Wilkes University

2012-2013 Season



September 27, 28 &  29 at 8 p.m.
September 30 at 2  p.m.

November 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.
November 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

archy & mehitabel Gemini

February 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8 p.m.
February 17 & 24 at 2 p.m.

April 11,12 & 13 at 8 p.m.
April 14 at 2 p.m.


All performances are on the mainstage at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center at Wilkes University

Box office # - 570- 408-4540 Tickets:
General Admission:    $15.00
Students and Seniors:   $5.00
Wilkes University Students, Faculty & Staff : free with Wilkes ID

Israel Horovitz's New Shorts
by Israel Horovitz
September 27, 28, and 29 at 8 p.m.
September 30 at 2 p.m.

Directed by: Joseph C. Dawson and Naomi Baker

Synopsis: An evening of short plays by Israel Horovitzthat will amuse, delight and entertain. Horovitz packs a lot of political commentary into plays that relish the anguish more than the solution.

About the Author:
Israel Horovitz is in many ways the playwright of the moment. Horovitz took to directing and acting in plays at Harvard. From Harvard, he went on to write and act at Café La Mama in New York and first achieved recognition with his play “Line” in which he took an acting role. Other critical successes in New York were the productions of “The Indian Wants The Bronx” and “Morning”, part of the trilogy “Morning, Noon and Night”, which he wrote with Terrence McNally and Leonard Melfi. In addition, he was playwright-in-residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been awarded two OBIE’s.

Horovitz has written more than 70 produced plays and divides his time between the USA and France. Horovitz is Founding Artistic Director of the Gloucester Stage Company in Cloucester, Massachusetts. He also founded the New York Playwrights Lab in 1975.

Horovitz had a long-term friendship with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and often found in Beckett a thematic and stylistic model and inspiration for his own work.

His screenplay for the 1982 film “Author! Author!” starred Al Pacino in a largely autobiographical account of a playwright dealing with the stress of having his play produced on Broadway while trying to raise a large family. Other Horovitz films include the award-winning “Sunshine”, “3 Weeks After Paradise”, “James Dean”, and “The Strawberry Statement”.

Horovitz was born in Wakefield Massachusetts and is married to Gillian Adams.

Music by: Stephen Schwartz
Conceived by: John-Michael Tebelak
November 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.
November 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Directed by: Naomi Baker
Musical Direction by: Ken McGraw

Synopsis: Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew this musical features a sparkling score by the composer of the Broadway hit Wicked and boasts a string of well-loved songs as the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to light. 

Archy and Mehitabel
Music by: George Kleinsinger
Lyrics by: Joe Darion
Book by: Joe Darion and Mel Brooks
February 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
February 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Musical Direction by: Ken McGraw

Synopsis: From the author of the Broadway hit The Producers comes this beguiling tale of sensitive archy who tries to reform the wild and free Mehitabel that features a cast of hilarious eccentric characters, a jazzy Broadway score and the wit and crazy wisdom of Mel Brooks.

Written by: Albert Innaurato
Directed by: Joseph C. Dawson
April 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m.
April 14 at 2 p.m.

Synopsis: You're invited to Francis Geminiani's unusual 21st birthday party in this compassionate and off-center comic drama that celebrates the lives of two neighboring and barely functional families living in the Italian ghetto of South Philadelphia.

The Curious Savage
Written by: John Patrick
Directed by: Naomi Baker
Sept 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m.
Sept 29 at 2 p.m.

Synopsis: Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. The last scene, a farewell party, is a delightful fantasy where each "guest" in the sanatorium realizes at last some hopeless dream for something he was never able to realize. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.