Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Stage 3 Theatre of Sonora will open its 21st season in February with a variety of dramas, comedies, new works and classics.

Here are the five plays for 2014, along with comments from the theater.

"Park Your Car In Harvard Yard," by Israel Horovitz, Feb. 21 to March 23.

A hilarious, deeply moving tale about the toughest, meanest teacher to ever set foot in Gloucestor High School and the housekeeper he hires to look after him ... who has her own secrets.

"This play is at once hilarious, touching and unforgettable." - New York Festivals.

"Becky's New Car," by Steven Deitz, May 2 to June 1.

Becky Foster is caught in the middle - middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage. One night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works and she is offered nothing short of a new life ... and the audience gets to ride shotgun. A devious and delightful romp down the road not taken. Becky will have you in stitches and just might break your heart.

"On Golden Pond," by Ernest Thompson, July 11 to Aug. 10.

The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel, who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea - whom they haven't seen for years - feels she must be there for Norman's birthday. She and her fiance are on their way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the fiance's son. When she returns Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father that she always wanted. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last?

"What courage it must have taken for Mr. Thompson in the 1970s to write a play with so much affection in it." - The New Yorker.

"Good People," by David Lindsay-Abaire, Sept. 12 to Oct. 12.

This play takes you to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. This new American play is a smart, funny and suspenseful story about people who succeed and the "good people" who help them do it.

"Greetings," by Tom Dudzick, Nov. 14 to Dec. 21.

Miracles can happen. You'll never guess who shows up for the holidays at the Gorski house. You'd never believe it anyway. Even if you believed it, you might not believe it. Mysterious enough? You might leave the theater bigger and better than when you walked in.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Stage 3 offers preview nights as a fundraising event for local nonprofit organizations. It also rents its Great Room lobby and has an art gallery with space for local artists.

The theater is actively seeking actors and directors to join its productions. Open auditions will be held March 31 for "Becky's New Car," June 9 for "On Golden Pond" and Oct. 13 for "Greetings."

"New talent ensures that we will continue outstanding theater in the years to come," said new Artistic Director Van Gordon.

All auditions will begin at 6 p.m. at Stage 3 at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. For more information or to purchase season tickets, call 536-1778 or visit