|AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS: "THE EXHIBITION" AND "FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON"
| Open: 07/14/15 Close: 07/19/15
Flowers for Alergernon is the compelling story of Charlie Gordon, willing victim of a strange experiment - an intellectually disabled person, a genius, a man in search of himself. Poignant, funny, tragic, but with a hope for the indomitable spirit of man, this unusual play tells a story you will long remember.
Subtitled "Scenes from the Life of John Merrick," The Exhibition details the crucial events in the life and death of England's famous "Elephant Man." Centers on the interaction of two men; John Merrick (known as "The Elephant Man") and Sir Frederick Treves, the renowned physician who takes him under his protection. So horribly deformed that he must cover his face and body, Merrick is given shelter at London Hospital, after being abandoned by the ruthless showman who had put him on public display, and his friendship with Dr. Treves, who raises funds for his support, becomes the focus of his life. The action is comprised of parallel monologues, interspersed with scenes between the two men as Treves tries to bring a sense of concern and civility to Merrick's tragic existence, and, in turn, becomes increasingly aware of the deep intelligence and sensitivity which lie behind Merrick's grotesque exterior. The climax of their relationship comes when Merrick, who has never known true human love and contact, asks Treves to touch him, to hold him as a father would a son--but the physician cannot bring himself to do so. It is a failure which foreshadows the end of Merrick's short life and, for Dr. Treves, remains a tortured, enduing memory which haunts him for the rest of his days.
|The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
| Open: 11/22/13 Close: 11/24/13
Despite what the carols may claim, it's not all jolly good times at the North Pole. Now, Santa's seemingly trustiest helpers -- his reindeer -- are ready to dish the dirt on "jolly" old St. Nick in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment in this dark, dark, Christmas comedy. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer. ...and murkier and murkier. Accusations, rumors and all-out attacks fly faster than the jolly ol' man's sleigh in this foul-mouthed play that's sure to have mature audiences howling with holiday laughs.