2015-16 Season at a Glance
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Segerstrom Stage: 5-Play Season
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
by Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
with songs by Grant Olding
directed by David Ivers
September 11 - October 11, 2015
Gleeful critics have cheered from London (“deliriously daft and diabolically joke-stuffed”— Independent) to New York (“splendidly silly”—The New York Times) over this delicious farce set in swinging ’60s Brighton. Francis, a failed washboard player with an insatiable appetite, finds himself in the employ of both Roscoe, who is really his own twin sister (in disguise), and Stanley, a well-bred twit (who actually killed the real Roscoe). And that’s only the beginning! In this adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters, food flies, pants drop and madness abounds, to the tunes of a live band (minus its washboard).
A co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre
by Beth Henley
directed by Martin Benson
October 16 - November 15, 2015
1860. A stagecoach pulls into a station in the middle of the Wyoming Territory. Off step two mail-order brides, one innocent and wide-eyed, the other spunky and assertive. For the next quarter of a century, they struggle with the incongruities of fate while clinging to their dreams in a fierce and funny story set in a wild west that would have daunted even Thelma and Louise. Originally produced by South Coast Repertory 25 years ago, this dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart) has found a new life, both here and in New York, where The New York Times said its revival “makes you realize how much you’ve missed a playwright’s voice.”
by John Logan
directed by David Emmes
January 22 - February 21, 2016
“What do you see?” Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist, living legend and uncompromising bad boy asks Ken, his seemingly naïve new assistant. It’s 1958, and Rothko is at the height of his glory. In a converted gym deep in New York City’s Bowery, he has begun work on the biggest commission in the history of modern art—and everything is at stake. Rothko’s movement has stomped out cubism, but pop art looms threateningly on the horizon. As canvases are stretched, paint mixed and feverishly applied, Ken’s answers turn into questions, becoming more probing—and provoking—with each brush stroke in this heart-stopping Tony Award winner about the nature of art and artists.
by Eliza Clark
directed by Lila Neugebauer
March 25 - April 24, 2016
Chiara is a spoiled starlet, 23 going on 45, going on 6. Peter is a pet photographer. He’s also Chiara’s obsessed, middle-aged stalker-fan. It’s Comic Con time, and Peter’s back—in spite of a restraining order—with visions of another dimension, a dream world where he and Chiara will live happily forever. All Chiara wants is for her stage mom and her bodyguard to get lost—preferably, together. Everyone has a fantasy, and soon they’ll collide with each other—and reality.
by Peter Shaffer
directed by Kent Nicholson
May 6 - June 5, 2016
Swelling with the glorious music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this psychological mystery has played to thunderous applause the world over. The New York Post raved that its Broadway premiere was “a total, iridescent triumph.” Vienna, 1781: the city of drama, intrigue and scandal is abuzz with the arrival of a young Mozart, who can write an opera a week but can’t control his exuberant giggling and notorious libido. Antonio Salieri—until now the royal court’s most lauded musician—recognizes Mozart’s genius, calling him “God’s magic flute.” Pious, wicked, and soon-to-be guilt-ridden, Salieri tries everything to subvert the success of this enfant terrible. Will that include murder?
Amadeus is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
ALL PLAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PENDING RIGHTS.
Julianne Argyros Stage: 4-Play Season
by Qui Nguyen
directed by May Adrales
October 4-25, 2015
An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975, and Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy”—and skipping back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now—playwright Qui Nguyen gets up close and personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.
THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO
by Sandra Tsing Loh
directed by Lisa Peterson
January 3-24, 2016
In ancient times, tribal women went alone to caves during menopause. Today, the 50 million menopausal women in America turn to cheery self-help books. As for Loh and her friends, they are determined not to go quietly into their sixth decade but instead opt for a desert festival of debauchery and half-nude stoners! “Burning Man” is only one hilarious side trip on this bumper car ride through mid-life “madness.” Based on the NPR commentator’s enormously popular memoir that Booklist calls “hilarious, comforting and enlightening.”
GOING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE
by Bekah Brunstetter
directed by Marc Masterson
March 6-27, 2016
Is there a heaven? Joe says no; it’s all a bunch of hokum. His wife, Roberta, has always claimed to agree. But lately she’s beginning to wonder, especially when they find themselves in church a lot, having reached the age when funerals are more frequent than weddings. Their granddaughter, Ellie, doesn’t have time in her own busy life to ponder the after-life. But when mortality confronts them, her grandmother’s claim to have gone to heaven and back doesn’t sound so crazy after all. With thoughtful storytelling and quiet wit, Brunstetter looks at beginnings, endings—and an enigmatic angel.
by Julia Cho
directed by Neel Keller
April 10-30, 2016
He sits in the back of the classroom, wearing dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled down low…never speaking. His creative writing assignments are violent, twisted—and artless. He scares the other students. He scares the teachers. The kid is trouble. Or is he just mixed up, using his writing to vent, provoke, maybe even protect himself? Gina is the only teacher willing to get close. But at what risk?
ALL PLAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PENDING RIGHTS.
Theatre for Young Audiences: 3-Play Season
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
music by Robert Reale
book and lyrics by Willie Reale
based on the books by Arnold Lobel
directed by Nick DeGruccio
November 6-22, 2015
Oh, what fun! Caldecott and Newbery award winner Arnold Lobel’s beguiling stories come to life onstage—complete with foot-tapping music. Frog, Toad and their friends plant a garden, fly kites, swim in the pond (but turn away because Toad looks funny in a bathing suit) and skip rope with a large and terrible frog. Or sometimes they just like to settle down in a warm house and sip a bowl of soup. This song-filled year in the life of two charming woodland characters was a Broadway hit that captivated children, adults—and critics (Variety declared it “delighted young eyes and minds”).
by Greg Banks
based on the story by Carlo Collodi
directed by Jeremy Aluma
February 5-21, 2016
Pinocchio is a naughty puppet! And he’ll never be a “real boy” until he goes to school—and stays out of trouble. But there are so many temptations along the way, and who wouldn’t want to go to Playland where it’s Saturday all week long? Get set for lots of comedy, songs and clowning around as Pinocchio learns about love and family—and what it means to be human.
THE LIGHT PRINCESS
adapted from the fairy tale by George MacDonald
music & lyrics by Mike Pettry
book by Lila Rose Kaplan
directed by Casey Stangl
May 20 - June 5, 2016
She can fly! That’s the good part. The bad part is she can’t land. The Princess has no gravity—and no gravitas. Free from sadness and fear, she also doesn’t know how to love, thanks to a witch’s curse (there’s always a curse!). And if the King and Queen can’t give her gravity before she’s sixteen, she’ll never come to earth. Maybe the Prince who wants to be a rock star will find an answer—his lyrics are lousy, but his heart’s in the right place. TheatreMania calls this new musical narrated by two wonderfully silly Wise Men “astonishingly delightful.” You will, too!
ALL PLAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PENDING RIGHTS.
... And for the Holidays*
A CHRISTMAS CAROL*
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
November 27 - December 27, 2015
Nineteenth-century London comes to life with all the familiar Dickens characters–Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, the Fezziwigs and old Ebenezer Scrooge himself. Many of today’s family Christmas traditions have origins in this tale, which highlights the joy of generosity and caring for those around us.
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