Up Next: Our 2022 Season!
Drum roll, please... The time has FINALLY come for us to share our plans with you and we couldn't be more thrilled! In 2022, we plan to bring THREE mainstage productions back to our home stage, the Ed Schaughency Theater, and will again participate in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. We're picking up exactly where we left off at the end of 2019--and we can't wait to see you there!
First up, we'll welcome to the stage The Sweet Delilah Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. This heartwarming play has been at the forefront of our play-reading committee's minds for years, and the timing is finally right. This all-female comedy has been praised as "the hottest show in the country right now" and "two hours of hilarity with a heart, flawlessly written." Focused on four weekends over the span of 33 years, The Sweet Delilah Swim Club is the story of five unforgettable Southern women who come together for a girls trip every August at the same beach cottage. Though their relationships began many years prior on their college swim team, these women find their need for true friendship increases as the years pass, relying on each other to face all of the challenges life throws at them. Both hilarious and touching, our production will take place over two weekends in April and all roles are open--so stay tuned for our upcoming announcement about auditions in January!
Our remaining two productions return from the season that never was, also known as 2020. We are fortunate to have both Valerie Boyce and Susan Metelsky make their Bobcat Player directorial debuts with The Gentleman Clothier in September and Lucky Stiff in November, respectively. While we introduced these shows to you nearly two years ago now, we thought a refresher might be helpful:
Our season special, The Gentleman Clothier, is a charming contemporary comedy by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. This is the cautionary tale of Norman Davenport, a tailor who is about to open his own fashionable men’s store in Halifax, Canada. It is a dream come true where his clientele can expect elegance, impeccable service, and high fashion style. But try as he might to find fulfillment in this grand achievement, Norman cannot help but feel he is misplaced in the twenty-first century and would love nothing better than to be a part of the genteel and unhurried Victorian age. With the help of a charming and attractive customer, and two employees, a young girl who is a skilled seamstress and a man who is a jack of all trades, Norman learns to re-examine the fabric of his life. In doing so he discovers some blunt truths in the cliche “Be careful what you wish for.”
We close our season with a hilarious musical mystery farce, Lucky Stiff, with music by Stephen Flaherty and book and lyrics by Lynn Aherns. We are excited to bring to our stage our first musical in years, this zany production by the award-winning team of Ragtime and Seussical the Musical. Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming shoe salesman, comes home after a hard day’s work to discover an unusual telegram. An uncle he never has met, a manager of a casino in New Jersey, has died and intends to leave him millions - provided he takes the embalmed, decidedly dead body to Monte Carlo and to pass him off as very much alive. On arrival, Harry discovers more characters in pursuit of his Uncle Anthony’s money than he ever wagered. Needless to say, hilarity, mistaken identifies, and catchy show tunes ensue. We’re gambling on the fact that you’ll love this production...
And we hope you'll join us in 2022! Whether you participate on the stage or in the audience, there's no doubt that we've really missed you. Theater just isn't the same without community and we value being a part of ours. Keep in the mind that auditions will take place in January and we'll have more information about that coming soon. And if you'd like to be involved behind the scenes, please contact us; we have many different roles available there as well.
To quote ourselves in 2019, we hope you will always come along for this ride and continue to laugh with us, cry with us, and most of all, join with us as always in falling head over heels in love with the theater.