Presenting our 2018-2019 Season

"HART Warming Hits"

Coming out of a season that delivered on the wildly funny and entertaining "Laugh Along With HART" theme, we decided to challenge ourselves to deliver a lineup that would continue to the next level of value for our patrons, our partners, our artists, and our community.

And we did it. In fact we knocked it out of the park!

The 2018/2019 Season of 'HART Warming Hits" is an eclectic mixture of new works and Broadway hits that will warm your heart, tickle your funny bone and remind us all of the joy and meaning of family and friends.

Starting in July 2018 with the world premiere of the winner of our Page to Stage VI playwright showcase, Shelf Life by William Ferguson, and finishing in June 2019 with the hilarious Sondheim musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre has packed the season with powerhouse productions.

As to classics, how about Neil Simon's Comedy, the hilarious Barefoot in the Park in September, followed in November by Disney's the Lion King Jr., with another opportunity to experience the regional playwrights showcased in October's Page to Stage VII!

And back by popular demand, one of our favorite offerings, Chris Byrne and Sarah fuller's incredible Holly Jolly Family Christmas Show just in time for the Holidays! Another presentation back by popular demand is the moving and heartwarming, command performance of Love Letters by A. R. Gurney to celebrate Valentine's day.

In February, get ready for some belly laughs and insights into what parenting and family really means in Rich Rubin's Babyland, followed in March by the timeless classic, Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, that provides a hilariously different perspective of family, friends, and murder most foul.

Also in March 2019, we are thrilled to offer our annual fundraiser with performances from an array of incredibly talented artists in HART full of Stars IV.

All of us at HART Theatre are indescribably thankful for your patronage, partnership and support, and know that without your generosity and heart for theatre, there would be no HART Theatre.

Thank You,
Aaron Morrow and Sarah Ominski
Artistic Directors, Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre (HART)

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Shelf Life - Page to Stage VI Selection

July 13th - July 29th, 2018

When a popular author is murdered during an event at the Shelf Life Bookstore, sibling co-owners Adam and Cora Vance team up with local reporter Maggie Gloss to find the killer before news of the murder gets out and their ailing store is closed forever.

Written by William Ferguson
Directed by William Crawford

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Barefoot in the Park

September 7th - September 23rd, 2018
Corie and Paul Bratter are a newlywed couple. For their first home, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. During the course of four days, the couple learns to live together while facing the usual daily ups-and-downs. Corrie wants Paul to become more easy-going: for example, to run "barefoot in the park."

By Neil Simon
Directed by Aaron Morrow
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Disney's The Lion King Jr.

November 2nd - November 11th, 2018

The African savannah comes to life with Simba and Nala, Pumbaa and Timon, Mufasa and Scar, and more unforgettable characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age story. This vibrant tale has captivated worldwide audiences. With Sir Elton John's music, dazzling costumes, and extraordinary talent, this is a show not to be missed.

Directed by Donald Cleland
Choreographer - Amy Nelson
Music Director - Kathleen Lacock

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Holly Jolly Family Christmas Show

November 30 - December 16, 2018

The 1960s and 70s were a golden era for classic Christmas specials and variety shows. This holiday season, HART will be serving up a helping of Christmas cheer decked out with singing, dancing and some very special guest appearances. Come join us as we relive some classic memories with this Holly Jolly Family Christmas.

Fun for the whole family!

By Chris Byrne and Sarah Fuller
Directed by Chris Byrne and Sandy Libonati

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Babyland

February 8 - February 24, 2019
Bernice and Wayne are two thirty-somethings from small-town America, still down on their luck in the aftermath of the Great Recession. When Bernice answers an on-line ad seeking a gestational surrogate, she soon finds herself carrying the baby of two gay men from Portugal. Bernice's lucrative arrangement inspires Wayne -- and his Bill Gates-obsessed best friend Gil -- to come up with a unique business plan, and a whole new take on the American Dream.


By Rich Rubin
Directed by Matt Russell

 

Love Letters

February 14, 2019

A unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, "needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance." The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

By A.R. Gurney

 

HART Full of Stars IV

March 2nd, 2019
We had a great time the past three years so we're doing it again! HART is blessed with many fine actors on stage but this allows them to bust out and showcase their other talents.

Directed by April Felder
Emceed by Aaron Morrow
 

Arsenic and Old Lace

March 15th - March 31st, 2019
The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

By Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Sarah Ominski
 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

May 24th - June 16th, 2019
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater".

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Stephen Kelsey