They say you can’t choose your family…but can you?
Runway Theatre’s 38th season explores the idea of family found. Often crafted through circumstance or shared passion, family can be discovered in unexpected ways. We may not be related legally or biologically, but the kinship created is undeniable. Family found emphasizes the importance of love, companionship, and support.
Barring any further unforeseen circumstances, we plan to open our Family Found season at a reduced capacity and are working swiftly to determine new ways, like streaming options, to deliver the Runway Theatre content you've loved for decades. Join us this season, and who knows, you may find a whole new family in your creative home.
Things My Mother Taught Me
By Katherine DiSavino
October 2 - October 18, 2020
Young love! As Olivia and Gabe, twenty-somethings newly committed to each other, drive halfway across the country to start life together, their parents prove the two will unpack more than boxes upon arrival. Moving day goes awry when unexpected reinforcements arrive and a hilarious mashup of generations demonstrates how the most important lessons in life aren’t always intentional.
Can their new apartment hold all the love, laughs, worry, and wisdom smothering their new adventure? Laugh-out-loud funny, this production is sure to make you fall in love once more!
Treasure Island - A Panto of Swashbuckling Love
Book by Kathryn Petersen
Music and Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
November 27 – December 20, 2020
Ahoy there! Calling pirates of all ages! Our annual British Panto has taken to the seas in search of treasure but duplicate maps, wily pirates, and a stowaway liven up the journey. Full of rabble-rousers and adventure-lovers alike, the swashbuckling cast sings, dances, swaggers, and staggers in their search for riches only to discover their hearts desire is not always what they thought. Join us on the high seas of hilarity for this fantastic tale based on the classic by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
By John Bishop
January 29 – February 14, 2021
When an eccentric theatre financier gathers a team at her mansion in upstate New York, everyone is prepared to audition for funding of a new musical, but it seems there’s more at play than jazz hands. Led by a creative team reeling from a Broadway flop, the tentative cast soon find themselves in a mansion straight out of a mystery novel, complete with sliding panels and secret passageways. Add in a snowstorm, periodic power outages, and mistaken identities to ensure diabolic mayhem and merriment.
Love, Lies & The Doctor's Dilemma
By Michael Parker and Susan Parker
March 26 – April 11, 2021
A love nest explodes as identities crisscross in this modern farce, about widow Joan, who has fallen for her gardener. To hide their relationship from her overbearing (and famous) sister-in-law, Joan fibs. Suddenly, her gardener-turned-love-turned-fake-psychiatrist knows too much but gets it all wrong. The hilarity rounds out with a mob enforcer who’s lost his spark, a free-spirited neighbor with a penchant for Joan’s “special” brownies, and Joan’s down-and-out son. Ordinary circumstances take a dramatic turn as one little lie leads to a whole lot of crazy. It’s a good thing the doctor in!
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
By Todd Kreidler - based on the screen play by William Rose
May 28 – June 13, 2021
A lofty view of San Fransico’s 1967 skyline surrounds this timely tale of a free-thinking white woman engaged to a black doctor who encounter unexpected and latent racism uncovered by their actions. Progressive parents, blindsided by their child's choice, stumble over sensibilities as they discover supporting ideals is much easier than accepting them.
Sometimes humorous, decidedly fresh and relevant, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, explores an insightful conversation about prevailing love around the dinner table.
By Michael Frayn
July 17-August 2, 2021
Sneak a peek into the theatrical world when a motley group of thespians prepare and perform a new production titled, "Nothing On." Out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs create high-risk adventure for every member of the touring company. Doors will slam, trousers will fall, and even the level-headed stage manager, Poppy, may lose control. Both the characters and the play barely hold together as personal feuds escalate from act to act and the actual production is lost to the drama backstage. Audiences will quickly see why Noises Off has been called, "the funniest farce ever written."