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2014-2015 Season

August 12, 2014
John Paul Theatre

Phoenix College

Fine & Performing Arts Department




  One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

by Dale Wasserman

from the Novel by Ken Kesey


In this dramatic comedy, a charming rogue named Randle McMurphy contrives to serve a short sentence in an mental institution rather than going to prison.  He quickly takes over the yard and connects with his fellow patients in a way that the institution has not been able to before. His antics lead to an escalating battle of wills between himself and the tyrannical head nurse Ratched.  

Performance Schedule:

  • John Paul Theatre Mainstage
  • October 9, 10, 11, & 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
  • October 17 matinee at 11:00 am




Five Women Wearing The Same Dress

by Alan Ball


 During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride's younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

Performance Schedule:

  • John Paul Theatre Mainstage
  • November 20, 21, 22,  December 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 pm
  • December 5 matinee at 11:00 am




The Mineola Twins

by Paula Vogel


A comedy in six scenes, four dreams and seven wigs.  Paula Vogel’s The Mineola Twins is a satirical and entertaining story following the lives of twin sisters and spanning over thirty years.  Myrna, the good sister, is wholesome and virtuous, set in her conservative ways.  Myra, the bad sister, is exactly the opposite- rebellious and much too liberal for her time.  Vogel takes the reader on a journey following the lives of the twins, their romantic partners and, later, their children.

Performance Schedule:

  • John Paul Theatre - Theatre One
  • February 26, 27, 28,  March 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 pm
  • March 6 matinee at 11:00 am



Bat Boy: The Musical

story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming,

music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe


Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.

Performance Schedule:

  • John Paul Theatre Mainstage
  • April 23, 24, 25,  30, May 1, 2 at 7:30 pm
  • May 1 matinee at 11:00 am