2020 5 Buck Series

Western Reserve Playhouse presents its

2020 $5 Buck Series

“What the Butler Saw” – Joe Orton 

January 26, 2020 – 2:00PM 

Directed by Jim Fippin 

Dr. Prentice is a shady doctor wishing to seduce a prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay. When Dr. Prentice’s wife shows up during the interview, the conflicts begin. Mrs. Prentice herself is being blackmailed by Nicholas Beckett, so she promises him the secretary position. In this play full of ironies there is nudity, examinations, reversals of gender roles, straight jackets, guns and drugs. The end of the story includes an unexpected twist. 


“The Thanksgiving Play” –  Larissa FastHorse

March 15, 2020 – 2:00PM

Directed by Constance Thackaberry

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.


“Hand to God” – Robert Askins

May 17, 2020 –  2:00PM

Directed by Andrew Cruse 

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.




“The Cake” – Bekah Brunstetter

July 5, 2020 – 2:00PM 

Directed by Shane Stahl 


Della makes cakes, not judgment calls – those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. She can’t really make a cake for such a wedding, can she? For the first time in her life, Della has to think for herself.


“Dinner with Friends” – Donald Marguiles 

September 13, 2020 – 2:00PM

Directed by Jim Fippin 

Starring: Shani Ferry, Jasen Smith, Keith Stevens, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Over the past decade, Donald Margulies has written some of the most insightful works in contemporary American drama. His body of work includes The Loman Family Picnic, Sight Unseen, The Model Apartment and Collected Stories, and with each succeeding work his audiences have grown. It is no surprise that his newest work is his most critically successful yet. As with all of Margulies’s work, he is a master of observing what might be considered the ordinary moments of life and its foibles with fresh ears. Dinner with Friends is a funny yet bittersweet examination of the married lives of two couples who have been extremely close for dozens of years. Although it seems to be treading on familiar ground, Dinner keeps changing its perspective to show how one couple’s breakup can have equally devastating effects on another’s stability.


“The Pillowman” – Martin McDonaugh

November 8, 2020 – 2:00PM

Directed by Kyle Huff 

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.