The Gin Game – September 14 – October 8, 2017
Montgomery Theater, 124 Main Street, Souderton, PA
This Pulitzer Prize winning play is about two elderly residents at a nursing home who strike up an acquaintance. Neither seems to have any other friends, and they start to enjoy each other’s company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller’s inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident.
The Secret Garden – October 6 – 22, 2017
Civic Theater, 19th Street, Allentown, PA
Based on the beloved Victorian classic The Secret Garden, this Tony award-winning musical version has been entrancing audiences since its premiere in 1991. This enchanting tale of transformation from darkness to light in the orphaned Mary, the widowed Archibald, and the sickly Colin touches the heart and promises hope to those who believe that “if you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden” just waiting to bloom. A charming tale, enhanced by a remarkably beautiful score, The Secret Garden plants the seeds of a magical message that lingers long after one exits the theatre and is the perfect treat for the whole family!
The Lion in Winter – October 6 – 22, 2017
Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Ice Rink, Illicks Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18018
A real-life Game of Thrones. Intrigue, conspiracy and schemes abound as Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their three sons engage in gamesmanship and plots during a Christmas gathering to determine Henry’s successor to the throne. Henry favors youngest son John, Eleanor favors oldest son Richard and middle son Geoffrey is out to protect himself. Will they hang the holly or each other? Join us to find out!
A Murder of Crows – October 5 – 21, 2017
Playcrafters, 2011 Store Road, Skippack, PA
Among the last residents in a town declared a toxic waste site is an elderly couple with a failing general store. The woman wants to move in with their son, but the husband refuses to leave the land that gave him both a livelihood, and deadly cancer. A story of how a family wrestles with love and change.
The Neverending Story – October 13 – 22, 2017
DCP Theater, 795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA
Based on the novel by Michael Ende, Adapted by David S. Craig (Family Theater)
The story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Along the way, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Can Atreyu save Fantastica?
Sunday in the Park with George – October 27 – November 5, 2017
Muhlenberg College, Baker Center for the Arts, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown, PA
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (do I really have to say more?)
Two artists, a century apart, strive to realize their artistic vision and create something new — without losing hold of the people they love. In the first act, 19th-century painter Georges Seurat works feverishly to complete his now-famous painting, even as Dot, his model and mistress, struggles for his attention. In the second, a 20th century sculptor (and Georges and Dot’s great-grandson) unveils a spectacular new work, but he’s dissatisfied; he yearns to move forward but feels disconnected and adrift.
Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize, Sunday in the Park with George is perhaps the most intimate and personal work of Sondheim’s career.