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Incorporated 1979










Annuit Coeptis
A little is good, more is better



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2015




Season




At the Unadilla Theatre


Iolanthe

The Show Off

The Student Prince

The Voysey Inheritance

The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd




At the Festival Theatre

A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Charity that Began at Home

The Birthday Party

The Grand Manner

This is Our Youth

Three X Ten




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Iolanthe



by

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan


Rousing music and funny plot.

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The Voysey Inheritance



by


Harley Granville Baker




Harley Granville-Barker's classic investigation into the capitalist soul in this brilliant adaptation. For generations, the Voysey family business has been secretly skimming money from its clients' accounts.
When Edward, designated to take over the firm from his aging father, discovers the embezzlement that has been keeping his relatives in a life of luxury, he must weigh the trappings of wealth and the imperative to preserve his family's good name
against the better principles of his conscience. But moral righteousness turns to self-protection when he comes to understand fully the consequences of his "inheritance."
Intellectually, we understand what's going on. Thomas Piketty's popular new book, " Capital in the Twenty-First Century," suggests that government policies fail to diminish inequality in democracies under rampant (greedy) capitalism which ensures that the economic return for the wealthy far outstrips any growth by labour,
thus incessantly separating the two. It's the old rich get richer theme, 99% (us) versus the 1% (Bill Gates and friends) who own
just about everything in the world, particularly the legislators whom they have purchased like common stock in a store.









The Birthday Party

by

Harold Pinter

"The Birthday Party is about Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player in his 30s, who lives in a rundown boarding house, run by Meg and Petey Boles, in an English seaside town, "probably on the south coast, not too far from London".
Two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, who arrive supposedly on his birthday and who appear to have come looking for him, turn Stanley's apparently innocuous birthday party organised by Meg into a nightmare








The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night

by



Simon Stephens



Simon Stephens' clever adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel about a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome is like a cute dog that leaps up and wants to lick you all over. There's no point in resisting ,
and there's no need. Marianne Elliott's production runs with Stephens' conceit that what we are watching is a school play based on Christopher's own book,
and transforms it into a hugely entertaining meditation on the nature of truth and how we present ourselves to each other.










The Show Off


by
George Kelly

The Show Off was greeted in 1926 as the most brilliant comedy of character that any American dramatist had produced. This tremendously human and appealing comedy is a rare combination of character, humor and human nature.
"The struggles of Aubrey Piper to satisfy his enormous egotism and at the same time preserve his self respect in the presence of discouraging obstacles constitute one of the most interesting plays of our time. " Heyward Broun, New York World










Living Together


A trio of comedies set over one weekend at a home in the English countryside. Each play takes place in a different locations around the house: the dining room in
"Table Manners," the living room in "Living Together," and the garden in "Round and Round the Garden." The ingenious result is that as plots unfold, something seemingly incidental in one play takes on a hysterical new context in the next.






















































The Student Prince



by



Signund Romberg





A charming operetta popular in Europe and America in the early 20th century. A simplier world than today. The plots are sentimental and the music lush.
The lonely, sequestered prince goes to college and discovers in the local beer hall the love and excitment he has been denied because of his royal position.
The girls are all pretty and the boys are all handsome.
Love is in the very air of Heidelberg. And the music........










The Grand Manner

by

A. R. Gurney

A homey needlepoint embroidery on Mr. Gurney's encounter as a prep school student with the
fabled American actress Katharine Cornell, this fantasy memoir allows the author's younger, provincial self a seductive first glimpse of a world where being merely life-size isn't enough.
A wistful, droll, and stylish production of this charming, nostalgic paean to theatre on the Great White Way in 1948.











The Widdowing of Mrs. Holyrode

by

D. H. Lawrence


The play stands up today as that rare thing in English drama: an authentic working-class tragedy. What is striking is Lawrence's ability to show how a domestic crisis emerges
from a background of Zolaesque realism: clothes have to be washed, meals prepared and tables laid even as the Holroyds' marriage hits the rocks.











This is Our Youth


by



Kenneth Longagan



This Is Our Youth is rich and sad and wry in its cruel-to-be-kind portrayal of disillusioned adolescents struggling to take up the business and onus of grown-up life.
How do you put away childish things, it asks, when you arenít ready to pick up adult ones?











The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists



by


St John Hanken


St John Hankin's 1906 high comedy about the extent to which personal kindness can go. Shaw called Hankin "the most gifted writer of a stirring and important criticism of life."
George Bernard Shaw called "The Mephistopheles of new comedy" and "one of the masters of comedy among my playwright colleagues."
The incomparable Max Beerbohm, who followed Shaw as the Saturday Review critic, said Hankin was
"the sanest and most level-headed of men and an always amiable and witty companion."










Three x Tenn

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
Adam and Eve on a Ferry
Summer on the Lake


by

Tennasee Williams


Three of Williams' rarely performed one act plays....all precursers of the great plays that came later.






Performances in BLUE are at the Festival Theatre Performances in RED are at the Unadilla Theatre

Both theatres are located a few yards from each other.

















June

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Monday

Tuesday

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Thursday

Friday

Saturday


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Dark
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Iolanthe (o)
Voysey (o)
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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living (o)
Birthday (o)

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Living
Birthday
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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living
Birthday
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Dark
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Show Off (o)
Youth (o)

July






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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living
Birthday
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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Show Off
Youth

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Living
Birthday
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Show
Youth

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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living
Birthday

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Birthday
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Iolanthe
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Youth
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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living
Birthday
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Youth
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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living
Birthday
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Iolanthe
Voysey
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Living
Birthday
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Show
Youth
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Iolanthe (c)
Voysey (c)
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Living
Birthday
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Show (c)
Youth (c)
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Holoroyd (o)
Curious (o)

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Birthday (c)
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Show (o)
Youth (o)
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Show
Youth
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Holoroyd
Curious




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Iolanthe (c)
Voysey (c)

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Holoroyd
Curious


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Show
Youth

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Holoroyd
Curious



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Student (o)
Charity (o)

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Holoroyd
Curious



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Holoroyd
Curious


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Student (o)
Charity (o)


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Charity
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Curious

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Student
Charity

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Holoroyd
Curious
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Youth
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Holoroyd
Curious

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Student
Charity
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Holoroyd
Curious
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Student
Charity
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Show
Youth

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Holroyd
Curious
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Student
Charity
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Show
Curious



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Show (c)
Youth (c)

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September





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Ten x Three(o)
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Ten x Three
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