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2015-2016 Season at Jewel Theatre Company

All shows are performed at The Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center.

The Colligan Theater is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask for a receiver at the box office. CLICK HERE for more information on the venue.

Rave Reviews – September 6 - October 1, 2017

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Art Manke

This stirring play follows the Keller family in the years following World War II as they stand at a crossroads – should they keep holding out hope for their missing son Larry to return from the war, or rebuild and move forward around their bright and youngest son, Chris?  The resilient spirit of the Keller family is tested when accusations of war crimes and the impending reality that Larry may never return culminate in a heart-pounding climax. Winner of the Drama Critics Award for Best New American Play in 1947, and the play that introduced Arthur Miller as a new leading voice in American theater, ALL MY SONS continues to be a perfect story for our time.

"Intense and moving" – The Independent

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Jewell Theater Play
Sold Out Shows – November 8 - December 3, 2017

Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley

Directed by Shaun Carroll
Diana Torres Koss and Julie James

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in a plane crash in 1963, ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.  The musical play, complete with down home country humor and true emotion, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight… 27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.

"Crowd-pleasing" – Chicago Tribune

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Jewell Theater Play
Sold Out Shows – January 24 - February 18, 2018

by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Susan Myer Silton

Based on the true story and science of early 20th century female "computers" at Harvard Observatory, astonishing discoveries await Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own. But this brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man's world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. In this exquisite blend of science, history, family ties, and fragile love, a passionate woman must map her own passage through a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

"Sure and lyrically expressive" – Boston Globe

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Jewell Theater Play
Rave Reviews – March 14 - April 8, 2018

Kate Hawley

Directed by Paul Whitworth

Ian is returning from a book tour to visit his elderly father John, a renowned Dickens scholar, and most recently, a grief stricken widower. Ian is alarmed to find John confused and disoriented. He has forgotten Ian was coming, and in fact, seems anxious to get rid of him, not withstanding Ian's 6 hour drive from Manhattan. And yet, the house seems strangely tidy. And John is wearing a new tie. And then a young woman, Deirdre, lets herself in the front door with an armload of groceries. Deirdre? Who is Deirdre? And why have Ian's mother's things been relegated to the spare room? This serious comedy by Kate Hawley (COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL) is an exploration of love and renewal.

Other Kate Hawley work: "Intelligent and buoyant" – San Francisco Chronicle

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Jewell Theater Play
Sold Out Shows – May 2 - 27, 2018

Neil Simon
Directed by Stephen Muterspaugh

This classic comedy, from beloved playwright Neil Simon, centers on two men.  The slovenly Oscar Madison, and the neat freak Felix Unger.  The action takes place in the apartment of divorcee Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Felix Unger, fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, has just been separated from his wife, and is looking for a place to stay.  Hilarity ensues when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together as The Odd Couple is born.  Tony Nominated for Best Play and Winner of Best Author of a Play, 1965.

"A classic American work of comic art" –NY Times

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