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Sommer Schoch, or (859) 322-2739


Flashback Theater Co. (FbTC) is pleased to announce the production of three shows in the next season and one show to conclude its current season, along with the continuation of the Let’s Play! series.

FbTC is thankful for all sponsors and would like to recognize 2015-16 Season Sponsor: ABA, LLC for its continued support of the production of theater that speaks to the soul.

And the Tide Shall Cover the Earth

by Norma Cole
August 7 – 16, 2015 (weekends only)

The conclusion of FbTC’s inaugural season is Norma Cole’s unforgettably warm and true story of a remarkable grandmother and her granddaughter confronted by inexorable nature and change. The setting is within in the world of the lakes and dams of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The hydroelectric dam at Wolf Creek is finished and closed, and heavy rains lift the levels of the new lake. Soon water will cover the lands and farms long-since purchased, and people must move to new towns. Granny is determined to keep her promise to her man in the graveyard. Her granddaughter, Geneva, is just as certain they will leave. The two are locked in a contest of “the stubborns.”

This show will be done “blackbox” style in the small ballrooms at the Center for Rural Development so seating is limited!

Norma Cole is best known for her play And the Tide Shall Cover the Earth based on her novel, Final Tide. Born in South Dakota in 1925, she moved to Michigan and taught school for many years while she raised a family. Once her children were grown, Cole decided to run away from home to pursue her lifelong dream of writing a novel and having it published. She settled in Kentucky, moving a log cabin from its original site in the Ohio River Valley to a wooded and solitary mountain outside of Monticello where she lived and worked for many years. Cole accomplished her goal, finishing and, after a great deal of work, publishing Final Tide not too many years after moving. Not content with one novel, she went on to write other books and plays before she passed away in July 1999.

Circle Mirror Transformation

by Annie Baker
November 6 – 15, 2015 (weekends only)

When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Annie Baker grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include The Flick (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Obie Award for Playwriting), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best New American Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival), for which she also designed the costumes. Her plays have been produced at over 150 theaters throughout the U.S., and have been produced internationally in over a dozen countries. Other recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Lilly Award, and Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship. A published anthology of her work, The Vermont Plays, is available from TCG.

The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
February 26 – March 6, 2016 (weekends only)

Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the utterly reliable John Worthing J.P., lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

Oscar Wilde’s rich and dramatic portrayals of the human condition came during the height of the prosperity that swept through London in the Victorian Era of the late 19th century. At a time when all citizens of Britain were finally able to embrace the literature once afforded only by wealthy and educated citizens, Wilde wrote many short stories, plays and poems that continue to inspire millions around the world.

Hazard County

by Allison Moore
August 5 – 14, 2016 (weekends only)

When a young producer stumbles into town looking for stories and a fresh start, he believes he’s found both in Ruth. Her made-for-TV tale captures his attention — a broke young widow in a rural Kentucky town, unable to access the trust fund set up for her children after her husband’s murder. But neither of them has told the other the whole truth, and a past tainted by racism threatens to destroy Ruth’s already shaky existence. This story is interspersed with memorable monologues from fans and critics of The Dukes of Hazzard, who blow apart the Southern stereotypes that tend to define Ruth’s world.

Allison Moore is a displaced Texan living in Minneapolis, where she is a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center. Her plays include Hazard County, Eighteen, Urgent Fury, The Strange Misadventures of Patty, CowTown, and American Klepto. Her work has been developed or read at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, InterAct Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club; and produced at the Cherry Lane Alternative, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Actor’s Express, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. Ms. Moore has received two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and received her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Tickets for the fall shows can be purchased online by going to: Reservations may also be made in person at Carnegie Community Arts Center or by phone at (859) 322-2739 starting May 18. You may also download and send in your ticket form with payment by check using the links below:

Tide Ticket Order Form
Circle Mirror Ticket Order Form

Tickets not paid for in advance will be held at will call. Tickets held at will call will be released 10 minutes prior to curtain if not picked up. Ticket exchanges may be made anytime prior to the date of the original ticket with no fee.