Paul Rundnick’s ‘The New Century’ Staged by Pegasus Theatre Co. in Guerneville

Pegasus Theater Company presents The New Century, a hilarious and affecting comedy written by Paul Rudnick and directed by John Rowan. It opens November 2 and runs through November 25 at the Mt. Jackson Masonic Lodge in downtown Guerneville.

The New Century introduces us to some wonderfully outrageous characters. There’s the flamboyant Mr. Charles, brazenly defying the notion that to achieve social acceptance gay people should behave themselves and sit quietly with their hands folded. And there’s Helene, impressively politically correct about her variously gendered children. And Barbara Ellen, a midwestern craftsperson and competitive cake decorator, from whom we learn a lot about art (whether it’s a painting by Rembrandt or a knitted toaster cover) and about survival.

NY Times reviewer Ben Brantley has written that “Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today.”

Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students; the performances on November 2 and 9 are pay-what-you-can.

Tickets may be purchased at pegasustheater9.brownpapertickets.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Seats for the pay-what-you-can performances are available on a walk-in basis only.

More information about the plays and directions to the Masonic Lodge are available on our website at pegasustheater.com.