Our 2018-2019 Season

This season the playhouse will be reprising one show from each of the past five decades to celebrate 50 years in our current location at 300 W. Sandusky Street. An added feature of this season is the addition of a second Sunday performance for each of the non-musicals.

1968          2017

Representing the 2000s

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Based on characters created by Charles Schultz
Produced in Association with Tams-Witmark Music Library
Director & Music Director: Aeryn Williams
Producer: Jordan Gottschalk
Choreographer: Caroline Guy
Show Dates: July 26-29, August 2-5 & 9-12, 2018

The whole Peanuts gang will come to the FFP stage this summer. Bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead” himself Charlie Brown is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the “Moonlight Sonata,” or just do your best to find “Happiness,” you’re sure to enjoy this timeless favorite.

Representing the 1980s

Deathtrap
Written by Ira Levin
Produced in Association with Dramatists Play Service
Director: J.R. Smith
Producer: Megan Meyer
Show Dates: October 18-21 & 26-28, 2018
Audition Dates: September 3-4, 2018 at 7:30pm

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell, which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college – a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness and an abundance of thrills and laughter. Deathtrap holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.

Representing the 1960s

Arsenic and Old Lace
Written by Joseph Kesselring
Produced in Association with Dramatists Play Service
(The first production in our current location)
Director: Vicki McClurkin
Producer: Sarah Olesky
Asst. Director & Stage Manager: Sarah Olesky
Show Dates: December 6-9 & 14-16, 2018
Audition Dates: October 29-30, 2018

Arsenic and Old Lace opened on Broadway in 1941. It was an immediate hit and has continued to be one of the most popular American plays for nearly 70 years. The story revolves around the two charming old maid Brewster sisters. Abby and Martha pursue a mission of mercy by helping homeless and lonely men escape a life of sadness by poisoning them and burying the bodies in the cellar. Assisted by Teddy, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, all goes well until nephew Mortimer discovers one of the bodies. To further complicate matters, an unexpected visit by brother Jonathan, a serial killer, and his intoxicated friend, Dr. Einstein, throws the family into even more turmoil.

Representing the 1990s

Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?
Written by Del Shores
Produced in Association with Samuel French
Director: Jim Toth
Assistant Director: Rob Stauffer
Producer: Barb Pace
Show Dates: February 7-10 & 15-17, 2019
Audition Dates: December 17-18, 2018

Set in a small Texas town in anytime, U.S.A., Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?, concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.

Representing the 1970s

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Produced in Association with Music Theatre International
Director: Samantha Henry
Producer: Megan Meyer
Music Director: J R Smith
Choreographer: Caroline Guy
Show Dates: May 2-5 & 9-12 & 16-19, 2019
Audition Dates: March 4-5, 2019

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero. In exchange, Hero will grant Pseudolus his freedom once and for all. However, things are never as easy as they seem. Chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists.

BONUS- Second Stage Production
An Evening of One Acts
Directors: m James Foust, Kim Marquart, Casey Rebal and Rob Stauffer.
Show dates: Feb 28 & Mar 1-3, 2019
Auditions Jan 6-7, 2019