2011-2012 Productions 

Almost, Maine

By John Cariani
Directed by Zach Bloomfield
October 6-9, 2011

All is not quite what it appears to be in the isolated, fictional town of Almost, Maine. In the tradition of television programs such as Northern Exposure, Almost, Maine unfolds in a series of poignant, witty scenes set in a magical winter wonderland. The play's quirky, endearing, characters fall in and out of love in a consistently bewildering and comical manner. They slip, fall down, and keep getting up again in search of getting it right (well, almost) the next time.

The Pillowman
A JJC Studio Production

by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Tammy Perkins
October 14 and 15, 2011

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and The Brothers Grimm, this play centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

Dark of the Moon

By Howard Richardson and William Berney
Directed by Nicki Blowers
November 17-20, 2011

Based on the haunting folk ballad Barbara Allen, this play, set in the Smokey Mountains, recounts the story of John, a strange "witch boy" who falls in love upon first sight with the beautiful Barbara Allen. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remain true to him. Is Barbara Allen's love for John enough to keep her true to him and thus save him from losing his human form?

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheikin
Directed by Clay Kirkland
Music Direction by David Nuccio
March 1-4, 2012

Vying for the county spelling championship are six delightfully quirky adolescents: an overachiever who speaks six languages, a young man with unfortunate allergies, the slightly befuddled offspring of hippie parents, a shy newcomer, the politically-aware daughter of same-sex parents, and a boy scout who was last year's winner. Shepherded by a former champion still reveling in her past victory, a somewhat bitter vice-principal, and an ex-con "comfort counselor," the contestants learn that "winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser."

Nominated for Best Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

A JJC Studio Production

Directed by Zach Bloomfield
March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
March 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Shake-Scenes is a studio production featuring monologues abnd brief scenes from the plays of William Shakespeare.

The Diviners: A Play in Two Acts and Elegies

By Jim Leonard, Jr
Directed by Tammy Perkins
April 19-22, 2012

The Diviners: A Play in Two Acts and Elegies concerns an Indiana family raising a traumatized child, Buddy, who forges a friendship with C.C. - a stranger passing through town looking for work and food during the Great Depression. The townspeople change drastically when they learn that C.C. was a former preacher who has given up preaching - a knowledge that leads to a horrible tragedy.

Winner of the American College Theatre Festival. This is "A splendid drama by a playwright ... with poetic as well as human feeling." - Variety

"The Diviners, which would be meritorious from anyone, is astounding from so young a writer.... Renders the humor and horror of the hinterlands with staggering accuracy.... Compelling." - New York Magazine.

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