July 6 - July 19, 2017
From the mind of award-winning playwright Aaron Posner comes a celebratory work of the foibles of humanity. In this fiercely playful reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, and estranged family gather over a weekend to grapple with life’s thorniest questions, each other and you. What could possibly go wrong? Heartfelt, but never sentimental; full of endless amazement and wonder; and always, always tipping toward more love, hope, passion and perseverance. Never has unhappiness been so much fun.
“I’m head-over-heels in love with this play. We all know the pain of age or overwork or of desperately loving someone with whom you could never share a kiss. It aches and it sucks. But all that aching and sucking is what makes you feel alive, and the unfulfilled longing that you feel so deeply lets you know that your feelings run that deep.”
—Alan Katz, DC Theatre Scene
Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains sexual themes and strong language.
Life Sucks is generously sponsored by Jeri L. Wolfson
Company of Fools’ 22nd season sponsors are Anonymous, The Shubert Foundation, Carr Foundation, Linda & Bob Edwards, Ken Lewis, Scott Miley Roofing, Priscilla Pittiglio, Linda & Bill Potter, Mary Ann & John Underwood, Barbara & Stanley Zax and media sponsor The Weekly Sun
The Professor……….Andrew Alburger
Dr. Aster……….Joel Vilinsky
Direction……….John Glenn and Ilana Becker
Stage Management……….Anne Huston*
Scenic Design……….Joe Lavigne
Lighting Design……….Mike Inwood**
Costume Design……….Maria Gerhardt
Set Dressing, Props & Sound Design……….K.O. Ogilvie
Wig Design……….Jenn Rush
Scenic Painting……….Rich Rush and Dennis Rexroad
Production Assistant……….Christine Leslie
*Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
**United Scenic Artists
Pricing varies depending on the production. Check out our upcoming schedule!
$35 senior (62 and over)
$15 student (with student ID)
$35 group (8 or more)
*Ticket prices do not include taxes or processing fees.
Learn, explore and have fun with Company of Fools. Take advantage of some interesting ways to engage with theatre and the current performance on a deeper level:
“Pay What You Feel” Night – Thu, July 6, 7pm
Join us for the first performance of Life Sucks and literally pay whatever you’d like! Tickets go on sale at the Liberty Theatre box office one hour prior to the performance. There are no reserved seats. Simply buy your ticket, find a seat and enjoy the show. If you’d prefer to reserve your seats, you may also purchase your tickets at full price for this performance.
“Girls’ Night Out” – Sat, July 8, 8pm
Going to the theatre has gotten even more fun! This performance offers a pre-show happy ½-hour with discounted wine, beer, and bubbly; deals at local partner restaurants; and a chance to win fabulous prizes.
“Backstage Tour/Post-Show Chat Back” – Sun, July 9, 7pm (immediately following show)
Immediately following the performance, stay for a thought-provoking and fun discussion with the artists of Life Sucks. And enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the design elements that went into creating the show with COF’s resident set designer Joe Lavigne.
“10 for 10″
Ten seats are sold for $10 each, on each night, at the box office starting one hour prior to the performance. Limit two tickets per person
Where is Company of Fools (COF) located ?
COF’s home base is the historic Liberty Theatre at 110 North Main Street in beautiful Hailey, Idaho.
Where can I pick up my tickets?
You may pick up your tickets at COF’s box office at the Liberty Theatre (M-F, 10-4) or the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Center), Ketchum during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5 – Saturdays in Feb & Mar, Jul & Aug, 11-5) or one hour prior to curtain at the Liberty on the day of the performance. Tickets purchased via phone or online will be held at will call.
How do I exchange my tickets?
If you need to exchange your tickets for a different performance date of the same show, please call our box office at 208-578-9122 and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request based on availability.
Do you have group rates or special ticket pricing?
Sun Valley Center members and seniors receive discounts on tickets at Company of Fools. In addition, we offer several different programs to make theatre affordable for everyone: Pay What You Feel (the first night of every theatre production – not play readings), Educator’s’ Night, Group Rates (for 8 or more) and “10 for $10” (10 seats in the front row are sold for $10 each starting at one hour prior to curtain).
Is there a dress code at your theatre?
We do ask that you come wearing clothes and shoes, but beyond that, it’s really up to you! There’s usually a wide range of attire at our theatre, and at a given performance you may see people wearing anything from shirt and tie to jeans and cowboy boots.
Is your theatre wheelchair accessible?
The Liberty Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible and has an ADA compliant restroom. Front row and flexible seating is available upon request. Please call our box office with any special requests at 208-578-9122.
Are children welcome at your performances?
Most seasons, COF stages at least one production appropriate for children. Please take a moment to review our season on our website to see what is available for children.
We recommend children under age 3 do not attend any performance as COF does not allow babes in arms. All children must have a reserved seat.
If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 208-578-9122.
Can I purchase food and drink at your theatre?
A selection of beverages (bottled water, wine, beer, coffee, and tea) and snacks are available at our concessions counter. Food and beverage brought in from the outside is not allowed in the theatre. Cash or credit cards are accepted.
Does Company of Fools sell gift certificates?
Yes! When you’re ready to order, just call our box office at 208-578-9122 and we’ll get you squared away. Gift certificates can be used for any Company of Fools/Sun Valley Center for the Arts events.
Do you have an infra-red hearing system?
Not at this time, however the acoustics are excellent at the Liberty. Please contact the box office if you have any special needs regarding seating.
What kind of lodging is available in Hailey?
See the Hailey Chamber Website for details.
What restaurants are in the area?
See the Hailey Chamber’s website for details.
Where can I park?
Please visit our Directions & Parking page here for details.
What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?
Please call us at 208-578-9122 or send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you out!
Company of Fools is proud to produce plays that reflect the beauty and complexity of our contemporary world; as such, our productions may contain adult themes, content, and language. If you have questions about the content of any of our shows, or if you are wondering about a play’s appropriateness for younger audiences, please contact the Box Office; we are happy to provide you with any information to help you make an informed decision!