Sir Terry Pratchett’s
15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Enough Stress, America – It’s Time to Laugh! Enjoy Terry Pratchett®’s Wyrd Sisters at the Alban Arts Center!
It’s a comic fantasy about 3 witches (Granny, Nanny, and Magrat) who are holding a quiet coven in the heath when Fate intervenes. Can they save a baby, find justice for a ghost, and restore the rightful ruler of their oddball country? Are magic, a traveling theater and a love-smitten court jester enough to foil the plans of a scheming Duchess, a maniacal Duke, and an entire army?
A tale that borrows — and parodies — and perhaps plagiarizes – from some of William Shakespeare’s best-loved works, Wyrd Sisters is the comedy we need! Director (and Certified Humor Professional) Jim-Bob Williams notes that laughter reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and promotes community. You’ll find a show that’s entertaining and therapeutic. Tickets are cheaper than your co-pays! Consult with a CPA before deducting as a medical expense.
Rated PG (Double entendres, stage fights, and puns – less intense than a Dr. Who episode, with better language than a Simpsons episode)
Our 2020 Season
Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club
Auditions June 26 & 27
September 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
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.
September 17 & 18 @ 7pm
TBD PICTURES IN ASSOCIATION WITH NATIONAL THEATER LIVE
ANNOUNCE THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF
IAN McKELLEN ON STAGE
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ONE-MAN SHOW
STARRING SIR IAN McKELLEN
STREAMING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 – OCTOBER 3, 2021
TO BENEFIT COMMUNITY & REGIONAL THEATERS
IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS
New York, NY (September 14, 2021) – Tony Award-winning producer Hunter Arnold (Hadestown, Little Shop of Horrors) is thrilled to announce that his company TBD Pictures will release the North American streaming premiere of Sir Ian McKellen’s one man show “Ian McKellen on Stage” Friday, September 17 through October 3, 2021via On The Stage streaming platform. Tickets can be purchased at www.ian80.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to community, amateur, educational and regional theaters affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
Experience Ian McKellen like you’ve never seen him before in this limited presentation of the greatest roles of his career. Captured live with stunning clarity, this must-watch streaming event will remind you why you fell in love with theater to begin with. Directed by Sean Mathais, Ian McKellen on Stage was conceived by McKellen in honor of his eightieth birthday and in tribute to his illustrious sixty-year career onstage.
Called “heartfelt hilarity from a crusader of the stage” and “a love letter to theatre” by Michael Billington of London’s The Guardian Ian on Stage takes the viewer from Shakespeare to Pinter and even to Tolkein,
After touring 80 theaters in the UK with all proceeds, over 3 Million GBP, going to UK regional theaters, the production was filmed by National Theatre Live during its run on the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The streaming production is now being released to benefit community, amateur, educational and regional theaters affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
Hunter Arnold says, “While we are very fortunate that theater is coming back, local institutions have a long way to go before they will recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. Sir McKellen was so focused on supporting local theaters with this project in the UK, we thought it was only fitting that that support continues across the pond here in North America. These theaters, the work they produce, and the artists and workers they support are a crucial part of our culture. It’s up to each of us to do as much as we can to bring them back stronger than they were before this crisis.”
Recommended for ages 12 and up. The show runs 2 hours and 32 minutes. Tickets are $29.99