2017 Production Line Up

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“Bloody Murder” written by Ed Sala
March 30-31, April 1, and April 6-8, 2017

Ticket Cost: $18.00 per person
Hutchinson Center for the Arts
Doors Open at 6:30pm / Show Starts at 7:00pm

A group of the usual British murder-mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. There’s the major who served in India; the inebriated, fading actor; the innocent ingénue; the exotic lady in red; the mysterious Chinese gentleman; the rich dowager aunt and her faithful maid and worthless nephew. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison! Well, of course. Oh, what fun! But wait … Her Ladyship refuses to summon the police! She says she won’t go through all this, again. All what, again? And why were they all invited here in the first place? Is this actually just another formulaic, all-too-predictable mystery story? Or is it something diabolically … different? Agatha Christie meets Pirandello, as characters rebel against their author. It’s bloody murder.

 

“The Savannah Sipping Society”
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
November 2-4 and 9-11, 2017

Ticket Cost: $40.00 per person – includes dinner and show
Menu will be announced in October 2017
Crow River Winery
Doors Open at 5:30pm / Dinner Starts at 6:00pm / Show Starts at 7:00pm

**Dinner Theater Tickets are Reserved Seating Only**
Ticket Sales for each individual performance end at 5:00 pm the evening prior to each show to allow for catering staff preparations.

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch—and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!

 

“The Laramie Project” written by Moises Kaufman
June 13-15 & 20-22, 2017

Ticket Cost: $20.00 per person
Historic Episcopal Church
Doors Open at 6:30pm / Show Starts at 7:00pm

This production is separate from the regular 2017 Hutchinson Theatre Company Season and is brought to the stage via a combined effort with Historic Hutchinson, Hutchinson Center for the Arts, and the Hutchinson Theatre Company.

In October 1998 in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence post, severly beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die.  His body — battered, bloody, barely clinging to life — was discovered eighteen hours later.  He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support.  He died five days later.  The reason for this brutal crime?  Matthew Shepard was gay.

The hate crime attracted vast attention worldwide, bringing sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse.  The Tectonic Theatre Project, led by their founder Moises Kaufman, traveled to Laramie in the aftermath of the murder with the intent of creating a theatrical portrait of a town coming to grips with horrible, hate-fueled violence.  Over the course of a year and a half, the group interviewed over 200 subjects, some directly related to the case and some regular citizens of Laramie.  Out of these interviews, journal entries, and found texts, The Laramie Project was born.  Hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest hieghts of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.