Triangle Players’ “New Century” to Debut at HATTheatre
The Richmond Triangle Players’ are diligently working to renovate the new building at 1300 Altamont Avenue. Due to construction delays, the first show, “The New Century” opening on October 2 has been moved to the far West End.
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The area premiere of Paul Rudnick’s hilarious new comedy “The New Century” will open Richmond Triangle Players’ 17th Season on Friday, October 2, at 8:00 p.m., at HATTheatre, in Richmond’s far West End.
The Manhattan-set comedy – a series of four short plays, “Pride and Joy,” “Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach,” “Crafty” and “The New Century” – stars Michael Hawke, Jackie Jones, Annie Zannetti, Matt Hackman and Colleen Walsh, all under the direction of RTP artistic director John Knapp.
At its Broadway premiere, the New York Times exclaimed that “the one-liners fly like rockets …and they hit their targets smoking. If Leno and Letterman regularly scored this ratio of hits to quips, much of America would be hospitalized with late-night laughter burn!”
Annie Zannetti, making her RTP debut, is Helene, a Jewish matron from Massapequa and the self-proclaimed ‘most loving mother of all time’ to her three gay children. Michael Hawke is the flamboyant Mr. Charles, currently of Palm Beach, described by playwright Rudnick as “an aging homosexual hounded out of New York City by younger gay men, who find his flamboyance a threatening throwback to an earlier tougher time.”
Jackie Jones is Barbara Ellen, a Midwestern craftswoman and competitive cake-decorator on a visit to New York. Colleen Walsh is Joanne, the cable show’s young receptionist, while Matt Hackman plays two roles: Helene’s son David, the doctor, and Shane, Mr. Charles’s partner in life and on their cable television show, “Too Gay.” “The New Century” features set and lighting design by David McLain, and costume design by Colleen Williams.
After opening on Friday, October 2, The New Century the production will play each Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. ($25) and each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ($20) through October 25. Reserved seat tickets can be purchased online at RTP’s web site or by calling the RTP Ticket hotline at 804-346-8113. Season subscriptions, ranging from $80 – $100, are also still available at the RTP web site, www.rtriangle.org.
HATTheatre is located at 1124 Westbriar Drive, just off Patterson Avenue west of Pump Road. Complete directions can be found at the HATTheatre web site (www.hattheatre.org) and well as on RTP’s web site (www.rtriangle.org).
“We held off making the decision to move ‘New Century’ as long as possible, hoping that we could move the construction process along,” said RTP managing director Philip Crosby. “But finally, we just had to face the fact it wasn’t going to happen. Luckily, Vickie Scallion at HATTheatre was able to move some of her schedule around to accommodate us, and we are most grateful for that.”
“The New Century” was originally planned as the opening production in RTP’s new performance venue at 1300 Altamont Avenue, in Richmond’s Scotts Addition neighborhood. But construction delays have thrown that schedule off; RTP now plans to open the new theater with its holiday production of “Scrooge in Rouge.”
RTP’s new theater is designed as a 4000-square foot performing arts facility accommodating flexible seating arrangements for up to 90 patrons. Envisioned is a graceful lobby, which will eventually include a generous bar, catering capability and box office. The building will open in the fall with fully ADA-compliant access and comfortable restrooms, and will be made available for art shows, cabaret performances and private events.
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