2016-17 CPCC Theatre Schedule
By Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone
Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence in the Tony Award winning musical 1776. It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence…if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. 1776 is a funny, insightful, and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.
September 23 7:30
` 24 7:30
October 1 7:30
Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice
By Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen
October 28 7:30
Nov. 3 7:30
All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?
February 10 7:30
Ragtime is the sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America that tells the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. The winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, Ragtime was called by Time Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years”. At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together — that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future.
August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
March 31 7:30
April 1 7:30
It’s 1927 in a rundown studio in Chicago Ma Rainey, The Mother of the Blues, is recording new sides of old favorites. During a tense recording session in Chicago’s South Side, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom exposes the exploitation of African American musicians in the white-dominated commercial music industry. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom depicts the psychological consequences of African American musicians’ struggles for economic an artistic self-determination in the face of racism and a shifting marketplace. August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won the 1985 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, the 1985 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play and 1985 Tony Award for Best Play.