TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard

Directed by Gil Johnson

Starring Cullen Moss, Shane Callahan, Nick Basta, Ann Donnell and Karman Franck

SHOW DATES:  May 4-8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18-22. All shows at 8pm.

TICKETS: or 910.632.2285

ABOUT THE SHOW: One of Shepard’s finest plays, True West is a visceral display of sibling rivalry, as darkly funny as it is unnerving. Austin is a successful family man making his living as a Hollywood screenwriter while his older, estranged brother Lee is a vagabond and thief, drifting across the American desert. Lee unexpectedly drifts back into Austin’s life, and after charming his brother’s movie producer boss, is given the opportunity at a movie deal of his own, at Austin’s loss. As the brothers unravel at breakneck speed, violently entangling each other in their own respective failures, this tale of classic sibling contention brings to light a family portrait capable of reminding us all from where we came.

LADY by Craig Wright

Directed by Dan Morris

Starring Justin Smith, Gil Johnson and Jon Stafford

SHOW DATES:  June 1-4, 8-12, 15-19. All shows at 8pm.

TICKETS: or 910.632.2285

ABOUT THE SHOW: Deep in the woods of Illinois, three childhood friends come together for their annual hunting trip. Now middle-aged, divided by their changing political attitudes, and facing mortality in a number of guises, they find that the common fabric of friendship has been shredded by time.

Ruthless! The Musical

music by Marvin Laird

book & lyrics by Joal Paley

Directed by Katherine Vernon

Music direction by Jonathan Barber

SHOW DATES:  June 29-30, July 1-3, July 6-10, July 13-17. Wednesday - Saturday shows at 8pm.  Sunday shows at 3pm.

TICKETS: or 910.632.2285

ABOUT THE SHOW: Eight-year-old Tina Denmark was born to entertain.  When the school play announces auditions for its upcoming musical “Pippi in Tahiti,” Tina knows she must land the lead role at any cost, including murder.  Poking fun at some of Broadway’s greatest musicals, Ruthless! is a cutthroat romp with outrageous music and a malicious, but delicious sense of humor.

How-to-fall-in-love-in-10-minutes-or-less Play Series

SHOW DATES:  August 3-7, August 11-14 & August 18-21. Wednesday - Saturday shows at 8pm.  Sunday shows at 3pm. (Wednesday show is first week only.)

TICKETS: or 910.632.2285

ABOUT THE SHOW: The Cape Fear Theatre Arts New Works Festival presents How-to-Fall-in-Love-in-10-minutes-or-Less, a series of 10-minute plays written by local playwrights that pay tribute to the varying themes of love.  A woman with horrible luck in the dating scene finds love in an unexpected place.  Two amateur scientists look for love in a far away place.  A couple asks all the wrong questions at the end of their relationship.  A union is put to the test after the death of a pet.  Three strangers attempt to find commonality in their varying perspectives on art.  And more...  With plays by Hilarie Burton, Lynn Casper & Brad Land, Christy English, Nicholas Gray, Isabel Heblich, Ingrid Jungermann, Russell Redmond, Carmen Rodrigues, and CM Wallace.

For tickets to any of the shows in the THALIAN HALL STUDIO THEATRE SUMMER SEASON, please go to or call (910) 632-2285.

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