The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
A classic comedic farce set in late Victorian England. When Jack, also known as Ernest,
reveals his double life to his aristocratic best friend, Algernon, Algernon reveals his
similar duplicity to avoid social obligations. Add in the young ladies that the young men
wish to marry, their chaperones and the foibles and hypocrisy of society it all adds up to
Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.
Director – Michael Bolen
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
By Rupert Holmes
The story was inspired by Charles Dickens’ last (and unfinished) novel and employs the
device of a “show-within- a-show” The cast members of Drood do not specifically play
Dickens’s characters, but rather music hall performers who are performing as Dickens’s
characters. This device allowed for a great deal of light comedy that was not originally
found in Dickens’s novel. The Chairman, a kind of Master of Ceremonies, begins by
informing attendees that this is going to be an unusual production and the play within a
play commences. The final twist is that the each audience votes on the ending, so theatre
goers never know how the evening will turn out.
Directors – Brad Speck & Jim Laney
DCT – X-Mas at the Campus– The Second Shepherd’s Play
Proof by David Auburn
Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius struggles
with the grief of losing her father and the fear that she has inherited his mental illness.
An ex-graduate student of Robert’s discovers a ground breaking mathematical proof
while looking through his writings. Catherine is adamant that she is the true author. Can
she prove it? This is the central question of the powerful and poignant piece.
Director – Jeannene Abney
Snoopy!!! The Musical
Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Book by Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael Grace.
Based on the Charles M. Schulz comic strip Peanuts.
The Peanuts gang delights audiences with vignettes, songs and dances. Lucy is ready to
assist Charlie Brown with his myriad problems at her Psychiatrist’s booth, Snoopy
submits his manuscript to “Playbeagle” magazine, and Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin
are but a few of the of the giggle-inducing scenes in this production. Fun for all ages.
Director – Clay White
Daughters of the Lone Star State
By Del Shores
A biting comedy about an all white women’s social club that faces the reality that the
world no longer embraces their bigoted outlook on society.
Red White and Tuna
By Jaston Williams, Joe Sears & Ed Howard
Find out what the citizens of Tuna, TX have been up to since A Tuna Christmas as they
prepare for a 4 th of July High School Reunion. Will Bertha and Arles tie the knot? Will
Joe Bob’s holiday extravaganza be thwarted by Vera Carp? Which matriarch will be
crowned Tuna’s Homecoming Reunion Queen, and what Tuna graduates will come back
to town for the celebration? Don’t miss the answer to these and other side-splitting Tuna
Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
A rock-n- roll musical-comedy set in the early 1960’s. Rock super-star, Conrad Birdie, is
going into the army, but before he does, a less-than- successful songwriter cooks up a
scheme to have him sing on the Ed Sullivan show and give a farewell kiss to one lucky
girl. The wacky events unfold in a small Ohio town where the chosen girl lives. A toe-
tapping good time for the entire family.
Director – Sharon Veselic
Black Box Shows 2010-2011
All In The Timing
By David Ives
For DCT’s inaugural production at the POINTBank Black Box Theatre Bill Kirkley suggested
David Ives’ All in the Timing which features six short plays. Six Plays…Six Directors…Six
Visions…Six Casts…One Playwright…equals a singularly exceptional show! Although Kirkley
headed up the project and directed The Philadelphia (one of the six plays), he shared the fun by
recruiting directors for the remaining five pieces within the work. Additional directors on this
project included DCT veterans Bonnie McCormick directing Sure Thing; Dennis Welch
directing Variations on the Death of Trotsky , Kenny Fudge directing The Universal Language;
Polly Maynard directing Philip Glass Buys A Loaf Of Bread; along with newcomers Bob White
and Jerri Hall directing Words, Words, Words.
The event offered a rare look at some of Williams’ lesser known works.
This Property is Condemned, directed by Brad Speck is a depression-era drama.
The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, directed by Dennis Welch, is a lighter offering that takes a look at the lives of three people in a cockroach-infested boarding house in the French Quarter.
Talk To Me Like The Rain And Let Me Listen, directed by Pat Watson is an intense work featuring a young man and young woman who speak eloquently about their desperation.
By Donna Trammell July 29, 30, 31 – 2011
The 90-minute musical parody spotlights and spoofs the real facts of life – everything from oil
spills, inflation, political correctness and Facebook to a medley of “Old Folks Songs” lamenting
nose hair, memory loss, acid reflux and assorted dysfunctions.