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Season IV


Adapted by Michael Messmer

Arden Playhouse presents “SCHEMES & SCAMS OF SCAPAN”, a revised and updated version of Moliere’s classic farce “Scapin”.  Although revised, this version by the writer who has been called one of the greatest masters of comedy in western literature, retains all of the wild farcical situations, commedia style, dazzling comic dialogue and fast pace of the original.

Scapan (Vincent Keene, bench), supposedly mortally wounded, pleads for forgiveness from everyone before he dies including (from left) Leandre (Scott Plotkin), Zerbinette (Laura Hechel), Madame Argante (Keri Long), Silvestre (D. L. Shields), Geronte (Stephen Watson), Hyacinthe (Claire Langton) and Octave (Frank Hickox) in the Arden Playhouse production of Moliere’s farce SCAPAN.

Performance dates: 8 PM September 14 thru October 20 on Friday and Saturday nights
with 2 PM Sunday matinees on September 23 & 30 and October 7 & 14.

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The Costume Ball 

by Norman Beim

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This delightful comedy is directed by Michael Messmer           

Harry and Gwen are going to a charity masquerade ball, but Harry’s costume has gone astray. Gwen suggests that he wear an old dress of her aunt’s.  He doesn't like the idea of wearing a dress. They bicker; she wins. Harry tries on the dress and starts to enjoy it. Add some makeup, a wig...and something to make him not look so flat-chested, and he feels like he's playing a glamorous role. The doorbell rings. When Gwen opens the door, Harry is discovered dressed as a woman by Wilbur Wilberforce, an upright businessman from Chicago, whom Harry hopes will save his advertising agency from bankruptcy. Harry panics and pretends to be “Hilary”, supposedly Harry's sister from Boston.Things get rather sticky when Wilberforce seems to be enamored of “Hilary.” But then there's one more twist that let's us know Harry wasn't as clever as he thought in playing the role of Hilary. 

Performance Dates:  

8PM Fridays and Saturdays - - November 9, 10, 16, 17, 30; December 1, 7, 8, 14, & 15

Sunday Matinees 2PM - -  November 18; December 2 & 9

An original holiday play performed especially for children, but FUN for all ages.

Written and Directed by Blake Flores

With Original Musical Score by Dario Vanni

An elf shares her story of how Bedlam, the evil landlord, threatens to shut down Santa’s toy shop and ruin Christmas for all. Meanwhile, a princess is banished to the North Pole to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Everyone then bands together to showcase their unique talents in hopes that their gifts are enough to save Christmas.

Performance Dates: December 1 – December 23

Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays at 5 p.m.

Any Friend of Percy D'Angelino
is a Friend of Mine

by Jason Milligan

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by Blake Flores.

8PM Fridays and Saturdays - - Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16.
Sunday Matinees 2pm. - - January 20, & 27; February 3.

Following is a "blurb" about the show from French's website.

Presented in Los Angeles with Peter Falk, Christian Slater and Jean Smart, this side splitting Mafia comedy begins with a mysterious stranger arriving at the Long Island estate owned by a renowned mob boss. Why is  "Tony" there? To kill the venerable Frankie? To work for him? The mobster's bombshell wife has her own theories. Hilarious antics designed to divine Tony's purpose end with the discovery that he is a soap opera star signed to play Frankie in a feature film! Frankie detests movies and determines to have his guest fitted for cement shoes, but he warms to the idea of being glorified in a Hollywood epic. Laughs abound as he coaches Tony on how to play him.

Bunny Times
Written and directed by Blake Flores 

A Hare-Raising Time-Travel Adventure

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An evil scientist who invented a quirky, unreliable time machine, went back in time in quest of power and riches but inadvertently altered the course of bunny history. As a result, the Easter Bunny doesn’t come this year. Another scientific genius (his good twin), who just happened to be working on a time machine as well, is consulted by an intrepid reporter. While the Easter bunny is running for his life from a pair of wide-eyed farmers, the good brother reluctantly agrees to allow the reporter to use his unproven time machine to try to save Easter.

The adventurous reporter ends up in several time periods, including medieval times, and meets with Princess Ostara and her step-mother, the power-hungry Queen Matilda, who hold the key to Easter success, with the help of an impudent court jester.

Performance Dates:  Saturdays and Sundays - - March 9 through 31

Two performances Saturdays at 11AM & 1PM and one on Sundays at 5 PM.

For Love or Money

Written and Directed by Michael Messmer

8PM Fridays and Saturdays - - March 1,2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; April 5, & 6.
Sunday Matinees 2pm. - - March 10, 17, 24 & 31.

See a video promo for FOR LOVE or MONEY

Amanda is rich, but she’d rather work. Her friend, Trisha, thinks a therapist she’s seeing can help Amanda, so Amanda agrees to meet the therapist. She also has to deal with a housekeeper who has serious problems with romance. Paolo (really Paul affecting a wild Italian accent and arrogant demeanor) who dislikes the wealthy and uses his job to insult them, arrives to redecorate Amanda’s apartment which complicates things even further in this wild and zany comedy.

Mistaken identity, hypnotism and deception all contribute to the mayhem, as the cast of characters tries to figure out what to do and whether to do it For Love or Money.

Watch video clips from For Love or Money


A comedy by Michael Messmer

April 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 and May 3, 4, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25.

Art (Andy Anthony, seated right) tries to explain his girlfriend Sharon (Vanessa Voetsch, standing right) why Harley (Scott Plotkin) is holding him as Crazy Maggie (Patty Thiel, left) and Julie (Keri Long) jump to their own conclusions in the Arden Playhouse production of HARLEY’S LUCKY DAY.

Harley’s seriously depressed. Hasn’t kept a job in years because he exposed shady accounting and got a reputation as a whistle-blower. His psychiatrist fired him and he thinks his girlfriend left him. He even bought a gun to kill himself but didn’t have enough money for the bullets. He doesn’t think things can get worse. Then Crazy Maggie shows up looking for food and a place to hide. She’s just escaped from a mental hospital where she’s been held because she killed every man who found her attractive. She finds Harley’s pistol and when he finds her, the first question she has for him, with the gun aimed at him is “Do you find me attractive?” His response is just the start of a chain of events that end up making this HARLEY’S LUCKY DAY.

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Watch video clips from Harley's Lucky Day

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