2015/16 Mainstage - 63rd Season
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SHOWS COMPLETED IN THE 2015-16 SEASON
a Portland area premiere
July 10 – August 16, 2015
By Paul Slade Smith
Directed by Michael Snider
"Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go."
It’s the perfect setup for a laugh-filled evening at the theatre. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hitman, and why the accountant can't seem to keep her clothes on. In this side-splitting escapade, playwright Paul Slade Smith has reinvented the in-one-door innuendo, and out-the-other-door comic shtick. A zany Portland area premiere that will leave you howling with laughter.
Show sponsor: Lakewood Associates
Sept 11 – Oct 18, 2015
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
Original book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
Revised book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed by Joe Theissen
This age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Terrific Cole Porter songs include “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top" and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”
Show Sponsor: Step It Up Studios
Nov 6 – Dec 13, 2015
By Noël Coward
Directed by Don Alder
A successful, yet self-obsessed, theatre matinee idol (a character Noël Coward based on himself) prepares for a performance tour in Africa. Before he can leave, he has to deal with a lovestruck ingénue, his long-suffering secretary, his estranged wife, and a crazed young playwright while trying to overcome his impending mid-life crisis. The play’s title comes from a song in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which urges us to seize the day – “present mirth hath present laughter.” A combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise.
Show Sponsor: Mary Ann Swinford
Jan 8 – Feb 14, 2016
By Clifford Odets
Directed by Vladimir Ilnitzky
Clifford Odets’ timeless drama, Golden Boy, tells the story of Joe Bonaparte, a young Italian New Yorker in the late 1930s who pursues “the American dream” of fame and fortune. Joe, a violin prodigy, is lured into the lucrative world of prizefighting and loses everything he holds dear.
Show Sponsor: Anonymous
in THE EVIL EYE of JABAR and THE INVISIBLE BRIDE of DEATH
a world premiere
March 4 – April 10, 2016
A comedy in two episodes
By Ron House
Based on Bullshot Crummond by Diz White, Ron House, Alan Shearman, John Neville-Andrews and Derek Cunningham
Directed by Alan Shearman
Hugh Bullshot Crummond, our legendary 1920s British sleuth, patriot and gentleman, is once again up to his square jaw with hair-raising adventures as he battles sinister evildoers out to destroy the British Empire, rule the world and wreck his wedding plans. His mission: retrieve an ancient Egyptian jewel with magical powers before the wrong people can cause a long-lost mythical city to reappear. This true story invisibly unfolds before our eyes as our intrepid hero rises to the challenge using all means available: fast cars, trains, planes and even a flying carpet!
Show Sponsor: Samantha Richardson and Work for Art
MAN OF LA MANCHA
April 29 – June 12, 2016
Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
Book by Dale Wasserman
Directed by Greg Tamblyn
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical, Man of La Mancha follows the eccentric Don Quixote, his faithful manservant Sancho, and the tough, but beautiful, Aldonza in a mythic and spiritual quest for the impossible dream. The musical adaptation of the classic Cervantes novel includes the touching ode to romance, "Dulcinea," the heroic "I, Don Quixote," and the immortal ballad, "The Impossible Dream."
Show sponsor: Bill & Barbara Warner and Dr. Fritz Camp
Side Door Season 2015/16 ...
The Lost Treasures Collection — a unique series of three plays. Each attraction is performed for one weekend only! Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 PM and a Saturday matinee at 2 PM. This year's theme: Passport to Romance. Our series sponsor for all three shows is Jaye W. Taylor, Rob Le Chevallier and Buckley Law P.C.
The Lost Treasures Collection, now in its sixth season, is a series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret version for one weekend only on our Side Door stage. No sets, no props (none of the usual trappings of a fully staged production). Picture Portland’s foremost performers presenting some of the most beautiful, comedic and witty songs of musical theatre. Food, wine and other beverages are available for purchase before and during the show.
Feb 19 – 20, 2016 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM, Saturday matinee at 2PM)
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy
Music by Harold Arlen and Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
A fisherman enjoys the simple life on mythical Pigeon Island, Jamaica. His beautiful love yearns for the glittering island called Manhattan. Will they leave or be content to remain in their tropical paradise?
April 15 – 16, 2016 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM, Saturday matinee at 2PM)
Book, Music and Lyrics by Noël Coward
It’s romance aboard a cruise ship, with all the classic wit and charm of Broadway's golden era. Recent divorcée Mimi Paragon is stuck serving tourists as one of the ship's hostesses, when she is drawn to a much younger and strikingly handsome man. The dialogue is peppered with classic Coward witticisms throughout, and the music is composed in the classic Broadway tradition.
DO I HEAR A WALTZ?
October 23 – 24, 2015 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM, Saturday matinee at 2PM)
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
A lonely secretary splurges her savings on a trip to Venice for what she hopes will be a romance-filled vacation. The man of her dreams sweeps her off of her feet, but can he offer what she truly wants and deserves?
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