Local News: Strand Theatre Announces 2007-2008 Season

Posted by: TheStrandon 2007/8/12 10:31:30 1931 reads Strand Theatre's 2007 - 2008 Season

The Strand Theatre proudly enters its 30th Anniversary season of performances as Galveston Island's Premiere Community Theatre. Housed in the 1871 Opperman Building, located directly across from the beautiful Tremont House Hotel in the heart of the historic Strand District, The Strand Theatre is dedicated to providing quality, theatrical entertainment to the Galveston community and frequent island visitors. We hope that you will join us as we present a season of new works and old favorites!


BUFORD – WORLD PREMIERE
By David Ervin
September 7, 2007 – September 30, 2007
David Buford, Jr. is an emotional wreck after the recent death of his father until a ghost informs him of the evil plans being carried out by his no-good Uncle &#$!. Now Junior must avenge his father's death -- but is he crazy enough to do it? Family, politics, blood lust, betrayal, mystery, friendship and love -- each plays a role in this hilarious retelling of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, set on a dairy farm in East Texas.

MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE
By Christopher Durang
November 30, 2007 – December 31, 2007
Christopher Durang turns Charles &#$!ens' holiday classic on its head. In this hilarious parody, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future are all played by one sassy actress who keeps showing up way too early, Scrooge refuses to repent, and Mrs. Bob Cratchit decides to get drunk and jump off London Bridge. With twenty-one foundlings in the basement, and that whiny Tiny Tim, wouldn't you want a drink too?

THE GIN GAME
By D.L. Coburn
February 8, 2008 - March 2, 2008
Can two lonely old strangers find love over a gin game? It's Visitor's Day at the Bentley Nursing Home for the Aged. But there's no one calling on Weller Martin; he's a proud and desperately lonely old man and he hates playing solitaire. And there's no one sending flowers to Fonsia Dorsey, a poor old woman living on her welfare check. Through a simple game of gin, these two special people make a final play to win friendship and dignity.

LOST IN YONKERS
By Neil Simon
March 21, 2008 – April 13, 2008
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers recounts the ten-month stay of two brothers in the apartment where their father grew up above the family-owned candy store in Yonkers, New York. Under the watchful eye of the meanest old woman within 100 miles, the brothers come to understand the dominating influence of Grandma Kurnitz.

MISS WITHERSPOON
By Christopher Durang
May 16, 2008 - June 8, 2008
It's a double-dose of Durang! Poor Miss Witherspoon…after her untimely death, she arrives in the afterlife and refuses to be reincarnated. Nothing that God, Gandalf, or Rex Harrison can say will convince her to return to Earth! Miss Witherspoon must embrace her spiritual lessons, and learn to use her stubbornness for the good of mankind in this wacky and insightful metaphysical comedy.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
June 27, 2008 – July 20, 2008
A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!

SEASON EXTRA:
365 DAYS / 365 PLAYS
By Suzan-Lori Parks
October 8, 2007 - October 14, 2007
In November 2002, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks sat down and committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days. The world premiere of this play cycle will be performed as a yearlong national festival simultaneously in major cities and communities around the country. From November 13, 2006 to November 12, 2007, over 600 theatres in Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York City, Seattle, Washington, and right here in Texas, will create the largest theater collaboration in U.S. History.

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