2020 SEASON

Photo by Wayne Frost

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

By Neil Simon

Directed by Cindi East

We’re kicking off the 36th season with our favorite playwright - and a revival of one of our favorite past productions! Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play tells the story of young, budding writer Eugene Jerome, dreaming of baseball and girls and coping with the mundane existence of family life in 1930’s Brooklyn. The original Broadway production in 1982 featured a Tony-winning (and star-making) performance by Matthew Broderick, with Jonathan Silverman taking over the role for the 1986 feature film.

Hilarious and bittersweet, Brighton Beach Memoirs evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household during the Great Depression and is one of the best plays by the greatest comedy writer of the Twentieth Century.

January 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, February 1 @ 8:00 pm

January 19 & 26 @ 2:30 pm

LAST ROUND-UP OF THE

GUACAMOLE QUEENS

CHINO KIWANIS FUNRAISER

By Jones, Hope and Wooten

Directed by Mike Barbin and Paul Larson

Chino Kiwanis is storming the stage again! In this deliciously funny Southern-fried comedy, the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — are up against the clock as they frantically attempt to produce the ultimate high school reunion before the old building is demolished.

But they’ve got a bushel of obstacles to overcome before they can pull off this miracle: Gaynelle is reeling from the humiliating demise of her loathed ex-husband; Peaches’ romantic life has tanked because the older her dates get, the more horrified they are by her job as a mortuarial cosmetologist; and Jimmie Wyvette is trying to live down her on-camera catfight with a local televangelist.

To top it all off, the cousins have got to impress a governor’s aide with their party-planning capabilities, so that they can nab the plum job of throwing the governor’s birthday bash — and keep their business afloat. And that’s before one of Peaches’ former classmates arrives with a malevolent hand puppet and a score to settle, Jimmie Wyvette hog-ties the sheriff with police tape, the high school gym is blown away, and the desperate battle for Guacamole Queen heats up into an outrageous fight to the finish. Chaos is side-splittingly achieved!

February 13, 14 and 15 @ 7:00 pm

February 15 and 16 @ 2:30 pm

Tickets: $20 General Admission

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Postponed until 2021

Book/Lyrics by Howard Ashman

Music by Alan Menken

Directed by Juan Luis Torres

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the florist! The frighteningly funny musical phenomenon that scared up huge audiences on both the stage and silver screen is back at CCT! Little Shop of Horrors follows a hapless florist shop worker named Seymour, who pines after his co-worker Audrey while raising a special breed of plant, which he christens Audrey II.

Seymour soon discovers that Audrey II has a taste for human blood, and as the foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore gets bigger and bigger, Audrey II brings Seymour fame, fortune and the girl of his dreams. But will it bring Seymour a happy ending? With music and lyrics by the writing team of Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors features one great tune after another (“Suddenly, Seymour”, “Somewhere That’s Green”) and has been devouring the hearts of theatergoers for over thirty years.

April 17, 18, 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8 & 9 @ 8:00 pm

April 19, 26 & May 3 @ 2:30 pm


POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

THE CHILDREN’S HOUR

By Lillian Hellman

Directed by Toni Lynd

Lillian Hellman’s controversial drama tells the story of two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, who run an all-girls boarding school in the 1930’s. When a troublesome student, Mary Tilford, starts a malicious rumor that Karen and Martha’s relationship is not purely platonic, it sets off a chain of events that has serious and tragic consequences for the ladies.

Adapted as a film in 1936, and more faithfully in 1962 with Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn, The Children’s Hour is still painfully relevant today and remains Hellman’s most enduring and powerful play.

September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19 @ 8:00 pm

September 6, 13 & 20 @ 2:30 pm


IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE:

A LIVE RADIO PLAY

By Joe Landry

Directed by Christopher Diehl

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast! With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to life onstage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls.

With Foley artists creating the sound effects right there onstage, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will transport you back to the Golden Age of Radio with this fun, nostalgic adaptation of an American film masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy!

December 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 @ 8:00 pm

December 6, 13 & 20 @ 2:30 pm

All activities are predicated upon the response to COVID-19 safeguards and AB5 ramifications.