Vincent

by Leonard Nimoy

Vincent
Both Vincent Van Gogh and Leonard Nimoy created lasting legacies, going where no man had gone before.

In spite of his lack of success during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh left a lasting impact on the world of art. Van Gogh is now viewed as one of the most influential artists having helped lay the foundations of modern art.

Leonard Nimoy has also left a lasting legacy.  Forever remembered as Mr. Spock, the alien who changed popular perceptions of extra-terrestial life, Nimoy was an accomplished actor, director, producer and playwright.  He adapted this play for his own performance, a role he played more than 100 times and released in video form before his death.

Vincent runs 9 performances from May 21st to 30th, 2020

Trying

by Joanna McLelland-Glass

Trying
A sweet play about Judge Francis Biddle as seen through the eyes of Sarah Schorr, his assistant in the last year of his life.

This two-act play by Canadian playwright Joanna McLelland Glass tells the story of Judge Francis Biddle as seen through the eyes of Sarah Schorr, the latest and last in a line of private secretaries who have each disappointed Biddle in one way or another.  Biddle, scion of a long line of Philadelphia aristocats, served as Attorney General under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was the lead judge in the Nuremburg trials.

The story revolves around the issue of mortality for this true American hero as he tries to capture his memoirs in the final year of his life.   Glass based Schorr on her own experiences as Biddle’s last assistant.  The play opened at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in 2004 and was followed by productions in New York and Toronto.

Vincent runs 9 performances from June 18th to 27th, 2020

Long Day’s Journey into Night

by Eugene O’Neill

Long Day’s Journey into Night
Eugene O'Neill's Tony and Pulitzer-prize winning story based on his own troubled family is his legacy to the world of literature.

This two-act play by Canadian playwright Joanna McLelland Glass tells the story of Judge Francis Biddle as seen through the eyes of Sarah Schorr, the latest and last in a line of private secretaries who have each disappointed Biddle in one way or another.  Biddle, scion of a long line of Philadelphia aristocats, served as Attorney General under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and was the lead judge in the Nuremburg trials.

The play we built this season from. Long Day’s Journey into Night is considered one of the most important works of the 20th century.  When Eugene O’Neill completed Long Day’s Journey into Night in 1942, the subject matter was so painful that he specified it could not be published until 25 years after his death in 1953.  He did not want it ever produced as a play, writing to his friend “There are good reasons in the play itself… why I’m keeping this one very much to myself, as you will appreciate when you read it.”

Overriding his wishes, his widow arranged for the play to be published in 1956 and performed later that year.  It won the Tony Award in 1957 and O’Neill himself won the Pulitzer Prize posthumously.

The play is autobiographical in nature and chronicles much of O’Neill’s own troubled youth, having grown up in a theatrical family with an ineffectual mother and a narcissistic father.  It’s clear that in writing A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, O’Neill wanted to leave something of himself for the next generation but also recognized the pain it would bring in being so brutally honest with himself.

Directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga

Vincent runs 9 performances from July 16th to 25th, 2020

Forgottonia-The Musical

by Colin Healy

WORLD-PREMIERE!

Forgottonia
What happens when your country seems to have forotten you? You secede from the union...

In the early 1970’s, incensed by the lack of government attention being paid to the 16 counties of West-Central Illinois, which included Adams County and Quincy, Il.  university student Neil Gamm became a leading agitator for change.  The federal government had defeated multiple attempts to build highway infrastructure through the area, train service had been discontinued and the communities faced economic ruin and the loss of population.

And so it was that the breakaway state of Forgottonia was conceived.  “The idea is that we would secede from the Union, immediately declare war, surrender, then apply for foreign aid,” Gamm recalled in an interview with the McDonough County Voice. Forgottonia’s state flag was the white flag of surrender, and its capital was the tiny town of Fandon. Fittingly, its capitol building was an abandoned storefront.

Once again, from this true story of local history, playwright and composer Colin Healy has crafted a beautiful and moving musical about small-town decline, its impact on the people who live there and the importance of taking action.

Directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga

Music Directed by Colin Healy

Forgottonia – The Musical runs 9 performances from August 13th to 23rd, 2020

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