THE LONG CHRISTMAS DINNER - We've all been to those family holiday meals that seem to go on forever. This is definitely not one of those meals. Ninety years of life in the Bayard house fly by over turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Three generations' worth of love and loss, joy and heartache race through Time, as Thornton Wilder's magic conjures the events of almost a century in the space of three-quarters of an hour. This is a feat of theatrical sleight-of-hand that is not to be missed.
PULLMAN CAR HIAWATHA - On the night of December 23, 1928, ten passengers and a porter, all comically preoccupied with their own lives, speed across the Midwest on their way to Chicago and Christmas. As their sleeper car rushes headlong through the night, they are completely unaware of all the astonishing things that surround them. Mr. Wilder, however, is not.He takes us into their thoughts and through the towns flashing by, their citizens and ghosts, the weather, the planets, celestial beings and the entire universe in its eternal motion. Be sure to join us for this amazing journey of imagination and stage wizardry.
Thornton Wilder was a 20th Century literary giant who not only won three Pulitzer Prizes, but wrote a play so popular that, even seventy-five years after its creation, "Our Town" has been performed somewhere in the world on every single night since it opened. His play, "The Matchmaker," was the basis for the musical comedy smash, "Hello, Dolly," and he wrote the screenplay for one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, "Shadow of a Doubt." His seven novels include "The Bridge at San Louis Rey," "The Ides of March" and "Theophilus North," which was adapted for the screen in 1988 as "Mr. North." Throughout his career, he wrote more than thirty short plays, of which "The Long Christmas Dinner" and "Pullman Car Hiawatha" are among the most popular. Kaaterskill Actors Theater and Petite Productions are delighted to bring you the work of this great American original.