MONMOUTH — Theater at Monmouth recently announced the plays of season 48.

The repertory includes Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” directed by Dawn McAndrews and “Othello” directed by Catherine Weidner; Richard Greenberg’s “Three Days of Rain” directed by Kate Bergstrom; Molière’s “The Learned Ladies” directed by Sally Wood; and Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet” directed by Jennifer Nelson.

Performances take place in Cumston Hall, 796 Main St., a 250-seat Victorian opera house designed by Harry Cochrane. Since its founding TAM has rehearsed and performed in rotating repertory, inviting audiences to see the actors in different roles in different shows in one weekend.

Summer season lineup:

“Three Days of Rain,” by Richard Greenberg and directed by Kate Bergstrom, will be staged July 1 through Aug. 18

A famous architect has dies and leaves a mysterious will, prompting his children and their best friend to search for answers about their families’ history. Darkly funny, Greenberg’s play trips through time, playing children’s perceptions against their parent’s reality. The collision of past and present explores the complex search for the truth about our parents and ourselves.

“The Learned Ladies,” by Molière and directed by Sally Wood, is scheduled for July 7 through Aug. 20.

Clitandre seeks the hand of Henriette but her mother has other plans. Needless to say the course of true love runs anything but smoothly in Moliere’s comp romp of pompous poets, pretentious parents, and seductive servants. Thanks to the clever maneuvering of Uncle Ariste all is set right in the end, with true love trumping intellectual snobbery.

“Macbeth,” by William Shakespeare and directed by Dawn McAndrews, will be staged July 14 through Aug. 18.

In a savage world of ghosts, witches, and bloody battlefields, a dark prophecy leads a warrior and his wife past the point of no return. From its mesmerizing first moments to the last fulfillment of the witches’ curse, Shakespeare’s swift and relentless tragedy unearths the terrifying consequences of blind ambition.

“Othello,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Catherine Weidner, can be seen July 21 through Aug. 19.

Newly married and promoted, Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello turns on his new bride Desdemona and loyal lieutenant Cassio, rapidly spiraling from hero to murderer in Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, duplicity and destruction.

“Red Velvet,” by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Jennifer Nelson, will be staged July 28 through Aug. 17.

Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his time, collapses on stage while playing Othello. A young black American actor is asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics, and audience react to the revolution taking place on stage?

“My Father’s Dragon” the theater’s famiy show adapted from classic literature, will be staged throguh Aug. 17. The production is adapted from Ruth Stiles Gannet’s classic by Dawn McAndrews and directed by Adam Blais.

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of a poor mistreated baby dragon, he packs his knapsack and stows away on a ship headed for Wild Island. Nothing will stop Elmer from rescuing the dragon! With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer outwits the fiercest of beasts and saves the day.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” from the novels of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearsons and directed by Bill Van Horn, conceived for the stage by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, is set for Sept. 14-24.

Haven’t you always wondered: Where are Peter’s parents? How did Hook lose his hand? What makes the crocodile tick? This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan chronicles the adventures of Molly, a girl charged to protect a cargo of stardust, and an orphan named Peter who eventually becomes “The Boy Who Never Grew Up.”

Tickets range from $15-$32 for adults, $28 for senior citizens, and $10-$20 for students (18 and youngerer). M

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