Moonstone Theatre Company Announces 2021-2022 Season
Moonstone Theatre Company is proud to announce our inaugural season for 2021-2022! This season will shine a light on mental health through three insightful shows.
Our first show of the season is the hilarious comedy Jake’s Women by Neil Simon, Directed by Edward M. Coffield.
This warm and poignant comedy written by America’s premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake’s women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.
Performances are October 14-17, 21-24, and 28-31 In the Blackbox of the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center.
Our second show of the season is the Pulitzer Prize Winning play from 2001, Proof by David Auburn, Directed by Artistic Director Sharon Hunter.
The play begins on the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her fathers who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?
Performances are February 17-20, 24-27 and March 3-6 in the Blackbox of the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center.
Our final show of the season is The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare, Directed by Annamaria Pileggi.
Long considered one of the great American plays, the story concerns Artie Shaugnessy, a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zookeeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of Artie’s downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus, who’ll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie’s son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix, stowing a homemade bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie’s old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn, with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie’s dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives. Performances are May 19-22, 26-29 and June 2-5 in the Blackbox of the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center.
Moonstone Theatre Company is proud to present our first season in the brand-new Kirkwood Performing Arts Center! This beautiful facility will be the home of Moonstone Theatre Company, and we could not be more excited for this partnership.
“I’m very excited to launch Moonstone Theatre after our season was delayed due to the pandemic which affected theatres globally.
I chose this season prior to the Covid crisis because I wanted to place a spotlight focusing on mental health and how it affects individuals and their families. It is a universal topic that deserves to be reflected on, in the theatre and spark dialog.” said Sharon Hunter.
Sharon Hunter is the Founder and Executive Director of the St. Louis Theatre Task and Creator and Host of the podcast Moonstone Connections which streams on Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher and Apple podcasts.
Thursdays: 7:00 pm
Fridays: 7:30 pm
Saturdays: 7:30 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm
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