MAINSTAGE PLAY - Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving play, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.
SAUKSECONDS PLAY - Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart.
SPECIAL EVENT - The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company returns to The Sauk for their fourth annual visit (delayed from 2020) with Shakespeare's lesser known play Measure for Measure. When the Duke of Vienna mysteriously leaves his post, his deputy Angelo is left in charge of the city. Angelo sets about enforcing strict morality laws that have previously been ignored. When a young man named Claudio is arrested because his fiancee is expecting before their wedding, Claudio's sister, Isabella, comes to plead for mercy for her brother. Meanwhile, the Duke observes all the events in his city by taking on a disguise.
SAUKSECONDS PLAY - An annual Sauk tradition, Sauk Shorts is a celebration of short plays. Each play tells a complete story in 8-15 minutes. The plays will make you laugh, touch your heart and entertain you with their originality. Perhaps the most unique and original production in any Sauk season, Sauk Shorts guarantees something for everyone.
SPECIAL EVENT - The Sauk is dedicated to the development of new theatrical works. Each year, we present staged readings of new plays still in the process of being written. After the readings, we invite the audience to respond to what they have heard. When they can, the playwrights attend these readings and join the discussion. These works may include adult themes and/or strong language. This is a free event.
SAUKSECONDS PLAY - This play follows the Blossom family as they travel cross country to see Aunt Olivia, who has cancer. She is a renowned environmental artist who creates enormous sculptures out of kites. The family camps along the way, having various adventures and meeting relatives and strangers. When they arrive in Taos, New Mexico, Olivia is fading in and out of reality, or is she?
Based on the book by E.B. White
July 16 and 23 at 10 a.m.
July 17, 18, 25 and 25 at 3 p.m.
July 17 and 24 at 7 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENT - This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart who is born into an ordinary New York family. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are captured in this adaptation by Joseph Robinette, who also dramatized the highly acclaimed stage version of Charlotte's Web (presented by The Sauk in September 2020). The many adventures—both big and small—of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this story-theatre presentation. The acting ensemble plays many human and animal roles in a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a "real people's world."
Based on the Parker Brothers' Board Game
MAINSTAGE MUSICAL - The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Body, in what room, and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun-filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons, and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience.
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
MAINSTAGE PLAY (WITH MUSIC) - A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure. Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).
Based on the book by E.B. White
August 19-21, 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., August 22 and 29 at 3 p.m.
SPECIAL EVENT - One of the longest running shows in Off-Broadway history, this delightful evening gives new meaning to the phrase "And now for something completely different!" Audience members are the guests at the nuptial celebration of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale in all its tacky and hilarious glory. Following the church service is a reception where the audience joins the wedding party and their bickering families for a pasta dinner, champagne toasts, wedding cake and dancing. This production contains adult language and themes. Performances at Johnny T's Bistro in Hillsdale.
From the novel by L.M. Montgomery
MAINSTAGE PLAY - This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery's enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen's Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne's growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether your an "old friend" of Anne's or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature's most unforgettable characters.
SPECIAL EVENT - Based on a true-life experience, a man discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tragedy is masterfully transformed into a one-man comedy, perfectly portrayed by Ed Asner in his hilarious visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want. Asner is a master of comedy, and charms with his personality and distinct voice. While it is of serious health issue, A Man and His Prostate is highly entertaining while serving as a public service announcement for men to get prostate screening and check-ups. Tickets are available now at www.thesauk.org.
SPECIAL EVENT - A long-time tradition, The Sauk celebrates “Riverfest” with A Night of Improv Comedy starring GoProv, a professional improvisational comedy troupe from Indiana. The entire evening is made up from suggestions from the audience. We guarantee you will laugh. Tickets are available in advance at www.thesauk.org, during Riverfest or at the door.