Season Sponsor: Green Mountain Cyclery
Media Sponsor: Blue Ridge Communications
Feb. 1-3 and 8-10
The feisty “Little Orphan Annie” of comic book fame comes to glorious life in this beloved family musical about an abandoned child whose “Hard Knock Life” is transformed by the billionaire Daddy Warbucks. Tailored to the talents of EPAC’s perennially pleasing young artists, this annual Kids 4 Kids production is traditionally a sold-out, singular attraction.
Angels in America Part 1: “Millennium Approaches”
March 7-9 and 13-16
Angels in America Part 2: “Perestroika”
March 28-30 and April 3-6
A freewheeling epic of American life in the 1980s, focusing on love, betrayal, AIDS, the Reagan Revolution, religion, Valium, sexual identity and bigotry. This multi-award-winning modern
classic mixes real people from American history with fictional characters (and angels) in a dizzying and often comic fantasia that moves us from New York to Antarctica, Utah, the
Kremlin, Heaven and other places, real and imaginary. Angels in America is a not-to-be missed event.
May 2-4, May 9-11 and May 15-18
A laugh-out-loud winner of the Tony Triple Crown – Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book – Avenue Q pairs live performers with Muppet-like characters as the residents of a shabby New York neighborhood struggle with universal issues ranging from racism and romance to sexual identity and porn. This fancifully delightful musical is recommended for mature audiences only.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
June 13-15, June 20-22 and 26-29
This heartwarming coming-of-age comedy by Neil Simon (author of EPAC’s 2011 hit Lost in Yonkers) is inspired by Simon’s
own youth in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood during the Depression. Eugene Jerome, the playwright’s alter-ego, shares with us the challenges of puberty, his shaky
self-image, and assorted family problems when his recently widowed aunt and her two daughters move in with the family.
Guys and Dolls
July 25-27, Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 7-10
This evergreen musical comedy pits colorful Damon Runyon characters – gamblers, gangsters and dizzy dames – against the save-a-soul efforts of a Salvation Army
missionary lass. Bursting with classic Frank Loesser songs – including “Luck Be a Lady”, “A Bushel and a Peck”, “I’ll Know,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” –
Guys and Dolls is considered by many the most perfect musical comedy of all time.
The Glass Menagerie
Sept 5-7, Sept 12-14 and Sept 18-21
Tennessee Williams’ revered memory play is an American classic. Set in the Wingfield family’s humble St. Louis apartment, the family’s lovingly domineering mother, Amanda (long ago abandoned by her husband, “a telephone man who fell in love with long distances”), tries to hold the family together. But Amanda’s nagging threatens to drive away her son, Tom, an aspiring writer who feels trapped by responsibility for his mother and his painfully shy sister, Laura.
Oct 17-19, Oct 24-26 and Oct 30-Nov 2
A smash hit for EPAC in 2000, this 1991 Stephen Sondheim stunner frames portraits of multiple presidential assassins and wannabes — from John
Wilkes Booth through Lee Harvey Oswald — in the garish setting of a carnival shooting gallery. Rather than offend by glorifying these misfits and
misguided “patriots,” Assassins personalizes them with piercing insight, comedy and pathos.
Fiddler on the Roof
Dec 5-7, Dec 12-14, Dec 18-21
This world-famous, widely loved musical celebrates family in a way that transcends its exotic setting, a small village in Czarist Russia, where Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, labors to support his strong-willed wife and five daughters. Conflicts arise when the three oldest girls wish to marry for love rather than allowing their parents and the local matchmaker to choose for them. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic persecution threatens to unravel the family’s entire world. Tevye’s wry sense of humor and the family’s love for one another carry them through hard times.