2018-2019 (40th) Season

The Village Playhouse is excited to announce its 2018 – 2019 Season, The Big 4-O: A Celebration!   For our 40th Season, we’ve put together a variety of plays, classic and new,  which are sure to please.

 

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40 Carats

by Jay Allen

August 3-17, 2018

A comedy about a 40 year old woman who gets a new lease on life when she starts dating a man half her age.

Ann Stanley is a twice divorced real estate agent, who lives with her mother and teenage daughter.  While on vacation in Greece she has an affair with Peter Latham, a young, wealthy, sophisticated man, who she never expects to see again.    When Peter unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep a few weeks later as a date for her daughter, Ann must decide what her feelings are and if happiness is worth perusing when it comes at the expense of her reputation.

 

Night Watch

by Lucille Fletcher

November 2 – 18, 2018

First produced by The Village Playhouse in March 1979, this thriller is full of suspenseful twists and turns, leaving you guessing until the final, breath-stopping reveal.

Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler is pacing her living room, when she sees the body of a dead man in the window across the way.  The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine’s terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees the body of a woman in the same window. Thinking Elaine may be having a nervous breakdown, her husband convinces her to commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment.  But is she actually crazy, or does someone want her out of the way for their own sinister reasons?

 

 

Driving Miss Daisy

by Alfred Uhry

February 8th – 24th, 2019

Starting in 1948, this drama covers the 25 year friendship of an elderly white woman and her black driver, as they navigate through the ups and downs of life in the South.

When Daisy Wethan’s son hires a driver for his mother, after she crashes her car, she is A crash is heard, and Daisy Werthan, age 72, is in her living room, with her son Boolie, age 40. They are Jewish, with Atlanta accents. She has crashed her car, and Boolie insists that she have a driver. Boolie is in his office and interviews Hoke Coleburn who is a black man of around 60. He is unemployed. Over the next 25 years Hoke drives “Miss Daisy”. They are initially wary of each other, and Hoke puts up with the somewhat crotchety Miss Daisy with dignity. She teaches Hoke to read when she learns that he cannot, which comes naturally to her, having been a teacher. Ultimately, over the years, they form a bond. In the final scene, Miss Daisy is in a nursing home for increasing memory loss; but is lucid enough to tell Hoke, who has come to visit her, that he is her best friend.

Tartuffe

by Moliere
April 5th – 21st, 2019

With a Tony-Award winning Broadway revival in 1978 and made into a movie that same year, this neoclassical satirical comedy centers on a wealthy man being duped by a penniless vagrant. 

When the vagrant Tartuffe disguises himself as a virtuous and pious man, he is able to get himself into the good graces of the wealthy Orgon and his mother Mme. Pernelle.  They take Tartuffe into their home and promise him Orgon’s daughter’s hand in marriage (even as he secretly attempts to seduce Orgon’s wife, Elmire).  Though everyone else in the family sees through Tartuffe’s rouse, they are unable to convince Orgon that Tartuffe is anything by what he says.

34th Annual Original One Act Festival

June 7th – 23rd, 2018
The One Act Festival will be back again next year with a new crop of scripts from Wisconsin playwrights.