Experience unforgettable stories that engage, enlighten and entertain on the grand
stages of Drayton Hall Theatre and historic Longstreet Theatre.
Main Stage Season 2021-2022
October 15-22, 2021 Written by Neil Simon Directed by David Britt
Drayton Hall Theatre
Sharp-edged wit meets madcap farce in this laugh-out-loud comedy from legendary playwright
Neil Simon. When the first pair of guests arrive for an anniversary party at the
opulent home of Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, they find their host
unconscious, shot in the head (well…the ear lobe), and his wife missing. Wanting
to protect Charlie – and themselves – from potential scandal, they fabricate a lie
to tell the rapidly-arriving partygoers, setting in motion an ever-more-hilarious
series of cover-ups, misunderstandings and mishaps.
"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh." - The New York Times
*Contains adult language that may be objectionable and not appropriate for children.
November 12-19, 2021 Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos Directed by Maureen Heffernan
When she was a struggling writer, author Cheryl Strayed (Wild) spent several years writing an advice column under the pen name “Sugar,” in which
she offered up truths on everything from dating to family dysfunction to profound
loss. Originally published as a best-selling book and now adapted for the stage by
Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Tiny Beautiful Things presents Sugar’s unflinching and highly personal takes on dilemmas big and small,
in the process giving audiences an uplifting experience that Variety has called “a
theatrical hug in turbulent times.”
“Tiny Beautiful Things is about the endangered art of listening to – and really hearing and responding to
– other people…it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy.”
– The New York Times
*Contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children.
These Shining Lives
February 25 - March 4, 2022 Written by Melanie Marnich Directed by Ibi Owolabi
Inspired by actual events, These Shining Lives reaches back almost a century to uncover a harrowing but inspiring history that still
has profound resonance to our society today. Through poetic and powerful language,
playwright Melanie Marnich tells the tragic story of women in the 1920s hired to decorate
watch faces with glow-in-the-dark, radium-based paint, a substance their employer
refers to as “medicinal.” As they begin developing serious illnesses from radiation
exposure, they soon realize the company’s complicity and wage a legal battle to bring
it to justice. The case would go on to have far-reaching consequences on workers’
and womens’ rights in our own time.
“Perfect, touching and wistful…beautifully tragic.” — Talkin’ Broadway
Romeo and Juliet
April 8-15, 2022 Written by William Shakespeare Director TBA
Drayton Hall Theatre
Set in a time and place suffering the ravages of plague and social division, Shakespeare’s
ageless tale of the “star cross’d lovers” Romeo and Juliet still has the raw power
to connect in visceral ways. Fiery passions lead to fateful outcomes as the two impetuous
teenagers succumb to their irrepressible attraction, despite the long and bloody feud
waged by their warring families. As riveting today as when it first appeared in print
425 years ago, Romeo and Juliet is a story of love, intrigue and danger that will leave you breathless until its shockingly
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