The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet
and Trial by Jury by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Terry McCabe
Come for the greatest orator of early America arguing contract law with Satan. Stay for the riotous musical farce with a plot too ridiculous to summarize. Although the story of The Devil and Daniel Webster is well-known, few people have actually seen it onstage because not many theatres do one-acts anymore. We're here to remedy this, as it is one of the great American plays. The nineteen actors in it will then turn around after intermission and perform Trial by Jury, the equally great but completely different thirty minute operetta that launched Gilbert and Sullivan's careers as the English stage's finest satirists.
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Gary Griffin
September 21–November 4, 2018
“Indecent, the superbly realized, powerful new play by Paula Vogel, sheds an eye-opening light on a little-known time when theatrical history, Jewish culture, and the frank depiction of homosexuality intersected, with explosive results.” —The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance — a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
Deals with the Devil.
Before The Twilight Zone, there was British expatriate John Collier, writing humorous stories about the bizarre and fantastical for The New Yorker and sardonic screenplays in Hollywood throughout the first half of the 20th century. In this world premiere adaptation by BBEP Artistic Director Ed Rutherford, an ominous host (Black Button Eyes favorite, Kevin Webb) weaves together Collier’s comic tales of love, loss and the mysterious for the audience’s delight.
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Book & Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain)
Music by Jule Styne (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl)
Directed by Porchlight Artistic Director, Michael Weber
Music Direction by Jon Steinhagen
One performance ONLY! Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Originally starring Carol Burnett, this hilarious spoof of 1930’s Hollywood is the story of “Hope Springfield,” an want-to-be actress who is accidentally given the lead in a brand new 'talkie.' After the final film is shelved, the producer's nephew arranges a sneak viewing that results in the movie becoming a huge success and a new star being “born!”