Discussions take place at 10:00 am in the Library Board Room on the indicated dates. Everyone is welcome!
September 29 : Hamilton: the Revolution - a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Winner of 11 Tony awards, this groundbreaking hip-hop/R&B/pop musical takes the best of musical theatre in telling the story of one of the founding fathers of the American experiment: Alexander Hamilton.
October 27 : Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike - a comedy by Christopher Durang
Taking characters and a few other elements from Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Durang creates an altogether new and humorous take on the Russian classic. Both a popular and critical success, the original production starred Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce.
November 17 : George Washington Slept Here - a comedy by Kaufman & Hart
Newton Fuller finally realizes his dream of having a colonial home in the country. Unfortunately, the place is a wreck with broken windows, falling plaster, and a cow in the kitchen. But Newton has faith because, after all, the house is a part of history since George Washington slept there!
January 26 : Next to Normal - a musical by Brian Yorkey & Tom Kitt
This indie film-like story is a contemporary examination of an American family in which a trauma has unbalanced the mind of the mother, leading to encounters with the prescription drugs and therapy that characterize current medical treatment for mental illness.
February 23 : The Lady's Not for Burning - a comedy by Christopher Fry
This 1948 romantic comedy tells of a war-weary soldier who wants to die and of an accused witch who doesn’t.
March 30 : The Humans - a tragicomedy by Stephen Karam
A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the 2016 Tony Award for best play, The Humans takes place during Thanksgiving at the Blake’s run-down apartment in Manhattan. The Pulitzer committee called this family drama “a profoundly affecting drama that sketches the psychological and emotional contours of an average American family.”
April 27 : Assassins - a musical by Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins has long been a favorite of theatre aficionados and helped give rise to the career of Neil Patrick Harris. Assassins is a quirky, revue-style musical that portrays both successful and would-be assassins with songs such as “Everybody’s Got the Right,” “The Ballad of Booth,” and “Another National Anthem.”
May 25 : Machinal - a drama by Sophie Treadwell
A major rediscovery of a forgotten woman playwright of the twenties, Machinal is a powerful expressionist play about the status of women in an increasingly mechanized society, and the torture of a loveless marriage.
June 29 : A Midsummer Night's Dream - a comedy by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity in which two young couples try to find love in an enchanted woods one summer night with a little help from the fairies.