Monday, March 8, 2010

Asolo Rep's new season announcement

Asolo Repertory Theatre Company announced exciting news for its 2010-2011 season, which includes staging another Broadway-bound musical called "Bonnie & Clyde." Read details on the new musical in Tuesday's Bradenton Herald.

In the meantime, here's what's on in store for next season:

Asolo's NEW STAGES program presents "Antigone Now" by Melissa Cooper
Preview October 4; Opening Night October 9, 2010, in the Cook Theatre
Touring dates and locations to be announced.

"Bonnie & Clyde" Book by Ivan Menchell, Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black
Everybody had a dream. They had a plan.
Bonnie and Clyde’s riveting adventures are brought to the stage in this vibrant and stylish new musical from the composer of Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Svengali and Wonderland! This seductive and cinematic new musical examines how a troubled Texas teen and a love-sick waitress became America's most infamous couple, with a thrilling new score that combines rockabilly, blues and gospel music. This is a pre-Broadway engagement.
In the Mertz Theatre
Previews November 12 &13
Performances November 14 -- 18

"La Bete (The Beast)" by David Hirson
In the Mertz Theatre
January 7–February 24, 2011
This sharply funny comedy follows a 17th century acting troupe whose financier/patron forces them to add an actor to their ensemble – the street-performer Valere. Trouble soon follows when the troupe’s cultured leader hates the new actor. But Valere soon charms the troupe, and the audience, with his impressive and highly entertaining antics. Find out who wins in this laugh-a-minute, award-winning play. Winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award.

"Twelve Angry Men"
by Reginald Rose
In the Mertz Theatre
January 14–March 31, 2011
Drama Desk Award winning and Tony Award nominated drama
A gripping contemporary classic about a young man on trial for allegedly murdering his father, but one lone juror among the twelve is not convinced the boy is guilty. As he examines all the possibilities of what might have happened the night of the murder, his open-minded outlook convinces the other jurors there is a possibility of innocence after all. This engrossing courtroom drama will keep you on edge to its final moments.

"Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti translated by Beverley Cross
In the Mertz Theatre
January 21– April 23, 2011
A stylish knee-slapping romp through the age of glamorous, jet-setting air travel. The debonair Bernard, an architect living in Paris, is juggling relationships with three vivacious flight attendants – each of whom believes she is his only girl. All goes well until his friend Robert arrives for a visit, and the airlines decide to change their schedules! Chaos and fun take off as Bernard’s clever plans unravel. High flying fun! Boeing Boeing recently enjoyed a successful Broadway revival with 279 performances.

"Deathtrap" by Ira Levin
In the Mertz Theatre
March 11–May 14, 2011
Sidney Bruhl was once a celebrated playwright famous for his intricate thrillers. Now slightly past his prime, he enlists an ambitious younger writer, Clifford, to help him pen his deadliest tale yet. But as Clifford secretly begins writing his own version of Sidney’s life story, and the quirky psychic next door begins to have real premonitions of murder, events quickly spiral out of control – who will survive? This is the most successful and popular whodunit in history!

"Las Meninas (The Waiting Women)" by Lynn Nottage
In the Mertz Theatre
March 18–May 15, 2011
A story of an unlikely friendship, and an even unlikelier romance, unfolds in the royal court of 17th century France. Queen Marie-Therese longs for the love and attention of her husband, King Louis XIV, but when she receives a mysterious package from a relative containing an African man named Nabo, her entire world changes. Nabo becomes the Queen’s close companion, but their relationship puts their lives, and the life of their child, in peril. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally renowned African American writer Lynn Nottage.

Asolo Rep UNPLUGGED 2011
Asolo Rep’s new play festival returns, with readings planned for April 5, 7, 9, and 10
Full details, titles and final dates will be confirmed later this year.

WORLD PREMIER NEW PLAY: Join us as we explore a ground-breaking piece of new American theatre in the greater depth of a full production, presented in the Cook Theatre from April 15 through May 14, 2011. (This will be chosen from this year's Unplugged play festival series - a new festival at Asolo Rep. The event begins Sunday).

"George Gershwin Alone" by Hershey Felder
In the Mertz Theatre May 19–June 5, 2011

Followed by a special one-week run of Felder’s smash hit, "Beethoven as I Knew Him" from June 7-12, 2011

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training

"Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare, directed by Greg Leaming. What’s more important – love or friendship? In a world full of adolescent angst and hormones, the outcome is inevitable! A bright sparkling comedy about romance, passion, music and fickleness of youth. A contemporary look at Shakespeare by the entire second year conservatory class. October 26 through November 14.

"reasons to be pretty" by Neil LaBute, directed by Barbara Redmond. A passing comment about a female coworker’s pretty face threatens to unravel the relationships between four friends. A scathing, dark comedy about our culture’s fixation on surface beauty, by the author of Fat Pig. January 4 through January 23.

"The lady from the Sea" by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Andrei Malaev-Babel. Obsession, passion and guilt overpower the spirit of Ellida Wangel and she struggles to choose between a mysterious stranger and her husband in this fascinating play of the greatest writers of the modern age. Feb 22 through March 13.

by Moliere, directed by guest artist Wes Granthom. The classic comedy of religious hypocrisy, by one of the world’s great comic playwrights. Orgon falls under the power of the dark and lascivious religious leader Tartuffe, and his family goes to outrageous lengths to show him the truth about this treacherous zealot! A classic French comedy performed in the Historic Asolo Theatre. April 12 through May 1.

For more information or tickets, call 351-8000.


Angela said...

I, for one, am stoked for the season. But then, I would be, as I'm going to be in it. I wrote my thoughts in my blog.

Bradenton Herald said...

That's great news Angela! We'll probably be crossing paths.