GOD HELP US!  
Starring Ed Asner

April 30th @ 7:30
May 1st @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sick of politics? Then…

GOD HELP US!

(A political comedy starring Ed Asner as God!)

GOD HELP US! is a play ripped from today’s headlines, an evening’s entertainment that is at once hilarious, unifying and thought provoking. 

Two pundits, Larry (a liberal lad) and Randi (a conservative gal), find themselves confronted by GOD (the legendary Ed Asner), a wise, sarcastic, cantankerous and wildly funny character who is offended by what America’s political leaders have done to America. He has brought Randi and Larry to Purgatory for a lively debate about the issues of our time. And whomever he finds more persuasive will get God’s “mighty thumb on the scale” in one or the other’s favor. 

We learn that Randi and Larry were a couple back in their college days, but politics tore them apart – in large measure because they couldn’t learn how to disagree without being disagreeable. God interrogates them on a wide array of topics – domestic, international and personal – while commenting on the Bible, the Big Bang, the origin of mankind, and so much more. 

Given the current state of our politics – GOD HELP US! speaks to audiences of all political persuasions with one essential argument, that we must listen to each other so that we can all live – and laugh – together.  

Special Thanks our Sponsors:
The St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce
The City of St. Albans
Wingate by Wyndham in Hurricane WV       

Our 2020 Season


 

The Diary of Anne Frank
Auditions: 
December 5 & 6
Shows:
February 19,20, 21, 26, 27, 28
In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through.

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

April 16, 17, 18 23, 24, 25

The story follows the experiences of a mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (from his chattering vocalizations) after he becomes the pet of an English family residing in India. He becomes friendly with some of the other creatures inhabiting the garden and is warned of the cobras Nag and Nagaina, who are angered by the human family’s presence in their territory.

The Women

June 4, 5, 6 11, 12, 13

Contented, kindly Mary Haines, a well-off woman living in New York City, is the envy of her friends, boasting a wholesome, happy marriage, adorable children, and a comfortable home. Unfortunately, she is living in a fool’s paradise… which her tactless friend, the gossip-hungry Sylvia Fowler, discovers, when a favored manicurist spills the beans: Mary’s husband Stephen Haines has been nabbed by Crystal Allen, a sultry, gold-digging man-eater, who sets her traps behind the perfume counter at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club

Auditions June 26 & 27
August 3, 4, 5 10, 11, 12

Surviving adolescence is hard anywhere, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods. Five 10-
year-old best friends try to survive a summer of broken homes, bullies, thieves – All the many
pitfalls of their block. They try to navigate it in a most unexpected way: Working in the
sheltered garden of who they thought was just a mean, strange old lady. A woman of very few
words, Miss Dirt Turtle lays a path of “foundation” – Starting with the earth around them. Can
there be hope in a world that greatly stacks the odds against these kids? Can five average 10-
year-olds, with the help of an Old Head, a social worker and some newly discovered comic book
super-heroes, find their way to a bright future? For sure, a seed can’t grow ‘til its planted in the
ground.

The Wyrd Sisters

October 15, 16, 17 22, 23, 24
Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

A Christmas Carol

December 10, 11, 12 17, 18, 19

A Christmas Carol is a play about a mean-spirited and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas.  One cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge is unkind to the people who work for him, then refuses to give to charity, and then is rude to his nephew when he invites him to spend Christmas with him.  When Scrooge gets home, he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley – and then by three ghosts! They are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.  The ghosts’ journey through time teaches Scrooge the error of his ways. When he wakes up on Christmas Day he is full of excitement, and buys the biggest turkey in the shop for the Cratchit family before spending the day with his nephew, full of the joys of Christmas.

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The Garden of
Rikki Tikki Tavi


April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25

Live Theatre is Back!

 

Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale comes alive in this funny, colorful adaptation by prize-winning playwright Y York. This sweet story of friendship and cooperation takes place in an exotic Indian garden and tells the charming tale of an unusual friendship between an innocent baby mongoose (the hero, Rikki), a vain and bossy bird, and a dear but befuddled muskrat. Through the shared danger of facing Nag, the sneaky cobra, these unlikely comrades find that they are smarter, braver and more resourceful together, and that a strong home makes room for everyone.

Alban Arts Academy
Fall 2020

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