Theater Company 2013-2014 Season
Tickets: $25 general admission / $22 members / $15 students / $0 subscribers
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February 27 Pay-what-you-will Open Rehearsal at 8:00pm
Opening Night Dinner - Friday, February 28
Fridays at 8pm: Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21
Saturdays at 8pm: March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22
Sundays at 2pm: March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23
Shakespeare’s universal epic. A dying king, chaos in nature and among the people, family blood feuds, madness and the heroic will to love and understand.
April 24 Pay-what-you-will Open Rehearsal at 8:00pm
Opening Night Dinner – Friday, April 25
Fridays at 8pm: Apr 25, May 2, May 9, May 16
Saturdays at 8pm: Apr 26, May 3, May 10, May 17
Sundays at 2pm: Apr 27, May 4, May 11, May 18
Steinbeck’s heartbreaking story of George and Lennie, two migrant farm workers pursuing a dream in 1930′s rural California.
Thanks to you and to new audience members, our houses were notably bigger this year. This is so gratifying! Not only does it mean that we can keep going; it means that the plays themselves are more alive. For the plants to grow, we need sun and rain. We’ll keep watering the crops and you bring the sun, OK? More sun!
The coming season:
Ondine by Jean Giradoux, the diplomat/theater poet who wrote The Madwoman of Chaillot, is a hilarious, bittersweet adult fairy-tale-love-story. Ondine, the princess of the sea, adopted as a mortal child by a peasant couple in the woods, meets a wandering knight, the egotistical Hans von Wittenstein zu Wittenstein. All kinds of wonderful disasters play out to excruciating ends. The play is full of ancient magic and colorful theatricality, laced with plenty of amiable cynicism to keep it real.
Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show by well-known TV writer/comedians Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, is a two-woman comedy that Jeannine Haas and her comedy partner Julie Waggoner have been playing to packed houses, roaring with laughter, all over the area. Dozens of characters in different situations get it all wrong in every conceivable way that only human beings can do and still think they’re living on the same planet. If you need to weep with laughter to soothe your January blues, buy your tickets now!
King Lear will be our winter’s Shakespeare. We were bowled over by your terrific response to Macbeth so we’re giving you more Shakespeare—and Lear’s a big one. A dying father, transferring power to his daughters, collides with submerged hatreds and jealousies all around him that rise to the surface as he weakens. A legion of evils born during his earlier reign threatens to tear apart his sanity. He must resolve them somehow, without the use of power. This production is dedicated to those who have died and all their loved ones.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, from his novel that was widely banned at the time of release during the Depression, is the story of two farm workers, Lennie, a gentle monster and George, his loving caretaker. Steinbeck’s great achievement is that he brings much of the tragic beauty found in Beowulf, The Trojan War or Frankenstein right into our own backyard, to American farms, many of which still survive on migrant farm labor. This was one of the first everyman-hero plays that found its perfect expression in Miller’s Death of a Salesman. We are proud to include the play as part of our ongoing partnership with the Agricultural Stewardship Association.
See you in all kinds of places at the theater!
~ John Hadden, artistic director
PAST PRODUCTIONS THIS SEASON
By Jean Giradoux. Directed by John Hadden.
Hubbard Hall Mainstage.
November 14, Pay-what-you-will Open Rehearsal at 8:00pm
Opening Night Dinner – Friday, November 15
Fridays at 8pm: Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29, Dec 6
Saturdays at 8pm: Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7
Sundays at 2pm: Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1, Dec 8
The story of a love between a water nymph and a knight, and the folly that results from their union.
“Now, at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, you can see for yourself what wonders may be wrought by a playwright who can take whimsy and make it a hot white light of revelations.” -Peter Bergman, Berkshire Bright Focus
“…surreal, absurd, farce, existential, but Jean Giraudoux’s Ondine is just plain head-spinningly wacky. Within seconds, characters utter contradictions without batting an eye. One minute you’re watching a farce, the next a tragedy. Or is it? You’re never quite sure, and Hubbard Hall Theater’s production, directed by John Hadden, navigates these shoals of contradiction with ease… If you want to see a charming, quirky, and disorienting play, this is the one for you.” – Mary Jane Leach, Times Union
“Hadden’s direction develops the nuances of all the light and dark the characters embody. This ensemble always makes the leap toward each other, their level of engagement with the exquisite language of the play and how they fully receive it from each other in this cast of 19 makes each of them distinct and indelible… See it, commune with it, and be sweetly moved by a gentle prodding, sometimes a playful tickle, of the magician’s paradox of this earthly life.” – Claire North, Manchester Journal
A decidedly wicked and hilarious look at men, women and modern America.