Upcoming Performances

Welcome to the Willits Community Theatre

 

Come enjoy outstanding live performances in our intimate venue!

 

(Pssssssst! keep reading for news about the 2017 Season Lineup!)

 

The News We All Have Been Waiting For: (drum roll)

 Here it is! The WCT 2017 Mainstage Season.

 

NEXT UP:

 

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2948476

“Grace and Glorie” — by Tom Ziegler.

Directed by Jim Williams, plays June 2 – 18.

Grace and Glorie’s First Thursday performance will be a benefit for Soroptimist International of Willits.

Contact Marilyn at 707-459-5649 for tickets to this show.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2948476

  The spiritually powerful drama of unexpected connection, “Grace and Glorie” by Tom Ziegler, opens at the Willits Community Theatre on Friday, June 2 for a three-week run. The storyline focuses on Grace Stiles, a cantankerous old redneck woman, living alone in a remote cabin and facing her death. Her volunteer hospice worker is Gloria Whitmore, recently arrived from New York City where she left behind a successful career as a high-powered lawyer. At first, the two women openly clash, with clear dislike between Grace’s deep religious faith and Gloria’s cold practicality. The action unfolds in ways that are initially humorous and then it turns gripping. Who knows how this unusual arrangement will turn out?
Directed by Jim Williams, the show features Kelly Kesey and Hafsa Stewart in the leading roles. Kesey returns to the WCT stage as the edgy corporate fixer, after previously starring as Kitty Fleming in the 2014 hit, “Angel of Chatham Square.” Kesey brings an amazing depth to her portrayal of the tough woman with a buried and vulnerable past. Stewart has more than 20 years experience on stage and she is perfectly cast as the uneducated religious backwoods woman who, even with her impending death, remains possessed of a generous and edifying practical wisdom.
Director Williams describes the play as timeless in its portrayal of the spiritual side of people, and yet also timely in how it shows where polarizing cultural differences can be overcome and people find common connection. He praises the playwright Zeigler for creating rarely-seen roles for two strong women of Herculean proportions. Given the power of what emerges on stage, there are shocking turns and unexpected consequences. Williams says, “The play is ultimately hopeful and shows how humans can transcend their differences and find each other.”
“Grace and Glorie” runs from June 2 to 18, with performances on Thursdays at 7pm for $15, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm for $20, and Sunday matinees at 2pm for $15. Advance tickets are available in person at Mazahar, 38 N. Main Street, Willits, online at brownpapertickets.com; or by phone 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets will also available at the door until sold out. A special First Thursday benefit performance will be sponsored on June 8 by Soroptimist International of Willits. Tickets for the benefit show are available through Marilyn Harden at 707-459-5649. The WCT playhouse is located at 37 W. Van Lane (behind Shanachie Pub).A heart-warming drama on aging…

An elderly woman, living alone in a remote cabin, is facing death. Her hospice worker, who knows everything there is to know about everything, or thinks she does, comes to visit. As our story unfolds, the elder woman teaches the younger the most important lesson of all.

Directed by Jim Williams, plays June 2 – 18.

Grace and Glorie’s First Thursday performance will be a benefit for Soroptimist International of Willits.

Contact Marilyn at 707-459-5649 for tickets to this show.

Advance Tickets for all Performances at WCT will be available for purchase online through

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2948476

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door until sold out.

Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances for main stage productions.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Reserved Seating.  If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to select Row A seats when making your purchase.

For more information at any time, phone WCT at 707-459-0895 (leave a message) or email wct@willitsonline.com

Thank you to our Season Underwriters

Les Schwab Tire Center of Willits

Willits Furniture/La Bodega

and

Grace and Glorie Underwriter Rotary Club of Willits!

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“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” – by Steve Martin.

Martin’s febrile imagination runs rampant in this humorous yet semi-serious contemplation of Twentieth Century art, philosophy and science. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a Paris café in 1904 to talk about their work. Towards the end of the play, they are joined by a special guest from their future – and our past – who is very good at saying, “Thanyouvermuch.” No one knows exactly what it means, and the atmosphere of the play ranges somewhere between the hilariously absurd and the absurdly hilarious. Directed by Jim Mastin, plays Sept. 8 through 24.

Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances for main stage productions.

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by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Bill Barksdale

November 3 – 19

Moon Over Buffalo

Moon Over Buffalo is a good old-fashioned comedy to take us into the holidays.
It premiered in 1995, and marked the return, after a 30-year absence, of Carol Burnett to the Broadway stage.  It was written by Ken Ludwig, author of Lend Me a Tenor.  It is the summer of 1953, and George and Charlotte Hay, formerly a couple of Broadway stars, have taken their run-down touring company to Buffalo,New York. In Buffalo they have the intention of running “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory, all the while grumbling about missed Hollywood opportunities. But on-stage harmony is compromised when George performs an off-stage infidelity, impregnating the company’s ingénue. When Charlotte learns of this, she prepares to run away with the family lawyer, sending lightweight George on a grief-stricken drinking binge. It turns out that Frank Capra is headed to town on a talent scouting mission looking to hire the couple for his swashbuckling Scarlet Pimpernel epic. As a result, the Hay family – including scornful, deaf mother-in-law Ethel, determinedly practical daughter Rosalind, and dashing actor Paul, Rosalind’s ex-boyfriend — must work overtime to get sloppy drunk George into his Cyrano hat and nose…. or is it his Elyot Chase smoking jacket? With the entrance of Rosalind’s fiancé, anxious TV weatherman Howard — one man with two mistaken identities – and Richard Maynard, the wealthy lawyer hoping to lure Charlotte away to his mansion – the confusion only intensifies. With a plethora of pratfalls, slamming doors aplenty, and backstage shenanigans, Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo is a fast-paced, hilarious screwball comedy in the old tradition, a throwback farce, a valentine to the stage, and the larger-than-life personalities that inhabit the world of the theatre.

show dates are

 November 3 – 19.

 

Tickets for all Performances at WCT will be available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets.

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances for main stage productions.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Reserved Seating.  If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to select Row A seats when making your purchase.

For more information at any time, phone WCT at 707-459-0895 (leave a message) or email wct@willitsonline.com

You may also send a message via the Contact Form on this site, and Webmaster will direct it to the appropriate party.