Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, voted by our patrons to
open the season,puts
together a crotchety white
Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man who form a bond
that endures for 25 years.
Joe Pendleton has a big problem. He finds himself being checked in for
the Hereafter by a Mr. Jordan. When it is
discovered Joe was called sixty years too early, the iconic Harry Segall
comedy finds Joe in all sorts of trouble
in his new body as a wealthy man about to be murdered by his wife.
A Jewel Box premiere of a comedy by Ken Ludwig , the author of Lend
Me a Tenor (three-time Best Play Gem winner),
and Moon Over Buffalo. It all starts out so easy. Leo Clark and Jack
Gable, two down-on-their luck Shakespearean
actors, finda newspaper
article about an ailing woman who wants to share her
with her sister’s children, Max and Steve. When the men find out the
aunt can’t find her nephews, you already
know they plan to become Max and Steve. Minor problem: Max and Steve
are actually Maxine and Stephanie.
So, what do good Shakespearean actors do? Dress the parts!
37 Postcards January 19 ~ February 12, 2017 Director: Don Taylor
Avery Sutton is coming home after years of traveling abroad.Big comic surprises abound when he finds the house
is tilted at a distinct angle, the dog hasn’t been fed in five years, and
his Grandmother, who everyone thought was
dead, is alive and kicking. That’s just for starters.Michael McKeever’s play is a Jewel Box debut.
Bus Stop March 2 ~ 26, 2017 Director: Terry Veal A howling snowstorm has a bus making a stop at a roadside diner with
five weary travelerswho will have
to stay overnight.Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, finds herself kidnapped by Bo, a
headstrong young cowboy, who wants to marry her.The William Inge comedy will have you laughing as she tries to
tame his clumsy efforts in front of the other guests.
Bali Ha’i is calling you.The Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award-winning musical takes nurse Nellie
Forbush to an island paradise
during World War II with such classic songs as ‘Some Enchanted Evening’,
‘There is Nothin’ Like a Dame’, and ‘I’m Gonna
Was That Man Right OutaMy
Hair.’With music by Richard
Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by
Mr. Hammerstein andJoshua
Logan,you will be swept
away to another time of learning and love.
CHICAGO August 20 ~ September 13, 2015 Director:
Chuck Tweed Musical Director:
Tim Goff Choreographer: Shawna Linck
BEST PLAY WINNER
Roaring twenties Chicago comes to life with all the razzle-dazzle
brilliance of the Fred Ebb, John Kander, and Bob Fosse musical. The theatre classic won six Tony Awards and
an Academy Award for Best
Movie. ‘Chicago’ will open 30 years to the month from when we
first presented this huge hit. Rated PG13 for language and situations.
The perfect murder. The perfect alibi. Tony
Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to
murder her for the same reason.
Unfortunately, the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. The
cat-and-mouse game with Tony and an inspector from
Scotland Yard is suspenseful until the very last moment. The Fredrick Knott thriller will have you
guessing if Tony is smarter than the police.
A valentine to marriage. Endearing
memories are about to be created from a couple's wedding night in
1890, until they pack and move 35 years later. The comedy
runs the gamut of emotions through laughter and tears, raising a
family, and the husband whose heart melts when he sees the silly
momento his wife left under the pillow for the new bride and
groom of the fourposter. Jan de Hartog's delightful play
was the basis for the musical, 'I Do! I Do!'.
A Jewel Box premiere! Addison has met
the man of her dreams, and is going to get married. Scratch that! Addison will
get married if she can win over her fiancée's disapproving
mother and the over-the-top wedding planner. Scratch that!
Addison might go to jail before the wedding because the wedding planner
is murdered, and the mother
points to Addison as the killer. What’s a girl to do? Sean Grennan's
comedy is made for lots of laughs!
story that has become a world-wide sensation. Ethel and Norman Thayer
return to their summer home for
their forty-fourth year on Golden Pond. Feisty Norman, a retired
professor, has the perfect foil in his wife as they return to make lasting memories. Ernest Thompson’s play is
a beautiful reminder
that life is good at a summer home on the pond. Audiences chose this
Gathered in a hotel room is a group of New York theatre-folk who
attended the opening night of their new play in Boston.
The lead actress, backer, and several others are positively giddy at the
prospect of a hit show. With an experimental
work by an unknown author, lots of egos, and sudden doubt as to whether
it will be a hit or not ~ what could
possibly go wrong? The comedic shenanigans make this Moss Hart classic
one of the
best looks at how a new play evolves in spite of everyone’s intentions.
Every August, five
unforgettable Southern women set aside a long weekend to recharge their
relationship. What began many years ago on their college
team focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of
thirty-three years. The Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
play is a Jewel Box debut!
What was supposed
to be an entertaining evening having an eccentric medium over, turns
into a hilarious nightmare for Charles Condomine. The séance summons
Charles’ first wife, back to torment him over their marriage. When
the second wife is in an automobile
accident, she, too, returns to join in the mayhem. The classic Noel
Coward farce is always an audience favorite!
AMERICAN FARCE A World Premiere November 13 ~ December 7, 2014 Director: Chuck Tweed
Max has two big problems: One, he is in debt to
a loan shark for $20,000 for horse betting; and two: a woman drops off a
10-year-old boy (claiming Max is the father) for a week so she can get
her life back in order. Imagine Max’s surprise when it turns out, during
that time, the boy has a gift for picking winners at the track. That is,
until his grandmother shows up! Author Michael Reimann has written an
endearing look at how a man and a boy turn out to be the best bet of
all! Original Play winner of 2014!
for three on-the-lam con artists who stumble upon Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse who lives on the edge of the municipal dump, is to befriend her, be sure she has plenty of insurance, then plan her rapid demise. The con artists are shocked beyond belief when Opal, with her unfailing kindness and abiding faith in the goodness of human behavior, reveals a big secret to her new ’friends.’ John Patrick calls his comedy a ‘prank in three acts’.
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON March 5 ~ 29, 2015 Director: Shawna Linck
BEST PLAY WINNER
Experimental surgery has been performed on a mouse named Algernon which increases his intelligence fourfold. The same surgery is performed on Charlie, a mentally-challenged man, who then turns into a genius. When Algernon shows signs of regression, it becomes a battle for Charlie to see if he can keep his progress. David Rogers’ powerful script is based on the popular Daniel Keyes novel.
A father and his wife are in a
turmoil! They have a 33 year old playboy son, and a 21 year old
rebellious sone who moves out of th house and into the playboy's
merry-go-round apartment. Guess who becomes the bigger playboy?
Neil Simon at his best!
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
August 22 ~ September 15, 2013
Director: Don Taylor
Lords are having a wedding! Tracy Lord, a spoiled daughter of the privileged, finds a reporter and a camera woman have been sent by a gossip weekly to cover the ceremony. A
surprise visit by the first husband also stirs up the
pot in the Philip Barry screwball comedy classic.
OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST October 3 - 27, 2013
Ben Hall A con man who pleads insanity to escape his
duties on a work farm meets his match when he is sent to a
mental hospital where he finds
the cold, calculating head nurse more than he bargained for. Dale Wasserman's
adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel makes for a brilliant evening of theatre.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 14 ~ December 8, 2013
Richard Lemin In
Richard Lemin's telling of "The Second Greatest Christmas Story Ever
Told", Dickens himself (as Scrooge's nephew) makes the novel spring
literaly to life on stage with all of the memorable and colorful
characters we have come to love. X
A FUNNY THING
HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM January 16 ~ February 9, 2014 Director: Matthew Sipress
To obtain his
freedom, all Pseuodolus (a crafty slave) has to do is win the hand
of a beautiful, but slow-witted courtesan for his young master.
What stands in the way is a handful of zany characters and
songs. A laugh fest in the Tony Award winning musical with a
Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart book an music and lyrics by
LION IN WINTER March 6 ~ 30, 2014 Director:
James Gordon X The gamesmanship
between Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, makes for one wicked Christmas in 1183 England.
For Eleanor, imprisoned since 1173, is let out every Christmas to
visit Henry and her three sons: Richard, Geoffrey and John.The witty
James Goldman dialogue won
Tony Awards on Broadway, and the movie won Katharine Hepburn a Best
Actress Academy Award.
CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU April 10 ~ May 4, 2014 Director:
Angela Prock X One of the wackiest comedies of all
time! Two families are put to the test
when rich Tony Kirby falls for Alice Sycamore, whom his parents think is beneath him.The always vibrant Sycamore family household (with its fireworks in the basement, printing press in the parlor, and Grandpa not
believing in income tax) shocks the
Kirbys, until the elder realizes that family is the most important
joy in life. The Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman hit was our
patrons' number on choice!
August 23 ~ September 16, 2012
Choreographer: Susan Webb by
Andrew Lloyd Webber
The purr-fect musical!
Based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by TS Eliot,
larger than life felines inhabit a metaphorical junkyard.
Enjoy such classics as 'Memory', 'Mr. Mistoffelees', 'The Rum
Tum Tugger' and
'Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats'.
COMEDY "The Ugly
Duckling" by A.A.Milne The King and Queen plot
to have a beautiful maid impersonate their plain daughter to get
her married while the plain prince has his hansome aide
impersonate him. TRAGEDY "Sorry, Wrong Number" by Lucille Fletcher Mrs. Stevenson,
an invalid confined to bed, overhears two men planning a murder
when wires are crossed on her telephone. To her horror, she
realizes she is the intended victim.
EXCAVATION A WORLD PREMIERE November 15 ~ December
9, 2012 Director: Linda McDonald by
Rob Barron A young woman from 1800 England
will impact a little boy's life in present-day New York City
through a archeological excavation. Mary Anning (a true
story) uncovers a fossil so big, the world is stunned. Young
Kenny, also interested in fossils, has not spoken since the death
of his mother over a year ago. Beautifully woven between
past and present, the two lives intertwine in a heart-warming
excavatio of life. Our 2012 Original Play winner.
January 17 ~ February 10, 2013
Director: Jennifer Teel
Boring man meets a woman who claims to be a spy (after all, she
does have a thick accent). He takes her home. She is
murdered. Thus, begins the Tony Award - winning fast-paced
whodunit with 150 zany characters play by four! Fast and frothy!
A Dizzy Delight!
2013 Director: Don
We are cordially invited to the dinner party from
executive Brooke invites her boss and his wife over for dinner in the hopes
of securing a promotion. Bad idea ~ so much goes
hysterically wrong that the play is
called a farce with all types of eclectic characters coming and going
throughout the evening.
The Bikinis By Ray Roderick & James Hindman August 25 - September 18, 2011
The Bikinis, a girl's
group that was hot in the summer of 1964 is back! The 4 women take
you down memory lane with such classics as YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI,
IT'S RAINING MEN, IT'S IN HIS KISS and THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR
WALKING, to name a fab few, Beach Party for everyone!
Director & Choreographer:
Billie Thrash Musical Director: Tim Goff
Black Comedy By Peter Shaffer January 19 - February 12, 2012
'dazzling comic ballet' is a play that starts with a blown
fuse in an apartment. The place is plunged into darkness,
BUT with brilliant reverse lighting, once the electricity
trips, the stage lights come up, and the actors spend the
rest of the play in a world of darkness for them, but
bright as day for the audience. Funny! Brilliant!
The Marland mansion in Ponca City, OK holds an intriguing story of riches, romance and betrayal. The story of E.W. Marland and his search for oil, his mansion on the prairie and his marriage to his adopted daughter, Lydie, comes to life in
this unbelievable true story.
Director: Chuck Tweed
and the Hound
of the Baskervilles Adapted & Dramatized by Harvey Mackie March 1 - 25, 2012 This classic mystery is Holmes' most famous and popular case: Sir Charles Baskerville has fallen victim to the family curse. Suspects abound ~ from the secretive butler, to the escaped Notting Hill murderer, or was it the ghostly hounds that haunt the moors? Sherlock Holmes at his best!
Two men think the way to help their floundering restaurant is to copy a popular place
across town where a notorious mobster was shot. The only problem is who to shoot. This winner of the New American Comedy Festival is brought back by popular demand.
The title refers to a special drink!
Talk about the original amazing race! Fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant race to beat the clock. This 'wildly wacky' comedy has five actors playing 39 characters as they travel seven continents with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains. All Aboard!
Wartime Recipes (Click to see photos) By E.E. Smith August 26 - September 19, 2010 An unforgettable summer in 1943 for 11 year old Edy as she helps manage a middle-class boarding house during World War II. Winner of the 1996 original play competition, the 1998 world premiere was an endearing Gem winner.
Be afraid! Be very afraid as Count Dracula visits Dr. Seward’s and has the entire household in a panic with all types of scary apparitions going on. Believe me, you
will jump! If you dare, attend a midnight show Oct. 30th!
Mystery Radio Plays: 1940-50’s Public Domain March 3 - 27, 2011
Remember those nights when the family gathered around the radio? There were comedies and variety shows. But, through the magic of radio, audiences were spellbound as they ‘saw’ the mysteries come to life. A first for Jewel Box!
Comic glitches meet actor Andrew Rally when he moves into a New York apartment. He is asked to play Hamlet in Central Park, a role he hates, and is visited by the ghost of John Barrymore, who played Hamlet and in whose apartment Andrew lives. Barrymore challenges Andrew to a fencing match to make him perform.
Director: Charlotte Rose
Money Matters By Carole Brendlinger April 14 - May 8, 2011
After many requests, we bring back the brilliant comedy that won a Gem Award! Catherine thinks she has met the man of her dreams, only to find out he married her for her money. She hatches a plan to kill him ~ three times ~ with hilarious results. Winner of the 2002 original play competition, a killer closing for our 53rd season.
Auntie Mame August 20 - September 13, 2009
by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
Everyone's favorite mad-cap aunt makes her Jewel Box debut!
A comedy classic that has Mame introducing her young nephew to
some zany characters in her quest to teach him about life through her eyes.
Director: Charles Tweed
January 21 -
February 14, 2010
by Neil Simon
Poor Leon Tolchinsky! Coming to accept a teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet, he finds the town has been cursed with chronic stupidity for 200 years, and if he fails to break the curse, he, too, will become stupid. You’ll laugh out loud at people who milk their cows upside down to get more cream.
Director: Richard Lemin
There Were None October
1 - 25, 2009 by Agatha Christie
A group of guests will check into a house on Indian Island, but not all will be
checking out in the classic whodunit that has delighted audiences for generations!
Director: Charlotte Rose
Born Yesterday March 4 - 28,
by Garson Kanin
Crooked Harry Brock comes to Washington to make some deals, bringing with him a charming but dumb ex-chorus girl, Billie. Little does Harry realize when he hires magazine reporter, Paul Verrall, to teach Billie some smarts...she’s not so dumb after all, and turns Harry’s world upside down.
and Candle November 12 - December 6, 2009
by John van Druten
What to do? What to do? Gillian Holroyd finds herself casting a spell over an unattached publisher who lives in her building. He falls in love with her and proposes marriage. Witches can't fall in love, so Gillian then has to choose between breaking off with her fellow witches or true love. What to do?
Director: Billie Thrash
Coming Back To Jersey
April 15 - May 9, 2010
by Carl L. Williams
She thinks her middle-aged husband is having an affair because
he daydreams. He sees her with an attractive widower and thinks she is having an
affair. After some hilarious flirting and spying, they realize nothing is going on,
and come back to Jersey for a rekindled romance.
Annie Get Your Gun August 21 - September 14, 2008
Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields
"There's No Business Like Show Business" when it's the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. A musical for the ages and a bulls-eye of entertainment!
Director: Jennifer Stephenson
Thee and Thou
January 15 -
February 8, 2009
Written by Bret Jones
World Premiere! This Oklahoma author's comedy has two thieves stumbling into the Globe Theatre in 1599 with hilarious results of mistaken identity.
Director: Charlotte Rose
The Three Wives of Harry Simpson October 2 - 26,
Written by Morna Martel
World Premiere! Think 'First Wives Club' as Harry finds his present wife and two exes taking him to court to keep his six-figure job in New York and not open a small bistro. A delightful comedy! 2007 Best Original Play winner!
Director: Doobie Potter
Call Me Henry March 5 - 29,
Written by Woody Eney
World Premiere! Three males are named Henry. Ten-year-old Henny idolizes his grandfather Henry, has a father Hank, who has little patience with him, and a mother stuck in between. This poignant play lets us see the world through Henny's eyes with the Henrys in his life. Our 2006 Best Original Play winner!
Director: Charles Tweed
November 13 - December
7, 2008 Written by A.R. Gurney
Beginning with childhood notes, the power of the written word comes to life as Melissa and Andy keep in touch through letters in this irresistible evening. Pairs of your theatre favorites will be performing during the run.
Forbidden Broadway /
Greatest Hits I
April 16 - May 10, 2009
Created and Written by Gerard Allesandrini
Oklahoma Premiere! The successful award-winning romp through Broadway musicals with a zany twist! See spoofs of Chicago, Annie, The Lion King, Les Miz, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, and Cats. Fantastic, funny, and forbidden!
January 17 -
February 10, 2008
Written and originally directed/choreographed by Stuart Ross
On the way to their first concert in 1950, four young men are killed
in a car crash. The group is brought back by the Theatre Gods so
they can fulfill their dream of being a major singing group with
such standards from that era as “Three Coins in the Fountain”,
“Catch a Falling Star”,and “Sixteen Tons” to name a few!
Director: Billie Thrash
Deathtrap October 4 - 28,
Written by Ira Levin
Sidney Bruhl needs a hit play! Although his career is in a slump, a
former student has sent him a play that seems destined to become a
huge hit! Bruhl invites him over. Now he must think ~ to what
lengths will he go to get that play? Murder?
1934 Cleveland and world-famous tenor Tito Morelli has come to sing.
Before he can: Max thinks Tito has committed suicide with pills;
Saunders suggests Max put on Tito’s Otello costume and sing the
opera; Maggie, Max’s girlfriend, throws herself at Max thinking him
Tito; and Tito is found running
around the theatre in his costume for Otello!
The Brewster sisters love older gentlemen to visit because they like
offer them a glass of Elderberry wine! Imagine nephew Mortimer’s
when he discovers what is happening to the gentlemen in this classic
Director: Don Taylor
My Fair Lady
April 17 - May 11, 2008
Book/Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Lowe
Phonetics professor Henry Higgins bets his friend Col. Pickering
that he can turn the flower-selling Eliza Doolittle into a lady.
Through such standards as “The Rain in Spain”, “On the Street Where
You Live”, and “I Could Have Danced All Night” audiences will find
themselves swept away with this delightful musical!
Someone To Love August 24 - September 17, 2006 Written by Vicki Bartholomew A World Premiere! Over a cup of coffee at the Outside Cafe, a couple
could fall in love...and do in this charming winner of our 2005
Original Playwriting Contest that has a waitress named Patti finding
herself falling in love with Fred, a warm-hearted retired man who
makes her feel special.
For everyone, there is a special person who made a difference in
their life. For sportswriter Mitch Albom, it is former professor, Morrie Schwartz. After a 16 year separation, the pair journey down a
path in which an older man passes lessons of life on to younger man, who will always remember his Tuesdays with Morrie.
Director: Charles Tweed
Dark of the Moon October 5 - 29,
Written by Howard Richardson & William Berney
A mystical romance based on the poem The Ballad of Barbara Allen
with an elfin witch boy making a bet with a Conjur Man to become a
human and marry Barbara Allen. A beautifully told love story.
Director: Charles Tweed
Beehive March 1 - 25,
Written by Larry Gallagher Five women with take you back to sock-hops that run the gamut from
Leslie Gore and the British Invasion to Tina Turner, Janis Joplin
and Aretha Franklin! You will be tapping your toes to
from the past!
Director: Sara Phoenix
Greater Tuna November 16 -
December 10, 2006
Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Holward A laugh fest that begins at radio station OKKK in Tuna, Texas with Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, and moves around the town with
all the zany characters the audience has known to love!
The poker-playing group is interrupted by the arrival of one of their own who has just separated from his wife. The meticulous and
tense Felix Unger is invited to move in with the divorced slob Oscar
What follows is pure Simon!