Sense and Sensibility
by Kate Hamill based on Jane Austen
November 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11 @ 7:30pm
November 5 and 12 @ 2:00pm
Directed by Tammy Ostrander
The untimely death of John Dashwood has left his two daughters, Elinor and Marianne, in search of husbands while lacking the social standing they enjoyed while he lived. During Victorian England, social standing and wealth often dictated marriages more than love and affection. The steady Colonel Brandon adores Marianne, but she finds him dull. She has been captivated by the young and dashing Willoughby. Elinor's heart belongs to Edward Ferrars, and though he seems equally intrigued with her, he is oddly remote. In Kate Hamill's adaptation, the sisters must find the balance between sense and sensibility or threaten their chances for true love and happiness.
By Lee Blessing
February 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 @ 7:30pm
February 4 and 11 @ 2:00pm
Directed by Merry Renn Vaughan
Eleemosynary tells the emotional story of three generations of women: Echo, a sixteen year old girl and spelling enthusiast, her mother Artie, and her grandmother Dorothea. Dorothea, the woman who raised Echo and the glue that holds the family together, lies in a coma being tended to by her granddaughter. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of Dorothea's passing, Artie and Echo must figure out the nature of their relationship as mother and daughter, come to terms with the past, and learn the true meaning of love. This performance is a special CSS Theatre Senior Showcase featuring senior actors Abbilyn Primus and Shayna Schafter and visiting guest actor Sarah Jane Hale. (This production supported, in part, by Pachel Foundation.)
By R.C. Sherriff
April 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30pm
April 15 and 22 @ 2:00pm
Directed by Kelly Mullan
Set in 1917, Journey's End tells of a group of British officers stationed in the trenches in World War I. Suspecting a German offensive is imminent, the officers are ordered to capture a German prisoner to acquire intelligence about the attack. The reconnaissance mission leads to some successes but also has disastrous consequences. Journey's End depicts the claustrophobia of the trenches, the unrelenting anxiety the men experience, and the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll the war exacts from them. This production commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.