The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
by Scott Carter; directed by Chance Parker
April 19**, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29*, May 4, 5, 2018
A founding father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a . . . stop me if you’ve heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in the afterlife for a blistering battle of wits over the true meaning of the four Gospels. Imagine the literary love-child of Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds and Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit. “If religion and comedy had a baby, this would be it.” (Huffington Post)
Brian Ernsberger as Dickens
Thom Hofrichter as Tolstoy
Scott McMeen as Jefferson
*Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.; all other performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
**Thursday preview, all seats $12
My Dead Clown
by David Rousculp; Rae Surface directs
July 12**, 13, 14, 15*, 20, 21, 22
This world-premiere from local playwright David Rousculp is a two-time award-winning script. It has Bill, a grieving undertaker, one step from being fired, when he accidentally brings a dead clown back to life. A funny and heartwarming (and a bit macabre) story of hope kicks off the FPT season.
by Noel Coward Christopher J. Murphy directs
September 6**, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16*, 21, 22
Coward’s irresistible, semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed star in the midst of a titanic mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late, the theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught in a never-ending parade of fawning ingénues, estranged wives, adulterous socialites and crazed playwrights. Secret trysts and unexpected twists fly—and then all hell breaks loose!
SHAW OUT LOUD—The Doctor’s Dilemma
by George Bernard Shaw Thom Hofrichter directs
Oct 4**, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20
Dr. Ridgeon’s dilemma is two-fold: when there’s not enough medicine to go around, what makes a patient cure-worthy? And, can a doctor remain impartial when he’s fallen in love with that patient’s wife? With Shaw, the ethical sands are always shifting, and the side-splitting banter seems as relevant today as when it was written in 1906. This production will be performed as a staged reading.
Christmas show TBA
November 29**, 30, December 1, 2*, 7, 8, 9***, 14, 15, 16***, 2018
This show is currently still under construction.
by Lucas Hnath Thom Hofrichter directs
January 3**, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13*, 18, 19, 2019—5 + tech
Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more that a modest storefront. Now he presides over a membership of thousands, with a church that includes a coffee shop and a swimming-pool sized baptismal font. But on the day the church has paid off its mortgage, Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his congregation’s beliefs.
by William Shakespeare Ranae Butler directs
February 28, March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 2019—5 + tech
“If music be the food of love, play on.” Love and revelry and gender identity turn the world topsy-turvy in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Anything can happen when you assemble a cast of the bard’s most memorable characters.
by Richard Strand John O’Connell directs
April 18**,19, 20, 26, 27, 28* May 3, 4, 2019
In the first months of the Civil War an escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary. General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma: follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. History. Based on actual events in 1861, this play is clever without being glib, meaningful without being pretentious, and side-splittingly funny. It’s a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility.