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COME PLAY WITH US - 100 YEARS OF THE SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE
The Summit Playhouse, New Jersey’s longest continuously running community theatre, will celebrate its 100
anniversary during the 2018-19 season. To launch the season, we invite you to participate in the final selection of plays for the season. The plays we have selected have been performed in the past and are divided by genre and season. We ask you to complete the attached survey and choose your ideal season. Please return it to us by October 15 so that we may announce the anniversary season in our fall program for The Bridges of Madison County.
The plays being offered are:
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – last seen in February 1932. This is classic comedy of manners set in England at the turn of the 20th century.
I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick – last seen in February 1993. A young and successful TV actor is offered an opportunity to play Hamlet on stage. The problem is that he hates Hamlet. His life becomes complicated when the ghost of Barrymore appears in full Shakespearean costume and highly intoxicated.
Enchanted April by Kane Campbell – last seen in May 2000. This delightful comedy follows five British ladies, mostly strangers, who vacation together in a rented villa in Tuscany.
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon – last seen in May 1968. This hilarious comedy matches divorced and messy Oscar with fastidious and depressed Felix. We follow their antics in their shared apartment and when the poker gang invades them.
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie – last seen in November 1958. This in the world’s longest running play. It opened in November of 1952 in London’s West End, played over 25,000 performances and is still there! A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm when a murder occurs.
The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney – last seen in November 1987. This play is set in a single dining room where eighteen scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. It tells the story of the dying culture of upper middle class Americans, affectionately known as WASPS.
Country Girl by Clifford Odets – last seen in February 1981. This backstage drama tells the story of a fading and alcoholic actor who is offered a part in a Broadway play. He faces uncertainty over accepting the role, fear of forgetting lines and eventually reverts to drink. He is supported by a devoted wife who can be either his savior or his nemesis.
Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion - last seen in February 1988. The adventures of Don Quixote and his faithful companion Sancho are forever classic in both literature and on stage. And who can forget the beautiful and haunting Impossible Dream!
1940s Radio Hour by Walter Jones – last seen in November 1985. This marvelously theatrical show is a live broadcast of The Mutual Manhattan Variety Calvalcade at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in NYC. It accurately captures the bygone era of war and pop music of the times, enhanced by multiple sound effects required by radio in that era.
She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick– last seen in May 1984. The action takes place in and around Maraczek’s Parfumerie in an elegant European city in the 1930s. Georg and Amalia, who hate each other, are both writing letters to “Dear Friend” whom neither has met. Supporting roles are superb and the score is delicious.
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