CAT's Past Seasons' Shows

Book of Days CAT Theatre Poster

CAT Theatre’s second production of their 51st season will be Book of Days which runs January 23 through February 7, 2015. Book of Days is CAT’s submission to the 2015 Acts of Faith Festival. Acts of Faith talk back sessions will be held following the performances on January 24 and February 2.

Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder- and community theatre- in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan. Alvin Klein of The New York Times said, “Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed to a new peak.”

Director Leslie Cline says, “I think that this play is ultimately about where people choose to place their faith- in themselves, in God, in others- and how that faith affects their lives. This play raises many questions, starts many conversations, without actually giving many concrete answers. I love that aspect. It is perfect for the Acts of Faith festival and talkbacks, because there are so many directions the conversation can go."

Sherlock Holmes:  The Final Adventure Poster at CAT Theatre

Don’t Miss The Mystery…

CAT Theatre’s 51st season opened with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" which ran October 24 through November 8, 2014. It is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

It seems as if the world’s greatest detective has reached the end of his remarkable career, but then he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty.

As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!”

Leaving Iowa Poster at CAT Theatre

A comedy by Tim Clue and Spike Manton

The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the “greatest generation.” It is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. The story follows Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself driving alone on a road, revisiting memories of his or her youth.

Directed by Amy Berlin and presented at CAT Theatre from May 23 – June 7, 2014.

Enchanted April Poster at CAT

A romantic comedy by Matthew Barber, from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim

When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could never have expected.  2003 John Gassner Award winner—Outstanding New American Play. 2003 Tony Award Nominee—Best Play. “A comical, restorative journey of discovery…from darkness to light, from inhibition to unrestrained joy. Beautiful and theatrically rewarding.” —Daily Variety

Directed by Pat Walker presented at CAT Theatre from  March 21 – April 5, 2014.

The Joshua Plant Poster at CAT Theatre

The Joshua Plant is the winner of CAT’s 50th Anniversary Original Play Contest and was chosen from dozens of plays submitted by Virginia playwrights.  Josh, an autistic teen with little to no language skills, shares a rich friendship with Sid, a houseplant. Together Sid and Josh work to save Josh’s mother from the hands of her manipulative boyfriend, Jimmy, and prevent Jimmy’s plan to place Josh in an institution.  The dramedy explores the characters’ inabilities to communicate and imagines the inner life of a severely autistic teen.  The Joshua Plant began as a ten-minute play that was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop.  Since then, it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading at the Pandora Festival, both in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a reading at the Richmond Public Library as part of the Richmond Writers series.

by Amy Berlin and P. Ann Bucci

Directed by Laurie Follmer presented at CAT Theatre from January 24 – February 8, 2014

Odd Couple Poster at CAT Theatre

The Odd Couple (Female Version) a comedy by Neil Simon Directed by Melissa Rayford October 25 – November 9, 2013 Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit.

Directed by Melissa Rayford and presented at CAT Theatre from October 25 – November 9, 2013.

Play On Poster at CAT Theatre

This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

And Then There Were None Poster at CAT Theatre

Ten people are enticed into coming to an island under different pretexts, e.g. offers of employment or to enjoy a late summer holiday, or to meet with old friends. All have been complicit in the death(s) of other human beings but either escaped justice or committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction. The guests are charged with their respective "crimes" by a gramophone recording after dinner the first night and informed that they have been brought to the island to pay for their actions. They are the only people on the island, and cannot escape due to the distance from the mainland and the inclement weather, yet gradually all ten are killed in turn, in a manner that seems to parallel the ten deaths in the nursery rhyme. Nobody else seems to be left alive on the island by the apparently last death. A confession in the form of a postscript to the novel, unveils how the killings took place and who was responsible.

13th of Paris Poster at CAT Theatre

"A romantic comedy that plays fancifully with time and space while its young American hero encounters the eternal spirit of Parisian amour. Smart has interesting things to say about life and love … about the larger differences which both unite and divide us. He doesn't solve the enigma of love, of course, but he makes us feel good about love's possibility." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The 13th of Paris displays Smart's unique voice and style. While most of his peers are writing about drugs, crime, and disaffected, shopping-mall-addled youth, Smart's subjects are romantic, poetic and elegantly theatrical." —Edgerton New American Play Award This was produced by CAT Theatre and ran from January 18 - February 3, 2013.

Catfish Moon Poster at CAT Theatre

The old fishing pier out on the end of Cypress Lake has just fallen under the magic of another Catfish Moon. It was the favorite hangout for three best friends when they were kids—skipping school, skinny dipping and even experiencing the mysteries of kissing girls. Now Curley, Gordon and Frog are older, and they have tasted the bitterness of life as well as the sweetness, and the pressures and problems that come with middle age have eroded the closeness between Frog and Gordon. The final straw comes when Frog discovers that Gordon is dating his ex-wife. Curley, the "big brother" of the bunch, in an attempt to recapture the friendship and settle all disputes, convinces Frog and Gordon to go on an overnight fishing trip like old times. On the pier, the weight of adulthood is lifted by laughter and their love of fishing, and the three guys discover that their friendship was never really lost. However, in the midst of catching the biggest fish of all time, life brings them back to a painful reality. The poignant resolution of the play brings Gordon and Frog to the realization that life is too precious and too short to let true friendship get away.

Catfish Moon played at CAT Theatre from May 18 through June 3, 2012.

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