Backstage Series 2018-03-05T06:18:48+00:00

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Backstage productions are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting…playgoers are seated on stage where the action is…near enough to hear every word, every sigh…to see every comical expression and gesture…to feel part of every scene. The staging and seating arrangements change with every BACKSTAGE show.

The  Backstage at CPAC seats are general admission, $12/adults, $10/seniors, $7/students


The 2017-2018 Backstage season

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Here is a classic piece of theatre with a contemporary selection to round out the 2017-2018 Backstage season!

EDWARD ALBEE’S AT HOME AT THE ZOO is an evening of theatre in two acts, HOMELIFE and THE ZOO STORY.

Peter ………………..John Fowler
Ann ………………….Prudence van Aalten

Peter ………………..John Fowler
Jerry …………………James Lyle Alder

AT HOME AT THE ZOO combines Albee’s classic, THE ZOO STORY, with its prequel, HOMELIFE, to form a complete story of Peter (a book editor), Ann (his wife), and Jerry (a desperate man Peter meets in the park). The play begins by offering a revealing look at Peter and Ann’s boring marriage and their brutal, failed attempts to communicate about it. The tone changes dramatically when Peter goes out to the park and meets Jerry. Jerry begins to tell Peter tale after tale, each more lurid than the next. Jerry appears to be completely alone; he can’t even make a connection with his landlady’s dog. At one point, he pulls a knife on Peter, but drops it. Peter is forced to pick up the knife to defend himself from Jerry’s blows. As Peter holds the knife, Jerry grabs Peter and impales himself. Albee’s brilliantly recombined play demonstrates the essential loneliness of humanity.

HOMELIFE:  Edward Albee delves deeper into his play THE ZOO STORY by adding a first act, HOMELIFE, which precedes Peter’s fateful meeting with Jerry on a park bench in Central Park.

THE ZOO STORY:  A man sits peacefully reading in the sunlight in Central Park. There enters a second man. He is a young, unkempt and undisciplined vagrant where the first is neat, ordered, well-to-do and conventional. The vagrant is a soul in torture and rebellion. He longs to communicate so fiercely that he frightens and repels his listener. He is a man drained of all hope who, in his passion for company, seeks to drain his companion. With provocative humor and unrelenting suspense, the young savage slowly, but relentlessly, brings his victim down to his own atavistic level as he relates a story about his visit to the zoo.

“Edward Albee is our greatest playwright, delivering a genuinely fascinating, first-class drama that calls out to be seen.” —Journal News. “An essential and heartening experience…If HOMELIFE is an openhanded slap, THE ZOO STORY is a gut punch with a closed fist. Edward Albee is a voice unparalleled in American theater.” —NY Times. “The dialogue crackles and the tension runs high.” —Associated Press. “Darkly comic and thrilling.” —Time Out NY.

Tickets on sale February 19

$12 – adults
$10 – seniors (62+)
$7 – full-time students (high school through college)

This production contains language and situations which may not be suitable for all audiences

Viewer discretion is advised

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Russ/Dan – Pat Frank
Bev/Kathy – Holly Mills
Francine/Lena – Alicia Northern
Jim/Tom/Kenneth – Jonathon Phipps
Albert/Kevin – Joshua Northern
Karl/Steve – Jacob Roberts
Betsy/Lindsey – Sarah Cooper

THE STORY: CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. “Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.” —NY Times. “A theatrical treasure…Indisputably, uproariously funny.” —Entertainment Weekly. “A savagely funny and insightful time bomb.” —Hollywood Reporter. “Funny as hell…The theater shakes with gales of laughter.” —NY Post.

CLYBOURNE PARK is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The Backstage Series has selected a favorite production from the 25 year archive!

Called “the funniest farce ever written,” Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.


Dotty Oatley…Eleni Fragopoulos
Lloyd Dallas…Ryan Steele
Garry Lejeune…Patrick Mannle
Brooke Ashton…Katie Mannle
Poppy Norton-Taylor…Holly Mills
Frederick Fellowes…Jacob Roberts
Belinda Blair…Samantha Raper
Tim Algood…Andrew Neal
Selsdon Mowbray…Evan Cole

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.