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Stag’s Leap

Patricia Neal Stage
Devised and Directed by Nancy Borgenicht

COME MEET PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING POET SHARON OLDS, who will be signing copies of Stag's Leap after both performances! An evening blending theatrical imagery and spirited language, based upon Stag's Leap. This show is presented with, and features members of, the Salt Lake Acting Company.


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Delusion by Proxy

Patricia Neal Stage
A new play by Brooke Adams
Directed by Judith Ivey

A dark comedy about love and tyranny.


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The Room Where I Was Held

Patricia Neal Stage
World Premiere
Written by David Zax
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

Captivity comes in many forms. The world premiere of a gripping drama about the power of money, privilege, and family ties.


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Chilmark

Patricia Neal Stage
World Premiere
Written by Catherine Rush
Directed by Catherine Rush

A compelling drama about a remarkable community, based on historical events.


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Angela’s Mixtape

Patricia Neal Stage
New England Premiere
By Eisa Davis
Directed by Adrienne D. Williams


Her mother is a lawyer and activist, her aunt is Angela Davis, but who is she? In this spirited autobiographical comedy, Eisa Davis pays affectionate tribute to her unorthodox upbringing in Berkeley, California.


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Passionata

Patricia Neal Stage
World Premiere
A New Play by Gwyn McAllister
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

Sometimes finding true happiness requires a bit of scheming. The world premiere of a new farce with a fresh twist.


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The Snow Queen

Patricia Neal Stage

Martha's Vineyard Playhouse - Family Stage Production
A Magical Wintry Fairytale Adventure


Hans Christian Andersen's
THE SNOW QUEEN
As Told by MJ Bruder Munafo and Elizabeth Wojtusik

Friday 12/8 at 7 pm
Saturday 12/9 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday 12/10 at 2 pm

Friday 12/15 at 7 pm
Saturday 12/16 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday 12/17 at 2 pm

Advance ticket purchase recommended


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Driving Miss Daisy

Patricia Neal Stage
Pulitzer Prize-winning play
By Alfred Uhry
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

Set in mid-century Atlanta, Georgia, DRIVING MISS DAISY follows the 25-year relationship between a cantankerous Jewish gentlewoman and her dignified African-American driver. MV Playhouse honors the 30th anniversary of Uhry's beloved classic with a new production on the Patricia Neal Stage. More About the Play

Starring Rob Karma Robinson, Marc Carver and Bonnie Black as Miss Daisy

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Who You See Here

Patricia Neal Stage
World Premiere
A New Comedy by Matt Hoverman
Directed by Jeanie Hackett
With Angela Goethals, Mather Zickel, Russell Soder and Kat Fairaway

WHO YOU SEE HERE, a farcical comedy by Emmy Award winner Matt Hoverman about an uptight therapist and her recovering alcoholic husband who find their lives upturned and their love tested when charismatic but disturbed movie star Tom Speck staggers into their small town’s AA meeting. Add a beautiful psychiatric patient with a stalking problem and you’ve got a smart, funny play about anonymity, celebrity, and making the perfect salad.

Director Jeanie Hackett (LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Geffen starring Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek) helms a terrific ensemble cast of comedy pros - Angela Goethals (HOME ALONE, JERRY MAGUIRE), Mather Zickel (I LOVE YOU, MAN, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED), Russel Soder (I MARRIED A MOBSTER) and Kat Fairaway (GETTING MEISNERED) - in the world premiere of this comedy.

This play contains adult themes and is not recommended for under age 13. Includes profanity, adult content and partial nudity.


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Dusty and the Big Bad World

Patricia Neal Stage
A Comedy by Cusi Cram
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Starring Victoria Adams-Zischke, Charlotte Booker, Kevin Cirone, Zada Clarke, Nina Moore and Kaya Seiman

Based on a 2005 scandal in the world of children’s television known as “Bustergate”, DUSTY AND THE BIG BAD WORLD is a darkly funny, no-holds-barred yet even-handed look at PBS, government censorship, gay marriage, and what it takes to ultimately step up and fight for what you believe in.

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The Second Girl

Patricia Neal Stage
By Ronan Noone
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

Set in the kitchen during Eugene O'Neill's classic LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Ronan Noone's new play gives us an intimate and often humorous look at the struggles of two Irish immigrant servant girls and the American chauffeur.

Read the MV Times review

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Red

Patricia Neal Stage
By John Logan
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

Winner of six Tony awards in 2010, including Best Play

In this riveting drama, John Logan creates a searing portrait of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko.


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Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Patricia Neal Stage
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Adrienne D. Williams

In this beautiful memory play by Pulitzer winning playwright Lynn Nottage (RUINED), Ernestine Crump takes you on a journey with the Crump family.
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High Time

Patricia Neal Stage
World Premiere of a New Play by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler

This new play details a 12-hour acid trip with Leary, poet Allen Ginsberg, Englishman Alan Watts, Mary Meyer, JFK's last mistress, Rosemary Woodruff, a beautiful young dancer and Lisa Bieberman, Leary's devoted assistant.


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Visitors

Patricia Neal Stage
A life-long love story set in rural England.
A new play by Barney Norris
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Featuring Charlotte Booker, David Bennett Stephens, Ella Dershowitz & Ryan Winkles

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Sweetened Water

Patricia Neal Stage
The Premiere of a new play by Edward L. Beck
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

A Vineyard house is the setting for this play about Cynthia, a recent widow dealing with her sorrow and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has just lost his mother. At the suggestion of their mutual friend, Sara, Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet retreat. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and secrets abound.


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Patricia Neal Stage
EAST COAST PREMIERE
A new play by Rinne Groff
Directed by Claudia Weill

Eric's wife is out of town closing a big business deal, he just blew his last job, the kids are acting up and his mother-in-law just moved in. What are the odds? A play about modern marriage.

Starring Chris Henry Coffey, Karen MacDonald & Ali Marsh

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A Walk in the Woods

Patricia Neal Stage
By Lee Blessing
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Starring Daren Kelly and Adrienne D. Williams

Lee Blessing's Pulitzer-nominated drama is based on real life Cold War negotiations in 1982. This compelling play centers on a Soviet and an American negotiator who have left the table for an informal walk in the woods on the outskirts of Geneva; ultimately forming a bond of mutual respect and understanding.


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Not Constantinople

Patricia Neal Stage
A premiere of a new comedy by Arnie Reisman
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

An elderly couple settles into the Witness Protection Program in a gated community in Boca Raton. The husband unwittingly befriends a hit man with a contract on him. But when the husband develops Alzheimer's, the hit man develops a conscience: why kill a guy who won't even know his own name soon?
Time to send another hit man - a woman with an MBA.
Yes, this is a dark comedy.


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King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Bland Simpson and Jim Wann, with Don Dixon and J.L. Mills

King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast has been performed by the Coastal Cohorts (Don Dixon, Bland Simpson, and Jim Wann) all across North Carolina and the South, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington and in New York City, where its Off-Off-Broadway run was hailed by the New York Post, saying “Carolina fish tale is quite a catch -- a pure, salt-watered delight!”


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Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan

It's 1947. Jackie Robinson has just integrated American baseball. In his shadow, Satchel Paige and his All Stars gear up to play Bob Feller's All Stars from the majors in a thrilling off-season match-up. Jazz fills the night, baseball the day. And America is about to experience something it's never faced before.

New England Premiere

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Search: Paul Clayton

Patricia Neal Stage
A true tale of Love, Folk Music and Betrayal
Written by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler

This new musical play celebrates the true story in words and song of one of Bob Dylan's first musical mentors. Paul Clayton of New Bedford was the most recorded young folk singer in America when Bobby Zimmerman arrived in 1961 Greenwich Village to begin his career as Bob Dylan. It was Paul who helped open the doors of the folk world to him. From 1961 to 1965 Paul taught Bob the tricks of the trade, while falling helplessly in love with him.

Search: Paul Clayton is for mature audiences only. It is sexually explicit, contains adult language and drug use.

World Premiere

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The Whaleship Essex

Patricia Neal Stage
Based on a true story
Written by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn
Starring: Jarrod Allan, Luke Bailey, Scott Barrow, Wallace Bullock, Joe Carter, Daniel Cuff, D'Arcy Dersham, Steve Dunayer, Brian Keane, Sean McGuirk, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Adam Petkus, Dylan Riley-MacArthur, Rob Karma Robinson and Peter Stray

The Essex and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820 when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts, “The Whaleship Essex” is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea shanties, “The Whaleship Essex” revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds.

World Premiere

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The Screenwriter’s Daughter

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center
Hollywood's greatest screenwriter can create every storyline but his own daughter's.
A new play Written & Directed by Larry Mollin
Starring Ken Baltin, Ella Dershowitz, David Henry Gerson and Kristina Kinsman Maynard

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It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play

Two performances only at the MV Performing Arts Center at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.
A heartwarming family holiday classic presented on stage as a live radio play.
Written by Philip Grecian
Based on the movie by Frank Capra

Produced & Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Starring Christopher Kann, Chelsea McCarthy, Arnie Reisman, Don Lyons, Leslie J. Stark, Rob Myers, Christopher Roberts, Paula Lyons, Anna Yukevich, Samantha Cassidy, Alex Habekost, Kaya Seiman, Sam Graber-Hahn, Jesse Dawson, Paul Munafo, Jim Novack and Katherine Reid

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Standing on Ceremony

The Gay Marriage Plays
Written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright

Conceived by Brian Shnipper

Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Starring Jamie Alley, Christopher Brophy, Nicole Galland, Alan Ganapol, Jill Macy, Lauren Martin, Jihan Ponti, Molly Purves, Maurice Reidy and Christopher Roberts

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Very Short Plays by (mostly) Female Writers
Produced & Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

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5 Mojo Secrets

Is there a secret to making marriage work after kids, careers and being together for what seems like forever? Maybe it takes a miracle – or maybe just a good old fashioned mojo.
A new play written by Kathleen McGhee Anderson
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Starring Suzzanne Douglas & John Douglas Thompson

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Coming up for Air: An Auto JAZZography

Conceived & Performed by Stan Strickland
Written & Originally Directed by Jon Lipsky

Stan Strickland, one of Boston’s most versatile and well-known jazz musicians and a Vineyard favorite, will be bringing his one-man theatrical show Coming Up for Air – an AutoJAZZography to The Vineyard Playhouse, August 15-17, 2011. Playing sax, flute, keyboards and an assortment of percussion, Strickland riffs about his life and art -- taking the audience on a dramatic musical odyssey of soulful discovery.


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Root

Written & Performed by Vanessa German
Directed by Heather Arnet

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AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL OF THEATER & MUSIC


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Tennessee Williams: Original Acts

Written by Tennessee Williams
Devised & Directed by Joann Green Breuer
Starring Scott Barrow, Dee Nelson, Shelia Stasack and Peter Stray

The Vineyard Playhouse celebrates the one hundredth birthday of a beloved American playwright, with a premiere professional production of four of his one- act plays, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: ORIGINAL ACTS, directed by Joann Green Breuer.


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The Vineyard Playhouse
Written & Directed by Bill C. Davis
Starring Todd Gearhart & Kelly McAndrews

Two life-long friends, from different cities and orientations, meet monthly to start a new life. Before anything biological can happen, they discover that there are deep personal and emotional challenges within a world that they begin to realize will always be filled with challenging variations of love and dependable chaos.


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Tape

The Vineyard Playhouse
A riveting, caustically funny play about high school friends who meet up 10 years later and wrestle with questions of memory, motive and truth.
Written by Stephen Belber
Directed by Claudia Weill
Starring Michael Urie, Ryan Spahn and Victoria Campbell

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SantaLand Diaries

A disillusioned worker assumes the identity of Crumpet the Elf for a prominent metropolitan department store. He shares his colorful views on his holiday occupation in insightful and entertaining ways.
Written by David Sedaris
Adapted by Joe Mantello

Originally Directed by Jon Lipsky
Starring Christopher Michael Brophy

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Faith Healer

Blarney and mystery, twists of memory, and maybe magic, conjured by a trio of heroic hucksters.
Written by Brian Friel
Directed & Devised by Joann Green Breuer
Starring Paul O'Brien, Sandra Shipley and Gerry Maher

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FLY

The Vineyard Playhouse
A new play about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen of WWII
Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Starring Jerry Clicquot, Charlie Hudson III, Robert Karma Robinson, Samuel T. Gaines, Mark Hairston, Joe Forbrich and Walker Lewis

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The Rise & Fall of Annie Hall

The Vineyard Playhouse
Written by Sam Forman
Directed by Johanna McKeon
Starring Heather Girardi, Kate Gersten, Austin Lysy, Lucas Papaelias and Sam Forman

This super contemporary comedy is about a struggling playwright's life gone haywire as he schemes to get the rights to turn his favorite Woody Allen comedy into a Broadway Musical.


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Runaway Beauty Queen or The Lost Pleiad

The Vineyard Playhouse
An Original Goddess rock musical!
Book, Music & Lyrics by Rhonda Coullet
Director: Randal Myler
Starring Rhonda Coullet, Whitney Bashor, Janet Dickinson, Mary Murfitt, Elizabeth Palmer, KT Curran, Judith Jacklin and Ben Hope

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It’s A Wonderful Life

Vineyard Playhouse
The Radio Play
Written by Philip Grecian
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
With Christopher Kann, Victoria Campbell, Clark Maffitt, Don Lyons, Leslie J. Stark, Rob Myers, Christopher Roberts, Jill Macy, Katherine Reid, Kaya Goldman, Tyler Shapiro, Russell Shapiro, Mark Shelton, Geneva Monks, Paul Munafo and Jim Novack
Based on the movie by Frank Capra

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Memory House

Vineyard Playhouse
Written by Kathleen Tolan
Directed by Claudia Weill
Starring Kathy Baker and Natalia Payne

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Walking the Volcano*

The Vineyard Playhouse
A short play progression by Jon Lipsky
Director: MJ Bruder Munafo
Cast: Christian Pedersen, Heather Girardi, Marya Lowry and Robert Walsh

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FLY

Vineyard Playhouse
Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan
Directed by Ricardo Khan
Starring Ted Louis Levy, Charlie Hudson III, Robert Karma Robinson, Samuel T. Gaines, Mark Hairston, Joe Forbrich and Walker Lewis

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Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing*

The Vineyard Play House
A New Play Written & Directed by James Lapine
Co-Conceived by Mark Oliver Everett
Cast: Brad Oscar, Carly Hughes, Debra Monk, Eric Santagata, Jacqui Polk, Larry Bryggman, Molly Camp & Nick Blaemire

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End Days*

The Vineyard Playhouse
A New Play by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Director: Claudia Weill
Cast: Adam Heller, Amy Aquino, Audrey Lynn Weston, Ryan Shams & Ryan Spahn

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Island Interludes: New Works by Island Writers*

The Vineyard Playhouse
Staged Readings
CROSSWORDS By Jay H. Kaufman
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE By Susanna J. Sturgis

Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo
Cast: Crosswords: Adriana Stimola, George Ricci, Mac Young, Paul Munafo & Taffy McCarthy
A Midsummer Night’s Alternative: Bee Bee Horowitz, Brooke Hardman, Brian Ditchfield, John Ortman, Katharine Pilcher, Mac Young, Paul Munafo & Will McFadden


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Earl Hamner Jr.’s THE HOMECOMING

Written By: Christopher Sergel
Cast: Carter D’Angelo, Christopher Kann, Chelsea McCarthy, Clark Maffitt,
Daniel Cuff, Daniel Lee, Denise A. Catoni, Emily Moore, Emma HallBilsback,
Faith Smalley, Jamie Harris, Jill Macy, John Ortman,
Katie Clarke, Katrina Nevin, Katherine Reid, Kelly Gallagher,
Kiric Hallahan, Molly Purves, Nancy Luedeman, Nate D’Angelo, Sam Oslyn,
Sam Permar, Sarah Ortlip-Sommers, Taylor McNeely,
Tony Omer & Xavier Powers


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The English Channel*

The Vineyard Playhouse In association with Suffolk University
Written by Robert Brustein
Director: Wesley Savick
Cast: Alex Pollock, Gabriel Field, Merritt Janson & Sean Dugan

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