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- Announcing the 2014-2015 Season!
ESL 2014-2015 Wilson Mainstage Season
Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
September 9 – October 5, 2014
A Greenwich Village apartment becomes the setting of a suspenseful game of cat and mouse in one of the greatest thrillers written for the stage.
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Mark Cuddy
October 21 – November 16, 2014
After losing her job yet again, a bingo-playing South Boston woman risks what little she has left in this humor-filled and surprisingly touching Broadway hit about class, culture and luck.
Little Shop of Horrors
Book by Howard Ashman
Music & Lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Directed by Sean Daniels
January 13 – February 15, 2015
A delightfully demented, charming and tuneful family musical about a hapless skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation – and gets the girl of his dreams – when he discovers an exotic man-eating plant.
Women in Jeopardy!
By Wendy MacLeod
Directed by Sean Daniels
February 24 – March 22, 2015
Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club when divorcees Mary and Jo suspect their friend Liz may be dating a serial killer dentist in this fun and flirtatious new comedy.
By Katori Hall
Directed by Skip Greer
March 31 – April 26, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. confronts his doubts, destiny and legacy in this soul-stirring reimagining of his last night on earth.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Bruce Jordan
May 5 – May 31, 2015
A surprise visit from movie-star sister Masha and her hot boy-toy Spike incites a madcap family reunion with siblings Vanya and Sonia in this irresistible, laugh-out-loud comedy filled with rivalry, regret and hilarious racket.
2015 Fielding Studio Series
Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant
By Nora Cole
February 5 – February 22, 2015
The personal and moving love story of Nora Cole’s aunt and uncle: a Louisville schoolteacher and a Tuskegee airman.
A Body of Water
By Lee Blessing
March 19 – April 5, 2015
A mysterious play about memory and identity, and the fine line between truth and what we believe to be true.
The Road to Where
by Cass Morgan
April 23 – May 10, 2015
From the writer of Pump Boys and Dinettes, Rochester native and Broadway veteran Cass Morgan recounts her journey to find True Home in an enchanting musical memoir.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman and additional material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson
July 9 – July 27, 2014
A hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical that follows six over-achieving and awkward adolescents on their quest for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
’Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3
By Maripat Donovan
Starring Colleen Moore
November 4 – November 30, 2014
Colleen Moore returns as ‘Sister’ in this new comedy, offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and Last Rites, including her own wacky version of “The Newlywed Game.”
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Mark Cuddy
Music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin
November 26 – December 27, 2014
The sparkling classic returns, full of spectacular magic, heartwarming music and holiday tradition.