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2013 - 2014 35th Anniversary Season


TRUE WEST

A comedy by Sam Shepard

This American classic explores alternatives that spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale Shepard’s winning genius is the ability to make you think you’re watching one thing while at the same time he’s presenting another." S.F. Chronicle. "Shepard’s masterwork." N.Y. Post.

Directed by Richard T. Orlando

Performances: October 10th - November 3rd, 2013

Auditions: August 19 & 20, 2013 (Monday and Tuesday)


A CHRISTMAS CAROL 

A holiday ghost story by Charles Dickens     

Northside Theatre Company presents its 31st annual production of this holiday event. This excellent stage adaptation of the Dickens’ classic captures all the power, humor and warmth this ageless tale has to offer. It is a great Christmas present for the entire family. This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being.

Directed by Angie Higgins

Performances December 5th - 29th, 2013 

Auditions October 21 & 22, 2013


EDUCATING   RITA

A comedy by  Willy Russell

Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26-year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves. "A marvelous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy tale with a quizzical, half happy ending." -London Times

Performances: February 13 - March 9, 2014

 Auditions: December 16th & 17th, 2013


A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

by Tennessee Williams

The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely "normal" young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.

Directed by Meredith King

Performances: April 17th - May 11th, 2014

Auditions: February 24 & 25, 2014


THE QUEEN OF BINGO

A comedy by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy

On any Bingo night at St. Joseph's, you can find Father Mac and the many off-beat, colorful regulars we meet through the eyes of Sis and Babe. They dish the dirt, giggle like school girls and share old memories. Sis and Babe are sisters and best friends. They've been coming to play Bingo together for years because they love it. Sis is a good loser who just loves to play. Babe is a player who has always got to win. Sis is content in her widowhood. Babe is still looking for love. They compliment each other in ways only sisters can and they drive each other crazy in that same sisterly fashion. On this particular night, Babe and Sis share something new as they each confesses a secret and finds a special kind of redemption.

Performances: June 19th - July 13th, 2014

Auditions: April 28 & 29, 2014


All performances performed at:

Olinder Theatre, 848 East William Street, San Jose CA 95116

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