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The Gin Game

By Donald L. Coburn

Directed by TBA
Produced by TBA

A dramatic comedy to start the season.

Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, strike up an acquaintance. With no visitors coming to see them the pair talk about their lives, their families and matters of the heart. They start to enjoy each other’s company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller’s inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident.

While playing their games of gin, they engage in lengthy conversations about their families and their lives in the outside world. Gradually, each conversation becomes a battle, much like the ongoing 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.” — The New York Times

“Powerful and undeniably unforgettable.”

September 15-16, 22-23, 28-29-30, 2017
Curtain 8:00 PM

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Mending Fences

By Norm Foster
Directed by Graham Clements
Produced by Chuck Learn

Mending Fences portrays human drama that is relevant to anyone who has ever been a parent, a son or a daughter, which includes us all. It tells a story that spans two generations but takes place over a few days. It is a powerful play that uses hockey as the symbol of a powerplay between father and son. Foster’s magic is in his ability to weave pathos with humour without ever confusing the audience about whether it’s time to laugh or cry. An excellent script supported by superb acting makes this a powerful play and a must-see for everyone who appreciates the magic of live theatre.

“Norm Foster is our most-produced playwright for a reason: he’s very, very funny.”
– Montreal Gazette

September 16-17, 23-24, 29-30, October 1, 2016
Curtain 8:00 PM

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The Handyman

A drama by Ronald Harwood

Directed by Tom Mackan
Produced by Michelle Spanik
Designed by Dani Podetz

Cressida and Julian Field live comfortably in the English countryside with their elderly Ukrainian odd-job man and friend of the family, Romka. Suddenly the police arrive. What has Romka done? … Is he guilty? … Is there a time limit on revenge and punishment? … The Handyman looks at questions surrounding culpability, retribution, universal responsibility and the possibility of evil in a story that holds and intrigues the audience from start to finish.

February 6-7-8*, 13-14-15*, 19-20-21*, 2015
*matinee 2:00 PM

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Tuesdays with Morrie

A comedy/drama by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom

Directed and Designed by Peter Lloyd
Produced by Peter Malysewich

An ever so human story of a young journalist’s love and respect for an old and dying man. Accidentally catching a TV interview with erstwhile teacher and mentor, Morrie Schwartz, Mitch learns the man is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, and decides to reconnect with him after sixteen years. A simple visit becomes a weekly pilgrimage each Tuesday that gradually evolves into disarming lessons in the meaning, the wit, the survival, of life.

“This is a play that might, incredibly, just might – change your life.”
– John Simon – New York Magazine

“I was unprepared for how moving and powerful ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ turned out to be.”
– New York Post

“A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humour.”
– New York Daily News

Production Dates: April 12-13, 18-20, 25-27 2013

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The Diary of Anne Frank

A drama by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett

Directed by Sondra Learn
Produced by Chuck Learn

The inspiring World War II story of a Jewish family in hiding.

We bring you this remarkable stage adaptation of Anne Frank’s diary some sixty years after it was first produced on Broadway, and seventy years after the heartbreaking events of 1943 in that legendary attic in Amsterdam during World War II. Enter into the world of Otto and Edith Frank and their family as they strive to maintain a normal life in hiding while the spectre of death lurks only metres away in the Nazi occupied streets below them.

February 7-9*, 14-16*, 20-22 2014
*matinee 2:00 PM

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Suddenly Last Summer

A drama by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Tom Mackan
Produced by Michelle Spanik
Designed by Dani Podetz

Aging Louisiana aristocrat, Violet Venables, plots to silence her traumatized niece Catharine Holly from sullying the family’s honour with her mad tale of the death of cousin Sebastian.

Theatre Burlington’s history of success in Festival-quality plays is lengthy and this enduring tragic drama from Williams’ rich mine of writing will be no exception. As with everything he writes, the truth of the human condition, its troubled relationships, is explored with Williams’ unforgiving honesty and, of course, his famous observant wit. Characters come to brilliant reality and remain lasting in our memories. Performances soar, the stage takes on a life of its own as the aging Louisiana aristocrat, Violet Venables, plots to silence her traumatized niece Catharine Holly from sullying the family’s honour with her mad tale of the death of cousin Sebastian.

It is from this play that the memorable 1959 film, starring Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Montgomery Clift was adapted.

“This short, passionate, intense play combines realism and fantasy, offers suspense and deadly conflict, and contains some of the playwright’s most lyrical dialogue.”
– Theatre Reviews: Drama-logue

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The Miracle Worker

By William Gibson

Directed by Sondra Learn
Produced by Chuck Learn

Who can forget the huge way we were involved as audiences in the 1960s story of Annie Sullivan and the child Helen Keller, together forging an inspiring story of trial and success in 19th century America. A Burlington production with area talent is long overdue, and audiences will be fully rewarded by this immensely challenging play. A must see for the season, to be sure!

Production Dates: April 15-16, 21-23, 28-30 2011

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The Subject was Roses

By Frank D. Gilroy

Directed by Dia Frid
Produced by Michelle Spanik

1964 Pulitzer Prize Play and winner of two Tony Awards, the play is still a persuasive story of a small family after WW2. John and Nettie come to terms with their returning son, whose values and life style are at odds with the familiar ways of their pre-war days. In scenes tender and moving, witty and funny, sharp and incisive, this small and nuclear family seeks to come together in a changing America. Neither sad nor tragic, this is just a wonderfully written story of life and getting along.

Production Dates: September 17-18, 23-25, 30 October 1-2 2010

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Breaking the Code

By Hugh Whitemore
Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Directed by Tom Mackan
Produced by Michelle Spanik

An exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes. The eccentric genius Alan Turing played a major role in winning World War II; he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German manoeuvres. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was convicted of breaking another code, one that today would hardly be worth reporting. Turing, who was also the first to conceive of computers, was hounded by overly zealous law enforcement and convicted of a “criminal act”. This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.

“Powerful, riveting drama.”
– N.Y. Daily News.

“Elegant and poignant.”
– Time Magazine

Production Dates: February 5-6, 11-14*, 18-20 2010
*matinee 2:00 pm

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Copenhagen

A drama by Michael Frayn

Directed by Tom Mackan
Produced by Michelle Spanik

A dramatic account of the meeting in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, in December 1941 between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg during the Nazi occupation of Denmark and Norway. Both Bohr and Heisenberg were famous physicists. Bohr was half Jewish. Heisenberg had been his young protégé. By the 1930s they had become friends and colleagues. Margrethe Bohr was Bohr’s wife, well-educated, mother to his six children, and his assistant in his professional work.

Winner of 2000 Tony Award: Best Broadway Play
Outer Circle Critics Award: Outstanding Broadway Play
New York Drama Critics’ Award: Best Foreign Play

Production Dates: January 30-31, February 5-6-7-8*-12-13-14 2009
*matinee 2:00 pm

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