Acacia’s reopening plan!
Acacia’s interrupted season, One Body, returns in 2022 with An Inspector Calls in March and finishes with Sense and Sensibility in July. Subscriptions and single tickets already purchased for these productions will be honored.
But before that…to provide accessible theatre at a moment when it is most needed, we intend to stage two Pay-What-You-Can shows before the end of 2021.
Sojourns: Spaces Between
Conceived by Lori Woodall-Schaufler
October 15-17, 2021
Join a small cast for a time of music and theatre, exploring the places and emotions we visit in our search for home. These temporary stays, or sojourns, can be rich opportunities to learn about ourselves and others, experience wonder, find new mercies and deepen joy. Featuring Stephanie Demyun Smith, Zack Horne, Abbey Pitchford and Lori Woodall-Schaufler, accompanied by John Hefter. (This event will be Pay-What-You-Can and performed at the Norvell Commons of St. Christopher’s Church. More details to come.)
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
By Tom Mula
Directed by Elaine Wyler
November 19, 2021 – January 8, 2022
Acacia’s “stirring journey into the light” (Journal Sentinel) – performed with four actors in 2017 – is back in a one-man version, starring Jason Will (Malcolm and Teresa). “Marley was dead, to begin with…” begins Dickens classic story. And what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. Desperate, he accepts the one chance at freedom: to escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins both men’s journey of laughter and terror, regret and renewal, which will open their hearts and deliver their souls. (This production will be Pay-What-You-Can and performed at the Norvell Commons of St. Christopher’s Church. More details to come.)
An Inspector Calls
By J.R. Priestley
Directed by Glenna Gustin
March 18-27, 2022
Described as Agatha Christie meets “The Twilight Zone,” Priestley’s masterpiece holds the same powerful relevance as when it premiered. On the eve of an engagement and potential merger, a wealthy industrial family is visited by an Inspector. A young woman has died, and the Inspector’s unsparing and suspenseful interrogation leads him to observe that “We don’t live alone. We are members of one body.” (Subscriptions and single tickets already purchased for this production will be honored. An Inspector Calls will be performed at the Norvell Commons of St. Christopher’s Church.)
Sense and Sensibility
By Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Erin Nicole Eggers
July 22-31, 2022
A fresh, clever and faithful treatment of Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility follows the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, when their father’s death and stepbrother’s abandonment leave them without prospects. Can the sisters recognize their unique roles, amidst bewildering societal demands, and find where they fit? (Subscriptions and single tickets already purchased for this production will be honored. Sense and Sensibility will be performed at the Todd Wehr Auditorium of Concordia University.)
COVID policies (masking, distancing, etc.) will be determined closer to the date of each show, and may be changed during the run, depending on how the variants develop. Safety is paramount, and while we hope and pray that further postponing will not be necessary, recent experience has taught us to hold all of our plans loosely.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5
The staff and board of Acacia Theatre Company