Road Less Traveled Productions
In a historic neighborhood of Chicago, Arthur Przybyszewski owns a run-down donut shop that has been in his Polish family for six decades. His sole employee, Franco Wicks, a young African-American teenager, wants to change the shop for the better. SUPERIOR DONUTS, the comedy/drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts (August Osage County), follows the unexpected changes in the two men’s lives, while embracing the past and exploring the power of friendship.
Erma Bombeck, one of our country’s most beloved humorists, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Starring “Suburban Outlaw” and columnist Pam Sherman, this is the story behind America’s favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth.
The Pazinskis, 4 kids and 2 parents living over a saloon in 1959 lower-middle class Buffalo, are not having their usual merry Christmas. Dad is going through a mid-life depression and refuses to buy a Christmas tree. Sister Clarissa is threatening to expel 12-year-old Rudy for performing a blasphemous one-man Nativity Scene where he plays all the characters as Hollywood celebrities. Mom wants the happy man she married returned to her, and the two teenagers, sensing their parents’ discord, are worried that this may be their last Christmas together as a whole family. In CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN, in earthy, quirky Pazinski fashion, with comic songs and dream sequences, they all come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a family on this most stressful of holidays.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever in this collaborative production of the Tony-Award winning play, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.
BRIGHT STAR, featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, follows the life of literary editor Alice Murphy in the 1920s and 1940s in the American South. Alice meets a young soldier returning from World War II and their unique connection encourages her to confront her past and awakens emotions for the child she once lost. After a miraculous secret is unveiled, Alice discovers the power to transform both their lives, with a genuinely emotional performance set against an onstage ensemble of musicians and dancers. BRIGHT STAR is deeply personal and courageously hopeful.
Subscribers tell us that they’ve been wowed by the Shea’s 710 Theatre – and that’s just their response to the newly re-vamped bar and lobby that they can now enjoy before the show begins!
Here at Shea’s 710 Theatre, audiences have been thrilled with our seasons; featuring co-productions with local and international companies like Road Less Traveled Productions, MusicalFare Theatre, the Shaw Festival, and even plays host to the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo’s newest and most ambitious theatre company, All For One Theatre Productions.