The Fantasticks, a musical with lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play, The Romancers by Edmond Rostand which concerns two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud. The fathers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction so Matt can heroically save Luisa, thus ending the supposed feud. When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each of the young lover proceeds to gain disillusioning experiences of the real world. They return to each other, bruised but enlightened, and renew their vows with more maturity.
: A Playwright’s Showcase
An evening of staged reading by local playwrights where you, the audience, get to ask the writer questions and express (constructive) opinions on the works being presented. Due to a grant from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC), we will be presenting a fully staged production of one of these shows in July 2014.
All seats are $5.00 for this special evening. We hope you will join us in this second annual Page to Stage: A Playwright's Showcase event!
If you are a playwright looking for details, you'll find them on the News page.
This comedy that raises questions about art and friendship, concerns three long-standing friends: Serge, Marc, & Yvan. Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes "art." Yvan, caught in the middle of this conflict, tries to please and mollify both of his friends. Which of the friends do you agree with, if any? Come see the show (and the prominently displayed painting) and form your own opinion.
- Written By: Barbara Robinson
Come see the tale of the six delinquent Herdman children who go to church for the first time because they were told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, telling the story in a…non-conventional….fashion.
This play will be performed in repertory with It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Show. Performances will be on Friday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM and Saturday matinees at 2:00 PM. Put it on your calendar now-you won't want to miss either of these delightful shows!
- Written By: Joe Landry
A Live Radio Play
Adapted by Joe Landry
As the holidays approach and we begin to think of our favorite traditions, HART Theatre is very pleased to announce the return of our very popular of a timeless classic with a twist, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry.
Written for five actors, with live sound effects and set “live” in 1946 at radio station WBFR, this adaptation retains all of the charm, family appeal, and relevance of the well-known film, as well as almost all of the original dialogue and characters. The script also features two “commercial breaks”, complete with song, product, and ad copy. In the words of Freddie Filmore, WBFR announcer: “Tonight, we bring you a real feel-good heart warmer, perfect for this or any other Christmas Eve”.
The production opens November 28thand runs through December 15th; in reperatory with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this holiday season. Performances are at 7:30 PM Thursday and Saturday nights, with matinees at 2:00 PM Sundays. Put it on your calendar now-you won't want to miss either of these delightful shows!
- Written By: Steve Martin
Imagine Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meeting at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Monmartre, Paris. Set on October 8, 1904, both men hover on the verge of some of the most amazing works of their lives (Einstein publishes his special theory of relativity in 1905 while Picasso paints Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907), when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile, where they debate the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters. Pull up a stool and join us as we experience this meeting of minds.
- Written By: Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives
In this play by Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives, Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux, but in debt to the villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie agrees to marry him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay off his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all the while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich 'widow' he merely needs to find a way to get out of a dress, return to his life, and marry Marie.
- Written By: Guy Bolton, PG Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay, & Russell Crouse
- Music By: Cole Porter
Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, based on the book by Guy Bolton and PG Wodehouse, and later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, this story concerns the madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is already engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. This musical introduced some beloved and familiar songs: "Anything Goes", "You're the Top", and "I Get a Kick Out of You", to name but a few.
- Written By: Richard Nelson
A bitter comedy about the inner office politics during a college English department’s annual "spring break study abroad trip", the course work includes viewing 28 plays in just three and a half weeks, plenty of double dealings, disloyalty and reckless accusations.
The London production of this show received an Olivier Award nomination for Comedy of the Year (1989) and in New York it won the Drama Desk Award for best play (1990). It is the kind of show that strives to inspire both laughter and thought..
- Written By: Norma Hill
Directed by Norma Hill
George Burns and Gracie Allen are back just in time for the presidential elections, and who better to run for president of the United States but Gracie. In the tradition of the old Burns & Allen TV show George and Gracie take the audience on a laughter filled, family friendly poke at politics. Gracie's illogical logic will have everyone changing their ballots. Remember, a vote for Gracie is a vote for fun. Rated "G" for Gracie.