February 10 – 26, 2023
"Plaza Suite" portrays three couples who each occupy Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel at different stages throughout the year. First up, is a suburban couple who have come to the hotel to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary...or is it their 23rd? Or is it actually their anniversary at all? They are succeeded by a Hollywood hotshot who has returned to New York to seek out his (now married) high school girlfriend. After three doomed marriages, he is eager to remind himself of the sweet innocence of a suburban woman...with a little sexual diversion along the way. However, her obsession with Hollywood and overindulgence in the vodka stingers gives him more than he bargained for. Finally, the suite is occupied by a couple who are about to celebrate the wedding of their daughter...if they can get her out of the bathroom. Tension rises and tempers flare as all their attempts to get her to unlock the door fail. Neil Simon offers a witty and piercing observation of love, marriage, and contentment with "Plaza Suite."
April 14 – 30, 2023
Retirees Fern and Wilbur Carter have just started hosting groups in their haunted bed and breakfast cabin home in the Appalachian mountains. They have differing opinions as to whether this is a good idea, but it’s clear they both love each other. As they await their guests, a raging thunderstorm plops an unexpected visitor into the house. Afterwards the real guests arrive. Trouble starts from the very beginning of their tumultuous arrival, as the booked group has lied about who they are and why they are here. The storm cuts the house completely off from any help, either by road or by phone… and then… the guests start dying in multiple ways. One of them must be the murderer, but who? Will those still left be able to solve the mystery and make it to see the sun rise?
You can expect laughs, jumps, scares, and even a real ghost or two to make an appearance in this hilarious new play by Stacey Upton Bracey.
June 9 – 25, 2023
Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation! A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. The newest resident, Imogene Fletcher, is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to "the dark side," what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia's Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.
Mesquite, now's your chance to show off your wonderful, weird, or wacky talents! This local competition will take place three weekends in July. Stay tuned for more information!
October 13 – 29, 2023
“Break a leg!” takes on a whole new meaning for a woefully misguided troupe of players at the Cornley University Society’s opening night performance of The Murder at Haversham Manor. An unconscious leading lady, a corpse who can’t play dead, a ruffled detective, and a word-mangling butler (among others) must battle against technical gaffes, forgotten lines, and sabotaging scenery in a quest to arrive all in one piece at the final curtain call. Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, all mayhem, this 1920s whodunit is disastrously delightful.
December 1 – 17, 2023
"It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" is based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done through Foley artists. "It’s a Wonderful Life" is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tired to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.
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