The Modern Theater’s 2016-17 Season

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Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell

Hunter, Jeff, and their friends are on a journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at a festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theater—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration.

Sept 2 – 17
The Raymond E. Mielbrecht Theater

Direction by Troy Nickerson
Music Direction by Chris Beazer

The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee

Putnam Placard
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin

The sixth-graders are eager to win for very different reasons. Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn’t everything.

While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing “ding”. This show is a riotous ride complete with audience participation.

Sept 9 – Oct 22 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Lance Babbitt
Music Direction by Zack Baker


Chicago Placard
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Ebb and Bob Fosse

The Inland Northwest will be the home to longest-running musical in Broadway history. This classic is a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz. The six-time Tony Award and Grammy winner will tackle the roaring twenties with vaudeville flare! Join us for what has been called the most entertaining showbiz production in history.

Sept 23 – Oct 23 @ The Modern-Spokane

Direction by Abbey Crawford
Music Direction by Heather Brown

‘night Mother

'night Mother Placard
By Marsha Norman

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Finding order is the challenge for both Jessie and Thelma as they are unable to meaningfully communicate the importance of living. The despair of loneliness is too much for one to manage. The contemplation of choosing one’s own destiny is explored and ultimately determined.

Oct 21 – Nov 7 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Susan Hardie

All is Calm

All is Calm Master

By Peter Rothstein
Musical Arrangements by Erick Lichte
and Timothy C. Takach

In 1914, at the Western front, out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true experience, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. We are thrilled to make this special story an annual Inland Northwest Tradition.

Nov 25 – Dec 24 @ The Modern-Spokane

Direction by Abbey Crawford
Music Direction by Zack Baker

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Placard
Ken Ludwig

A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice! This journey of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer is an exciting one that your children will love!

Dec 2 -18 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Hannah Paton

Santaland Diaries

SantaLand placard
By David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello

An out of work slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first, the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Kringle’s workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Can Santa’s helper ever find goodwill, peace, and joy?

Dec 15 – 18

Direction by Juan Mas

A New Brain

A New Brain Placard
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine

With its existential questions and probing narrative, this is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Relentless humor and cynicism are used to promote a very serious and often sad inquiry into key human questions. What do we make of our time here? What do we make of our abilities?

Jan 6 – 22 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Robby French
Music Direction by Zack Baker

Freud’s Last Session

Freud Placard
Mark St. Germain

Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life. This deeply touching play filled with humor explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men.

Jan 13 – 29 @ The Modern-Spokane

Direction by Diana Trotter

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

By Alan Ball

Five very different bridesmaids find themselves hiding together in an upstairs bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception of a bride that, they soon realize, none of them really like! In this cramped bedroom above the wedding, these women talk, laugh, argue, cry, console one another, and slowly become friends.

Feb 3 -12
The Raymond E. Mielbrecht Theater

Direction by TBD

The Flick

The Flick
By Annie Baker

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. This Pulitzer Prize winner is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Feb 10 – 26 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Dawn Taylor- Reinhardt

Fool For Love

Fool for Love - Rollout
By Sam Shepard

Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other?

Feb 17 – Mar 5 @ The Modern-Spokane

Direction by Troy Nickerson


By Martin McDonagh

Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? In an interrogation room, we find the answer to these and others in this dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece.

Mar 10 – 19 in The Raymond E. Mielbrecht Theater

Direction by TBD

The Clean House

The Clean House Placard
By Sarah Ruhl

Full of emotional richness, this compassionate comedy takes place in ‘metaphysical’ Connecticut. Whimsical and poignant, it mixes fantasy and reality as it tells the story of five disparate characters. In the end, we learn to live with our flaws and those of others by forgetting the futile quest to iron out the rough edges and instead embracing the mess.

Mar 17 – Apr 2 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Brook Bassett

Who is Theo?

David Kimple

Amidst the late-night din of St. Patrick’s Day, Donna comes home to find a highly intoxicated man named Theo dressed like a leprechaun in her apartment. Theo’s undeniable charm and seemingly magical habits don’t make it easy to get rid of him. After everything from a police chase and zombie apocalypse, we find out who we are, who we could be, and who is Theo.

Mar 24 – Apr 9 @ The Modern-Spokane
Direction by Wed Deitrick

Ordinary Days


Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

Four young New Yorkers lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place, will appreciate the vibrant score full of memorable songs.

April 14 – 29 in The Raymond E. Mielbrecht Theater

Direction by TBD
Music Direction by Chris Beazer

The Fourposter

The FourPoster Placard
By Jan de Hartog

This Tony Award winner (Best Play) chronicles the lives of a husband and his wife from their wedding night in 1890 until they leave the house that has been their home of 35 years. They fret and quarrel, laugh, cry, and share love in the same room in which they began their married life. Standing throughout is the old fourposter, a silent witness to all.

Apr 28 – May 14 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Todd Jasmin

American Idiot

American Idiot Placard
Book and Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Michael Mayer
Music and Lyrics by Green Day

This two-time Tony Award-winner boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The energy-fueled rock opera features little dialogue relying on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. An intense adventure of youthful disillusion, the art features strong social messages and will leave you in awe of its powerful score.

May 5 – Jun 4 @ The Modern-Spokane

Direction by George Green
Music Direction Zack Baker


Titanic - Rollout
Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone

It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century ended the night that Titanic sunk. This emotional musical examines the causes, the conditions, and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating moment. This is the factual account of her officers, the crew, and the passengers; however, the central beauty of this event is its main character- the ship herself.

Jun 9 – Jul 2 @ The Modern-CDA

Direction by Abbey Crawford
Music Direction by Heather Brown


Heathers Placard
By Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

A homicidal new show based on the 1988 iconic teen comedy. This darkly delicious cult musical is a moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school. Join Veronica as she takes down Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio.

July 7 – 23 @ The Modern-Spokane

Direction by Heather McHenry-Kroetch
Music Direction by Zack Baker


Souvenir Placard
By Stephen Temperley

Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, her annual recitals in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Hotel brought her extraordinary fame. Her reluctant accompanist tells her story and his contempt eventually gives way to admiration, friendship, and affection. His attitude is revised, not only towards her singing but also to the very meaning of music itself.

June 16, 17 @ The Bing – Spokane

Direction by Brooke Kiener
Music Direction by Zack Baker

It’ll Come To You

Itll Come to you - Master
Book by Doug Dawson and George Green
Music by Doug Dawson and Zack Baker

When a very successful businessman, and recovering alcoholic has a relapse and returns to drinking, the consequences are tragic and lead to a conversation he will never forget. This musical journey through the life of one man, his accomplishments, and his grave sins, leave us questioning how much we give in life, how much we take, and whether it’s too late to change.

Aug 18, 19
The Bing- Spokane

Direction by George Green
Music Direction by Chris Beazer

One thought on “The Modern Theater’s 2016-17 Season”

  1. I can’t seem to locate we offer to volunteer for shows. Could you please give us the site again? We have volunteered in the past, and wish to continue to do so. larry and Shirley Grossman


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