The Royal Family

By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Begins May 27

This Tony Award-winning American classic celebrates the passions, tribulations, and triumphs of the dynastic Cavendish family—three generations of theatre artists loosely based on the actual Barrymore clan—in a lavish, outrageously funny depiction of the bonds created by one’s real family and the one that exists on the stage.


 

The Guardsman

By Ferenc Molnár
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Begins July 8

This early-20th century romantic comedy about the obstacles to marital
bliss is a provocative examination of the ambiguities in a marriage between Budapest’s strong-willed
leading lady and her beleaguered actor husband.


 

Misalliance

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried

Begins August 5

In the lush solarium of his family’s sprawling country estate, patriarch
John Tarleton, king of the undergarment industry, struggles to maintain control over his headstrong daughter, rebellious son, high-maintenance wife, and a host of friends, colleagues, and unexpected visitors, some of whom happen to “drop in” from out of the sky. Shaw’s boisterous, biting comedy creates a chaotic clash of class, gender, and generations as he gleefully exposes and dismantles the idiosyncrasies of the upper class and “family values.” 


 

Equivocation

By Bill Cain
Directed by Paul Mullins

Begins September 16
New Jersey premiere

This fictional imagining of the events surrounding the famous Gunpowder Plot pulls Shakespeare and his company of players into a complex examination of the elusive nature of truth and the struggle for artistic integrity. With Shakespeare as the main character (or Shagspeare as he is called in the play), this funny, smart, and heart-wrenching show will intrigue Shakespeare lovers, history buffs, conspiracy theorists, political junkies, and anyone who loves a good story.



The Diary of Anne Frank

By Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Joseph Discher
Begins October 14

Nearly 75 years ago, a young girl named Anne Frank received a blank diary for her 13thbirthday.  The words with which she filled its pages will come to life in the Pulitzer, Tony, and Critic’s Circle Award-winning play—an unforgettable experience for people of all ages. 


 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare 
Directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Begins December 2

Shakespeare’s rowdy, opulent, and bawdy comedy will take inspiration from the holiday season to deliver up a feast of comedic joy, with a roguish Falstaff as the centerpiece, surrounded by a veritable cornucopia of colorful characters and scenic delights.


  

On the Outdoor Stage:

Love’s Labour’s Lost

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian B. Crowe
Begins June 17

Three idealistic young courtiers vow “not to see ladies” in order to “study, fast, not sleep!”
But when three witty French beauties arrive in court, testing the young lords’ resolve, the result is one of the Bard’s most delightful romps.





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