Old Courthouse Theatre

Announcing the 5th season of the Living Room Reading Series

Produced and Directed by Jonathan M Ewart


clapboard  "From Hollywood to Concord" movie camera


· July 14, 2013  “The Great Gatsby”  by F. Scott Fitzgerald;
Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy
  -   (PG-13)

September 8, 2013 "The Bad Seed" by Maxell Anderson;
 from the novel by William March - (PG-13)


November 17, 2013 "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane"
A New stage version by Dale Gutzman - (PG-13)


January 19, 2014 "The Graduate" by Terry Johnson;
 based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
by special arrangement with StudioCanal - (PG-13)


March 16. 2014 "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr - (PG)

May 25, 2014 "MawMaw's House of Talent" by Judy Simpson Cook - (PG)




"The Great Gatsby"

by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

Rated PG-13

When:  July 14th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

Regional Premiere

Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and in Simon Levy's adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.



 "The Bad Seed"

by Maxell Anderson; from the novel by William March


Rated PG-13

When:  September 8th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.



 "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane"

A New stage version by Dale Gutzman


Rated PG-13

When:  November 17th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

In a tale that almost redefines sibling rivalry,Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, who's career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge.




"The Graduate"

by Terry Johnson; based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry; by special arrangement with StudioCanal


Rated PG-13

When:  January 19th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

The Graduate brings the inspired movie hit of the Sixties vividly to life on stage. Benjamin Braddock, recent college graduate and prodigal son, returns home and promptly becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner, one Mrs. Robinson, but soon finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.




"The Wisdom of Eve"

by Mary Orr


Rated PG

When:  March 16th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

Adapted from the story by Mary Orr, on which the film All About Eve and the hit musical APPLAUSE were based. An engrossing and revealing "inside" story of life in New York's theatre world, told in terms of an unscrupulous ingenue's rise to Broadway stardom. "Welcome to the Theatre and Fasten your Seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"




"MawMaw's House of Talent"

by Judy Simpson Cook


Rated PG

When:  May 25th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

What's the most sure-fire formula for lunacy?  Bring a big time Hollywood production to a small town and - guaranteed - almost everybody goes crazy.  The folks of Fair Hope, North Carolina are no exception.  Except for Little Bud Cuthbertson, grandson of the eponymous Maw-Maw.  When Roge Charnovsky, Hollywood movie mogul, comes to town, Bud never imagines that his grandmother, the most stereotypical, little-old-Southern-lady in the world would get caught up in auditions, casting, and all the behind-the-scenes activities of shooting a movie on location.  Come to Fair Hope, North Carolina.  Be a part of the industry.  You might fall under the "Hollywood Spell", too.

 


 *Reader's theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines. Rather, they either go through their blocking holding scripts and reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together. In Reader's theatre, actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.