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2016-2017 Season

"Whose Life is it Anyway"
written by Brian Clark 
directed by Steven Marc Weiss

Oct. 28, 29 and 30; Nov. 3, 4 and 5

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Claire Harrison, a sculptor, has suffered a ruptured spinal column in a severe car accident and is now paralyzed from the neck down with no hope of recovery. Once out of harm, she views her situation as a choice between accepting perpetual life support or dying with dignity, and she quite lucidly prepares to let go of life. But the hospital staff will not comply with her desire to be removed from medical treatment. Infused with a surprising amount of humor, this entertaining play nevertheless grapples with the ultimate serious dilemma—what can I do when the quality of my own life becomes untenable?

"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"
based on the Comic Strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz
book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
additional dialogue by Michael Mayer
additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
guest directed by Christopher Okiishi
musical direction by Michelle Perrin Blair

Feb. 3, 4, 5, 9, 10 and 11

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown postcard

Bursting with new life and fresh orchestrations, the beloved characters from the mind of Charles Schultz will leap into song at Coe College this winter. "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" follows the title character and his neighborhood friends Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Sally—as well as his iconic dog Snoopy—through a typical year in the life of a young person trying to figure out the world. Watch Charlie navigate the existential crises that are the stuff of childhood: school, family, baseball, kites and even the dawning awareness of a Little Red Haired Girl. Featuring the original Clark Gesner songs with new arrangements and two new songs by Andrew Lippa ("The Addams Family").


"A Bright Room Called Day"
written by Tony Kushner
directed by Dennis Barnett

April 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15

A Bright Room Called Day postcard

"A Bright Room Called Day," written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Angels in America," follows a group of leftist artists living in Berlin in 1932 as they joke about, agonize over and generally disbelieve the rising popularity of a man named Hitler. Alarming in its timeliness, the play drives the point home by including the perspective of a contemporary character, as she and the German characters struggle with how people's lives are affected by the reality of fascism.