WE ENCOURAGE THE WEARING OF
MASKS BUT DO NOT REQUIRE THEM FOR
--- COMING UP ---
OUR 2023 SEASON OF PLAYS
THE GIN GAME
"A thoroughly entertaining lesson in the fine art of theatrical finesse.
The closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces."
NEW YORK TIMES
In this 1978 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim self-righteous lady. They discover they both enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and their secrets become wepons they use against one another.
A WALK IN THE WOODS
by Lee Blessing
February 24,25 & March 3,4,5
"Not only one of the best dramas of the few dramas to hit Broadway
. . . It also is the funniest comedy" TIME MAGAZINE
The place is a "pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva," where two superpower arms negotiators, one Russian, one American. The Russian, Botvinnik, is a seasoned veteran who has mastered thew Soviet "hard line", is urbane and humorous but at the same time profoundly cynical about what the current sessions can accomplish. His American counterpart, Honeyman, a newcomer is a bit stuffy but fervently idealistic about what can and must be done. Through their absorbing and revealing conversations, we become aware both of the deepening understanding between these two wise and decent menand also their mutual profound frustration.
by Lee Blessing
April 28.29 & May 5.6.7
" Blessing has a hair-trigger sensitivity to what famalies are saying and doing now, this minute." DALLAS TIMES HERALD
The setting is the small town of Independence. Iowa, the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs. her oldst daughter, Kess, a university professor from Minneapolis has come home at the request of her sister, Jo, who is concerned for Evelyn's mental health. Jo, is an incurable romantic and longtime virgin that has now become pregnant while Sherry, salty tongued and amoral wants only to finish High School so she can leave home for good and Kess justwants to cut her family ties for good. And of course, in the midst of this is their somewhat whacky mother that requires tending to.
by Mathew Lombardo
June 23.24.25,30 & July 1
" Pure theatrical magic! Scathingly funny! Deliciously inapropriate"
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
This play is based on the actual 1965 recording session. Tallulah Bankhead, who arrives somewhat intoxicated, had to record one line from her last film. A five-minute session should not have taken eight hours. But to the audience's delight, it does.
by Lucy Kirkwood
August 25,26,27 & September 1,2
"Sly, gripping, darkly funny . . . This is sci-fi knitted out with real
people, real dilemmas, real scope. It's really good." THE TIMES
"A far-reaching, unsettling play about legacy, survival and responsibility."
Two retired nuclear scientists are living in an isolated cottage by the sea. There has been an accident at the nuclear power station. The world around them is crumbling. Their younger co-workers are trying to stop the worst scenario. Then an old friend arrives with a frightining request.
by William Luce
"A dazzler! A portrait of riviting complexity and paradox that finds the balletic elegance in a drunkin stagger, the poetry in a blue joke and the churning guts in a rarefied verse." THE NEW YORK TIMES
It is 1942, a few months before his death. John Barrymore has rented a stage to prepare for a comeback performance of Richard III. Barrymore jokes with the audience, spars with his prompter, reminisces about his siblings, Lionel and Ethel and remembers the better times in his life.
ALSO --- IN ASSOCIATION WITH SHORELINE PLAYWRIGHTS,
we will be presenting MICRO SHORTS, ten, five-minute plays
on May 19.20.21
and HOLIDAY WORKS IN PROGRESS 2, consisting of two half hour
one act plays on December 21.22.23.
Drama Works Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit, resident performing arts company. We are dedicated to the production of fun, entertaining, stimulating, thought provoking, inspiring and relevant theatre.