Signature Season


58th Signature Season Announcement!

Tuesday May 18 at 5:30 pm MHT announced our next season!  (Visit our facebook page @MarketHouseTheatre to watch the announcement video.)

September 9-12,16-19, 2021 Always...Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley. “Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all.  

November 11-14, 18-21, 2021  The World Premiere Riot Asbury Park written by  Kentucky playwright Amanda Haan. After a few days of violent rioting, a newly made detective and a conflict consultant are given a mandate by the police chief and the mayor to conduct a private meeting with three black and three white residents to try to assess the social breakdown, promote communication between the groups, and most importantly to draw up a proposal of how to end the riot. This story is about community, racism, disenfranchisement, cooperation, honesty, patience, and perseverance. (Inspired by real people and real events).

February 10-13, 17-20, 2022  World Premiere of the AACT NEW PLAYFEST National winning script Unpacking Mother by Karen Schaeffer.  Sisters, Cassie and Kathryn, have had little communication since Kathryn left for college. Upon their mother’s death, Kathryn, long absent, returns home to help Cassie, the primary caregiver, sort through their mother’s hoarded possessions. As they unpack boxes, they encounter their younger selves and unearth truths about their mother’s illness and father’s secrets. Unpacking allows each sister to exorcise the demons that shaped their adult lives so they can meet on the other side, open to a new relationship.  Directed by Kathy Pingel

April 21-24, April 28-May 1, 2022 The Gods of Comedy by Ken Ludwig. Daphne and Ralph are young professors who teach classical Greek at the college.  They have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars.  But something goes disastrously wrong, and Daphne cries out in a panic, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!”… and the gods actually appear!  However they turn out to be the screwball gods of ancient comedy.  A comic romp that will leave audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter. Directed by April Cochran.

May 26- 29, June 2-5, 9-12, 2022 JC Superstar by Andrew Loyd Webber and Tim Rice.  The smash rock musical story of the last days of Jesus as told by Judas Iscariot.     

Special Add On World Premiere 

January 13-16, 20-23, 2022  The World Premiere of You’re My Man  by Kentucky Playwright Ross Carter.  Buck and Buster, a classic country music duo on the eve of finally getting recognized by the Country Music Association Awards, find themselves in a “situation” after they help a young female singer trying to record her first song, “You’re My Man”. Of course they were only in the studio showing her how the song should be sung. Who would guess that the girl's jealous ex-boyfriend would get hold of the recording and use it for his own nefarious purposes setting off a storm of controversy and comedy in the country music industry?

57th Signature Season

Making God Laugh by Sean Grennan
November 5 - 22, 2020
There is a quote that “God laughs at the plans and we make” and we couldn’t think of a better show to open our season during this changing time.  This comedy follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.  “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…”
Rounding Third by Richard Dresser
March 4-21, 2021
Rounding Third is the tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches, through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game. Don is a coach who believes that winning is what is most important in baseball, and he is all about the game. Michael is his assistant coach, a businessman who believes that kids should have fun when they play baseball. These conflicting personalities instantly clash. Don's kid is the star pitcher of the team, and Michael's kid can barely remember to keep his shoelaces tied. The audience is the stand-in for the team, so the coaches speak directly to the audience about competition, character, punctuality, and the importance of wearing the right equipment.
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
April 8 - 25, 2021
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee the play also shows us the underlying strength—and love— which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Book by Rachel Sheinkin,  Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss
May 27-June 13, 2021
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
Performances for each of the shows are scheduled over a 3-4 week time period to give the theatre more flexibility for seating. 


2020 - 2021 Family Series

The Rainbow Fish adapted from the book by Marcus Pfister, translated into English by J.  Alison James, with illustrations by Marcus Pfister.
September 24 - October 4, 2020 (Taking place in our outdoor, MHT Courtyard performance space!)
Everybody loves the international bestseller and award-winning book, The Rainbow Fish, with its wonderful message of friendship and belonging. With shiny, multi-colored scales, Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in all of the ocean, and the only one of his (or her!)  kind.  But when Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature.  Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, who helps him learn that it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful.

The Christmas Book, An original script written by Michael Cochran.  
Dec. 10 - 20, 2020
The Christmas Book starts on December 23, 1949 with an unexpected snowstorm and the arrival of the stranger at a rural farm. The family invites the stranger to stay until the storm passes.  The discovery of an unusual book from among the stranger’s things begins a miraculous journey for the farm family.  As more miracles happen for each of the family members, it becomes clear the stranger and his book are not just a chance happening.  

Charlotte's WebAdapted by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book by E.B. White.
Feb. 4 - 14, 2021
Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give your actors a great opportunity and your audience an evening of enchantment. 


*General Season Information:

Signature Season Showtimes:

Evening performances begin at 7:00 PM.
Matinee performances begin at 2:30 PM with matinees on Sundays and the second Saturday.

Family Series Showtimes:

Evening performances begin at 7:00 PM.
Matinee performances begin at 2:30 PM with matinees on Sundays and some Saturday performances - varies by show. 

Other Information:

  • The MHT Lobby opens 90 minutes before showtime with theatre doors opening 30 minutes before showtime.
  • Showtimes range from 90 - 120 minutes for the Signature Season, with a 10-minute intermission.
  • Showtimes range from 45 - 90 minutes for the Family Series, with no intermission. 
  • Single tickets go on-sale three weeks prior to opening night. 
  • Single tickets are over the phone, and in-person.  Some tickets may be available online.  

MHT Box Office:
132 Market House Square
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM

*All shows, dates, times, and protocols are subject to change for this season due to COVID-19. This page will be updated as changes are made. 

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