The Backstage Series:


Misery

Misery

By Stephen King
Adapted for the stage by Simon Moore

featuring
Mike Arthur and Janis Arthur

Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

August 22 - 31, 2008

Audiences will get a thrill out of this adaptation of the chilling novel by the “King of Horror” in which Paul Sheldon, world famous author of the “Misery Chastaine” romance novels, is crippled in a car wreck, only to be rescued by Annie Wilkes, his Number One Fan. When Annie reads his new novel and doesn’t like what she reads, we discover she isn't the angel of mercy she first appeared to be. Paul begins to realize that he has entered a new kind of hell beyond anything he might have dreamt up for his fictional heroin.


Barefoot

Barefoot in the Park

By Neil Simon

Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

October 3 - 19, 2008

From America’s most successful comedy playwright comes the story of newlywed couple Corrie and Paul Bratter, who are setting up house in a minuscule fifth-floor walkup apartment in a downtown-Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a straight-laced attorney, Corrie a far more spontaneous free spirit. The two must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight with a gaping hole, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corrie’s well-meaning mother, in addition to adjusting to married life. A comedy inspired by the early days of Simon's marriage, it was the longest running show in his career.


TheHomecoming

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story


By Earl Hamner, Jr.

Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

December 5 - 21, 2008

This adaptation of Earl Hamner Jr.’s autobiographical novel formed the basis for the television series “The Waltons.” Set during the Great Depression, the story centers on a poor family in the Virginia mountains worrying about having a lean Christmas, because there’s so little money to celebrate. This anxiety is heightened when the family learns that the bus on which the father commutes to work each day has crashed. The eldest son, feeling the first sensations of adulthood and responsibility, decides to leave home to reach the scene of the accident. As they wait for news of their father’s fate, the family members stick together and, in the process, discover the true meaning of Christmas.




 

Shadowlands

Shadowlands
By William Nicholson

Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

February 6 - 22, 2009

This intensely moving play charts the extraordinary true love story between C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Gresham. Famous in his day as a scholar and broadcaster, Lewis is perhaps best known today as the author of the classic books The Chronicles of Narnia. A confirmed bachelor into his fifties, Lewis met and married this remarkable American woman known for her outspoken views and acerbic wit, and their astonishing story has become a testament to the unpredictable nature of love and its enduring legacy.

The story also deals with his struggle with personal pain and grief as Lewis must deal with Joy’s subsequent illness.


Sylvia

Sylvia
By A. R. Gurney

Directed by George Morrow

April 10 - 26, 2009

This Tony Award winning comedy is about a man and his dog . . . and his wife. Greg is going through a mid-life crisis: he and his wife Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. With his career winding down and his wife’s taking off, Greg finds some measure of fulfillment and companionship from a stray dog he brings home from the park. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a constant companion of Greg and a major bone of contention between husband and wife until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of the family. A hilarious commentary on mid-life angst and the role pets play in our lives.

This show contains some adult language and situations. Parental discretion is advised.



Oliver

Oliver'
by Lionel Bart

Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

July 10 - 26, 2009

Based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, this musical is the story of little Oliver, an orphan, who escapes his miserable existence to find companionship and hardship in 1860 London.  He meets everyone from an impish, friendly boy named the Artful Dodger to Dodger’s mentor, the thief-con man Fagin.  They befriend Oliver and others like him so that he can learn to be a pickpocket and help support them all.  The show is filled with rollicking songs, such as “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Consider Yourself,” and “Fine Life.”

Performances for all shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.