2017-2018 Season Four

 

Open Book is Proud to announce our Fourth Season.  In light of our growing audiences we’ve added performances!  Shows will now run for 4 weeks for a total of 11 performances.

This season we’re asking subscribers to choose a series (say, Opening Night, or the third Saturday). But don’t worry… we know that schedules change, and you can change your reservation with no fee up until your scheduled performance!

What hasn’t changed? Our ticket prices (with the exception of our opening night season subscription, which will now be $100 – still a $50 savings from buying single tickets!) Even though we’ve improved our venue and our production value, we’re dedicated to keeping our ticket prices low so that professional theatre can be enjoyed by more people! If you’re willing and able to pay more for a ticket, and agree that our ticket prices are low for the quality you receive, please consider giving a tax deductible donation to support our work. This will help us continue to grow, pay our artists, and keep our ticket prices low!

How can you get tickets?

You can download this form and mail it in with your payment or bring it in to a performance of Good People: season ticket order form 17-18 UPDATED

Tickets will be available for purchase at all performances of Good People.

Or… purchase online HERE.

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Life sucks

By Aaron Posner, directed by Krista Schafer Ewbank

Sept 8 – 30, 2017

In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?

“A  funny, wise night that reminds you of how much more fun theater can be than any other form of dramatic entertainment” – Chicago Tribune

(Aaron Posner wrote Who Am I This Time? & Other Conundrums of Love… the Vonnegut adaptation that had our audiences laughing our second season)

LIFE SUCKS performance dates and times

Friday Sept 8, 8pm *opening night, all tickets $30.  Includes afterglow
Saturday Sept 9, 8pm
Friday Sept 15, 8pm
Saturday Sept 16, 8pm
Sunday Sept 17, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Friday Sept 22, 8pm
Saturday Sept 23, 8pm
Sunday Sept 24, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Thursday Sept 28, 8pm
Friday Sept 29, 8pm
Saturday Sept 30, 8pm

 

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Be A Good Little Widow

By Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Adriane Galea

Oct 27 – Nov 18, 2017

Young wife Melody has never been to a funeral – until her husband dies in a plane crash. Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, what’s the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow. A sad comedy about loss and longing.

“[Brunstetter] writes fresh, unfussy dialogue and characters who earn their laughs and emotional moments by honest means. It’s evident that she feels a generous affection for all four people onstage…” - The New York Times

 

BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW performance dates and times

Friday Oct 27, 8pm *opening night, all tickets $30.  Includes afterglow
Saturday Oct 28, 8pm
Friday Nov 3, 8pm
Saturday Nov 4, 8pm
Sunday Nov 5, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Friday Nov 10, 8pm
Saturday Nov 11, 8pm
Sunday Nov 12, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Thursday Nov 16, 8pm
Friday Nov 17, 8pm
Saturday Nov 18, 8pm

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Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

By Lauren Gunderson, directed by Sarah Hawkins Moan

Jan 12-Feb 3, 2018

Passionate. Brilliant. Defiant.

Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history.

“An evening of humor and heartbreak with a powerhouse ending.” – BroadwayWorld.com  ”Emilie is quite the best play I have read in a very long time,”- Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright

Lauren Gunderson wrote Bauer, the beautiful examination of art and commerce we staged in our second season.

 

EMILIE performance dates and times

Friday Jan 12, 8pm *opening night, all tickets $30.  Includes afterglow
Saturday Jan 13, 8pm
Friday Jan 19, 8pm
Saturday Jan 20, 8pm
Sunday Jan 21, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Friday Jan 26, 8pm
Saturday Jan 27, 8pm
Sunday Jan 28, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Thursday Feb 1, 8pm
Friday Feb 2, 8pm
Saturday Feb 3, 8pm

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang, directed by Angie Kane Ferrante

February 23 – March 17, 2018

Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twentysomething boy toy, Spike.  A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins!  Nominated for six Tony Awards and winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Play. ”Deliriously funny…a heedless good time.” —NY Times. “Hugely entertaining…few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly…in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of twenty-first-century life.” —USA Today. “Everyone has a monologue that is nothing short of hilarious. (You’ll find yourself using that word a lot.)…You’ve only spent a weekend with these people, but you might want to spend the rest of your life with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”—Huffington Post.

 

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike performance dates and times

Friday February 23, 8pm *opening night, all tickets $30.  Includes afterglow
Saturday February 24, 8pm
Friday March 2, 8pm
Saturday March 3, 8pm
Sunday March 4, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Friday March 9, 8pm
Saturday March 10, 8pm
Sunday March 11, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Thursday March 15, 8pm
Friday March 16, 8pm
Saturday March 17, 8pm

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Time Stands Still

By Donald Marguiles, directed by Wendy Katz Hiller

May 11 – June 2, 2018

TIME STANDS STILL focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, how will they move on to the next chapter?

“Mr. Margulies is gifted at creating complex characters through wholly natural interaction, allowing the emotional layers, the long histories, the hidden kernels of conflict to emerge organically. Throughout, his dialogue crackles with bright wit and intelligence.  —NY Times. “Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong, not to mention your sanity? It’s one of several questions getting a workout in TIME STANDS STILL…Insightful writing, the work is smart, stylish, timely and layered with an intriguing seriousness that inspires discussion after the curtain comes down—a rarity these days.” —Associated Press.

 

TIME STANDS STILL performance dates and times

Friday May 11, 8pm *opening night, all tickets $30.  Includes afterglow
Saturday May 12, 8pm
Friday May 18, 8pm
Saturday May 19, 8pm
Sunday May 20, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Friday May 25, 8pm
Saturday May 26, 8pm
Sunday May 27, 2pm followed by a discussion with the artists
Thursday May 31, 8pm
Friday June 1, 8pm
Saturday June 2, 8pm