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Opens June 3 ... small logo

Leading Ladies
by Ken Ludwig

Jun 3 - 19, 2016
Tickets:
      Thu, Fri, Sat: $15
      Sun matinee: $13     

Directed by Courtney Woolard

 

In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.

When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg.

Cast:

  • Meg Snider: Rebecca Gomez
  • Duncan Woolley: Gary Mullins
  • Doc Myers: Red Paint Spilman
  • Leo Clark: Dave Snow
  • Jack Gable: Greg Knox
  • Audrey: Callie Bacon
  • Butch Myers: Keegan Tucker
  • Florence Snider: Pook Pfaffe

"Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt."
- Houston Press

"Leading Ladies is consistently funny-indeed, increasingly hilarious as it progresses."
- Houston Chronicle

"Look for Leading Ladies to become a staple of summer stock and community theatres. And, mind you, I mean that as a compliment."
- Variety


Next Up ...

2016-2017 Season

Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy
by Mark Dunn
Jul 29-Aug 14, 2016
Directed by Tiffany Tallent

[title of show]
Music & lyrics by Jeff Bowen, Book by Hunter Bell
Sep 2–18, 2016
Directed by Courtney Woolard
Braxton Kiser, Music Director

The Guys
by Anne Nelson
SPECIAL PRODUCTION - Sep 9-11, 2016
Directed by Courtney Woolard

Earth and Sky
by Douglas Post
Oct 14-30, 2016
Directed by Doug James

Seasonal Allergies
by Katherine DiSavino and Kevin Mead
Nov 25-Dec 11, 2016
Directed by Sairy Martocci

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Jan 6-22, 2017
Directed by Keri McClain

Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris
Feb 17-Mar 5, 2017
Directed by Ed White

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure
by Steven Dietz, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and William Gillette
Apr 21-May 7, 2017
Directed by Patrick McCray

Fools
by Neil Simon
Jun 2-18, 2017
Directed by Windie Wilson

Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy
by Mark Dunn
Jul 29-Aug 14, 2016

Directed by Tiffany Tallent

Best described as "Several Horton Foote characters in search of an exit from a Sam Shepard play."

The action of this "Texas tragicomedy" whirls around one disastrous Memorial Day weekend at the Beckle cabin in the Texas hill country. Aubrey, his four daughters, and Great Aunt Tammy gather there for the first time since Mrs. Beckle's death. Nothing goes right. Aunt Tammy is trapped in the bathroom. Daughter Cesca arrives bearing scars from a new round with her abusive husband. Her sister Pidge, on sudden leave from the group home for the emotionally disturbed where she lives, shows up in Cesca's car with Cesca's chloroformed husband locked in the trunk.

The Beckles must pull together or the family will self- destruct. When all is said and done, it is the Beckle family's most alienated member who proves to be the one most invested in her family's happiness.

"Successfully juxtaposes the comical with the tragic."
Atlanticville

"Witty and wise. Dunn showed promise with Belles; he makes his mark and fulfills the promise with [Cabin Fever]."
Two River Times

Patron Testimonial

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville

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