Richmond Triangle Players Announce New Season
For its 19th season, the Richmond Triangle Players expands to six plays beginning Wednesday, September 28.
“We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished since creating this beautiful new theater,” says managing director Philip Crosby. “In addition to our season of plays, we’ve hosted internationally-known cabaret performers; launched a film series and a cabaret series; hosted productions by Cadence Theatre Company and by the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Choruses; and collaborated on a production with Henley Street Theater Company. In 2011-12, Artistic Director John Knapp also plans to establish a Sunday brunch play reading series.”
Subscriptions will be available to the general public in mid-May for $100-$125. The theatre company opened their new venue at 1300 Altamont Avenue in February 2010.
A summary of the season:
Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
Sept 28 – Oct 22, 2011
Beautiful Catharine Holly has been confined to a mental hospital for insisting on telling the story of exactly what killed her shy, handsome cousin Sebastian so suddenly last summer when they were on vacation at the coastal town of Cabeza de Lobo. It is not, to put it mildly, a nice story, and Sebastian’s possessive grande dame of a mother, Violet Venable wants an ambitious young doctor to silence her niece’s compulsive chatter with a lobotomy. Set in the overpowering tropical conservatory of Mrs. Venable’s mansion in the Garden District of New Orleans, Suddenly Last Summer is a landmark work by one of America’s greatest playwrights, and a battle of wills between two of Williams’ most memorable female characters.
The Stops Christmas Show
Music by Eric Lane Barnes, Book by Drew Emery and Eric Lane Barnes
Nov 16-Dec 17, 2011
Rose, Ginny and Euglena, the three unforgettable members of the National Ladies Organists League, played by the entire original RTP cast – Steve Boschen, Kirk Morton and Todd Minnich – return in a sequel to one of RTP’s biggest hits! It seems our heroines have booked a hall to present their Christmas show, but a new fourth character, a somewhat cantankerous African-American Baptist deaconess, claims the room is hers. Utlimately embracing the spirit of the season, and displaying all the joy it contains, The Stops Christmas Show is already being talked about as one of the “must-sees” of RTP’s season.
2 Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter’s Night by James Edwin Parker
Jan 11-Feb 4, 2012
It’s 5 a.m. during the winter of 1987, in a threadbare apartment in Chelsea. Peter and Daryl met earlier that evening in a pick-up bar. They don’t really know anything about each other, except that they share an attraction and that they just had some great sex. Peter, rugged and taciturn, wants to sleep, but Daryl is chatty. He wants to discuss relationships, jobs, and generally try to determine if he and Peter are compatible. Daryl is looking for a boyfriend; Peter is just looking for a good time. As the show plays out in real time, the men sexually, verbally and emotionally joust with each other in what becomes a poignant, frightening and intimate, yet frequently humorous encounter. Contains full nudity and strong sexual situations.
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Feb 22-Mar 17, 2012, presented as a part of the Acts of Faith festival
Taking place largely in a hospital waiting room where five people attend an accident victim now in a coma,Next Fall tells the story of the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke — one with fundamentalist views, the other not — and their thorny discussions about religion. This timely and compelling work – which takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love – forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to. The New York Times raved Next Fallis “artful, thoughtful and very moving … the kind of gently incisive, naturalistic play that rarely materializes anymore.”
Stupid Kids by John C. Russell
Mar 28-Apr 21, 2012; presented as a part of MINDS WIDE OPEN: A Celebration of Children and the Arts
In rapid, highly stylized, music-video-like scenes, Stupid Kids follows four students at Joe McCarthy High School as they make their way from first through eighth period and beyond, struggling with the fears, frustrations, and longings peculiar to youth. Jim is the new guy in town, sexy, a rebel. Judy is the popular blonde cheerleader. Neechee and Kimberly are the resident outcasts, both of whom are secretly gay. Will Jim become popular? Will Judy give her virginity to Jim? Will Neechee and Kimberly confess they’re gay? With a magical touch, John C. Russell astonishingly reveals the hearts and minds of contemporary youth.
The Musical of Musicals (the Musical!)
Music by Eric Rockwell; Lyrics by Joanne Bogart; Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
May 9-June 2, 2012
In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form. The Rodgers & Hammerstein version is set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; the Sondheim version features a tortured artistic genius who slashes throats in revenge for not appreciating his work; the Jerry Herman version is a splashy star vehicle; the Andrew Lloyd Webber version is a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and the Kander and Ebb version is set in a speakeasy in Chicago. This comic valentine to musical theatre was the longest running show in the York Theatre Company’s 35-year history before moving to Off-Broadway.
Wrapping up the current season is the musical “[title of show]”, which runs from May 11 through June 4. For tickets and information, visit http://rtriangle.org.
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