It’s the 1940s. Kay Ridgeway is cruising on the River Nile on the paddle steamer Lotus. Kay has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.
Directed by Wendy Gallo
Another A World Premiere play! In 1880's London, there are gruesome killings in Whitechapel. The police are baffled. Inspector Lestrade turns to the one man who could help, Sherlock Holmes! Join Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade as they try to find this fiendish killer in one of the most horrific cases of the Great Detective's career. Match your wits with Holmes to find this famous killer.
Directed by Dan Blackley
Another In the opening, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of his famed readings of a new script A Christmas Carol to his guests. The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions. This holiday treat is a version that will transport you! Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is Adapted by John Jakes.
Directed by Darrell Hill
The ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival is one of our audience's favorite events of the season. Almost 200 10-minute plays of drama, comedy, and intrigue are entered by playwrights from around the U.S. and countries as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Our talented Playhouse staff then selects the top 7 entries and assigns a different director for each play. At each nightly performance, the audience sees all 7 plays and gets to vote for their favorites. And, as a bonus, each night the audience will be treated to a reading of one of our runner-up plays during our ‘Reader’s Theatre’ performance. Suitable for teenagers to adult.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary ... we are bringing back an old-time audience favorite. If you're looking for the lure of the Old West, you'll find intrigue when a series of mysterious disappearances ends in murder and romance. Set in a farm kitchen just outside of San Juan Capistrano in 1898, when the wild west show hero Matthew Merriweather, meets the brave and beautiful heir to the Rainbow Ranch - Rainbow Heatherton. Foam rocks will fly at the villainous banker Culver C. Cleaver as he aims to raise some dust. The Audience will tap their toes to tunes such as "I'm So Good at Being Bad!" plus the great San Juan songs they have come to expect here at the Playhouse. Enjoy a cheer-filled finale when Heroes and Villains both get exactly what they deserve.
Directed by Gary McCarver
This riotously funny Southern-baked comedy follows three cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette, as they attempt to throw a family reunion. Things spin hilariously out-of-control when a neighbor's pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a shocking, high-stakes wager is made on who can bake the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced uproarious romp barrels toward its surprising climax, you'll wish your own family reunion was this much fun!
Directed by Gina Treasure
This hilarious comedy is loaded with fun surprises! It’s late 1979 in Terre Haute, Indiana and our young architect, Willum, is celebrating his thirty-fourth birthday. He has an unexpected visit from a fellow ex-GI, Rick Steadman, who he has never met but did save his life during service in Vietnam. Initially Willum is delighted, however, Rick's awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles cause quite the social dilemma.
Directed by Rhonda Goldstein
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows the story of Christopher Boone, a teen who is exceptional at Math but finds people and any kind of change confusing. The play opens with Christopher discovering a dead dog in his neighbor’s garden. A fan of Sherlock Holmes, he decides to write a story about the mystery of the dog’s death. His sleuthing uncovers far more secrets than he or any of us expect.
Directed by Leslie Eisner
From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity abounds.
Directed by Dan Blackley
This is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. The show starts with a rehearsal of the dreadful show, moves to the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and ends with the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.
Directed by Steve Gomer
CaminOvations 2020 - Our annual awards to honor our directors, actors and tech crew! It's time to dress up and enjoy a fabulous show that's all about us! Preshow appetizers and post show appetizers provided.