The 16th Season
The Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective
September 21 - October 8
by Patricia Milton
This comedy/mystery is a “cheeky thriller” that centers on women detectives and victims instead of the killer. In 1893, a serial killer not unlike Jack the Ripper terrorizes actresses in the Battersea district of London. As the police have been unable to stop this murderer, three women who live in Mrs. Hunter’s Lodging House for Ladies take up the task. But without modern forensics, access to crime scenes, or cooperation from the authorities, how can they succeed? It’s “Sherlock Holmes” meets “Arsenic & Old Lace” in this entertaining murder mystery with a modern female sensibility.
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
November 30 - December 17
by Joe Landry
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
January 18 - February 4
by Bekah Brunstetter
In this deliciously funny comedy, all is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she's just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.
March 7 - March 24
by Tracy Letts
In a brand new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, from Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts. Nothing is safe at the town council meeting, not the town's history, the legend of a local hero, and not even the coveted privilege of reserved parking. A City Council meeting cracks open to reveal the secret record of what happened in the town of Big Cherry. This razor-sharp story turns from hilarious to chilling as petty policy gives way to the truth bubbling just beneath the surface of the town's historical mythology.
May 9 - May 26
by David Lindsey-Abaire
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the two women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this is a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle.
This month, Shaker Bridge Theater will open the doors to its new home at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT.
We can’t wait to share it with you! From our new space in a new town, we’ll carry on our 15-year tradition of producing intimate, powerful, and contemporary plays with a new season of theatrical gems.
We hope you’ll join us between now and our grand opening for some of the fun events and fundraisers we’re planning for the summer. Look for information on this website and in your email.