Local News: Stages Repertory Theatre Announces 2009 - 2010 Season

Posted by: Staffon 2009/6/5 6:07:43 1793 reads
2009 - 2010 Season Lineup for Stages Repertory Theatre

Three killer comedies and two brilliant dramas in the MainStage season, plus fun musical shenanigans this summer and the world premiere of a brand new Panto (penned by our very own Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughln!) at the holidays...

MAINSTAGE SEASON 2009 - 2010

SOUTHERN RAPTURE
By Eric Coble

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Marjorie is a respected theatrical artistic director in a growing Southern city that has almost achieved "world class" status, that might host the upcoming Olympics...and that values tradition above all else. When Marjorie decides to produce an acclaimed but controversial new play, she sparks an increasingly outrageous culture war that divides the community and finally draws national attention--just not the good kind! Based on the true story of Charlotte Repertory Theatre's now infamous production of Angels in America, Eric Coble's latest work is a wickedly funny look at the intersection between artists and audiences, and the delicate contract theatres have with their communities.

September 23 - October 18, 2009


A PICASSO
By Jeffrey Hatcher

REGIONAL PREMIERE
It's 1941, the Nazis have rolled into Paris, and Pablo Picasso has been ushered into a storage vault to authenticate three works of art the Germans have recently "acquired". The father of cubism, a virtuoso who poured his soul out onto the canvas, faces off with an enigmatic young female officer and suddenly finds himself forced to choose between art and politics, creativity and survival.

January 27 - February 21, 2010


SPEECH AND DEBATE
By Stephen Karam

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Teen misfits Solomon, Diwata and Howie discover each other online and build a tentative alliance in the form of their high school's first speech and debate team. Now they just have to decide which of their pressing personal issues will make for the best performance: teen pregnancy, online predators, gay/straight school programs...or who should be the lead in the school play! This winning, fiercely funny dark comedy is part Breakfast Club, part Arthur Miller, and was hailed in its 2007 Off-Broadway run as a brilliant look at the modern teenager.

March 17 - April 11, 2010


MAN FROM NEBRASKA
By Tracy Letts

REGIONAL PREMIERE
Ken Carpenter is a good husband and father who awakens who night to realize that he no longer believes in God. As his family grapples with this shock to their orderly lives, Ken follows his pastor's advice and strikes out on a quest for his faith that leads him through the wild world of London counterculture and ultimately to a new beginning. A masterpiece of subtlety and grace by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts (August, Osage County), this moving, funny play reveals yearning and deep emotion beneath the surface of seemingly tranquil lives.

April 21 - May 16, 2010


THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED)
By Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

600 years of history in 6000 seconds! From Washington to Watergate, yea verily from the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order, three clownish cultural guerillas will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History. We'll tackle such controversial questions as: Who really discovered America? How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb? And what the hell is the difference between North and South Dakota anyway? They say history is written by the winners... now it's our turn.

June 2 - 27, 2009


EXTRA! EXTRA!

SUMMER 2009

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS

By Roger Bean

REGIONAL PREMIERE
It's 1943 in the South Pacific, and tonight the Andrews Sisters headline the big USO show. But when a flu outbreak quarantines the girls, stagehands Max, Lawrence and Patrick, along with pin-up girl Peggy Jones, cook up the perfect way to wow the troops and save the day--all it will take is three wigs and a lot of makeup! Mistaken identities, unrequited love and madcap adventures abound in this warm-hearted sendup of the entertainment that sustained a generation.

July 15 - August 30, 2009


HOLIDAY 2009

PANTO SLEEPING BEAUTY

Book & Lyrics by Kenn McLaughlin
Music by David Nehls

WORLD PREMIERE!
Following on the glass heels of last season's wildly successful Panto Cinderella, this hilarious holiday romp finds Sleeping Beauty happily at home in Houston...except there's a nasty curse on her head, her father is busy running a gigantic oil company, her nanny is a former nun seeking glory on the stage, and the love of her life just left town. Will she find a happy ending or slumber forever? In the beloved tradition of British Pantomime, this twist on the classic tale will delight audiences of all ages.

November 18, 2009 - January 3, 2010