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 will run for 9 performances starting May 21st.
We’re following this up with sweet and poignant story- Trying by Joanna McLelland Glass. The two-act play depicts the final year in the life Francis Biddle, the United States Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the Nurembergberg trials as it was seen through the eyes of his twenty-five-year-old assistant, Sarah Schorr. As the young woman relates to the audience, she is merely the latest and coincidentally the last in a long and unsuccessful line of personal secretaries, all of whom have disappointed Biddle in some way. The story revolves around issues of aging as a true American hero comes to terms with his own mortality.
Trying will run 9 performances starting June 18th.
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O’Neill completed Long Day’s Journey into Night in 1942, the subject matter was so painful that he specified it could not be published until 25 years after his death in 1953.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.”
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.
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.
Long Day’s Journey into Night will run 9 performances beginning July 16th.
The fourth and final production of the season will be another professional World-Premiere of a new musical by Colin Healy, who brought us last year’s smash hit Madam. Forgottonia is based on actual local events. 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, its capital was the tiny hamlet of Fandon and 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. Forgottonia debuted as a student production at East-Central College in Union Missouri in 2018 and now we bring it to the stage in its first professional production in August.
Forgottonia opens for 9 performances on August 13th.