Pictured: Michael Indeglio, Erica Lustig, Lanene Charters and Kenney M. Green in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, 2016
By Garson Kanin
June 22, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Post War America could not get enough of Born Yesterday after it opened on Broadway in 1946. Garson Kanin's smart comedy made a star of Judy Holliday, who went on to appear in the celebrated 1950 film. Holliday played Billie Dawn, showgirl and "fiancé" of corrupt businessman Harry Brock, who brings Billie along with him to Washington while he pursues his business of bribing Congressmen to secure favorable contracts. Embarrassed by her ignorance despite her "arm candy" appeal, Harry arranges for Billie to be tutored by newspaperman, Paul Varrel. Soon everyone will discover that even if Billie Dawn lacked a little schooling, she was never dumb. Billie proves herself a quick study and soon this comic showgirl turns the world upside down! Throw in a little romance, and you have the perfect stage comedy.
Twice revived on Broadway, New Harmony Theatre revives Born Yesterday this summer of 2018 because a classic comedy of this stature is always smart and its message always satisfying.
Book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin
July 13, 2018 - July 22, 2018
Here it is, the original Nunsense, the second longest running Off-Broadway show in history (10 years, over 3600 performances). Audiences can't get enough of these five wacky Little Sisters of Hoboken, using their talents to raise a bit of the cash necessary to hold funerals for those in their order who have succumbed to eating some bad vichyssoise. Don't let the note of tragedy fool you. This musical is a hoot and a half! The Mother Superior is an ex-circus performer who craves the spotlight, and her little company of performers could not be more ridiculous as they sing and dance in habits while steering a careful course between the irreverent and the madcap. Audiences love these crazy characters, such as Sister Mary Leo, who wishes to become the world's first ballerina nun, and Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head. Nunsense has spawned several sequels, but Dan Goggins' original is still going strong on stages all over the world. What's that? You don't think nuns can be funny? Let New Harmony Theatre make believers of you!
By Lanford Wilson
July 27, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Playwright Lanford Wilson wrote a trilogy about the Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Winner of 1980's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Talley's Folly is the second play in the series.
It is July 4, 1944, and 42 year old Matt Friedman, has shown up unannounced and certainly uninvited to press his suit to marry 31 year old Sally Talley, the spinster daughter of a conservative Protestant family. Since meeting her a year earlier he has written her every day, even though she has only answered a single letter. But as a Lithuanian born Jew, Matt's very existence is a victory over the 20th century's worst events toward him and his family. His love for Sally represents a renewal of his hope for a better world. Sally's origins are quite the opposite; despite her being raised in privilege, Sally has suffered her own disappointments and tragedy. Between them, there is a chance for what has eluded them well into adulthood, love and fulfillment. This is a one act play that begins with Matt telling the audience that 97 minutes will determine everything. And what follows are 97 unforgettable minutes between these two very special characters.