M*A*S*H

03/10/2017 7:30 pm - 03/12/2017 2:00 pm
First Christian Church
1201-1671 E Glendale Blvd, Valparaiso, IN 46383, USA

This is a wild, free-flowing comedy that’s easy to stage. M*A*S*H stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and joining it are two unpredictable madcaps, Hawkeye and Duke. They can’t be dealt with casually, however, because they are also two of the best chest surgeons in South Korea. They decide to wage a campaign to get a young Korean to the United States and entered in a good school. The thread of this effort helps tie together the pileup of comic adventures that pyramid right before the eyes of your astonished and hysterical audience! Hawkeye has a scene with a woman psychiatrist who believes he’s been trying to lobster-trap mermaids in a rice paddy! There’s a jolly encounter with the baby-talking Bonwit sisters, the worst tap-dancing act the U.S.O. ever sent overseas. A sergeant is selling dumb GIs fishing rights in the Bay of Phum. Radar O’Reilly, a soldier with incredible hearing, anticipates things before they happen. The proprietor of a painless dental clinic is cured of dark moods by the recreation of an old monster movie—and a monster! It’s all here, including a little romance mixed in with dramatic moments and a genuine love of life. Oh, yes—the Korean boy does get his education in the United States!

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  • 03/24/2017 8:00 pm - 03/26/2017 3:00 pm

    By Celeste Raspanti
    Directed by Sandra Assarian

    Performance Dates - March 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, & 24, 25, & 26 , 2017
    All performances are at 8 pm except Sundays, which begin at 3 pm.

    From 1942 to 1945, during WWII, over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a former military garrison set up as a ghetto in Czechoslovakia. It soon became a station, a stopping-off place, for hundreds of thousands of Jews on their way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. When Terezin was liberated in 1945, only about a hundred were still alive. The story of those years at Terezin remains in drawings and poems collected and published in the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly .

    One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It is her play and it is theirs. This play is an imaginative creation of her story from documentary materials: poems, diaries, letters, journals, drawings and pictures.

    There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to tolerate and endure the hardships of their lives.

  • 03/31/2017 8:00 pm - 04/02/2017 2:00 pm

    The play focuses on the relationship between despondent Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Uptown, Chicago, and Franco, his energetic but troubled young African American assistant who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu option

  • 04/07/2017 8:00 pm - 04/09/2017 2:30 pm

    by Tennessee Williams
    directed by Justin Treasure and Mary Bird Matern
    April 7-22, 2017

    CLASSIC DRAMA: CST is proud to present the drama that served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film staring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani. In the play an Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is rocked when a local truck driver is killed by police, leaving his wife devastated. Serafina's grieving comes to an end when she learns of her husband's infidelities and lured by the desire for a handsome drifter who has come into town.

    The Story: Serafina delle Rose is a restless widow whose intense and absorbing instinct for love drives everything before it. The figure of this extraordinary woman dominates the small town where she and her friends are living and embodies the exultation and danger of unbridled passion. Her story, and that of the lover she chooses and the daughter she denies, are forged into a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion.
    Winner of the 1951 Tony Award for Best Play. One of the author's most beautiful and powerful plays. Set among a colony of Sicilian fisherfolk on the American Gulf Coast, it is the story of a woman for whom love was stronger than death.

    Opening Night Party: Fri, Apr 7 at Sage Restaurant

  • 04/07/2017 8:00 pm - 04/09/2017 2:00 pm

    The play focuses on the relationship between despondent Arthur Przybyszewski, a former 1960s radical who owns a rundown donut shop in Uptown, Chicago, and Franco, his energetic but troubled young African American assistant who wants to update the establishment with lively music and healthy menu option

  • 04/14/2017 8:00 pm - 04/15/2017 8:00 pm

    by Tennessee Williams
    directed by Justin Treasure and Mary Bird Matern
    April 7-22, 2017

    CLASSIC DRAMA: CST is proud to present the drama that served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film staring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani. In the play an Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is rocked when a local truck driver is killed by police, leaving his wife devastated. Serafina's grieving comes to an end when she learns of her husband's infidelities and lured by the desire for a handsome drifter who has come into town.

    The Story: Serafina delle Rose is a restless widow whose intense and absorbing instinct for love drives everything before it. The figure of this extraordinary woman dominates the small town where she and her friends are living and embodies the exultation and danger of unbridled passion. Her story, and that of the lover she chooses and the daughter she denies, are forged into a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion.
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  • 04/20/2017 8:00 pm - 04/22/2017 8:00 pm

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    directed by Justin Treasure and Mary Bird Matern
    April 7-22, 2017

    CLASSIC DRAMA: CST is proud to present the drama that served as the basis for the Oscar-winning film staring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani. In the play an Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is rocked when a local truck driver is killed by police, leaving his wife devastated. Serafina's grieving comes to an end when she learns of her husband's infidelities and lured by the desire for a handsome drifter who has come into town.

    The Story: Serafina delle Rose is a restless widow whose intense and absorbing instinct for love drives everything before it. The figure of this extraordinary woman dominates the small town where she and her friends are living and embodies the exultation and danger of unbridled passion. Her story, and that of the lover she chooses and the daughter she denies, are forged into a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion.
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  • 04/28/2017 8:00 pm - 04/30/2017 3:00 pm

    The God Committee Presented by The Genesius Guild

    Four transplant candidates. One heart. A St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Countless Catastrophic Opportunities. "The God Committee" is a taut, realistic exploration into how physicians decide which patient will receive the new heart, and the latest production on stage at the Genesius Guild of First United Methodist Hammond.

    Time is running out as a group of people debate issues of race, gender, and of course…money. Lots of money. This medical thriller takes us into the inner workings of a Transplant Program and a decision—for both their candidates and their program—that is a matter of life and death. Science and morality clash in this riveting drama set inside a hushed boardroom filled with medical professionals who are unable to leave their own emotional baggage outside.

    Using his great talent of mixing high wire tension with fiery humor, playwright Mark St. Germain has created a charged work that keeps the audience in suspense for the entire evening. Alliances are formed, broken and reformed as the committee argues, accuses, debates and ultimately votes. And just when the matter seems to be decided, the playwright upends the proceedings with theatrical dynamite.

    "The God Committee" contains adult themes, making it comparable to a movie with a PG-13 rating, which may not be suitable for younger patrons. It takes the stage weekends April 28 through May 7. Performances are in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. in Hammond, Indiana, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A 3 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday afternoons. Tickets are available at the door or by calling toll-free 877-724-7715. A group discount is available for groups of 15 or more; contact the box office for details and reservations.

    Cast:
    Dr. Kierra Banks: Jennifer Stevens
    Nurse Nella Larkin, RN: Laurie Reyna
    Dr. Alexandra Gorman: Donna Rowland
    Dr. Jack Klee: Dean Johanson
    Dr. Ann Ross: Elizabeth Roman
    Father Charles Dunbar: Warren Ellis
    Domenick Piero: Jerald Jascoviak
    Dr. Peter Felker: Matthew Byerly

    About the Genesius Guild – The Genesius Guild of Hammond, Indiana is a community theatre ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. For over 30 years, the Guild has existed as an outreach of the church and the community to promote and support community theatre, community programs and the arts for the enrichment and welfare of the citizens of Hammond, the citizens of Lake County, Indiana, and the greater theatrical patronage of the surrounding region, and to further the education of and provide entertainment to its members and the community in the area of theatrical arts. The Genesius Guild is a member in good standing of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) and the Indiana Community Theatre League (ICTL), and continues to seek ways to reach out to the community. Visit the Genesius Guild on our web page at www.genesiusguild.com, or like us on Facebook to receive continuing updates.

  • 05/05/2017 8:00 pm - 05/07/2017 3:00 pm

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    Time is running out as a group of people debate issues of race, gender, and of course…money. Lots of money. This medical thriller takes us into the inner workings of a Transplant Program and a decision—for both their candidates and their program—that is a matter of life and death. Science and morality clash in this riveting drama set inside a hushed boardroom filled with medical professionals who are unable to leave their own emotional baggage outside.

    Using his great talent of mixing high wire tension with fiery humor, playwright Mark St. Germain has created a charged work that keeps the audience in suspense for the entire evening. Alliances are formed, broken and reformed as the committee argues, accuses, debates and ultimately votes. And just when the matter seems to be decided, the playwright upends the proceedings with theatrical dynamite.

    "The God Committee" contains adult themes, making it comparable to a movie with a PG-13 rating, which may not be suitable for younger patrons. It takes the stage weekends April 28 through May 7. Performances are in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. in Hammond, Indiana, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A 3 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday afternoons. Tickets are available at the door or by calling toll-free 877-724-7715. A group discount is available for groups of 15 or more; contact the box office for details and reservations.

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    Dr. Kierra Banks: Jennifer Stevens
    Nurse Nella Larkin, RN: Laurie Reyna
    Dr. Alexandra Gorman: Donna Rowland
    Dr. Jack Klee: Dean Johanson
    Dr. Ann Ross: Elizabeth Roman
    Father Charles Dunbar: Warren Ellis
    Domenick Piero: Jerald Jascoviak
    Dr. Peter Felker: Matthew Byerly

    About the Genesius Guild – The Genesius Guild of Hammond, Indiana is a community theatre ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. For over 30 years, the Guild has existed as an outreach of the church and the community to promote and support community theatre, community programs and the arts for the enrichment and welfare of the citizens of Hammond, the citizens of Lake County, Indiana, and the greater theatrical patronage of the surrounding region, and to further the education of and provide entertainment to its members and the community in the area of theatrical arts. The Genesius Guild is a member in good standing of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) and the Indiana Community Theatre League (ICTL), and continues to seek ways to reach out to the community. Visit the Genesius Guild on our web page at www.genesiusguild.com, or like us on Facebook to receive continuing updates.

  • 05/12/2017 7:00 pm - 05/14/2017 2:00 pm

    The world’s longest running play. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

    PERFORMANCES DATES
    May 12–21, 2017
    Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm

  • 05/19/2017 7:00 pm - 05/21/2017 2:00 pm

    The world’s longest running play. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

    PERFORMANCES DATES
    May 12–21, 2017
    Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm

  • 05/19/2017 8:00 pm - 05/20/2017 8:00 pm

    COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.

    The Story: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.
    "A lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor." —American Theatre. "Everything fits snugly in this funny, endearing black comedy. Hollinger understands how to balance verbal and physical humor, how to sketch personality in a few deft strokes, how to pause here and there to allow his audience to catch its breath, how to bring on a new character at just the right time, and how to write dialogue that's an artful blend of the mock-formal and the anachronistically breezy. A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent." —Philadelphia Weekly.
  • 05/26/2017 8:00 pm - 05/28/2017 2:30 pm

    COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.

    The Story: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.
    "A lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor." —American Theatre. "Everything fits snugly in this funny, endearing black comedy. Hollinger understands how to balance verbal and physical humor, how to sketch personality in a few deft strokes, how to pause here and there to allow his audience to catch its breath, how to bring on a new character at just the right time, and how to write dialogue that's an artful blend of the mock-formal and the anachronistically breezy. A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent." —Philadelphia Weekly.
  • 06/01/2017 7:00 pm - 06/04/2017 6:00 pm

    May 25 through June 4
    Performances are Thursday/Friday/Saturdays 7PM & Sundays 6 PM

    Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. For the next two years, Rothko works feverishly in his studio on the Bowery with his young assistant, Ken. When Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could become his undoing. RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is the winner of the 2010 Tony Award.

  • 06/01/2017 8:00 pm - 06/03/2017 8:00 pm

    COMEDY: Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks look to a shady, one-eyed minstrel, to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles.

    The Story: The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. And Ste. Foy, the patron of the local monastery, hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. In other words, the Dark Ages still look pretty dark. All eyes turn to the Pope, whose promised visit will surely encourage other pilgrims to make the trek and restore the abbey to its former glory. That is, until a rival church claims to possess the relics of Ste. Foy—and "their" bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstral, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.
    "A lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor." —American Theatre. "Everything fits snugly in this funny, endearing black comedy. Hollinger understands how to balance verbal and physical humor, how to sketch personality in a few deft strokes, how to pause here and there to allow his audience to catch its breath, how to bring on a new character at just the right time, and how to write dialogue that's an artful blend of the mock-formal and the anachronistically breezy. A piece of remarkably dexterous craftsmanship." —Philadelphia Inquirer. "A farcical romp, scintillating and irreverent." —Philadelphia Weekly.