“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
As you may have heard or read in Channing Gray’s Projo feature last Sunday, I have once again decided to upend the season finale.
Here’s the scoop: For a variety of practical reasons, Psycho Beach Party (UpStage) and Time Stands Still (DownStage) are out! Becky’s New Car (UpStage) and Sylvia (DownStage) are in!
Here’s some choice words about them:
Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz
Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage-with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one day, Becky is offered nothing short of a new life. And the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare.
Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, Jr.
A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious, dizzy and howlingly funny s the one that begins the redeeming affair in this clever and endearing comedy. In fact, you might just want to take it home with you.
Also included in the Projo feature was the announcement of our Summer 2014 Season. We’ll be sending out subscription brochures sometime in April. But in the meantime, here’s the Summer scoop:
DownStage in June
Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain
Legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. There, the two clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life. It’s a deeply touching play filled with humor that explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing some of the greatest questions of all time.
UpStage Rep in July & August
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
(aka Ten Little Indians)
Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go. A mystery classic.
Hay Fever by Noel Coward
Hoping for a quiet family weekend in the country, novelist David Bliss, and his retired actress wife, Judith, find that “quiet weekend” an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel descend with guests of their own. A houseful of high comedic “drama” waits to be ignited as egos erupt and tempers flare. A comedy classic.
Pretty cool, huh?
Whether you’re laughing or thinking or quaking or barking, we’ll see you there.