We are triple excited to announce our upcoming season. As always, art imitates life at Hole in the Wall – the season has laughs, cries, drama, mental illness, incest and velociraptors – just like real life!
We start the season with a show directed by Rayah Martin, Jeff Goode’s Love Loves a Pornographer, running September 12 – October 4
Love Loves a Pornographer is a faux British Victorian farce that is a deeply silly and enjoyable period satire on sexual hypocrisy. Jeff Goode has set the play in an English drawing room, belonging to novelist Lord Loveworthy and his wife, Lady Lillian. Their guests are the Rev. Miles Monger, who works as a literary critic, and his wife, Millicent. While the couples await the arrival of the Loveworthys’ daughter Emily and her new fiancé, Lord Loveworthy informs Monger of secrets that will prompt Monger to pay for Emily’s wedding and give Loveworthy’s latest book a rave review. The plot is simple, with some well-placed twists that keep it surprising. However, it serves mostly as a backdrop for Goode’s clever dialogue and ingenious wordplay, perfectly suited to this comic tale of blackmail, adultery and cucumber sandwiches.
Next up is the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey and directed at Hole in the Wall by Jim Williams. Cuckoo’s Nest runs October 31 through November 15.
Randle McMurphy is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce artinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. But the head nurse is less than pleased…
In true Hole in the Wall tradition, we have an irreverent and hilarious Holiday show for you – Craig Lucas’ Reckless, directed by Tony Palmieri and running December 5-20.
At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hitman to kill her, and she must flee for her life—which she does by scrambling out the kitchen window and into the snowy night. She meets and joins up with Lloyd Bophtelophti, a true “original” who has changed his name to avoid alimony payments and who now lives with a paraplegic named Pootie (who also pretends to be deaf in order to get double disability). Rachel then wins $100,000 on a TV game show and begins a series of picaresque escapades involving numerous psychiatrists and, eventually, an ill-fated reunion with her husband.
January brings us a psychological drama – Jenny Worton’s unique stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly, directed by Matty Skwiot and running January 23 – February 14.
Karin is a young wife, an older sister and an only daughter. In her kaleidoscopic internal world, the boundaries between different realities blur and shift. Karin’s family goes on their annual holiday together, and on a bleak, beautiful island, her husband, father and brother struggle over the best way to help her. But as events spiral out of control, Karin realizes that she must take command of her own destiny.
February 23 is our annual Ceilidh – save the date, choose a whiskey and come sing songs and celebrate with the leprechauns.
Speaking of leprechauns – Scott Kegler is back, directing Nicky Silver’s Fat Men in Skirts – a horrifically funny dark comedy running March 27 – April 18.
ready? After their plane crashes, Phyllis, and her son, Bishop, are stranded on a desert island for five years. During their stay, Bishop is transformed from a stuttering, Katherine Hepburn-obsessed little boy, in to a feral savage who eventually rapes his mother. Phyllis devolves from a glib, callused sophisticate to a helpless, addled shell. Left to fend for themselves, they dine on the bodies of those less fortunate and eventually become lovers. At home, we see Howard, Phyllis’ husband and famous movie director, continuing life with his somewhat loopy, ex-porn-star mistress, Pam. Pam moves in with Howard and becomes pregnant. In Act Two, Bishop and Phyllis return to civilization, but their savage lifestyle is not easily shed. All four characters live together, walking on eggshells around Bishop, who now is barbarous beyond reason and has amassed an incredible shoe collection to impress his mother. Pam is reduced to pretending she is the domestic help and is rapidly growing tired of it. Howard is too burdened with guilt to act on anyone’s behalf. Phyllis reaches out to Pam and confides that she and Bishop are lovers, but before Pam can convey this to Howard, she is killed by Bishop, who proceeds to eat her. When Howard discovers this, he too pays the price and becomes dinner for Bishop and Phyllis. In Act Three, Bishop is being treated in a hospital for the criminally insane. He is haunted by his mother’s ghost and pursued by a demonically cheerful fellow inmate.
Spring brings us another classic – The Crucible by Arthur Miller, an exploration of fear, crowd mentality and identity directed by Kelly Mountzoures and running May 15 – June 6.
The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
Mark your calendars for June 27, as our own Johnny Peifer will bring us an evening of Singer/Songwriters!
We close our season with velociraptors, or rather, Enron by Lucy Prebble – it runs July 17 – August 8 and is directed by Emily Trudeau.
Enron is a theatrical and explosive tale of the collapse of a company. Inspired by real events, but told as a sprawling, dynamic tragedy, the play follows CEO and anti-hero Jeffrey Skilling through the journey of Enron’s rise and fall.
Stay tuned here for audition notices and more information!