Amazing stories. Masterful performances.

Nestled on a hill and commanding a superb view of downtown Cincinnati, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has been offering audiences the finest in professional theatre for 56 years. Nationally known for its excellence and commitment to new works and as an artistic home for America's best actors, directors and designers, the Playhouse always keeps its primary role at center stage — to serve the Tristate by producing the finest in classic and contemporary works: musicals, dramas, comedies and recent hits. Simply put, the Playhouse strives to celebrate the live theatrical experience in superlative fashion, in a setting that is second to none.

 

Explore Playhouse History

Today's Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is the product of a rich history. It began in 1959 with the dream of a young college student, Gerald Covell, who combined his artistic vision for a professional theatre in Cincinnati with the commitment of several of the city's foremost arts, business and political leaders, including Emily Adler, Stanley Aronoff, A. Burton Closson and Morse Johnson, who became the Playhouse's first president and chairman of its board of trustees.

The original Playhouse was confined to the park shelterhouse that now houses the Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre. Scheduled for demolition, the building offered the perfect setting: great theatre performed in the beautiful surroundings of Eden Park. The building was converted to a 166-seat theatre where, on Oct. 10, 1960, Meyer Levin's Compulsion celebrated the opening night of both play and Playhouse. It was directed by David Marlin Jones, the theatre's first artistic director, and was followed by 12 more plays, each running two and a half weeks.

In that first cast, and a veteran of several productions in the early years, was a young actor named John Hillerman, whose skill later took him into a successful film and television career. He is among the first of the thousands of actors who have appeared at the Playhouse. Many names are familiar: Scott Bakula, Roscoe Lee Browne, David Canary, Kristin Davis, Patty Duke, Raúl Esparza, Bonnie Franklin, Swoosie Kurtz, Cleavon Little, Donna McKechnie, Estelle Parsons, Anthony Perkins, Charlotte Rae, Lee Roy Reams, Lynn Redgrave, Mercedes Ruehl, Gary Sandy, Susan Stroman, Daniel J. Travanti, Kathleen Turner, Cicely Tyson, Sam Waterston and Henry Winkler. Yet, celebrity or not, all who perform at the Playhouse are among the country's most skilled professionals and, like Playhouse audiences, they come to let the play, not the personalities, capture the spotlight.

Within a very few years, as sold-out houses became the norm, it became apparent that the success of the Playhouse would cause it to outgrow the Shelterhouse. First the original theatre was expanded. Then in 1966, plans were announced for the construction of a new, larger space. On July 18, 1968, the Robert S. Marx Theatre, named after the well-known Cincinnati philanthropist, opened with Camino Real by Tennessee Williams. Designed by Hugh Hardy of the New York architectural firm Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer, the Marx won awards for its innovative design and flexibility. It also began a new era for the Playhouse, which was, for the first time, able to produce two works simultaneously in two complementary theatre spaces.

As audiences steadily grew, so did the Playhouse's leadership in the new regional theatre movement nationwide. In 1965, the Playhouse was selected as the first regional theatre showcased on the television program, Esso Repertory Theatre, hosted by David Susskind.

As the Playhouse ended its first decade, it was already catching notice for its caliber of production and its belief that theatre can be innovative as well as entertaining. In the late 1960s, the National Theatre of the Deaf, the Barbwire Theatre and Judith Malina and Julian Beck's Living Theatre all came to the Playhouse. In 1970, the Playhouse mounted a pioneering production of Shaw's Pygmalion, acclaimed for its use of non-traditional casting. In 1973, Harold Scott joined the Playhouse as the first African-American artistic director in the history of American regional theatre.

Although productions have been presented first and foremost for the Tristate, the Playhouse always has contributed to the national stage. Ever since the U.S. premiere of Henry Livings' Eh? in 1966, which subsequently played to great success off-Broadway, the American theatre has benefited greatly from the vision and craftsmanship now synonymous with the Playhouse. Among its many other premieres are: Caravaggio in 1971, directed and produced by Word Baker; Sing Hallelujah!, which enjoyed huge acclaim when it moved to off-Broadway's Village Gate in 1987; Tapestry: The Music of Carole King (1988) which ran off-Broadway five years later; and The Notebook of Trigorin (1996), a work by Tennessee Williams that garnered international attention.

Among the non-premieres that have been presented elsewhere, the Playhouse's production of Thunder Knocking on the Door, the electrifying blues musical by Keith Glover, enjoyed subsequent runs in San Diego, Rochester, Cleveland and Stamford, Conn. Nixon's Nixon, Russell Lees' speculative eavesdrop on the conversation between Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon, has now played on four continents and was hailed as among the best at 1999's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It enjoyed acclaimed runs in Ireland and Toronto, at the 2001 Hong Kong Theatre Festival, at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End and in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the East and West coasts of the United States.

The Playhouse's 2003 production of The Syringa Tree was presented in 2004 at the English Theatre in Vienna, the longest operating English language theatre in continental Europe, and in 2006 at The English Theatre Frankfurt in Germany. In November 2006, the Playhouse's production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's landmark musical Company, directed by John Doyle, opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran until July 2007. The Playhouse's production of Around the World in 80 Days transferred to the off-Broadway Irish Repertory Theatre for an eight-week run. Due to popular demand, the run was extended.

For the past 20 years, the Playhouse has produced at least one world premiere production each season. Several recent Playhouse premieres also have gone on to subsequent production or publication. The 1997 production of In Walks Ed by Keith Glover was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Angus MacLachlan's The Dead Eye Boy (2000) was nominated for the American Theatre Critics' Association's New Play Award and enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at off-Broadway's MCC Theatre in 2001 and at the Hampstead Theatre in London in 2002. The Playhouse's 1998 premiere of Coyote on a Fence by Bruce Graham enjoyed a 2004 run at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End. The 2003 Playhouse production of The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Carson Kreitzer was honored with the citation as the runner-up for the 2004 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award.

The Playhouse's premiere productions of High (2010) by Matthew Lombardo and Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck (2012) both enjoyed subsequent productions on Broadway. The 2013-14 world premiere of Seven Spots on the Sun by Martín Zimmerman was one of three finalists for the American Theatre Critics' Association's Steinberg New Play Award. Since our 2015-16 world premiere of Native Gardens, the show has been included in seasons at 10 regional theatres across the country. Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison directed the world premiere at the Playhouse, and he returned to the show to direct subsequent productions at Guthrie Theater and Arena Stage. The 2016-17 season included two world premieres — Summerland by Arlitia Jones and All the Roads Home by Jen Silverman. The 2017-18 season includes two world premieres as well — Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer and Sooner/Later by Allyson Currin.

The Playhouse also has a long tradition of bringing theatre into young lives. Today, more than 50,000 young people typically participate in a Playhouse program each year. In 1968, the Playhouse became one of the first theatres to offer discounted student matinees to area schools.

The Playhouse hosts seven to eight young actors each year for a season-long internship as part of our Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company, as well as bringing in three young stage managers for our Bruce E. Coyle Stage Management Intern Company. These programs offer a variety of experiences while providing a critical transition between educational theatre and a new career in the professional ranks.

Motivated by expanding programming and record attendance, the Playhouse launched a $7.5 million capital campaign in 1994 to modernize and expand both public and backstage spaces. It raised more than $8.4 million, making possible the most extensive renovation of the Playhouse since the building of the Marx Theatre.

In 2004, the Playhouse was honored with the Regional Theatre Tony Award®. One of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, it honors a nonprofit professional regional theatre company that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally. The award has been given to one theatre annually since 1976, and it places the Playhouse in the company of the nation's finest regional theatres. In 2007, the Playhouse was honored with its second Tony Award® in three years when Company was named that year's Best Revival of a Musical.

From 1992-2012, the Playhouse was under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Edward Stern and Executive Director Buzz Ward. After 20 years at the helm of the organization, Edward Stern left the Playhouse to follow his passions of directing and teaching.

In July 2012, Blake Robison, who has more than 20 years of experience as a director and producer, became artistic director of the Playhouse. At this time, Buzz Ward was promoted to the Playhouse's managing director.

Blake Robison and Buzz Ward work in a co-CEO partnership structure and oversee a full-time staff of 75. Together with a board of 54 trustees and nearly 1,000 volunteers, they remain committed to a tradition of excellence that now carries Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park well into its sixth decade.

Today the Playhouse offers productions 10 months out of the year, attracting nearly 190,000 people annually to its two theatres and its education and outreach programs. Each show enjoys a run of at least four weeks, with eight performances per week, scheduled for every day but Monday.

The Playhouse, a not-for-profit organization, is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and the League of Cincinnati Theatres. It operates on an annual budget of approximately $11.9 million.

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Setting the Vision

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is a professional regional theatre committed to producing and presenting for diverse audiences the broadest range of theatre in an inviting theatrical environment. Our mission is accomplished through works of the highest caliber produced on stage in a fiscally responsible manner and through stimulating educational and outreach programs.

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Blake Robison is in his sixth season as artistic director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he oversees artistic and educational programming while serving as co-CEO of the organization. Since his arrival, he has reconceived the theatre's artistic model to include four associate artists, embraced the Playhouse's tradition of new work, made an ongoing commitment to produce culturally diverse plays and multigenerational works, and ramped up the theatre's community engagement.

At the Playhouse, he has directed A Prayer for Owen Meany, the world premiere of Karen Zacarías’ Native Gardens, Mad River Rising, Peter and the Starcatcher, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Pride and Prejudice, 4000 Miles, The Three Musketeers, The Book Club Play and the world premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Abigail/1702. He collaborated with John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops as director of the concert staging of The Music Man starring Will Chase and Betsy Wolfe. This season at the Playhouse, he will direct the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love and Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island.

Last summer, Mr. Robison directed Native Gardens at Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Other directing includes productions at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Shakespeare Festival, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, National Shakespeare Company and Vermont Stage. Internationally, he directed the Tennessee Williams classic Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and has worked several times at the renowned Avignon Festival in France. As an adapter, he created successful stage versions of Alice McDermott's beloved novel Charming Billy and Jay Parini's The Last Station. Before joining the Playhouse, he served as producing artistic director of Round House Theatre from 2005-2012, artistic director of Clarence Brown Theatre from 2000-2005 and founding artistic director of Vermont Stage from 1994-2000. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Connan Morrissey, and their sons, Declan and Callum.



Buzz-Headshot-165x165Buzz Ward joined the executive staff of the Playhouse in 1992. As managing director and co-CEO, he oversees all aspects of the administrative, financial and production support operations of the theatre, generating financial surpluses for the past 25 consecutive years. In that time, he has produced 285 productions on the Playhouse’s two main stages. In 2012, he received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Arts Administration. From 1988-92, he was general manager of the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre and taught on the faculty of the Theatre Administration MFA graduate program. While there, he coordinated the finances for Yale's Broadway production of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and theatre from Princeton University and his MBA at the Harvard Business School.

 

Playhouse Productions

Fifty-Eighth Season (2017-18)

Shakespeare in Love, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, music by Paddy Cunneen

Mr. Joy, Daniel Beaty

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens | Adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon

Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho

A Christmas Carol,
Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Million Dollar Quartet, book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux

Be Here Now,
Deborah Zoe Laufer

Marie and Rosetta,
George Brant

Sooner/Later,
Allyson Currin

Treasure Island, Ken Ludwig, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Murder for Two, book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair


Fifty-Seventh Season (2016-17)

A Prayer for Owen Meany, a novel by John Irving, adapted by Simon Bent

Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar

Jitney, August Wilson

The Second City's Holidazed & Confused Revue

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken, based on a film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith

Summerland, Arlitia Jones

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, adapted by Polly Teale

All the Roads Home, Jen Silverman

Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, Allison Engel and Margaret Engel

 

Fifty-Sixth Season (2015-16)

The Secret Garden, book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon, based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sex with Strangers, Laura Eason

Mad River Rising, Dana Yeaton

Low Down Dirty Blues, Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Native Gardens, Karen Zacarías

The Revolutionists, Lauren Gunderson

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, adapted by Christopher Sergel

Mothers and Sons, Terrence McNally

Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan

Bad Dates, Theresa Rebeck

 

Fifty-Fifth Season (2014-15)

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Jeffrey Hatcher, based on characters
created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and "The Suicide Club" by Robert Louis Stevenson

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, Jacques Lamarre from the novel by Giulia Melucci

Safe House, Keith Josef Adkins

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Richard Maltby Jr. and William Meade, adapted from
the Broadway production by Richard Maltby Jr. and Jason Edwards

Chapatti, Christian O'Reilly

Peter and the Starcatcher, Rick Elice, adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Buzzer, Tracey Scott Wilson

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang

Circle Mirror Transformation, Annie Baker

 

Fifty-Fourth Season (2013-14)

Fly, Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan

Seven Spots on the Sun, Martín Zimmerman

Cabaret, Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb and John Kander

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris

4000 Miles, Amy Herzog

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan

A Delicate Ship, Anna Ziegler

Venus in Fur, David Ives

The North Pool, Rajiv Joseph

 

Fifty-Third Season (2012-13)

The Three Musketeers, Ken Ludwig, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Through the Night, Daniel Beaty

Brighton Beach Memoirs, Neil Simon

Hank Williams Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, Randal Myler and Mark Harelik

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Abigail/1702, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Leveling Up, Deborah Zoe Laufer

The Trip to Bountiful, Horton Foote

The Book Club Play, Karen Zacarías

Double Indemnity, James M. Cain, adapted for the stage by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont As Told By Himself, Donald Margulies

 

Fifty-Second Season (2011-12)

God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton

As You Like It, William Shakespeare

Red, John Logan

Always ... Patsy Cline, Ted Swindley

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Dead Accounts, Theresa Rebeck

Speaking in Tongues, Andrew Bovell

Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim & George Furth, based on the original play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart

Tigers Be Still, Kim Rosenstock

Thunder Knocking on the Door, Keith Glover, Keb' Mo' & Anderson Edwards

The Second City 2: Less Pride ... More Pork

 

Fifty-First Season (2010-11)

High, Matthew Lombardo

The Understudy, Theresa Rebeck

You Can't Take It With You, George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart

The Second City Does Cincinnati: Pride and Porkopolis

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Over the Tavern, Tom Dudzick

The Piano Teacher, Julia Cho

Gee's Bend, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Behind the Eye, Carson Kreitzer

Beehive, Larry Gallagher

The Pavilion, Craig Wright

Fiftieth Season (2009-10)

Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer

Victoria Musica, Michele Lowe

Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov, a new version by Sarah Ruhl

Sanders Family Christmas: More Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray & Alan Bailey

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

The Fall of Heaven, Walter Mosley

How? How? Why? Why? Why?, Kevin Kling

Daddy Long Legs, John Caird & Paul Gordon, based on the novel by Jean Webster

The History of Invulnerability, David Bar Katz

Ain't Misbehavin', Richard Maltby Jr.

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

 

Forty-Ninth Season (2008-09)

Jane Austen's Emma, Paul Gordon, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

Durango, Julia Cho

Love Song, John Kolvenbach

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Joe DiPietro & Jimmy Roberts

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Travels of Angelica, Joseph McDonough

Blackbird, David Harrower

The Foreigner, Larry Shue

Last Train to Nibroc, Arlene Hutton

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jeffrey Hatcher from the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson

Marry Me a Little, Stephen Sondheim, Craig Lucas and Norman René

 

Forty-Eighth Season (2007-08)

Dracula, Hamilton Deane & John Balderston

Othello, William Shakespeare

Altar Boyz, Kevin Del Aguila, Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker, conceived by Marc Kessler & Ken Davenport

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Robert Hewett

Crime and Punishment, Marilyn Campbell & Curt Columbus, based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Doubt, John Patrick Shanley

A Sleeping Country, Melanie Marnich

Ella, Jeffrey Hatcher, Rob Ruggiero, Dyke Garrison & Danny Holgate

Around the World in 80 Days, Mark Brown, from the novel by Jules Verne

 

Forty-Seventh Season (2006-07)

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck 

In the Continuum, Danai Gurira & Nikkole Salter 

Ace, Richard Oberacker & Robert Taylor

This Wonderful Life, Steve Murray, conceived by Mark Setlock 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Low, Rha Goddess

The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity, Annie Hendy 

Pure Confidence, Carlyle Brown 

1:23, Carson Kreitzer 

Reckless, Craig Lucas 

Murderers, Jeffrey Hatcher 

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Steven Dietz, based on the play by William Gillette & Arthur Conan Doyle

Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming, Connie Ray & Alan Bailey

 

Forty-Sixth Season (2005-06)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart & Stephen Sondheim 

Love, Janis, Randal Myler

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams 

The Complete History of America (abridged), Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor 

All the Great Books (abridged), Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

The Clean House, Sarah Ruhl

Yellowman, Dael Orlandersmith 

Company, Stephen Sondheim & George Furth

Stone My Heart, Joseph McDonough

Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie

Squeeze Box, Ann Randolph

 

Forty-Fifth Season (2004-05)

Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

A Picasso, Jeffrey Hatcher

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Plaid Tidings, Stuart Ross

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Bad Dates, Theresa Rebeck

Leap, John Yearley

The Retreat From Moscow, William Nicholson

The Underpants, Steve Martin, adapted from the play by Carl Sternheim

Crowns, Regina Taylor, based on the book by Michael Cunningham & Craig Marberry

The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown

 

Forty-Fourth Season (2003-04)

My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe

One, Joseph McDonough

Metamorphoses, based on the myths of Ovid, written by Mary Zimmerman

Always ... Patsy Cline, Ted Swindley

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Going Gone, Karen Hartman

The Drawer Boy, Michael Healey

Blue, Charles Randolph Wright & Nona Hendryx

Hiding Behind Comets, Brian Dykstra

Mister Roberts, Thomas Heggen & Joshua Logan

Sing Hallelujah!, Worth Gardner & Donald Lawrence

 

Forty-Third Season (2002-03)

Ah, Wilderness!, Eugene O'Neill

Havana Is Waiting, Eduardo Machado

A Flea in Her Ear, Georges Feydeau

The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Proof, David Auburn

An Infinite Ache, David Schulner

Pacific Overtures, Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman

The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Carson Kreitzer

The Smell of the Kill, Michele Lowe

The Syringa Tree, Pamela Gien

 

Forty-Second Season (2001-02)

King Lear, William Shakespeare

God's Man in Texas, David Rambo

Gypsy, Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim

Beehive, created by Larry Gallagher

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Blues for an Alabama Sky, Pearl Cleage

Men on the Take, Carter W. Lewis

Ten Little Indians, Agatha Christie

Barbara's Blue Kitchen, Lori Fischer

King o' the Moon, Tom Dudzick

Dirty Blonde, Claudia Shear

Wingfield Unbound, Dan Needles

The Reducers: All the Great Books (abridged), Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

The Honky Tonk Angels, Ted Swindley

 

Forty-First Season (2000-01)

Inherit the Wind, Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee

Shakespeare's R&J, Joe Calarco

Everything's Ducky, Bill Russell, Jeffrey Hatcher & Henry Krieger

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Joe DiPietro & Jimmy Roberts 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin

Closer, Patrick Marber

Dark Paradise: The Legend of the Five-Pointed Star, Keith Glover

Avenue X, John Jiler & Ray Leslee

Art, Yasmina Reza

The Mystery of Irma Vep, Charles Ludlam

Talley's Folly, Lanford Wilson

Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray & Alan Bailey

Exceptions to Gravity, Avner the Eccentric

Fortieth Season (1999-2000)

Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare 

Barrymore, William Luce 

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams 

Sanders Family Christmas: More Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray & Alan Bailey 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Alfred Uhry 

Wit, Margaret Edson 

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Martin McDonagh 

The Dead-Eye Boy, Angus MacLachlan 

A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler 

Spunk, Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by George C. Wolfe

Always ... Patsy Cline, Ted Swindley

L'Universe, The Flying Karamazov Brothers

 

Thirty-Ninth Season (1998-99)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde 

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Moises Kaufman 

A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen 

The Woman in Black, Stephen Mallatratt 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

Thunder Knocking on the Door, Keith Glover

Red Corners, Cecilia Fannon 

How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel 

Over the Tavern, Tom Dudzick 

Ten Years Apart, Matthew Bennett & Sean McCourt 

Appalachian Strings, Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman

 

Thirty-Eighth Season (1997-98) 

Nixon's Nixon, Russell Lees

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler 

A Brief History of White Music, DeeDee Thomas & David Tweedy 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

Skylight, David Hare 

Coyote on a Fence, Bruce Graham 

Rough Crossing, Tom Stoppard 

Old Wicked Songs, Jon Marans 

The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman 

Willi, John Pielmeier 

Chaps!, Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner

 

Thirty-Seventh Season (1996-97)

The Notebook of Trigorin, Tennessee Williams 

Songplay: The Songs and Music of Kurt Weill, conceived & adapted by Jonathan Eaton 

The Most Happy Fella, Frank Loesser 

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), Jess Borgeson, Adam Long & Daniel Singer 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

The Turn of the Screw, Jeffrey Hatcher 

Sylvia, A. R. Gurney 

In Walks Ed, Keith Glover 

Having Our Say, Emily Mann 

Valley Song, Athol Fugard 

Private Lives, Noel Coward

 

Thirty-Sixth Season (1995-96)

The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie 

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Frank McGuinness 

Miss Evers' Boys, David Feldshuh 

A Tuna Christmas, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears & Ed Howard 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

An Asian Jockey in Our Midst, Carter W. Lewis 

She Loves Me, Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick

Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Anthony Clarvoe

Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw 

All in the Timing, David Ives 

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Herman Wouk 

 

Thirty-Fifth Season (1994-95)

A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare 

Keely & Du, Jane Martin 

Inspecting Carol, Daniel Sullivan & The Seattle Repertory Theatre 

Beehive, Larry Gallagher 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

Jar The Floor, Cheryl L. West 

The Caretaker, Harold Pinter 

The Brothers Karamazov, adapted by Anthony Clarvoe 

Hometown Heroes, Ed Graczyk 

Dracula, Hamilton Deane & John L. Balderston 

Banjo Dancing, Stephen Wade

 

Thirty-Fourth Season (1993-94)

Harvey, Mary Coyle Chase 

Death and the Maiden, Ariel Dorfman 

To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel 

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living is Paris, Eric Blau, Mort Shuman & Jacques Brel 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

The Wingfield Trilogy, Dan Needles 

The Sum of Us, David Stevens 

Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friel 

Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man's Blues, Caridad Svich 

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, John L. Haber 

The Voice of the Prairie, John Olive

 

Thirty-Third Season (1992-93)

"Master Harold" ... and the Boys, Athol Fugard 

The House of Blue Leaves, John Guare 

Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

Our Country's Good, Timberlake Wertenbaker 

Scotland Road, Jeffrey Hatcher 

The Immigrant, Mark Harelik 

Separation, Tom Kempinski 

A Moon for the Misbegotten, Eugene O'Neill 

Smoke on the Mountain, Connie Ray & Alan Bailey 

Ain't Misbehavin', the music of Fats Waller

 

Thirty-Second Season (1991-92)

Our Town, Thornton Wilder 

Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet 

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, adapted by Howard Dallin 

Japango, Richard Epp 

From the Mississippi Delta, Endesha Ida Mae Holland 

Billy Bishop Goes to War, John Gray & Eric Peterson 

The Cocktail Hour, A. R. Gurney 

Pickle Family Circus, conceived by Larry Pisoni 

Perfect for You, Doll, Steven Sater 

Hot 'N Cole, Cole Porter 

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grille, Lanie Robertson

 

Thirty-First Season (1990-91) 

Loot, Joe Orton 

Burn This, Lanford Wilson 

The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson 

Educating Rita, Willy Russell 

A Shayna Maidel, Barbara Lebow 

Stand-Up Tragedy, Bill Cain 

Other People's Money, Jerry Sterner 

Lost Electra, Bruce E. Rodgers 

The Mesmerist, Ara Watson 

The Mystery of Irma Vep, Charles Ludlam

Thirtieth Season (1989-90)

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Christopher Hampton 

Pump Boys and Dinettes, John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel & Jim Wann 

Treasure Island, adapted by Ara Watson 

¿De Donde?, Mary Gallagher 

Fences, August Wilson 

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Terrence McNally

St. Mark's Gospel, featuring Alec McCowen 

The Boys Next Door, Tom Griffin 

Fanshen, David Hare 

How the Other Half Loves, Alan Ayckbourn 

Club!, The Flying Karamazov Brothers

 

Twenty-Ninth Season (1988-89)

I'm Not Rappaport, Herb Gardner 

Long Day's Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill 

Candide, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler

Equus, Peter Shaffer 

Cloud Nine, Caryl Churchill 

Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling 

Invention for Fathers and Sons, Alan Brody 

Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare 

The Colored Museum, George C. Wolfe 

The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien 

Miss Margarida's Way, Roberto Athayde

 

Twenty-Eighth Season (1987-88)

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, David Richmond & Bob Hall 

Max and Maxie, James McLure 

Juggle and Hyde, The Flying Karamazov Brothers 

Clear Liquor and Coal Black Nights, Thomas M. Atkinson 

Burkie, Bruce Graham 

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, August Wilson 

American Buffalo, David Mamet 

On The Verge, Eric Overmyer 

The Blood Knot, Athol Fugard 

Stepping Out, Richard Harris 

Tapestry: The Music of Carole King, Worth Gardner, John Kroner & Scot Woolley

 

Twenty-Seventh Season (1986-87) 

K2, Patrick Meyers 

As Is, William M. Hoffman 

Little Shop of Horrors, Howard Ashman & Alan Menken 

The Real Thing, Tom Stoppard 

Orphans, Lyle Kessler 

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, William Inge 

The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Christopher Durang 

The Foreigner, Larry Shue 

Greater Tuna, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears & Ed Howard 

She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith 

Sing Hallelujah!, Worth Gardner & Donald Lawrence

 

Twenty-Sixth Season (1985-86)

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams 

Painting Churches, Tina Howe 

Carnival!, Bob Merrill & Michael Stewart 

Two Can Play, Trevor Rhone 

Marry Me a Little, Stephen Sondheim 

Top Girls, Caryl Churchill 

Traveler in the Dark, Marsha Norman 

Hamlet, William Shakespeare 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard 

And A Nightingale Sang ..., C. P. Taylor

Sing Hallelujah!, Worth Gardner & Donald Lawrence

 

Twenty-Fifth Season (1984-85) 

Empress of China, Ruth Wolff 

Shades of Brown, Michael Picardie 

The Big Holiday Broadcast, Arne Zaslove, Mary-Claire Burke & the Bathhouse Theatre Company 

The Seagull, Anton Chekhov

Amateurs, Winnie Holzman & David Evans 

Paradise, Robert Forrest & George C. Wolfe 

Have, Julius Hay 

Amadeus, Peter Schaffer 

Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer 

The Miss Firecracker Contest, Beth Henley

 

Twenty-Fourth Season (1983-84)

True West, Sam Shepard 

Sweet Bird of Youth, Tennessee Williams 

They Dance to the Sun, Leigh Podgorski 

Godspell, John-Michael Tebelak & Stephen Schwartz 

A Soldier's Play, Charles Fuller 

Monday After the Miracle, William Gibson 

Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare 

Translations, Brian Friel 

Hay Fever, Noel Coward 

Loves and Hours, Stephen Metcalfe 

The Dining Room, A. R. Gurney 

Maybe I'm Doing it Wrong: Randy Newman's America, Randy Newman

 

Twenty-Third Season (1982-83) 

Inherit the Wind, Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee 

Mass Appeal, Bill C. Davis 

The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson

The Dresser, Ronald Harwood 

Fifth of July, Lanford Wilson 

Medea, Euripides 

Sweet Basil, Lloyd Gold 

The Price, Arthur Miller 

Strange Snow, Stephen Metcalfe 

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde 

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford

 

Twenty-Second Season (1981-82) 

Born Yesterday, Garson Kanin 

Home, Samm-Art Williams 

Peter Pan, James M. Barrie, Mark Charlap & Carolyn Leigh 

A Life in the Theatre, David Mamet 

Betrayal, Harold Pinter 

A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, John Ford Noonan 

Macbeth, William Shakespeare 

A Lesson from Aloes, Athol Fugard 

Ten Little Indians, Agatha Christie 

Talley's Folly, Lanford Wilson

 

Twenty-First Season (1980-81) 

Compulsion, Meyer Levin 

Buried Child, Sam Shepard 

The Man Who Came to Dinner, Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman 

Loose Ends, Michael Weller 

Serenading Louie, Lanford Wilson 

The School for Scandal, Richard Brinsley Sheridan 

A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller 

The Gin Game, D. L. Coburn 

Tintypes, Mary Kyte, Mel Marvin & Gary Pearle 

I Love My Wife, Michael Stewart, Cy Coleman & Luis Rego 

Palmer Cody's Tick-Tock Ballroom, Dorian Barth, Tony Clark & Trisha Long 

2 by 5 (by 3), John Kander & Fred Ebb

Twentieth Season (1979-80) 

Magic To Do, Stephen Schwartz

The Diary of Anne Frank, Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett 

Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare 

Ashes, David Rudkin 

The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov, translated by Michael Henry Heim 

The Downstairs Boys, Murray Schisgal 

The Baker's Wife, Joseph Stein & Stephen Schwartz 

Juggling and Cheap Theatrics, The Flying Karamazov Brothers

 

Nineteenth Season (1978-79) 

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare 

Otherwise Engaged, Simon Gray 

The Big Apple Circus, Paul Binder 

Room Service, John Murray & Allen Boretz 

Hedda Gabbler, Henrik Ibsen 

The Buddy System, Jonathan Marc Feldman 

Man of La Mancha, Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion 

Dylan Thomas Growing Up, Emlyn Williams

 

Eighteenth Season (1977-78) 

What's a Nice Country Like Us Doing in a State Like This?, Ira Gasman & Cary Hoffman

The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill 

Sizwe Bansi is Dead, Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona 

The Imaginary Invalid, Moliere 

Benefit of a Doubt, Edward Clinton 

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck 

The House of Bernarda Alba, Federico Garcia Lorca 

The Royal Family, George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber 

Starting Here, Starting Now, Richard Maltby, Jr. & David Shire 

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Eric Blau, Mort Shuman & Jacques Brel

 

Seventeenth Season (1976-77) 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams 

Oliver!, Lionel Bart 

A Month in the Country, Ivan Turgenev 

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, Mark Medoff 

Heartbreak House, George Bernard Shaw 

The Hostage, Brendan Behan 

Vanities, Jack Heifner

 

Sixteenth Season (1975-76) 

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller 

Relatively Speaking, Alan Ayckbourn 

The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman 

What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton 

The Contrast, Royall Tyler 

Where's Charley?, George Abbott & Frank Loesser

 

Fifteenth Season (1974-75) 

Tartuffe, Moliere 

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee 

Arsenic and Old Lace, Joseph Kesselring 

That Championship Season, Jason Miller 

The Hot L Baltimore, Lanford Wilson 

Oh, Coward!, Noel Coward

 

Fourteenth Season (1973-74) 

The Tempest, William Shakespeare 

Old Times, Harold Pinter 

Harvey, Mary Coyle Chase 

Monkey Monkey Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here?, Marsha Sheiness 

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett 

Travellers, Corinne Jacker & Jonathan Tunick 

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey L. Schmidt 

The Apple Tree, Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock

 

Thirteenth Season (1973) 

A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee 

Long Day's Journey Into Night, Eugene O'Neill 

A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams 

Incident at Vichy, Arthur Miller 

A Memory of Two Mondays, Arthur Miller 

The Sea Plays, Eugene O’Neill 

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry 

Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter, Bella Spewack & Samuel Spewack

 

Twelfth Season (1972) 

The School for Wives, Moliere 

Dear Liar, Jerome Kilty 

The Innocents, William Archibald 

Shelter, Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford 

The Play's the Thing, Ferenc Molnar 

Sensations of the Bitten Partner, Milburn Smith 

The Rivals, Richard Brinsley Sheridan 

The Crucible, Arthur Miller 

Baboon!!!, conceived by Word Baker

 

Eleventh Season (1971) 

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Eric Blau, Mort Shuman & Jacques Brel

Angel Street, Patrick Hamilton 

Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, William Hanley 

The Last Sweet Days of Isaac, Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford 

Caravaggio, Michael Straight 

Rain, John Colton & Clemence Randolph 

Hamlet, William Shakespeare 

Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down, Tom Eyen 

Life With Father, Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

 

Tenth Season (1970) 

Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw 

Ardele, Jean Anouilh 

Many Happy Returns, Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz 

Come Back Little Sheba, William Inge 

He Who Gets Slapped, Leonid Andreyev 

Tobacco Road, Jack Kirkland 

As You Like It, William Shakespeare 

The Blacks, Jean Genet

Off-Off Broadway Season 

Oldenberg, Barry Bermange 

A Slight Ache, Harold Pinter 

Wandering, Lanford Wilson 

Play, Bonnie Jacob 

Tour, Terrence McNally 

Camera Obscura, Robert Patrick 

Honesty is the Best Policy, Barry Litvack 

Drive-In, David Kranes 

Muzeeka, John Guare 

Krapp's Last Tape and Eh, Joe?, Samuel Beckett

Matter and Machines: An Event for Films and Appliances, created by Brooks Jones

Ninth Season (1969) 

Volpone, Ben Jonson 

The Balcony, Jean Genet 

Three Men on a Horse, John C. Holm & George Abbott 

The Dutchman, Leroi Jones 

The Good Woman of Setzuan, Bertolt Brecht 

Lady Audley's Secret, Douglas Seale 

Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello 

Our Town, Thornton Wilder 

Henry IV, William Shakespeare 

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey L. Schmidt

 

Eighth Season (1968) 

Misalliance, George Bernard Shaw 

Endgame, Samuel Beckett 

The Miser, Moliere 

Camino Real, Tennessee Williams 

Crime on Goat Island, Ugo Betti 

End of the World, Keith Neilson 

The Mad Woman of Chaillot, Jean Giraudoux, adapted by Maurice Valency

Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw 

The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare 

Honor and Offer, Henry Livings 

Four Men and a Monster, Maryat Lee 

Alice, Lewis Carroll

 

Seventh Season (1967) 

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde 

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter 

The Cavern, Jean Anouilh 

Escurial, Michel De Ghelderode 

The Lesson, Eugene Ionesco 

Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov 

Anatol, Tom Jones

 

Sixth Season (1966) 

Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw 

The American Dream, Edward Albee 

Benito Cereno, Robert Lowell 

Sodom and Gomorrah, Jean Giraudoux, translation by Herma Briffault

Charley's Aunt, Brandon Thomas 

Eh?, Henry Livings 

The Skin of our Teeth, Thornton Wilder 

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey L. Schmidt

 

Fifth Season (1965) 

Ghosts, Henrik Ibsen & Eva LeGallienne

The Collection and The Lover, Harold Pinter 

Major Barbara, George Bernard Shaw 

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Ray Lawler 

She Stoops To Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith 

The Blood Knot, Athol Fugard 

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams 

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey L. Schmidt

 

Fourth Season (1964) 

The Love of Don Perlimplin, Federico Garcia Lorca

The Zoo Story, Edward Albee 

Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw 

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, Arthur L. Kopit

The Burnt Flower Bed, Ugo Betti 

The Forced Marriage, Moliere 

The Doctor In Spite of Himself, Moliere 

Rhinoceros, Eugene Ionesco 

A Moon for the Misbegotten, Eugene O'Neill 

The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill 

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey L. Schmidt

 

Third Season (1963) 

The Lady's Not for Burning, Christopher Fry 

The Hostage, Brendan Behan 

The Devil's Disciple, George Bernard Shaw 

Calvary, William Butler Yeats 

Act Without Words II, Samuel Beckett 

The Zoo Story, Edward Albee

The Emperor, Luigi Pirandello 

The Caretaker, Harold Pinter 

Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare 

The Fantasticks, Tom Jones & Harvey L. Schmidt

 

Second Season (1961-62) 

Hedda Gabbler, Henrik Ibsen 

The Servant of Two Masters, Carlo Goldoni 

Heartbreak House, George Bernard Shaw 

No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre 

Bed-Time Story, Sean O'Casey 

The Lark, Jean Anouilh 

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!, Mel Shapiro 

Hamlet, William Shakespeare 

 

First Season (1960-61) 

Compulsion, Meyer Levin 

The Cave Dwellers, William Saroyan 

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller 

Androcles and the Lion, George Bernard Shaw 

Orpheus Descending, Tennessee Williams 

Our Town, Thornton Wilder 

Caligula, Albert Camus 

Volpone, Ben Jonson 

A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller 

Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas 

The Seagull, Anton Chekhov 

La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler 

The Bald Soprano and The Chairs, Eugene Ionesco

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The cast of our Tony Award-winning production of Company in 2006; David Deblinger and Steve Wilson  in The History of Invulnerability. Photos by Sandy Underwood.
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