Our 2017-2018 season has been chosen!
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An Evening of Horror and Suspense in the Old-Time Radio Tradition
October 21, 2017 at Augustana Lutheran Church
Directed by Shonte Wesson
The HPCP continues its annual Halloween tradition with another anthology of tales of HORROR…and suspense! Players perform spine-tingling radio plays and adaptations of classic spooky tales, accompanied by live sound effects. An Evening of Horror and Suspense is a great way to get involved with the HPCP.
Rashomon by Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin, based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Directed by Bill Hohnke
November 10-12 & 17-19, 2017, at University Church
The wife of a Samurai officer is assaulted and her husband killed by a roving bandit. Contradictory versions of what happened are reenacted at the trial by the bandit, the wife and the dead husband who speaks through a medium. It’s a powerful exploration of the meaning of truth.
Collected Stories by Donald Margulies
Directed by Paul Baker
with Laura MacGregor and Renata McAdams
March 2-3 at 7:oopm, March 4 at 3:00pm
March 9-10 at 7:00pm, March 11 at 3:00pm
The acclaimed short story writer Ruth Steiner invites a promising student named Lisa Morrison to her Manhattan apartment to discuss her work. Lisa becomes Ruth’s protege and personal assistant; and as Lisa’s star rises, Ruth begins to wonder what that means for her own future. Set entirely in Ruth Steiner’s living room, Collected Stories offers an up-close examination of an intimate, complicated, and intense relationship between two women at different stages of life.
Our production is staged in an actual living room here in Hyde Park. Because our venue is a private home, its location is not for general publication. When you buy your tickets, we will send you an e-mail with the details of your purchase, the location of the play, and other logistical details. (Please note: our host family has a dog, but the dog will not be attending performances.)
Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin
Directed by Laura MacGregor
Performance dates: May 11-13, 18-20, 2018, at University Church
Auditions: Saturday, March 10, 2:30-5:00 pm; Tuesday, March 13, 7:00-9:30 pm, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn.
Winner of the 2001 American Theatre Critics Steinberg New Play Award, this madcap comedy with an all-female cast follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre – the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they’re whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains, and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century.
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Directed by Corinna Christman