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The Bandon Playhouse Board of Directors is currently seeking people who are interested in producing and/or directing plays or musicals. The following plays are suggested and were chosen based on theme and cast size. The board welcomes comments regarding these plays or suggestions for other plays. Please feel free to send comments to board members at the emails listed on this website. Thank you for your interest in community theater.


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COMEDIES

GLORIOUS - 2 males, 4 females:  True story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world. Hilarious comedy about the singer that takes place in 1940's New York. Known as the first lady of the sliding scale, Florence warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy women paid little attention to her critics. Instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. (Samuel French)

DEARLY DEPARTED – 4 males, 6 females:  In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral. (Dramatists Play Service)

THE MAN IN SEAT 24, OR THE UNINVITED GUEST – 7 males, 8 females (doubling possible): An irate, rude, and combative theater patron (in your audience!) hijacks the cast, the crew, and his fellow theater-goers and winds up stone cold dead at center stage. The Man in Seat 24 or (The Uninvited Guest) is a murder mystery, a play-within-a-play, where a harried and frazzled theater director investigates a murder during a night of theater gone wrong, and realizes that there is more to this evening's performance than meets the eye. (Brooklyn Publishers)

LOVE, SEX AND THE IRS – 5 males,3 females = Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as a married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated. (Samuel French)

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID – 6 females = Four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: To be in each other's weddings no matter what. More than 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow. Careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime. They repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding in spite of fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season. (Samuel French)

HALFWAY UP THE TREE – 5 males, 4 females = A timely satire on the everlasting generation gap. It begins with the return from Middle East duty of a general who finds he hardly recognizes his children. His son has joined a cult and his daughter is pregnant by persons unknown. Rather than despair, the general looks into the matter. And, by George, he even adapts to it. The children protest that he is aping them and trying to shame them into going back into society; but no, he is in earnest as he climbs a tree and elevates the cult to new realms. Soon, everybody wants a tree to climb into. (Samuel French)

OFF THE MAP – 3 males, 2 females, 1 girl = Bo Gordon looks back on the summer when she was 11 years old and everything changed. Serving as narrator, she sifts through the memories of an unusual childhood spent in the wilds of northern New Mexico where her enterprising parents forged a rich life off the land and the local dump. Desperate to escape as a child, now she yearns to go back. This is the summer when Charley, her father, spiraled into depression. Usually able to build and fix anything, he is unable to fix himself, but the family carries on, thanks in large part to  Arlene, Bo's resourceful mother. The miracle arrives in the form of William Gibbs, who arrives in a fever and never leaves. As the artist within William emerges, each member of the family is touched and affected. (Samuel French)

DRAMA

AGNES OF GOD – 3 females = Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. (Samuel French)

MUSICALS

A, MY NAME IS ALICE – 5 females = Alice enjoyed a long run at the Village Gate Off Broadway. This slick and lively revue created by a wide variety of comedy writers, lyricists and composers offers a marvelous kaleidoscope of contemporary women. Sophisticated, bawdy, funny and insightful, the 20 numbers portray friends, rivals, sisters and even members of a women's basketball team. (Samuel French)

BINGO – 1 male, 6 females = Best friends and Bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of the ominous night 15 years ago that began in the same way. Honey tells us about that night, when Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Bernice's daughter Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren't playing games of bingo along with the cast!  (Samuel French)

NUNSENSE – 5 females = The show is about a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Up dated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements and a brand new song, (Samuel French)

THE SPITFIRE GRILL – 3 males, 4 females = A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill. (Samuel French)

MUSICAL OF MUSICALS – 2 males, 2 females = The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theater, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kander & Ebb and Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are endless. This comic valentine to musical theater was the longest running show in the York Theatre Company's 35-year history before moving to Off-Broadway. (Samuel French)

Interested in local theater? Come to our monthly general meeting held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7pm, in the lobby of the Sprague Theater. If you would like to donate to Bandon Playhouse, please see our Sponsors page for more information.

The Bandon Playhouse Board of Directors welcomes play submittals from the general public. If you would like to see the playhouse do a certain show, we urge you to submit your suggestion for their consideration! 

 

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