Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Murphys Creek Theatre will present four shows in its 2013 season - all comedies - beginning next month.

This year MCT will split its time between two shows at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys and two shows at the Cornelia B. Stevenot Memorial Amphitheater at 2690 San Domingo Road, also in Murphys.

MCT's 19th season will begin with the fast paced farce "Rough Crossing" at the Black Bart Playhouse. Moving outdoors for the summer, the season will continue with one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies, "Much Ado About Nothing."

The third offering is an irreverent spoof of all of Shakespeare's canon, "The Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (Revised)," while the season will close with a mirthful parody, "The Adventures of Robin Hood, a British Panto."

Opening April 19 will be Tom Stoppard's farce, "Rough Crossing." Set in the 1930s, the co-authors, composer and cast of a musical comedy destined for Broadway are trying to both rehearse and finish writing the play while on board a transatlantic ocean liner. But when the lead actress is caught in a "compromising" situation, the composer refuses to finish the play, leaving the co-authors scheming to convince him it was all a misunderstanding.

Stoppard's play is a fast paced adaptation of Ferenc Molnar's classic farce, "The Play at the Castle."

"This will be MCT's take on a wonderfully witty and insightful adaptation of one of the world's best known comedies by one of the world's greatest modern playwrights," said Graham Green, artistic director.

"Rough Crossing" will run through May 19.

On June 21, MCT will move to the Stevenot Amphitheater for the "Theatre Under the Stars" program, opening with Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The story opens with soldiers returning from war, some of whom carry the invisible scars of conflict. But the play is ultimately a comedy in which a band of pranksters conspire to bring Beatrice and Benedick, two of the sharpest wits in literature, together at the altar.

"Much Ado" will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through July 20.

The second show of the summer is a spoof of Shakespeare and literary pretension, "The Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (Revised)," by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours.

"The whole family will enjoy watching three talented actors, armed with an outrageous assortment of outerwear and props, cram the Bard's entire canon of plays - and sonnets - into 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity," Green said.

"Compleat Wks" plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from Aug. 2 through Sept.1.

The final show of the 2013 season is "The Adventures of Robin Hood, a British Panto." British Panto is an art form borne out of the raucous music halls of 19th century England that begins with a well-known story and roasts it. Panto is full of comics and cross dressers, locals and laughs. The show promises to be a blast of high energy humor in this hilarious original holiday entertainment," Green said.

"Robin Hood" plays Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinees from Nov. 29 through Dec. 22.

Tickets for the 2013 season, including a special season subscription package, are available now by calling 728-8422 or online at

In addition to the 4 plays presented in the 2013 season, Murphys Creek Theatre continues its renowned educational program, "The Mirror Project." In addition to dance, voice and improvisation classes, the Mirror Project students will perform their own version of "Much Ado about Nothing". The Mirror Project classes meet Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm beginning June 24th. The program culminates with two public performances of the students' version of "Much Ado" on July 22nd and 23rd. Both performances begin at 7pm.

Tickets for the 2013 season including our special season subscription package are available now by calling (209) 728-8422 or online at