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06 August 2004 @ 04:53 pm
The 2004-2005 Slate of Plays  
by Neil Simon
Cast: Flexible cast of 10 plus a dead cow that's not giving any milk.
Set: Interior and exterior of Kulyenchikov, a werry leetle willudge
Full length: 2 acts

What do you get when you take one eager young teacher, add a beautiful dimwitted girl, throw in a handful of kooky villagers, and then sprinkle on one ancient curse? The answer: a deliciously amusing recipe for Neil Simon's "Fools". This classic comedy takes us to Kulyenchikov, a Ukrainian town plagued by a scorned lover's curse. Leon, the hero answers an ad requesting a teacher for Kulyenchikov only to discover that the entire town is filled with fools. He is soon informed that he has exactly one day to break the curse or else he will become a fool himself. Faced with this dilemma, a hysterical tale of stupidity, love and human nature unfolds in quintessential Neil Simon style.

The Swimmer
Cast: Flexible Cast of 14
Set: Simple Exterior Set
Time: About 30 Minutes

The SWIMMER is a highly theatrical contemporary comedy. The story involves a young man at a corner bus stop who is absolutely convinced he is drowning though there is no water in the vicinity. Each person who passes by becomes somehow involved in the situation, but each is more interested in promoting his own point of view than helping the man. One woman calls him a bore; a policeman writes him a ticket; a business man throws him a quarter. The play builds to a climax in which the young man dies -- yet his death has no emotional impact upon those around him.

HMS Pinafore
by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan
Principal Cast: 5 or 6 men; 3 or 4 women,
Ensemble: lots of sisters, cousins, aunts and sailors
Set: The quarterdeck of the ship
Time: Light Opera in 2 acts
HMS Pinafore is among the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas, perhaps because of its infectious tunes and generally well-constructed libretti. It is embued with mirth and silliness to spare. The opera's gentle satire is based on a popular British theme: Love between members of different social classes. The gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore, who claims that he would never swear at his crew (What, Never?), does not know that his daughter has fallen in love with a common sailor serving on her father's ship. Meanwhile, the Captain has arranged for her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. Sir Joseph himself has risen from humble beginnings to gain his office by political acumen, despite having never gone to sea! And the Captain himself fancies a poor bumboat woman. Fear not: it all works out in the end. Hip, hip, hoorah!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: 'Sodade' by Cesaria Evora
Lisa Maylittlerep334 on August 6th, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)
you are doing another neil simon without me!!

sidnoblssidnobls on August 6th, 2004 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what if anything we'll be able to do without you, Lisa.
producers_leo on August 6th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
AHHHHH!!! FOOLS!!! That's one of my favorites!
sidnoblssidnobls on August 6th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
how do you know Fools? Don't you ever read your required reading?
Be looking at the role of Zubritksy...and I don't mean Doctor Zubritsky...hint, hint.
proudestmonky13 on August 12th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
I wanna feel special.....I'm gonna go read it just to feel like I know what I'm talking about even if I don't....(see what I mean?)