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2015-2016 Season at Jewel Theatre Company

All shows are performed at The Colligan Theater at the Tannery Arts Center.

The Colligan Theater is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask for a receiver at the box office. CLICK HERE for more information on the venue.

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RAVE REVIEWS – September 7 - October 2, 2016

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Tennessee Williams

A PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

Directed by Susan Myer Silton
Featuring Julie James

Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is set in the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War II where Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman, is on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, Blanche arrives on her sister's doorstep and an electrifying battle of wills ignites between Southern belle Blanche and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Nerves fraying and beauty fading, Blanche is both repelled and intrigued by Stanley's primal brutishness—even as he threatens to reveal her darkest secrets and destroy her illusions.


"a superb drama." – NY Times


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Jewell Theater Play
SOLD OUT CROWDS – November 16 - December 11, 2016

NEXT TO NORMAL
Music by Tom Kitt / Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

WINNER OF 3 TONY AWARDS and the PULITZER PRIZE

Directed by Julie James
Featuring
Lee Ann Payne & Christopher Reber

This groundbreaking and award-winning musical explores how one suburban family copes with crisis. With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an intense, emotional powerhouse of a musical that aims right for the heart with its story of a family coming to terms with its past and bravely facing its future.


"a brave, breathtaking musical" – NY Times


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Jewell Theater Play
RAVE REVIEWS– January 25 - February 19, 2017

THE BOOK CLUB PLAY
by Karen Zacarias

Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Featuring
Stephen Muterspaugh

A hit comedy about books and the people who love them. When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore – from Jane Eyre and Moby Dick to Twilight and The DaVinci Code – this hilarious comedy of manners reflects the ironies of contemporary culture.


"A delightful, fresh comedy." – Talkin' Broadway


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Jewell Theater Play
PLAYING NOW– March 15 - April 9, 2017

THE DANCE OF DEATH
by August Strindberg, in a new version by Conor McPherson

Directed by William Peters
Featuring Julie James, Stephen Muterspaugh
and Rolf Saxon

With a dystopian look at love everlasting, The Dance Of Death depicts the dissolution of a marriage between Edgar, an artillery captain, and Alice, a former actress. As their 25th anniversary approaches, Edgar and Alice face off in a fierce battle of wills. Their sparring proves both harrowing and hilarious, amplified by the voice of celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City). His adaptation brings lyricism and ferocity to the story of the tyrannical captain and his manipulative wife, and the "innocent" Kurt who stumbles into their midst and quickly finds himself ensnared in the couple's wicked game.


"Highly recommended" – Chicago Tribune & Chicago Sun Times


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Jewell Theater Play
LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON–May 3 - 28, 2017

SYLVIA
by
A. R. Gurney

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Directed by Diana Torres Koss
Featuring
Julie James, Shaun Carroll & Diahanna Davidson

Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: "The dog phase of my life is definitely over." But life has a way of giving you what you think you don't want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect.


"full of theatrical intelligence and writerly skill" –NY Times