At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanors is discovered. And all hell breaks loose. Noel Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change. This play was a 2017 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play Revival currently on Broadway starring Kevin Kline. Present Laughter is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French. Tickets for "Present Laughter" are available on-line, and for purchase at three local outlets; the Visitor's Center at New College Institute on Fayette Street, Daily Grind on Church Street, and Janice Cain Stationery on Spruce Street. Show dates and times are September 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 7 PM and October 1 at 2 PM. If you like, show up on a whim and purchase a ticket at the box office, we will do our best to accommodate all.
Casting Call! You Know the Old Slaying October 5 - 5:30 to 7 PM; October 7 - 10 AM to 1 PM
You Know the Old Slaying is an interactive play written by Michal Jacot and brought to our stage through special arrangements with Heuer Publishing. A traveling theatre group gets ready to present their play, when one of their actors is murdered. The audience helps determine which one of the cast members is the culprit. At the end, the audience votes for who they think the murderer is; whoever gets the most votes is the confessed killer. The play is written with five different endings - the cast member who gets the votes goes into the ending tailored especially for him/her. Four men and two women complete the cast.
Special Note: The "actors" will have two roles to play - both as the "actor" and as the character in this "play within a play". Auditions will be held in the Black Box Theatre on Franklin Street. For more information and to download the audition form, click here.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 12, don your favorite little black dress, channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and come to a cocktail party that relives scenes from the famous movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Signature, bubbly cocktails will be served along with a variety of appetizers. Period music from Henry Mancini including the movie hit, "Moon River" will be performed by the Mike Mitchell trio.
The Black Box Theatre will be transformed into a lively New York apartment for the Breakfast at Tiffany's Cocktail Party. Raffle tickets ($10 each) for a lovely fresh water pearl and vintage 1940's Boucher rhinestone brooch necklace designed by Lucy Amato are on sale now. A silent auction will offer items including reserved seats for future productions and a private party with entertainment to be held in the theatre. Tickets are $50 for this fund raiser, a limited number are available. They may be purchased at the Daily Grind, Janice Cain Stationery, the Visitor's Center and on-line.
Sponsors for this event are Drs. James Jordan and Jaime Woodall of Smith River Smiles, Dr. Theresa Bechtel of Martinsville Eye Center and Peoples Save Stations. Food sponsors are Third Bay Cafe, Serendipity, Susan Critz, Butchers and Brew, Hugo's, and Daily Grind. We are thankful for their support of TheatreWorks and community theatre.
IMPROV at the Black Box
Our team of IMPROV actors is going to stir up the fun on Saturday, October 14! Join us at 7 PM and be prepared for almost anything as unscripted scenarios are enacted. Tickets ($5) will be offered for sale at the Box Office on the evening of the show. Doors open at 6:00 PM; seating begins at 6:30 PM.