• 2017season

    Chalk Garden

    The Chalk Garden

    • by Enid Bagnold
    • Directed by Laura Graham

    Family drama and wit meet in this exploration of the secret world of childhood through the prism of a dyed-in-the-wool dowager, her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter, and the enigmatic new governess.

    Mrs. St. Maugham lives in her country house in a village in Sussex, where the garden is composed of lime and chalk. She is taking care of her teenage grandchild, Laurel, who has been setting fires. Miss Madrigal, an expert gardener, is hired as a governess, despite her lack of references. Also in the household is a valet, Maitland, who has just been released from a five-year sentence in prison. Olivia, Laurel’s mother, who has remarried, arrives for a visit. When the Judge comes to the house for lunch, he reveals that he had sentenced Miss Madrigal to jail for murder.

    When The Chalk Garden was revived in London in 2008, critics called it a “neglected stage masterpiece” and praised Bagnold’s writing as “extravagantly eloquent”, “irresistibly vivid” and “hauntingly beautiful”. Bagnold is also the author of the much-loved novel National Velvet.

    Production Dates:

    • Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th, 7:30 pm
    • Sunday March 5th, 2:00 pm matinee
    • Friday and Saturday,March 10th and 11th, 7:30 pm
    • Sunday. March 12th, 2:00 pm matinee
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    2017 Season

    … and stay tuned for other special events

    In 2017 … Governesses, Gumshoes, Shakespeare, Sherlock and Sardines

    The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. When dowager Mrs. St. Maugham and her precocious granddaughter Laurel meet the enigmatic Miss Madrigal, the new governess, will the garden bloom or burn? March 3rd through 12th.

    Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage in a door-slamming, sardine-juggling, wardrobe-malfunctioning British farce? You’ll find out. June 16th through 25th.

    Baskerville by Ken Ludwig. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. But not before the audience dissolves in laughter from this murderously funny treatment of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece. August 18th through 27th.

    Forsooth, My Lovely by David Belke. Haven’t you always wanted to mash up the film noir world of Raymond Chandler with Shakespeare’s most memorable characters? There, you see? Mr. Belke has done it for you. October 27th through November 5th.

    Upcoming audition notices will be posted on our front page and dates will be listed on our online calendar. As always, for more information contact us.

    All evening performances at 7:30 p.m, matinees at 2:00 p.m.