The Royal Family

By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
May 27–June 21

Loosely based on the famous Barrymore dynasty, this Tony Award-winning American classic invites you into the Cavendish home to witness both the high drama and hilarious comedy that infuses their daily life. Three generations take center stage in this lavish, outrageously funny, and touching portrayal of their struggle to balance the demands of family life with the compelling bonds of their artistic calling.


The Guardsman

By Ferenc Molnár
New adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte
From a translation by Gábor Lukin

Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
July 8–July26

A behind-the-scenes portrait of what happens after the curtain falls, The Guardsman takes us into the home of Budapest’s beleaguered leading man and his strong-willed leading lady. This witty, romantic confection, with a deep and provocative center, examines the extreme lengths taken to test a relationship between artists addicted to a larger-than-life existence.



By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

August 5–August 30

Patriarch John Tarleton, king of the undergarment industry, struggles to maintain control over his rebellious daughter, headstrong son, and a host of friends and unexpected visitors– some of whom happen to “drop in” from out of the sky– at the family’s sprawling country estate. In this biting comedy, Shaw creates a chaotic clash of class, gender, and generations as he gleefully exposes and dismantles the idiosyncrasies of the British classes and their various “family values.”



New Jersey premiere
By Bill Cain
Directed by Paul Mullins

September 16–October 4

Described in Variety as “one of the most bracingly intelligent, sizzlingly theatrical American plays in a decade,” this fictional imagining of the “birth” of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies will not only intrigue Shakespeare fans, but also history buffs, conspiracy theorists, political junkies, and anyone who loves a great, wild tale. When the Bard and his troupe of players receive a royal commission to dramatize the events surrounding the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the artist must confront the demons of his past, his present, and his obligations to truth, artistic integrity, and his two families– his actual one and his theatrical one.

The Diary of Anne Frank

By Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Joseph Discher
October 14–November 21

Nearly 75 years ago in the Netherlands, a young girl received a diary for her 13th birthday. Today, Anne Frank’s humor, strength, and innate goodness continue to shine forth from her words to inspire readers and audiences of all ages. The powerful story of her family’s will to survive comes to unforgettable life for a new generation in this adaptation of the Pulitzer, Tony, and New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award-winning play.


The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare 
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
December 2–December 27

Gather your kith and kin for an exuberant holiday outing at this production of Shakespeare’s rowdy, bawdy domestic comedy. With the roguish Falstaff as the centerpiece of this hilarious tale of marital hijinks (and low-jinks!), the clever wives of Windsor put everyone to the test in a festive cornucopia of colorful characters, holiday spirit, and glittering merriment.


On the Outdoor Stage:

Love’s Labour’s Lost

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian B. Crowe
June 17–July 26

The Shakespeare Theatre’s Outdoor Stage will bring one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies to life under the stars. When four idealistic young courtiers forswear the company of women in favor of study and a stoic life, it is not long before four young French beauties put their oath to the test. Pack a picnic, pack up the family, and head to the Outdoor Stage to enjoy young love, witty language, and outlandish follies with this summery crowd-pleaser by the Bard!

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