2013-2014 Season

Christ in the Concrete City

“Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”

by Philip Turner

Considered one of the most eloquent Christian dramas ever written, Christ In the Concrete City is a uniquely powerful drama told by a typical group of people. The actors play both historical Bible characters and characters from their own lives, shifting seamlessly to and from each world.

 

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks, by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, is the world’s longest running musical, running for over 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over.  It is a funny and romantic chamber musical that tells the deceptively uncomplicated story of a boy, a girl, their fathers (who plot to get them together by keeping them apart), and a wall. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.  The result is a timeless fable of love that is nostalgic and universal at the same time. The famous score, which includes the classics “Try to Remember,” “They Were You,” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” is as timeless as the story itself.


 Anne of Green Gables

Adapted by R.N. Sandberg based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery

Elderly bachelor Matthew Cuthbert and his spinster sister, Marilla Cuthbert, are in need of a nice, sturdy boy to help Matthew on the farm. So they decide to adopt an orphan. But the orphanage mistakenly sends a girl instead – a mischievous, talkative redhead who would be of no use at all. She would simply have to go back. But the longer Anne Shirley stays at Green Gables, the more no one can imagine living without her. This play, based on the beloved classic by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is sure to please all ages

 

The Troilus and Cressida Project

by William Shakespeare
adapted by Brandon Langeland

Set during a deadlocked war between Troy and Greece, star-crossed lovers Troilus and Cressida struggle to come to terms with their relationship in the war-torn city of Troy. When Cressida is sent to the Greek camp as a prisoner, a troubled love story is brutally cut short and subsumed by the grim reality of war. 

The Troilus and Cressida Project explores exalted themes such as honor and duty, heroism and courage, but with an edgy, modern, face-paced, exhibition of found-weapon combat set to modern music.


 

Trojan Women

“War hurts more than soldiers”

by Euripides
adapted by Brandon Langeland and Robert Arbaugh

In this 20-minute production of Trojan Women, the ensemble explores the bleak and agonizing portrait of the brutality of war. Inspired by a barbaric act committed after the Trojan War. This Greek classic thrusts audiences into the pain and suffering of the innocent victims war.



Petticoat Surgeon

dramatized by David Keller based on the book by Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen

Petticoat Surgeon relates the life story of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.  Born in Avon Township, MI, in the midst of the Civil War, Bertha overcame the prejudices against women physicians to become a world-renowned surgeon, teacher, and researcher who practiced medicine for over sixty years.  The founder of the American Medical Women’s Association, Bertha was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. The Obstetrics Wing at Crittenton Hospital and the Van Hoosen Middle School are named in honor of Bertha and her family.  Petticoat Surgeon is told in Bertha’s own words as recorded in her autobiography published in 1947.  This production is made possible through the support of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

 

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