Accomplice

by Rupert Holmes (Tony Award)
September 8 to October 8, 2017

Rupert Holmes was the winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s coveted “Edgar” award (the “Oscar” of crime and suspense).  Accomplice is “the comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers!” to quote the L.A. Times.

The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air.  But we will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection.  Who is the hunter and who the hunted… and precisely who is the Accomplice?

This theatrical roller coaster surprises,  twists and turns will trigger screams of laughter.  But remember, you must vow to keep it’s secrets hush-hush.


The Season of Love

by James Caputo
November 10 to December 10, 2017

*** A World Premiere! ***

The Holidays bring out the best in us for it is the Season of Love.  Four stories about the variety of love and its power to transform.  At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, each begins with an encounter of two people at a challenging time of life.  From the affluent to the homeless, they meet in restaurants, back alleys and funeral parlors.  And, as in life, each couple has its own story to tell.

Two middle aged people connect despite technology.  Two inter-generational women connect to transit a rite of passage.  A marriage strains its weathered connections.  A homeless couple are connected by the stars and a love of literature.  All in the season of love.


Outside Mullingar

by John Patrick Shanley
January 19 to February 18, 2018

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40.  Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well.  Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away.

A very Irish story of delayed romance told with poetic passion.  A journey of two eccentric souls, at time heartbreaking, at times heartwarming and always deeply moving. Outside Mullingar is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to chance love.”  – NY Daily News.


Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by Ken Ludwig (Tony Award)
March 23 to April 22, 2018

Get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot!  Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor) turns Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles on its head and transforms it through theatrical inventiveness into a madcap comedy-adventure.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case.  The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one.  To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters.  Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire?  Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.


For Better

by Eric Coble
May 25 to June 24, 2018

Playwright Coble makes hay with the effects of electronic communications on romance, intimate relationships and marriage.  At the center of this dance is Karen, who spends more time talking with her fiance Max via wireless media than in person.  In this plugged-in world of iPhones and iPads and laptops do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon?

A romantic comedy for the digital age, where the intricacies of overlapping calls, three-party conferencing, and concurrent instant messages and emails substitute for good old fashion human interaction.

“Eric Coble’s hilariously funny, psychologically astute portraits hit home with rib-tickling acuity” – New York Times

“Coble’s work is a tour de force with physical and verbal comedy to spare” – The New Yorker


Out On A Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City

July 2018

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City,” is designed to create and stage new one-act plays. The program strives to develop and produce new work that will engage playwrights and theater artists in Southern California.  It is our intention to celebrate diversity, to entertain, educate, and expand the horizons of our patrons and develop new audiences, and to contribute to the cultural and economic growth of our community.