Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Skelton Black Box Theatre announces first season

NEW PORT RICHEY — The hammers, saws and paint buckets are still visible, transforming the former Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre in downtown New Port Richey into Richey Suncoast Theatre's first satellite venture, the Charlie and Marie Skelton Black Box Theatre, a small venue dedicated to shows geared toward adult audiences.

As the remodeling work wraps up, executive director Marie Skelton has announced the venue's first full season of four shows, starting Nov. 11 with the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama Proof, and ending on June 18 with the last performance of the 1985 multi-generational drama Eleemosynary. In between are the tragedy Stop Kiss and the zany comedy The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged).

Each show runs for two weekends. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Doors open one hour before each show; the performance area opens 30 minutes before curtain time. The theater is at 5732 Main St.

Tickets are $25 per show, or $85 for all four shows, open seating (theater configuration may be different for each production). There is a $2.50-per-ticket handling charge for credit card purchases. Tickets will be available before each show, depending on availability. For tickets, call (727) 842-6777.

The shows are:

Nov. 11-20: Proof, the story of a young math prodigy who has been the caretaker for her mathematically gifted, but mentally deteriorating father for many years. When he dies, a groundbreaking mathematical proof is discovered by a young graduate student among the late professor's papers. The question is: Who can prove the proof's authorship?

Feb. 17-26: Stop Kiss, where two young women strolling through New York City's West Village in the 1990s share their first kiss, then are viciously beaten by an enraged bystander. One woman goes into a coma, and her friends rally around, testing friendships, loyalty and commitment.

April 21-30: The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) which includes parodies and shortened versions of all the works of William Shakespeare. (Hamlet is done in 43 seconds forward, 42 seconds backward.)

June 9-18: Eleemosynary, the workings of the relationships among three women — 75-year-old Dorothea; her middle-aged daughter, Artie, and Artie's 16-year-old daughter, Echo. The play begins just as Dorothea has had a stroke, and Echo, who is caring for her, is trying to reconcile the three estranged women.

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