Acting Ensemble 2021-2022 Season


ENSEMBLE ON THE AVENUE, 602 E. Mishwaka Avenue, Mishwaka, Indiana

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STAGEWORKS STAGED READINGS the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm (exceptions noted below)

10/7/2021     Monte Carlo  by Lydia Stryk – Daisy’s mundane world is turned upside down when she wins the football pool and becomes a millionaire.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A THURSDAY PERFORMANCE AND IS BEING HELD AT THE RIVER PARK BRANCH OF THE ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC LIBRARY 2022 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend (across from Potawatomi Conservatory).

10/20/2021        Daisy by Sean Devine – In 1964 a group of “ad-men” unleash the most devastating political commercial ever conceived. Based on true events. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A WEDNESDAY PERFORMANCE AND IS BEING HELD AT THE RIVER PARK BRANCH OF THE ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC LIBRARY 2022 Mishawaka Avenue, South Bend (across from Potawatomi Conservatory).

11/2/2021     The Library  by Scott Burns – A youngster struggles to tell her survival story after a deadly school shooting in this bold and chilling play that examines the relationship between our truths and lies.

12/7/2021    Kiss of the Spider Woman (rights pending)by Manuel Puig – A testament to fantasy and friendship in the direst of circumstances. Not the musical.

1/4/2022       The Minotaur by Anna Ziegler – This present-day re-telling of a classic Greek myth uses refreshing originality and wit to show how we break out of history to shape new stories for ourselves.

2/1/2022     I And You by Lauren Gunderson (rights pending) – A seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery bringing two teens together. An ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

3/1/2022     The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecense – A tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy is a luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he goes missing.

4/5/2022      My Barking Dog by Eric Coble – Two lonely people are pushed suddenly into the unforeseen when a starving coyote shows up at their apartment building.

5/3/2022     Kill Move Paradise by James Ijames – Four Black men find themselves trying to make sense of their new paradise in a waiting room for the afterlife. Inspired by the list of slain black men and women, this illustrates the potential for collective transformation and radical acts of joy.

6/7/2022    The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson – Four beautiful, bad-ass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terr

7/5/2022        Peter and Alice by John Logan (pending rights) – Enchantment and reality collide as this brief encounter lays bare the lives of two extraordinary characters.

8/2/2022        Two Thirds Home by Padraic Lillis – Brothers discover that sharing secrets can create and destroy intimacy when they return home after their mother’s funeral.


MAINSTAGE FULL PRODUCTIONS  Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:00pm

11/11 – 11/21/2021 Mr. and Mrs. Fitch by Douglas Carter Beane (please note date change)

Married gossip columnists find that when the social circuit no longer provides juicy morsels, great celebrity can appear out of thin air. A scathing comedy about who is in, who is out and who may not exist at all.

1/14 – 1/23/2022  Beyond the Fringe by Jonathon Miller, Alan Bennet, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore 

These satirical sketches and musical pieces are a forerunner to British television programs That Was the Week That Was, At Last the 1948 Show and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

3/11 – 3/20/2022   A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City by Halley Feiffer 

A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital.

4/29-5/8/2022      Big Scary Animals by Matt Lyle  

A hilarious collision of race, sex, guns, and sports. When an older white couple from the country unknowingly moves to the multi-ethnic gayborhood, it doesn’t take long for polite dinner conversation to careen out of control.

6/17 – 6/26/2022   Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This classic drama, a sensation in its own time, examines the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George who, after a university faculty party, draw their guests, unwitting young Nick and Honey, into their bitter and frustrated relationship.

8/5 – 8/14/2022     Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo 

A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife’s best friend, meet husband’s sexy and strange co-worker. Crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.

October 2022   The Originalist  by John Strand (moved from Novemmber 2021)

A liberal Harvard Law School graduate discovers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. This critically acclaimed drama depicts passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their version of the truth.

Activities are made possible in part by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, Visit South Bend/Mishawaka, and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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