2023-2024 Season

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Directed by Omar Sosa

Huck Finn is accustomed to roaming freely in his small town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, mostly able to do what he pleases. Trouble arises, however, when his alcoholic and violent father suddenly demands custody over the boy in order to get at his trust fund. Fearing for his life, Huck takes off on a raft down the Mississippi River. Along the way, he meets up with a runaway slave, Jim, who is trying to find his wife and children up North. Together, they embark upon a series of hilarious and heartwarming adventures, crossing paths with a variety of colorful characters as they make their desperate escape along the river to freedom.

"Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

July 28-30, August 4-6 & 11-13, 2023

The Red Velvet Cake War

Written by Jones Hope Wooten

Directed by April J'Callahan Marshall

The outrageous antics of the three Verdeen cousins - Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette - have become the talk of the town in Sweetgum, not the least of which is Gaynelle's "accidentally" crashing her minivan through the bedroom of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide. But Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided that their family reunion's success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle’s sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Things spin hilariously out of control as a neighbor's pet devours all the food, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake.

“The Red Velvet Cake War” is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. www.dramatists.com

October 27-29, November 3-5 & 10-12, 2023

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Written by Todd Kreidler
Based on the screenplay by William Rose

Directed by Pam Barrans

A progressive white couple's proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them. Blindsided by their daughter's whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between supporting a mixed-race couple in your newspaper and welcoming one into your family, especially in 1967. But they're surprised to find they aren't the only ones with concerns about the match, and it's not long before a multi-family clash of racial and generational difference sweeps across the Draytons' idyllic San Francisco terrace.

"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. www.playscripts.com

February 9-11, 16-18, & 23-25, 2024

Our Town

Written by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Mark Graves

The residents of Grover's Corners -- a small American town like any other -- go about their daily lives: newspapers are delivered; people go to work; gardens are tended. And a young boy and girl fall in love. Through the experiences and relationships of these "unremarkable" townsfolk, we discover universal truths, about what it means to be human and the cyclical nature of life. But as life's events unfold, an unexpected tragedy strikes -- and in its wake, one question remains: "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?"

"Our Town" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

May 3-5, 10-12, & 17-19, 2024