2011-2012 SEASON

OUR 2011-2012 SEASON

September 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2011

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST*  – written by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey.

Based on the seminal 1960s novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest left an indelible mark on contemporary theatre. Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately devastating, it is the unforgettable story of patients in a mental institution, a world where sanity means conformity.  First presented at Forge as part of our 17th season, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a powerful exploration of the beauty — and the danger — of being original.

Directed by Wendy Mirto

Wendy joined Forge in 1993. Her first show was ANYTHING GOES.

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*This play is not suitable for children under 18.

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September 30 and October 1, 2011

50th ANNIVERSARY GALA REVUE – a musical revue highlighting musical gems of the past with a Forge Theatre All-Time, All-Star cast.  Proceeds benefit the Forge Theatre Building Renovation project.

Gala directed by Hal Holzer

Original script by Linda Mandlowitz

Music direction by Denise Wisneski, and Choreography by Renee Schulz

DID YOU KNOW:  Forge’s first musical was ONCE UPON A MATTRESS in our 16th season (1977-78)

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November 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, December 1, 2, 3, 2011  (no performances Thanksgiving weekend)

CABARET – book  written by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

On the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, a nightclub singer, an American writer and the citizens of Berlin are caught in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society in Cabaret. A provocatively entertaining Broadway show and Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Cabaret enjoyed its first production at Forge in our 24th season.

Directed by Dru Ullery

Dru has been a Forge member since 1993.  His first show here was SWEENEY TODD.

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 January 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 2012

DON’T DRINK THE WATER, writtenby Woody Allen

In an unnamed country behind the Iron Curtain, the American ambassador leaves the embassy for business, placing his inept son in charge. Almost immediately the embassy is thrust into a zany series of comic crises when a family of tourists seeks asylum in Don’t Drink the Water, a slapstick farce about a New Jersey family held captive in the American embassy during the Cold War.  Featuring author Woody Allen’s trademark offbeat humor, Don’t Drink the Water first appeared as a part of Forge’s 24th season.

Directed by Jim Kelsh

 Jim has been a member since 1983.  His first Forge show was GUYS AND DOLLS.

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March 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 2012

ON GOLDEN POND* — written by Ernest Thompson

A story filled with poignancy, warm humor, and sensitively created characters,
On Golden Pond is the touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited, irascible, and loving couple facing their twilight years. The first production of On Golden Pond at Forge was in our 21st season.

Directed by Greg Morton

Greg has been a member of Forge since 1987 when he performed in MY FAIR LADY.

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March 23 and 24, 2012

BROADWAY FOR LIFE CABARET – Our annual revue to benefit cancer research and the Phoenixville Relay for Life.  The first BROADWAY FOR LIFE cabaret was held in our 44th season (2005-06);  since then, this event has raised over $10,000.

Conceived and directed by Denise Wisneski

Denise became a Forge member in 1985.  Her first show was CABARET.

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April 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, May 3, 4, 5, 2012

THE HEIRESS* — written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from the Henry James novel, Washington Square.

Based on a Henry James 1880 novel, the story of The Heiress centers around the socially awkward and painfully shy spinster Catherine, who stands to inherit a tidy sum and suddenly finds herself the object of the attentions of the handsome but penniless Morris Townsend.  A classic tale of love and betrayal, The Heiress appeared for the first time at Forge in our 5th season.

Directed by Robert Marsch

Robert joined Forge in 1994 as the stage manager for HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES.

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June 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

HIGH SPIRITS – book, lyrics, and music by Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray, based on the play Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward

A stylish musical comedy about the problems that arise when the ghost of his first wife comes back to visit him — and his second wife. The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and was nominated for 8 Tony Awards. The original  Blithe Spirit first appeared on the Forge stage in our 7th season.

Directed by Marnie Herzfeld and Hal Holzer

Marnie first joined Forge in 1982 for HELLO, DOLLY!  

Hal became a Forge member in 1975.  His first show was THE CURIOUS SAVAGE.

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