ONCE UPON A ONE NIGHT STAND by Beverly Bouchard NOW PLAYING! FEBRUARY 13-29 Once Upon A One Night Stand is a world-premiere romantic comedy that tackles love, loss, and coming to terms with growing old. After hooking up at a funeral, Dorothy and Ben find themselves waking up naked the next morning wrapped in blankets on Ben’s sofa. Strangers the day before, they now must face the dreaded morning after. Dorothy thinks she may finally be ready to take another chance on love, but Ben has a few issues to work through first. Nothing is as it seems with this pair, proving there is no such thing as an ordinary life at any age. Set in a Maine retirement community, this hilarious and heart-warming comedy takes us on an unexpected journey toward a new lease on life and love. Presented by special arrangement with Beverly Bouchard, Playwright
LEONORA RABINOWITZ, I LOVE YOU by Hal J. Cohen MARCH 5 – 21 Leonora Rabinowitz, I Love You returns to The Footlights Theatre stage after a sold out run in 2016. Original cast members Jackie Oliveri and Rachel Flehinger reprise their roles in this hilarious comedy that is sure to be a “sell-out” once again. This uproarious play finds daughter Valerie seeking to push her widowed mother, Jane, (Oliveri) to live a fuller, less lonely life, and sex is part of Valerie’s prescription. Enter Leonora Rabinowitz, (Flehinger) the irresistible, lovable, flamboyant sex therapist. With her help, Jane’s journey thru the forbidden and the heartwarming outcome makes this winning comedy a “must see”! Presented by special arrangement with Hal J. Cohen, Playwright
SURRENDER DOROTHY Book by Michael J. Tobin, Music & Lyrics by CAROLE WISE APRIL 2-25 (4 WEEKS) It’s “groovy” 1969, early summer, and Dorothy Gale is a conventional 42-year-old single Mom (her husband died in the Vietnam War) and life has not turned out quite like she thought it would after returning from Oz in sepia ‘39. With her troubled, teenage son, Rebel, and Toto Two at her side, they leave Bethel, New York and take a trip over the rainbow- returning to the Land of Oz to seek out Dorothy’s friends, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion- who are less than cool with the generation gap. With the help of Good Witch, Willow, they combat the wicked witch, Hagatha (the fifth witch no one ever talks about), as they journey to see the far-out Wizard to (hopefully) realize once again, “there’s no place like home”. A World-Premiere Folk Musical with music and lyrics by nationally known, award-winning singer and songwriter, Carole Wise!
LITTLE WOMEN By Katherine Robbins, Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s Classic Novel MAY 7-23 Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee, Father and Aunt March. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up in New England. This world-premiere new adaptation will be an exciting conclusion to our 7th season. Presented by special arrangement with Katherine Robbins, Playwright
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THE IMMIGRANT GARDEN Adapted by Stephanie Voss and Caroline Wood. Based on the Novel by Caroline Wood SEPTEMBER 12 - 28 Thur 7pm, Fri & Sat 7:30pm (No Matinees) This beautiful play about an English garden and the women that grew it, unearths hidden places in our hearts and souls. It’s 1910 and Miss Cecily Barnes of Washington State is passionate about having a flower garden. She finds a catalogue from “Mrs. Beauchamp’s Mystical Flower Seed and Herb Emporium” and sends off to England for seeds. Thus, begins a joyous exchange between young Cecily and Louise Beauchamp that grows into a friendship transcending time and oceans. As Mrs. Beauchamp becomes mentor in all things garden and life to Cecily, they both explore the human connection and those connections inside yourself. The Immigrant Garden is a journey of friendship, self-discovery and love – a story you will long remember and want to experience again and again. Presented by special arrangement with Grateful Heart Books and Plays
OF MURDER AND MADNESS By Maine Playwright, Josh Gauthier OCTOBER 10-26 A murder committed. A city in an uproar. With police on the hunt for a killer, two men--Daryl and Seth--are ordered to take cover at a remote motel in Northern Maine until the investigation blows over. But there is no outrunning the secrets both men carry--secrets of wrongs inflicted and lingering regrets. They attempt to pass the days in quiet safety, but sometimes the past comes back with a vengeance, and the motel is not the refuge the two men hope for. With the creeping threat of madness overshadowing their safety and sanity, the also come face to face with a darker truth--they are not as alone as they first believed. Presented by special arrangement with Josh Gauthier, Playwright
PAPERMAKER By Award-Winning Novelist and Playwright, Monica Wood NOVEMBER 7-23 Based on Wood’s novel, “Ernie’s Ark,” PAPERMAKER takes place during the third month of a bitter paper mill strike in a small Maine town. While awaiting a ruling that will result in either a win for the strikers or a win for management, a struggling union family grapples with everyday life: illness, the unexplained need to create art and a son trying to feed his young family. Meanwhile, the mill’s NYC-based CEO is dragged on a weekend getaway by his 26-year-old daughter, who has chosen this time to address her father’s failings. Through a series of events, the two families collide, testing their own notions about family and loyalty in this humor-laced drama. The characters in PAPERMAKER are real, humanly flawed and beautiful. Presented by special arrangement with Monica Wood
A CHRISTMAS CAROL By Michael J. Tobin DECEMBER 3-22 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 7pm, Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm Join the ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a life-changing journey. This Footlights Theatre holiday favorite returns with new surprises, special effects, music, glorious costumes, a spectacular set, and a large multi-talented cast- this hauntingly beautiful production captures the magic and joy of the Dickens Christmas classic. The perfect gift for the entire family!
LOVE IS A FUNNY THING JANUARY 9-25 A Hilarious Evening About Surviving Love! 2 One Acts, 2 Different Stories. 2 Crazy Couples... providing the perfect remedy for the winter blues- starring Rachel Flehinger with Michael J. Tobin.
OUR 2019-20 SEASON IS DEDICATED TO CINDY O’NEIL
Longtime Footlights Theatre Actress who lost her battle to Stage IV Ovarian Cancer on August 2nd, 2019. Cindy’s many talents knew no limits- she was as fearless on stage as she was battling the cancer that took her shining star from us far too soon. Cindy was a loving and much-loved member of our theater family and will be forever missed. ...Here are just some of Cindy's Shows at The Footlights Theatre.