Local News: etc announces 2007-2008 season

Posted by: ginge25on 2007/9/5 20:00:00 2372 reads Island etc Enters Into Season Six

A season filled with sex, scandals, scintillating secrets and a smidgeon of seasonal sentimentality! Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman kicks off Island etc's sixth season. It is a black comedy/drama that tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state. Katurian is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similiarities to a number of bizarre incidents occurring in his town...

Katurian denies these allegations, stating that although his stories are gruesome, it is the job of a storyteller to tell a story. The Pillowman received the 2004 Olivier Award, as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Foreign) in 2005. The Pillowman runs September 21 - October 13, 2007.

Christmas Belles
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
November 9 – December 15, 2007
There will be no performances November 22, 23, 24, & 25
It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters — Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye — are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus — played by Frankie’s long-suffering husband, Dub — is passing a kidney stone. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

The Musical of Musicals, (The Musical!)
Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
February 15 – March 15, 2008
This brilliant gem of a show takes the same classic plot and creates 5 mini-musicals in the style of different famous Broadway composers. It's an evening that will remind you why you love Broadway musicals.

The Oldest Profession
By Paula Vogel
May 9 – June 7, 2008
(No performances on Sunday, May 25 or Sunday, June 1)

The time is 1981, and the New York economy is weak. Still trying to eke out a living – though they all could qualify for an AARP card – are five veteran “ladies of the night” who have something of a communal business arrangement. They include Mae, the oldest; Vera, the youngest and sweetest; Ursula, a tough Reaganite business woman; Edna, still hot to trot; and Lillian, a leggy show girl type with a passion for Broadway. As times grow tougher and the ladies’ elderly clientele grows increasingly impotent, business sags. And the women increasingly find themselves in a state of turmoil.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
July 18 – August 16, 2008
Assassins is a groundbreaking American musical based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. It uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted to assassinate Presidents of the United States; the music varies to reflect the popular music of the eras depicted. Assassins delves into the question of whether or not the real life assassins actually made the changes they had hoped to accomplish. First opening Off-Broadway in 1990, the Broadway revival of Assassins won five 2004 Tony Awards.

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