CAT's Past Seasons' Shows

It's the 4th of July in Prairie Dog Hill, somewhere in the Midwest during the early decades of the 20th century.  There's a picnic, a band concert, checkers, tea leaves, romance, new-fangled ideas, and lots of good old songs.

The company of A Passing Fancy will perform at Richmond area senior centers and retirement communities before winding up the tour with performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Tuesday, June 7, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, June 10, 2:30 pm

For tour information, please contact Pat Walker at bifocals@cattheatre.com

Playwrights: V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger

This hilarious show is based on actual events from the spring of 1939 when the movie public is anxiously awaiting the release of Gone with the Wind. Filming has already begun, but David O. Selznick realizes the script is a dud. He calls on screenwriter Ben Hecht to save the day but, unfortunately, Hecht never read the book. With only a week before filming resumes, Selznick locks himself in his office with Hecht and Director Victor Fleming to re-write the script.

ALLERGY WARNING: Please note that there will be many peanut shells strewn about the set throughout the production.

In British Tradition by Philip Ventrella, proper English lady Edna St. Claire (Una Harrison) tries to teach traditional etiquette to down home Texas gal Bobbi Jo Alexander (Laura Bukalski).  Two different worlds? Oh, yeah. And then some!

In Consecrated Grounds by Janet Chenoweth, two couples happen into a coffee shop as they prepare for a Civil War reenactment.  New Yorkers Johnny and Beverly (Steve Przybytek and Una Harrison) comically cross verbal swords with Southerners Jasper and Donna (Joe Lomonoco and Laura Bukalski).

In An Infinite Number of Monkeys with Typewriters by Philip Ventrella, monkeys Steve Przybytek and Joe Lomonoco are typity-type-type-typing away when they fall into a discussion of the meaning of life and end up with Shakespeare's plays.  And you thought that old saying was just a myth.

Performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Tuesday, April 5, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, April 8, 2:30 pm
George and Charlotte Hay have had a not-so-illustrious stage career. Now in Buffalo touring in Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives, they may have one more shot at stardom as Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. But, much like their careers, everything that can go wrong does in this hysterical comedy.

Acorn Acres, a senior living facility, is having a cash flow problem because of too many vacant apartments.  They've already had to give up free coffee in the lobby; at least the management is letting them have their long-planned luau.  But sparks fly when the dance instructor who comes to teach the hula turns out to be the estranged sister of one of the residents.

Performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Tuesday, February 16, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, February 19, 2:30 pm

Then touring in the Richmond area

Unexpected Tenderness is the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family in Massachusetts. This gripping play tells the story of a father who, though a loving man, is at the same time violently paranoid and pathologically jealous. This production is a joint entry into the 2016 Acts of Faith festival.

Special events:

  • Tuesday, January 26 - Theatre Industry Night
  • Friday, January 29 - Playwright Israel Horovitz will attend with a talkback following the performance
  • Saturday, January 30 - Playwright Isreal Horovitz will attend with a talkback and reception following the performance
  • Thursday, February 4 - 30's Thursday and Teacher's Night.  $15 tickets for patrons in their 30's and teachers, includes a pre-show reception
  • Friday, February 5 - Crossroads Arts Center sponsored night with a special pre-show reception.  Acts of Faith talkback following the performance

 

Mitch and his wife, Verna, are at their niece's wedding when Mitch has had all the celebrating he can take. Verna settles him and his crossword puzzle book into an easy chair in the room next to the reception and promises to check on him later. Then one wedding guest after another comes into the room agonizing over a personal problem. Mitch keeps doing his crossword puzzle and somehow ends up saving the day.

Performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Monday, November 9, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 13, 2:30 pm

Then touring in the Richmond area

Divorced for five years, the glamorous, rich, and reckless Elyot and Amanda meet again at a French seaside resort, with their new spouses. Noel Coward's timeless comedy is a witty masterpiece and considered one of the greatest comedies written for the stage.
Quartet Poster at CAT Theatre

Storyline

"Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play.”

Background

"Quartet" was adapted for the screen in 2012. Dustin Hoffman made his directorial debut with this film which starred Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly. Director Laurie Follmer has chosen the following cast: Cissy played by Jacqueline Jones, Jean played by Mollie Ort, Wilfred played by John Maddox, and Reggie played by Granville Scott.  "Quartet" will run May 22 through June 6, 2015.

Now Then Again CAT Theatre Poster

Now then Again is a romantic comedy with a brain-- a love story between two physicists. Set at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, the script tells the story of Ginny and Henry, two scientists who find a future together despite her husband, his neuroses and their firm belief that there is no such thing as destiny. Now Then Again will be on stage from March 20th through April 4th. Directed by Melissa Rayford.

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