A forgotten Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) thriller, a poignant Civil War drama about a returning Confederate soldier and two former slaves (all Jews) and the musical Xanadu are some of the highlights of the upcoming 2013-14 season at Stages Repertory Theatre.
The Marvelous Wonderettes, the Sister from Late Night Catechism, and another version of The Great American Trailer Park series are all back, as Stages continues its balancing act of tried and true, coupled with riskier ventures.
The 2012-13 season now winding down was one in which the risks provided most of the the most memorable moments at Stages, from Wittenberg with Producing Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin's very successful return to the stage, to The Language Archive to Dollhouse with its powerful performances. (The latter is still on through April 28 so if you haven't seen it, get there.) Always ...Patsy Cline is still running through June 23, but another that falls under the riskier category is a Stephen Sondheim work Road Show from May 22 through June 30.
Here's the lineup with accompanying descriptions from Stages for its 2013-14 season:
Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns written & created by Roger Bean July 10 - August 4, 2013
It's commencement time at Springfield High in this all-new chapter of the Wonderettes series. Catch up with Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy as they look back on their final year in high school and ahead toward their bright futures - in song, of course! Featuring classics like Rock Around the Clock, At the Hop, Dancing in the Street, River Deep, Mountain High, and 25 more favorites, Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns will leave you cheering for more!
Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice By Maripat Donovan July 24 - September 1, 2013
Sister is back and she's feelin' lucky! The convent has decided that Sister (with her extensive gambling experience running the Church Bingo for the last 25 years) will organize a Las Vegas night! Sister tackles topics ranging from magic tricks to table games and the dangers of drive-thru wedding chapels. Remember: What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but God sees everything!
Veronica's Room by Ira Levin October 9 - November 3, 2013
Part of Ira Levin's trilogy of thrillers that includes Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives, this forgotten gem tells the story of a young couple convinced by two strangers to visit a dying woman in her isolated mansion. Once inside the house, they find that nothing is as it seems as reality and fantasy collide in a truly twisted American horror story.
The Great American Trailer Park CHRISTMAS Musical book by Betsy Kelso, music and lyrics by David Nehls November 13 - December 29, 2013
An ALL-NEW Trailer Park adventure! It's holiday time down in Armadillo Acres (North Florida's premier mobile living community) and everyone's filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park musical!
Panto Goldilocks by Genevieve Allenbury December 4 - January 5, 2014
Stages continues its new holiday tradition with this playful all-ages spin on the beloved fairy tale. It's the Swinging '60s and secret agent Goldiana Lockskaya (code name Goldilocks) is sent to steal a powerful beauty serum--and discovers the meaning of true beauty along the way. Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo along with a zany cast of fairy tale favorites, and enjoy local humor, improvisation, original music, audience participation, and spectacular fun for grownups and kids alike!
Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins January 22 - February 16, 2014
Set in Chicago in 1928, this magical fable traces the lives--and untimely deaths--of the three unforgettable Fail sisters, through the eyes of the dashing young man who loves (and quickly loses) each of them in turn. Whimsical, theatrical, gleefully funny and profoundly moving, Failure intricately intertwines the mysteries of love and death to create a captivating waltz in which time truly is of the essence, hope does indeed spring eternal, and love undeniably conquers all.
Sexy Laundry by Michelle Riml February 5 - March 16, 2014
Armed with a copy of "Sex for Dummies", Alice drags Henry to a swank hotel, determined to rejuvenate their 25-year marriage--or go their separate ways. As they awkwardly work their way from lace to leather, Henry's and Alice's rediscovery of their dreams and the strength of their relationship is in turns familiar, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Starring Susan Koozin and Josh Morrison!
Gidion's Knot Johnna Adams March 12 - April 6, 2014
Corryn's imaginative young son Gidion has been suspended from school for an infraction that may or may not have occurred. In one of the most breathtaking and blistering new dramas of the past decade, Corryn's conference with Gidion's teacher erupts into a riveting confrontation with far-reaching implications as both women seek to understand what has happened and come to terms with their own roles.
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The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez April 30 - May 25, 2014
At the close of the Civil War, a wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns to Richmond to find his family home in ruins, inhabited only by two former slaves also raised by his family as Jews. During a cobbled-together Passover Seder, the three men grapple with their new relationships to each other and unravel a tangle of family secrets that could cost each of them his freedom.
Xanadu book by Douglas Carter Beane, music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar May 21 - June 29, 2014
Inspiration and love come together in Xanadu, a hilarious, roller-skating musical romp that slyly questions the role of art in pop culture. Based on the 1980 cult classic film, it's endless high-spirited fun as Kira, a beautiful Greek muse, descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, to inspire struggling artist Sonny to create the pinnacle of artistic achievement--the Roller Disco.