Jewel Theatre Company proudly announces the company's NINTH annual season.
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Susan Myer Silton (director of JTC’s Mary Stuart).
Cited by many critics as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language, ARCADIA is set in an English country house called Sidley Park, in two time periods, 1809 to 1812 and the present day. Exploring serious themes with a predominantly comic flare, ARCADIA depicts the activities of two modern scholars and the house’s current residents juxtaposed with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier. With both period scenes reminiscent of Sheridan and Oscar Wilde, and present-day scenes of contemporary realism, Stoppard explores, with great wit, the relationship between past and present, between order and chaos, and his oft-visited theme of emotional love versus intellect.
by Cass Morgan, Debra Monk, Jim Wann, John Foley, John Schimmel and Mark Hardwick
Directed by Julie James. Musical Direction by Diana Torres Koss.Choreography by Lee Ann Payne.
PUMP BOYS is a pure country fun musical that tells the story of four good ol’ boys who work at a gas station and two waitresses from the Double Cupp Diner, located somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. With toe-tapping music from the country rock/pop genre and a set that will take over the entire theatre, you’ll see the two queens from Mary Stuart (Diana Torres Koss and Julie James) back on stage together, this time as sisters Rhetta and Prudie Cupp.
by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Bill Peters (director of JTC’s Of Mice and Men)
From the Tony award winning writer of The Assembled Parties currently on Broadway and winner of Best New American Playwright award, this Pulitzer nominated drama tells the intimate story of Walker, his sister Nan, and their childhood friend Pip who meet to settle their fathers’ estate. The two fathers were long-time friends and architect partners whose legacy is a brilliantly daring creation – the 1960s Janeway House. In this tense and brittle reunion, much more is at stake than who gets the house. The elegant, architectural simplicity of Greenberg’s play belies its complicated questions about relationship and the weight of the past.
by Joe Orton
Directed by Art Manke (director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s Bach at Leipzig and Three Musketeers).
This hilarious farce by the insatiably funny Orton is a classic comic masterpiece with slapstick action, mistaken identities, slamming doors, surprise plotlines and, above all, Orton’s subversive wit and breakneck dialogue. WHAT THE BUTLER SAW takes place in the mental health clinic of Dr. Prentice who is attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary when his wife comes home, interrupting his sordid intentions and kicking off a maniacal tour de force for the doctor and his unexpected guests that day.