Backstage Series

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, and to feel part of every scene. The staging and seating arrangements change with every Backstage show.

Admission

The Backstage at CPAC seats are general admission:

  • $12 for adults
  • $10 for seniors
  • $7 for students
Backstage

Coming up in the Backstage Series:

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Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMAITC PUBLISHING, INC., of Woodstock, Illinois

January 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, February 1, 2, 2019

What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the president of the United States—and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight? This witty, sly and deeply moving script explores the hopes, fears and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. In three scenes taking place in the family quarters of the White House just prior to the end of living there as the wife of a president, each of the women confides alone to the audience. Secrets are spilled about their early years, their husbands' rise to power, their romances with the men, their unique paths as wives in the White House, and their feelings about imminent retirement. Lady Bird Johnson, while preparing a tea for Pat Nixon, defends her husband's quirks but finally admits to herself, "Politics is his oxygen." Mrs. Nixon, drinking tea alone in her room on the eve of her husband's resignation, works on her mail, picks at her food and guardedly recalls happier times before exploding in anger about Watergate and the political world. Betty Ford is discovered reading a TIME magazine in her bathrobe. Forestalling preparations for tea with Rosalyn Carter, Betty lightheartedly recalls past escapades, but eventually admits to being quite lost about life after the White House. Defiantly pushing back the fear, she sails out the door to meet Mrs. Carter. Each of the three portraits becomes intimate, by degrees, as the women wrestle with what Pat Nixon called "the hardest unpaid job in the world."

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"SEVEN INTERVIEWS" is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

March 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 2019

Three actors. One desk. Three chairs. Theatre at its most elemental. Seven Interviews offers up seven different short plays, each with an interview format, and each of which illuminates some aspect of the human condition. The seven pieces range from the broadly comic to the achingly tragic. Among the situations set up in the seven pieces are a job interview to replace a secretary who is giving her employer nightmares, a biographer’s horrible realization that she doesn’t know her subject at all, the matter of a baseball team mascot who is frightening children at the ballpark, a dialogue between psychiatrist and patient with an unexpected outcome, a conference between parent and school principal over the expulsion of the woman’s son; along with pieces about a very unlikely customer for a professional hit-man, and an office cleaning lady caught red-handed on Christmas Eve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Already in the 2018-2019 BACKSTAGE Season...

Scott and Hem

SCOTT AND HEM 

by Mark St.Germain

directed by Samantha Raper 

starring:
Matthew Wilson as Ernest Hemingway
Patrick Mannle as F. Scott Fitzgerald
Katherine Mannle as Miss Eve Montaigne

SCOTT AND HEM  was produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

THE STORY: 
In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, famous authors and frenemies, meet in Hollywood- the City of Dreams—to confront their own. Scott and Hem is a drama about the cost of love, friendship, and the price of being a writer.

PLACE
The Garden of Allah apartment enclave, West Hollywood, CA.

TIME
July 4, 1937. Evening.

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