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In spring of 1964, a group of neighbors met at the new NCCA building and decided
they wanted to form a community theatre group. They had no idea that they were planting
the seeds for what is now a well regarded professional theatre that has endured for
We are very proud that this season will be CAT's 50th Anniversary season and we want
to have a season full of celebration!
The Odd Couple
a comedy by Neil Simon
Directed by Melissa Rayford October 25 – November 9, 2013
Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in
Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd
Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison
has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters
have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the
same. “Very funny indeed." - New York Post
The Joshua Plant
by Amy Berlin and P. Ann Bucci
Directed by Laurie Follmer January 24 – February 8, 2014
The Joshua Plant is the winner of CAT’s 50th Anniversary Original Play Contest and
was chosen from dozens of plays submitted by Virginia playwrights. Josh, an autistic
teen with little to no language skills, shares a rich friendship with Sid, a houseplant.
Together Sid and Josh work to save Josh’s mother from the hands of her manipulative
boyfriend, Jimmy, and prevent Jimmy's plan to place Josh in an institution. The
dramedy explores the characters' inabilities to communicate and imagines the inner
life of a severely autistic teen. The Joshua Plant began as a ten-minute play that
was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop. Since then,
it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading
at the Pandora Festival, both in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a reading at the Richmond
Public Library as part of the Richmond Writers series.
a romantic comedy by Matthew Barber from the novel by
Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Pat Walker
March 21 – April 5, 2014
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday
away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to
share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean
sunshine, all four bloom again—rediscovering themselves in ways that they—and we—could
never have expected. 2003 John Gassner Award winner—Outstanding New American Play.
2003 Tony Award Nominee—Best Play. "A comical, restorative journey of discovery…from
darkness to light, from inhibition to unrestrained joy. Beautiful and theatrically
rewarding." —Daily Variety
a comedy by Tim Clue
and Spike Manton
Directed by Amy Berlin
May 23 – June 7, 2014
The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the "greatest
generation." It is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of
their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. The story follows Don Browning,
a middle-aged writer, who decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood
home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma's house is now a grocery store,
he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father.
This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don's memories
of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don's existential journey leads
him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. Leaving
Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself driving alone on a road,
revisiting memories of his or her youth.