionalized version of this story. They seldom sang Rodgers and Hammerstein songs during court functions.

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women

Directed by Jim Clevenger
Produced by Brian Weissman

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reasons to avoid the proceedings below in this comedy by “Six Feet Under” writer Alan Ball.