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Festival 56 announces fall shows

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:05 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:06 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Festival 56 will open its late fall season with Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” from Nov. 22-30, followed by “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” from Dec. 10-19.

In classic Neil Simon comedic style, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” finds a rather full, middle-aged restaurateur trying to get hip to the free love vibe of the late 1960s by arranging a series of affairs at his mother’s apartment. Matthew C. Scott, a familiar leading man to Festival 56 audiences, returns to lead the cast.

The one-man show, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” examines the genius of the famous founder of Apple, along with the human price paid so the population can have a new high-tech device every two years. Tom Preece, a festival newcomer, stars in “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”

Festival 56 will conclude the 2013 season with two holiday plays. “Still Dreaming of a White Christmas,” by Laura Brigham, showcases the next chapter of this beloved classic. The show features many Christmas and Golden Era tunes. It runs from Dec. 6-21.

In addition, from Dec. 17-22, the festival will present “The Naughty List,” a play for children ages 3-10, also written by Brigham. When one of Santa’s elves finds himself on the naughty list, he realizes he has lost the meaning of Christmas and goes off in search of it. “The Naughty List” is a special event and is not included in the subscription package.

Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. All performances take place at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Tickets may be purchased at the Festival 56 Box Office from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, over the phone at 815-879-5656 or online at

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