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Start date: January 18, 2019

End date: February 2, 2019

Time: Fri. & Sat. 8PM; Sun. 2PM

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse

2019 Main Stage Performance

Tartuffe by Moliere

January 18 – February 2, 2019

Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 2 PM




The story takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe—a fraud and a pious imposter—has insinuated himself. He succeeds magnificently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to marry his daughter and seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property. He nearly gets away with it, but an emissary from King Louis XIV arrives in time to recover the property, free Monsieur Orgon, and haul Tartuffe off to jail. And so his duplicity is finally exposed and punished. But not before the author has mercilessly examined the evil that men can commit in the guise of religious fervor and the dangers that imperil those who would believe only what they choose to believe despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

The Bridges of Madison County

Start date: March 1, 2019

End date: March 16, 2019

Time: Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun 6:30 PM

2019 Main Stage Performance

The Bridges of Madison County
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Musical Directed: Byran Bird & Dave Stebbins

MARCH 1 – 16, 2019
Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun 6:30 PM

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.


Start date: April 19, 2019

End date: May 4, 2019

2019 Main Stage Performance

Emma by Jane Austen
Adapted by Michael Bloom
Directed by: Keith Stevens

April 19 – May 4, 2019

Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 2 PM
A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels. Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Start date: May 31, 2019

End date: June 15, 2019

2019 Main Stage Performance

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
By Edward Albee
Directed by: Kelly Strand

May 31 – June 15, 2019
Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

Heathers -The Musical

Start date: July 26, 2019

End date: August 10, 2019

2019 Main Stage Performance

Heathers -The Musical
By Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Directed by: Kevin Kelly

July 16 – August 10, 2019
Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 6:30 PM

Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.

Anne of Green Gables

Start date: September 13, 2019

End date: September 28, 2019

2019 Main Stage Performance

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Adapted by Alice Chadwicke

September 13 – 28, 2019
Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 2 PM

Multi Generation Show

Green Gables is the home of lovable Matthew Cuthbert and his stern sister, Marilla. They agree to adopt a boy to help with the farm work. Imagine their consternation when Anne Shirley, a girl in her teens, is sent by the orphanage by mistake!


Start date: October 25, 2019

End date: November 9, 2019

2019 Main Stage Performance

Book by John Weidman
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski
Musical Direction: Bryan Bird & Dave Stebbins

October 25 – November 9, 2019

Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Happy Hollandaise

Start date: December 6, 2019

End date: December 21, 2019

2019 Main Stage Performance

Happy Hollandaise
By Tim Koenig
Directed by: Ian Atwood

December 6 – 21, 2019
Fri. & Sat. 8 PM; Sun. 2 PM

All Claire Finley wants is the perfect Christmas. She’s hired the celebrated gourmet chef Vilma Hasenpfeffer to prepare her famous Hasenpfeffer Hollandaise Sauce for her dinner guests — the new vicar and his very pregnant wife, Mary. Unfortunately, however, the chef is late, the guests are early and there are burglars loose in the neighborhood. To top it all off, Claire’s father has been hit on the head (with the crèche, no less!) and thinks he’s the leading man in all of the West End theatre productions of the last 30 years! With the help of her quirky brother George, Claire tries to keep everything together as it continues to unravel in this sidesplitting British farce reminiscent of Arsenic and Old Lace. But once the mayhem dies down and the mixed-up identities unscramble, the true Christmas spirit shines bright in a surprise ending, which involves transformation, forgiveness, and a beautiful new beginning.