The cast of “A Bad Year for Tomatoes’ from left, Rich McMahan, Navara Wallace, Chikta Wallace, Victoria Biron, Pamela Dollack, Kerry Burns, Mike Schlapp, and Kate Read.

MARGATE – Fool Moon Theatre Company has announced its lineup of productions for the 2024 season.

Productions include, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” opening May 10; “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” opening July 19; and “The Miracle Worker” set for Sept. 10. All productions will be held at the Margate Community Church, 8900 Ventnor Ave.

“It’s a classic season of great American comedy, music, and drama,” Fool Moon President and Co-founder Pattye Herron said. “And we open with the funniest show no one ever heard of, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.” It’s a hilarious farce from beginning to end.”

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick, Tomatoes tells the story of a Hollywood star who seeks peace to write her memoirs in a sleepy New England town and has her life upended by local zanies, a psychotic doppelganger and a murder charge.

“It’s flat out funny,” Director Paul Herron said. “We’re thrilled to bring this little known classic American comedy to the Margate stage.”

The first 50 tickets sold online for the Mother’s Day performance of Tomatoes will be $20 per ticket.

Stephen Sondheim’s joyous, musical romp through ancient Rome, “A Funny Thing…” includes desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, convoluted plot twists and secrets behind every toga. Kim Tucker will direct.

The Tony Award-winning, “The Miracle Worker,” is the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months. With compassion, humor and dramatic tension, the production explores the volatile relationship between a lonely teacher and her headstrong charge.

Andrea Zackheim-Poetsch, who last performed as the stage manager for Fool Moon Theatre’s “Our Town,” will direct. The Sept. 22 performance includes an American Sign Language interpreter.

Joe Lazarus, Fool Moon Theatre veteran and technical director for the full season, is well known for his exceptional scenic and lighting designs and has designed shows at Tropicana Casino, South Jersey Regional Theatre, and the original Gateway Playhouse.

“The 2024 season promises to be our most adventurous and satisfying season ever,” Herron said. “We hope that all of South Jersey joins us in our celebration of the American theater.”

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