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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - September 19-27, 2014

"This is the story of The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful, book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor - more popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than 53 More Things To Do In Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Coluphid’s trilogy of philosophical blockbusters: Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes, and Who is This God Person Anyway?" From the brilliantly twisted mind of Douglas Adams comes the staged reading that answers the question of life, the universe, and everything. Adams's book is one in which literally anything can happen, with the only rule being that what comes next will probably be the last thing the reader would expect and is bound to be amusing. When THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY was first broadcast as a 12-part radio series on the British Broadcasting System in 1978, it was successful. No one could have guessed, though, that it would mushroom into a multimedia phenomenon that would encompass five novels, a television series, a stage production, and, more than twenty years later, dozens of websites created by devotees who could not get enough of its bizarre universe. Join us the first weekend for the first three "fits" - installments - and return the second weekend for Fits 4-6. Special combination tickets are available for repeat offenders! The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy…..a Trilogy (In Five Parts)

Moon Over Buffalo - November 7-22, 2014

by Ken Ludwig. This madcap comedy is set in “scenic” Buffalo, New York, in 1953, and centers on George and Charlotte Hay, a married pair of fading stars, who are currently touring with two shows in repertory – Noel Coward’s PRIVATE LIVES and the Rostand classic, CYRANO DE BERGERAC. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingénue, the Hays receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: legendary screen director Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinees. It seems Capra’s latest leading man has taken a spill and Capra is now in search of just the right replacement. Of course, everything that could go wrong does. Add in the darling daughter, her clueless fiancé, an old flame that’s all too easy to rekindle, more than a bit of booze, Charlotte's ancient hard-of-hearing stage-manager mother, a few mistaken identities, and countless other wrong turns, this farce will have you laughing until the sun comes up.

Macbeth - January 16-31, 2015

Fateful prophecy and latent greed incite a bloody downward spiral for the war hero Macbeth and his cunning wife as their fight for a throne plunges them deeper into murder and madness. Presented with an ALL-FEMALE Cast, this is Shakespeare's supernaturally tragic study of deception, betrayal, and brutal ambition.

BARE: A Pop Opera - February 13-28, 2015

Book by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Hartmere and music by Intrabartolo. This contemporary rock musical follows a group of teenagers in a co-ed Catholic boarding school as they struggle to understand their identity, sexuality, and religion. The story centers on Peter and Jason who share a secret relationship. As Peter grows to accept his sexual identity, Jason remains hesitant about coming out of the closet. The show explores the consequences of being your true self versus hiding your identity from others. Originally opening in Los Angeles in late 2000, Soulstice is thrilled to present the Wisconsin premiere of BARE: A POP OPERA.

The Pillowman - April 17 - May 2, 2015

by Martin McDonagh. The scariest of ghost stories often hold a kernel of real truth… Katurian, a writer of fictional short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives of the police state, Ariel and Tupolski. It seems some of Katurian’s stories resemble recent child murders to which his mentally-challenged brother, Michal, has not only confessed, but also implicated him. When the possibility arises that one missing child may still be alive, the "good cop / bad cop" investigators stop at nothing in pursuit of the truth, no matter how unsavory it might be. Guilt is relative in this twisted tale, as the demons within all are forced to the surface. The play includes both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian's stories, most notably the autobiographical "The Writer and the Writer's Brother", which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents. Believing his ultimate conviction and execution is certain, the writer hopes to find immortality by the only means possible – by preserving his stories – but will undoubtedly find it with words and images haunting your memory. **Kindly note, this play does contain powerfully dark subject matter and imagery and is recommended for audience members of high school age and above.

Eurydice - June 5-20, 2015

by Sarah Ruhl. Called "rhapsodically beautiful" and "inexpressibly moving," this is Sarah Ruhl's reimagining of the Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine. Written in honor of her father, who died of cancer, and as a way to "have a few more conversations with him," Ruhl’s Eurydice dies too young on her wedding day, and is forced to journey to the Underworld. There, she reunites with her father and struggles to remember Orpheus, her lost love in the world above. The result is a lush, luminous exploration of the memory, loss, and love beyond the grave.

All performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.  Special Events and Readers' Theatre productions run on dates indicated.