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Jan 14, 2015

As the world rings in the New Year, the Hutchinson Theatre Guild (HTG) is proud to announce its 2015 Season.  An exciting and diverse production schedule, the line-up includes a Pulitzer Prize winner, a hit musical, an over-the-top farce and plenty of drama.  Building on a successful first season at Stage 9 in Hutchinson, HTG offers a complex and dynamic five production season in 2015.


The season opens in February with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley. Performances for Doubt, A Parable are February 5 to 8and 12 to 15, 2015. Doubt, A Parable is performed by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


“Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt, A Parable is John Patrick Shanley’s gripping drama about accusations against a well-loved, dedicated catholic priest Father Brendan Flynn. Sister Aloysius Beauvier, principal of St. Nicholas’ Catholic School in Bronx, New York, suspects Father Flynn of inappropriate relations with an African American boy who is an outcast at the school. This play is a testament to the fight for the truth and the causalities along the way.”


April showers bring Mayflowers but at HTG, they bring the smash romantic comedy musical revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  With book and lyrics by Joe Dipietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, this charming musical has been winning hearts around the country. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is performed April 23 to 26 and April 30 to May 1, 2015.  The production is produced by special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein: An Imagem Company.


“Relationships. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. This popular romantic comedy musical revue examines the mysterious and often frustrating process of being in a romantic relationship in the 21st century. From the first date to the final breath, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change features a broad range of musical styles and sketches that will leave you laughing in the aisles. Poignant, charming and unassuming, this musical is the perfect night out at the theatre.”


HTG’s July offering is The Savannah Disputation by Evan Smith.  The play, performed by a special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., is a comedy of biblical proportions.  Performances are July 16 to 19and July 23 to 26, 2015. 


“The Savannah Disputation recounts the story of two sisters, Mary and Margaret, who’s devout Catholicism is challenged by the visit of a fundamentalist missionary, Melissa. Engaged in a dialogue against their will, the sisters soon find themselves plunged into a full-fledged theological disputation, which prompts them to call for reinforcement from their parish priest. The ensuing heated and hilarious conversation tests the tenacity of each of the character’s beliefs.”


Immediately following the Kansas State Fair, The Fox on the Fairway will keep HTG audiences in stitches. A farce by comedy master Ken Ludwig features two rival country clubs battling it out in a golf tournament.  Performances are September 24 to 27 and October 1 to 4, 2015.  The Fox on the Fairway is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


“The game’s afoot at the Quail Valley Country Club! It’s the annual golf tournament between rivals Crouching Squirrel and Quail Valley. And, in accordance with country club tradition, the owners place their bets, each bringing in their heavy hitters to win the day. Only this time, a lot more is at stake than a large quantity of money. In a play modeled after the great theatrical tradition of farce, hijinks, love and champagne fly as freely as a golf ball from the tee. Even perfectly connected high society will be left guessing to the last stroke. Fore!”


Finally, 4XMAS: An Evening of “Holiday” Cheer by George Cameron Grant concludes the 2015 Season.  This collection of one acts is sure to be the perfect cap on the holiday season.  Performances are December 10 to 13 and December 17 to 20, 2015.  Performances are presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


“A collection of one acts centered on the most joyous time of year, 4 XMAS is as diverse as the season itself. From an office party affair to a group of Christmas tree ornaments commenting on the loss of a fallen comrade, these charming and meaningful one acts are the perfect complement to your celebrations this holiday season.”


Performances for all productions are held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm.  Sunday curtain time is 2:00 pm.  Ticket prices for plays are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 8 – 14.  Musical tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children ages 8 – 14.  Children under 8 are not permitted.


Memberships are now available for patrons wishing to contribute to the ongoing success of the Hutchinson Theatre Guild.  Prices for membership range from $20 to $500.  For patrons purchasing a membership at $150 or above, admission to Guild productions are included.  Memberships may be purchased online at www.hutchtheatre.com or by contacting Charles A. Johnston at charlesajohnston@gmail.com or 646-628-4353.  A purchase by January 24th will grant qualifying members an invitation to the Guild’s season preview event. 


For questions or additional information about the 2015 Season, please contact Charles A. Johnston, production coordinator at the Hutchinson Theatre Guild.  You may reach him via email at charlesajohnston@gmail.com or 646-628-4353.