Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company, Old Library Theatre, is proud to announce its 48th season: The Self. No man is an island, yet each is distinct from all others. What are the essential qualities that account for these distinctions? And how do these qualities flourish or flounder in context with our innermost dreams and an external world that seems forever different? This season, Old Library Theatre will consider these questions through a diverse season of classic and quirky, award-winning plays and musicals. We hope you’ll find yourself in these stories.
Main Stage Productions
Dogfight – February 2015
The Great American Trailer Park Musical – July/August 2015
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – October/November 2015
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof – November 2015
The 4th Annual One Act Play Festival – January 2015
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! – April 2015
The Little Mermaid Jr. – May 2015
TBD – December 2015
February 13-14 & 20-21, 2015 at 8:00pm and February 15 & 22, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by Peter Duchan. Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Directed by Amy Shera. Musical Direction by David Maglione.
Praised by countless critics and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Dogfight, takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that stays with you long after the performance. It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman!
April 16 & 17, 2015 at 8:00pm and April 18, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by David Newman and Robert Benton. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Lee Adams.
Directed by Craig M. Tiede.
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman! is a pop-art flavored send up of the comic book world. It tells the story of the caped hero’s efforts to protect Metropolis from an array of villains, including a mad scientist, a megalomaniacal gossip columnist and a mysterious clan of under-employed acrobats. It’s a magical, musical tale for the entire family!
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
May 15-16, 2015 at 7:00pm and May 17, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by Doug Wright. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Directed by Jo Ann Ventor.
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. A Youth Theatre Production.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
July 24, 25, 31 and August 1, 2015 at 8:00pm and July 26 and August 2, 2015 at 2:00pm
Book by Betsy Kelso. Music and Lyrics by David Nehls.
Directed by Mollie Gash.
There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a hysterical redneck romp through the white trash territory of Central Florida. Take adultery, strippers, crazed ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades and what you have is one of the most laugh-out-loud shows you’ll ever see. This comic fable about women in a Florida trailer park and their no-account men is more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music! Big-hearted, joyful and yes, even a bit vulgar, this show is like eating a bag of Doritos – you just can’t get enough!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
October 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2015 at 8:00pm and October 25 & November 1 at 2:00pm
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Directed by Paul Morin.
Sondheim’s joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. It’s a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.
This unforgettable, hysterical musical has “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!” Winner of five 1963 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
November 20-21, 2015 at 8:00pm and November 22, 2015 at 2:00pm
Written by Tennessee Williams.
Directed by Marilyn Schilkie.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a Southern family in crisis. In a plantation house, they gather to celebrate the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick, but Brick won’t cooperate in Maggie’s plans for reasons all his own. Swarming around them are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son.