Upcoming Season

Shakespeare at the Ruins:
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
By William Shakespeare
July 12 – 27 at the Barboursville Ruins
Directed by ‘Derby’ Thomas

The beloved collaboration with Barboursville Vineyards returns this summer for a dizzying farce! In THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – one of Shakespeare’s earliest and most fast-paced works – two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through this madcap comedy. Filled with mistaken identities and slapstick humor, this production will have audiences laughing from the first confusion to the last. Performances will be on-site in the beautiful Barboursville Vineyards, at the historic ruins of Governor James Barbour’s mansion, designed by Thomas Jefferson and destroyed by fire on Christmas Day, 1884.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim
Devised by Stephen Sondheim & Julia McKenzie
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
August 30 – September 8 on the Mainstage
Directed by Robert Chapel
Music Direction by Greg Harris
Choreography by Geri Carlson Sauls

Featuring nearly thirty Sondheim tunes, PUTTING IT TOGETHER is performed by five people who are thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. With a bit of imagination, the guests transform the apartment into the stage of an abandoned theater, an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale and a mythical town in the Southwest. This tribute to Sondheim’s incredible career – in the form of a musical revue – will have you laughing, crying, and reflecting on what it means to create art.

MISERY
By William Goldman
Based on the novel by Stephen King
October 11 – 27 in the Cellar
Directed by Mary Speed

Based on the thrilling Stephen King novel, MISERY follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does.

CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS
By Donald Margulies
Based on “The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley
November 22 – December 15 on the Mainstage
Directed by Boomie Pedersen

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos
January 24 – February 9 in the Cellar
Directed by Katie Hutchins

Based on the bestselling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers.

THE PROM
Book & Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Based on an original concept by Jack Viertel
March 7 – 30 on the Mainstage
Directed by Edward Warwick White
Music Direction by Kristin Baltes
Choreography by Mariko Schaper Doktor

Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, THE PROM expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
By Robert Harling
May 9 – 25 on the Mainstage
Directed by Cathy Stapleton

Before the iconic film, Louisiana salon owner Truvy first set up shop on the stage. The endearing cast of regulars and employees that frequent her establishment include a mother-daughter duo planning a wedding, a woman who’s “been in a bad mood for 40 years,” and a mysterious newcomer. Returning to the 4CP stage for the first time in over 20 years, STEEL MAGNOLIAS journeys through laughter, tears, and a thick fog of hairspray, as these women face trials and triumphs armed with their greatest strength: each other.