CAT's Past Seasons' Shows

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.

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.

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