Black Box Theatre kicks off ‘17 – ‘18 season with ‘Headsets’

Monte Wright plays Claude, and Dave Reyes is Gary Cooper in “Headsets: A view from the light booth.”
The Black Box Theatre, home to the No Strings Theatre Company, recently announced the 2107 – 2018 season, which includes plenty of comedy and favorites such as “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Crimes of the Heart.” Season tickets are available for $85 regular and $70 for students and seniors over 65.

For individual show tickets, regular admission is $15, students and seniors (over 65) are $12, and Thursday is bargain night, with all seats $10.

Call the theatre at 523-1223 to reserve your tickets. Tickets may be paid for in full at time of performance. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to performance.

“Headsets: A view from the light booth”
August 18 – September 3
By William Missouri Downs, directed by Ceil Herman.

Ever wonder what happens in the light booth when something you are watching on stage suddenly goes wrong? William Missouri Downs (author of the past NSTC productions “Cockeyed,” “Mad Gravity,” and “Seagulls in a Cherry Tree”) shows us in this zany new comedy. Josh Taulbee portrays Hammet, Monte Wright is Claude, and Dave Reyes is Gary Cooper.

“Little Shop of Horrors”
October 6 – 29
Music by Alan Menken and book by Howard Ashman, directed by Diane Thomas.

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, “Little Shop Of Horrors” has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. This lively and entertaining musical has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

“Crimes of the Heart”
November 24 – December 10
By Beth Henley, directed by Nikka Ziemer.

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. “It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it … it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play.” — New York Post. “From time to time a play comes along that restores one’s faith in our theatre…” — New York Magazine.

“Photograph 51”
January 26 – February 11, 2018
By Anna Ziegler, directed by Ceil Herman.

The story of Rosalind Franklin and DNA. “In Ziegler’s taut yet graceful script…Franklin’s passion for science … shines through, as does the agility of her inquiring mind … “Photograph 51” neatly coils a scientific detective story around a rumination on how sexism, personality and morality can impact collaboration and creativity … It honors Franklin by painting her as a complete person, with flaws and sterling attributes, and by evoking the thrills and risks of scientific pursuit itself.” — The Seattle Times.

March 2 – 18
By Will Eno, directed by Autumn Gieb.

“Middletown” is a deeply moving and funny new play exploring the universe of a small American town. “Delicate, moving, piercing, tart, funny, gorgeous. Mr. Eno’s gift may be unmatched among writers of his generation. Glimmers from start to finish.” — New York Times.

April 6 – 22
By Cailin Harrison, directed by Ceil Herman.

Waitless is a unique new play exploring the challenges of uprooting. “Waitless” is a play about expats, written by an expat. This “backwards love story” starts with a happy ending: blissful newlyweds Shelly and Trent find love, top-notch careers, and excitement in New York City. But with a transfer to London for Trent they must swap this for a new life in London. Shelly gives up her dream job to follow her heart, only to find expat life is not all it’s cracked up to be.

“The Rivals”
May 25 – June 10
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan, directed Monte H. Wright.

A Comedy of Manners, this entertaining play satirizes sentimentalism and sophisticated pretensions, without the typical eighteenth-century moralizing. The dialogue crackles with wit even today, over two hundred years after it was first penned. This play is the source of the term “malapropism,” named for Mrs. Malaprop who uses sophisticated-sounding words incorrectly.