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History



Established in 1944 as the Dramateurs and reorganized in 1992 as the Town Hall Theatre Company of Lafayette, we are the oldest continuously active theatre company in Contra Costa County. 

The land and the labor to build the historic Town Hall building were donated by the community. Construction was completed in May 1914 on land donated by Frank and Rosa Ghiglione who also contributed $200 towards building costs. The first event held in the building was a Grand Ball, and these events were so well-attended that the Sacramento Northern Railroad provided a special train from Oakland to West Lafayette. Often the festivities would begin around 9pm, with dinner at midnight, followed by dancing and more partying. One train reportedly left the Lafayette station at 5:30am.

Lafayette Grammar School used Town Hall as an auditorium until its own auditorium was built in 1944. Town Hall also hosted community meetings, church services, movies, and basketball. The Lafayette Playshop began holding theatrical performances there in 1941. Their opening night was December 3, 1941, just before the U.S. entered World War II - and so for the next four years Town Hall was used in the war effort.

Next, the Straw Hat Revue rented the building in 1947 - and in 1955, the Dramateurs began holding productions there. A local group called the "Laf-Frantics" performed there from 1956 to 1986. The Dramateurs reorganized as Town Hall Theatre Company in 1992, and the company has since delighted audiences of all ages and won numerous Shellie Awards for its work.

Live theatre continues in Lamorinda because of the generosity of its citizens, and the existence and use of the Town Hall building for this purpose over so many decades is a testament to this spirit.



PRODUCTION HISTORY

1944
Catching Up With Christmas

1945
Sleeping Beauty
Christmas Indian Suit

1946
Ladies of the Jury
Ten Nights In A Ballroom
Our Town

1947
Night of January 16th
No Time For Comedy
The Whole Town Is Talking

1948
The Good Bad Man

1949
January Thaw

1950
Guest In The House
2 Blind Mice
John Loves Mary

1951
Junior Miss
Light Up The Sky

1952
Dear Ruth
The State of the Union

1953
The Curious Savage
The Women

1954
The (Mortal Coils) Gioconda Smile
Summer and Smoke

1955
My Three Angels
Gigi
The Fourposter
Guardsman
The Beautiful People

1956
Point of No Return
Voice of the Turtle
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Anastasia

1957
The High Ground
Bus Stop
The Teahouse of the August Moon
Uncle Harry

1958
Anniversary Waltz
The Sleeping Prince
The Chalk Garden
Desk Set
Separate Tables

1959
The Rainmaker
The Rivals
The Happy Time
The Winslow Boy
The Hasty Heart

1960
Picnic
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Death of a Salesman
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Look Homeward, Angel

1961
Visit to a Small Planet
Rashomon
Life With Father
Mr. Roberts
The Busy Martyr

1962
The Silver Cord
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
The Grass Harp
Inherit The Wind

1963
Gigi
The Merchant of Venice
Stalag 17
Sunrise at Campobello

1964
Blithe Spirit
Summer and Smoke
Five Finger Exercise
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Romeo and Juliet

1966
Bus Stop
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Happy Time
The Best Man

1967
The Lady's Not For Burning
Ladies In Retirement
Send Me No Flowers
The Subject Was Roses
The American Dream

1968
Mornings At Seven
A Man For All Seasons
Barefoot In The Park
The Chalk Garden

1969
The Night of the Iguana
Witness For The Prosecution
Take Her, She's Mine
Our Town

1970
My Three Angels
Dracula
You Can't Take It With You
A Doll's House

1971
Cactus Flower
I Remember Mama
Plaza Suite

1972
The Heiress
The Lion In Winter
Born Yesterday
A Christmas Carol

1973
The Waltz of the Toreadors
Breath of Spring
Pillow Talk
A Christmas Carol

1974
Amphitry on 38
The Mousetrap
Life With Mother
Tom Jones
A Christmas Carol

1975
The Philadelphia Story
Kind Lady
The Pleasure of His Company
Hamlet
A Christmas Carol

1976
The Pursuit of Happiness
The Devil's Disciple
Ah, Wilderness!
A Christmas Carol

1977
Butterflies Are Free
How The Other Half Loves
Spider's Web
The Royal Family
A Christmas Carol

1978
Don't Drink The Water
The Playboy of the Western World
Come Blow Your Horn
Finishing Touches
A Christmas Carol

1979
Dial "M" For Murder
Berkeley Square
Sabrina Fair
Anna Christie
The Critic's Choice
A Christmas Carol

1980
The Country Girl
The Male Animal
Speaking of Murder
Watch on the Rhine
The Great Sebastians

1981
The Gazebo
Perfect Pitch
She Loves Me

1982
Desk Set
Forty Carats
I Never Sang For My Father
Murder At The Vicarage
Strange Bedfellows

1983
Bell, Book and Candle
Harvey
My Cousin Rachel

1984
Angel Street
Kind Sir
I Am A Camera
The Miracle Worker

1985
Inherit The Wind
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Send Me No Flowers

1986
Charley's Aunt
Cards On The Table
The Pajama Game

1987-88
Beyond Reasonable Doubt

1988
The Wake of Jamie Foster

1988-89
Artichoke

1989
On Golden Pond

1990-91
Bleacher Bums
Broadway Bound
The Threepenny Opera

1991-92
Snoopy!!!
Tea With Mrs. Hardy
Sherlock's Last Case
Legends
Talk Radio
Chapter Two

1992-93
Cobb
Stage Struck
A Few Good Men
Gemini

1993-94
The Heidi Chronicles
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
I Hate Hamlet
Groucho: A Life In Revue
Run For Your Wife

1994-95
The Lighthouse
Only Kidding
M. Butterfly
Baby
Breaking Legs

1995-96
Five Women Wearing The Same Dress
Melrose Stories
Conversations With My Father
An Act of the Imagination
Oh, Coward!

1996-97
Marvin's Room
A Southern Christmas
The Sisters Rosensweig
It's Only A Play
Move Over, Mrs. Markham

1997-98
Dancing At Lughnasa
The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Cheaters
Taking Sides
Diva Days

1998-99
Oleanna
First Monday In October
Rain
It's Showtime!
Beau Jest/Jest A Second

1999-2000
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Gershwin: Of Thee We Sing!
Gigi
I Do, I Do!
Red Scare on Sunset

2000-01
Crossing Delancey
The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Purely Porter
The Children's Hour
Fools

2001-02
The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)
Ravenscroft
We'll Take Manhattan
Getting And Spending
An Evening With Noel Coward

2002-03
Little Shop of Horrors
Arcadia
My Three Angels
The Women
S'Wonderful

2003-04
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The Last Night at Ballyhoo
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Twelfth Night
Room Service
Let's Go To The Movies!

2004-05
The Dinner Party
Groucho: A Life In Revue
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
The Unexpected Man
Bullshot Crummond
Let's Go To The Movies Redux

2005-06
Love Lafayette
Macbeth
Peter and Wendy
Wit
Five Women Wearing The Same Dress
Rough Crossing

2006-07
The Rocky Horror Show
Copenhagen
Carol of the Bells
Design For Living
Lend Me A Tenor
Let's Go To Casablanca

2007-08
Bleacher Bums
The Weir
Miracle on 34th Street
Moonlight and Magnolias
Baby, Be Mine

2008-09
The Graduate
Miracle on 34th Street
Rabbit Hole
The Odd Couple (Female Version)
One Night At The Hotel Grand

2009-10
Art
Scrooge!
Proof
The Importance of Being Earnest

2010-11
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Scrooge!
The Glass Menagerie
Twelfth Night

2011-12
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Scrooge!
Distracted
Pygmalion

2012-13
Sly Fox
It's A Wonderful Life
The Farnsworth Invention
Measure For Measure

2013-14
The Rainmaker
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
God of Carnage
Candida

2014-15
Company
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Angels In America: Millennium Approaches
Moon Over Buffalo

2015-16
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Harvey
Angels In America: Perestroika
Play It Again, Sam

 



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