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Darien Arts Center Stage Sets Lineup 2015-16 Season

Darien Arts Center board member Michael DuPont preparing for a stage production in the DAC Weatherstone
Darien Arts Center board member Michael DuPont preparing for a stage production in the DAC Weatherstone Photo Credit: Diane Farrell
Jessie Gilbert, Larry Reina, Eileen Lawless and Gary Betsworth in a previous production by DAC Stage.
Jessie Gilbert, Larry Reina, Eileen Lawless and Gary Betsworth in a previous production by DAC Stage. Photo Credit: Diane Farrell

DARIEN, Conn. -- DAC Stage, the Darien Art Center’s community theatre group, has announced its 2015-16 season.

The season features four shows: two comedies, a musical and a drama, with two shows produced as staged readings by local playwrights.

The works will run in the DAC Weatherstone Studio from October through April 2016.

“We are very excited to build on the momentum that DAC Stage has recently gained as a noteworthy theatre group,” said Amy Allen, executive director.

“There is something for everyone in the upcoming season," Allen said.

The new season will begin with two comedies, the first a one-night production of "The Family," a comedy about children, parents and authority.

At a private school in Fairfield County, the students of Mrs. Moritz’s fifth-grade class invent a disastrous new game that has the whole school wanting to be part of "The Family."

This staged reading of the play by local playwright Rocco Natale takes place on Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

The second comedy, "The Nerd," by Larry Shue, opens for a three-week run in November.

It was the top grossing American play in London's West End in 1986 and is based on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam.

The visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid "nerd" who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.

Performances of "The Nerd" are on Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and on Nov. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Bob Johnson is the director.

Shakespeare and "The Heart’s Desire," a drama, is third in the DAC Stage lineup and is written by local playwright Mary Jane Shaefer.

The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the town hall.

For more information or tickets, visit www.darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

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