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"Holes"

Feb. 21 to March 4, 2018

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A Staged Reading of
"Torch Song Trilogy"

Monday, March 5, 2018

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Monte Carlo Night:
The Weathervane Gala

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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"It Shoulda Been You"

March 22 to April 15, 2018

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Upcoming Events

"A Staged Reading of Torch Song Trilogy — Monday, March 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

One night only: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

"A Staged Reading of Torch Song Trilogy — Monday, March 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.A Staged Reading of Torch Song Trilogy
By Harvey Fierstein
Monday, March 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Weathervane Playhouse is pleased to present a FREE staged reading of Harvey Fierstein's landmark play.

ABOUT THE PLAY

Torch Song Trilogy is a collection of three one-act plays: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery and Widows and Children First! Arnold Beckoff is at the center of all three of these stories. Arnold is a Jewish homosexual, drag queen, and torch singer who lives in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The play begins with a soliloquy in which he explains his cynical disillusionment with love.

Each act focuses on a different phase in Arnold's life. In the first, Arnold meets Ed, who is uncomfortable with his bisexuality. In the second, one year later, Arnold meets Alan, and the two settle down into a blissful existence that includes plans to adopt a child, until tragedy strikes. In the third, several years later, Arnold is a single father raising gay teenager David. Arnold is forced to deal with his mother's intolerance and disrespect when she visits from Florida.

Torch Song Trilogy was developed and premiered at La Mama ETC over the course of two years from February 1978 to October 1979 under the direction of Eric Concklin. It next played at the off-Broadway Actors' Playhouse (under the direction of Peter Pope) from January 1982 to May 1982. The original off-Broadway cast was Harvey Fierstein (Arnold), Joel Crothers (Ed), Paul Joynt (Alan), Diane Tarleton (Laurel), Matthew Broderick (David) and Estelle Getty (Mrs. Beckoff). The play transferred to Broadway in June 1982, and ran for 1,222 performances through May 1985 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy won two Tony Awards for Fierstein (Best Play and Best Actor in a Play).

The award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre. "At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man's longings for love and family," wrote Charles Busch in 2002 for The Advocate.

The play was made into a film in 1988 starring Harvey Fierstein (Arnold), Brian Kerwin (Ed), Matthew Broderick (Alan), Karen Young (Laurel), Eddie Castrodad (David) and Anne Bancroft (Mrs. Beckoff).

In the fall of 2017, a revival of the show was produced at Second Stage directed by Moises Kaufman. The revival starred Michael Urie (Arnold), Ward Horton (Ed), Michael Rosen (Alan), Roxanna Hope Radja (Laurel), Jack Di Falco (David), and Mercedes Ruehl (Mrs. Beckoff).

WHAT IS A STAGED READING?

A staged reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement. A staged reading allows an audience to enjoy a play "for the play's sake."

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Due to adult language and themes, Torch Song Trilogy is not recommended for young children.

TICKET INFORMATION

This is a FREE event.

Seating in our 240-seat Founders Theater will be available on a first-come, first seated basis.

Advance reservations are NOT required.

THE CAST

Jasen J. Smith
Brian Westerley
Lauren Sprowls
Peter Shand
Robert Rush
Harriet DeVeto

Weathervane's Annual Gala -- Saturday, March 10, 2018

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

  • One night only: Saturday, March 10, 2018

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"Monte Carlo Night -- Weathervane's Annual Gala" -- Saturday, March 10, 2018

Monte Carlo Night
Weathervane's Annual Gala
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Try your luck at our annual gala fundraiser!

Join your favorite Weathervane friends and supporters for a fun-filled affair!

We'll gather for a very special night of delicious food, tempting drinks and amazing items and packages up for bid in both a silent-auction setup as well as an exciting live auction!

All proceeds from the night will benefit the general operating fund of Weathervane Playhouse — thus ensuring that the show will always "go on!"

The Event

Saturday, March 10, 2018
6 to 10:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Elms High School

1375 W Exchange St
Akron, Ohio 44313

Refreshments
Heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks

Casino-Style Games
Live and Silent auctions, reverse raffle, diamond raffle -- and more!

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

I'm an ACE! (single)
$125 per single person
Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, two beverage tickets and $300 worth of "Fun Money."

I've got a WINNING PAIR! (couple)
$225 for two people
Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, two beverage tickets per person and $300 worth of "Fun Money" per person.

Suggested Attire
Ocean's 11-style attire encouraged!

Interested in Sponsoring a Table?
Contact Josh Larkin via e-mail or call 330-836-2626 (ext. 20) for more information!

Unable to Attend?
Become a Spirit Sponsor for the Gala!
Donate any amount and receive a listing in the souvenir program!
CLICK HERE to go to our donation page!
(Be sure to put "Gala Spirit Sponsor" in the PayPal comment line.)

GET TICKETS

BY PHONE
Call the Weathervane box office at 330-836-2626

ONLINE
CLICK HERE
to buy tickets online!

BY MAIL or FAX
CLICK HERE to download a printed R.S.V.P. card to mail back to us or fax back to us!
Then, fax (to 330-873-2150) or mail your completed form with payment before March 1 to:
Weathervane Playhouse
1301 Weathervane Ln
Akron, OH 44313-5186

If you have any questions, please call the Playhouse at 330-836-2626!

"It Shoulda Been You" — March 22 to April 15, 2018

Running March 22 to April 15, 2018

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — March 22 and 29 and April 5 and 12 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — March 23 and 30 and April 6 and 13 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — March 24 and 31 and April 7 and 14 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — March 25 and April 8 and 15 — at 2:30 p.m.

"It Shoulda Been You" -- March 22 to April 15, 2018"It Shoulda Been You"
A musical
Book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove
Music by Barbara Anselmi
Additional Lyrics by Michael Cooper, Will Randall, Carla Rose Fisher, Ernie Lijoi, Jill Abramovitz, and based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi

Directed and Choreographed by Joshua Larkin
Musical Direction by John Ebner

This is a sweet and wild musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing moms, unexpected guests and plenty of crazy twists and turns!

A world where nothing is what it seems, religions collide, Machiavellian plots are revealed, promises are broken, secrets are exposed and hope springs from the most unlikely of places.... Is it the latest conflict in the Middle East? No, it's just the Steinberg wedding! A charming, funny and original new musical, It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day that you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does, and love pops up in mysterious places.

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And, when the bride's ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!" It's up to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after in this musical comedy for anyone who ever had parents.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: The show contains adult themes and language and is therefore not suitable for young children

It Shoulda Been You is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $10 and $26

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, March 22 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after March 22
$26 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$22 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$13 for college students (with current I.D.)

Group Discounts
$20 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$18 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: CLOSED
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

THE CAST

JENNY STEINBERG
Ashley Berman

JUDY STEINBERG
Libby Merriman

MURRAY STEINBERG
Tom Stephan

REBECCA STEINBERG
Alexandra VanAllen

BRIAN HOWARD
Matthew Heppe

GEORGETTE HOWARD
Meg Hopp

GEORGE HOWARD
Joshua Twining-Wiederhold

ANNIE SHEPS
Sydney Thomas

GREG MADISON
Benjamin Krumreig

MARTY KAUFMAN
Gregory Hofmeister

ALBERT
Jay Sigler

WALT, et al.
Brian O. Jackson

MIMSY, et al.
Kyla Williger

UNCLE MORTY, et al.
Adam Alderson

AUNT SHEILA, et al.
Laura Niehaus

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JOSHUA LARKIN
Director

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

MEGAN SLABACH
Stage Manager

CHELSEA YOUNG
LAUREN SPROWLS

Assistant Stage Managers

JOSHUA LARKIN
Choreographer

PAMELA PARKS COSTA
Properties Designer

JASON BRYAN MAURER
Lighting Designer

HAZEN TOBAR
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

 

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