by Kevin Allman
This morning, Southern Repertory Theatre announced the lineup for its upcoming season, and it's a challenging and ambitious one -- from the one-man tour de force I Am My Own Wife to the local premiere of the Tony-winning musical Grey Gardens. Particularly exciting is the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal, a January festival celebrating and premiering new work, workshops and readings, from the polished to the punk and provocative. Full lineup under the jump:
OPUS, By Michael Hollinger
Director: Mark Routhier . Regional Premiere
September 16 October 11, 2009
PRESS OPENING: Saturday, September 19 . PREVIEWS: September 16, 17, 18
Violinist turned playwright, Michael Hollinger, creates a witty and telling portrait of a high-caliber yet high-strung string quartet. OPUS explores power and glory, loyalty and madness and what a girls gotta do to play with the big boys. Mark Routhier, director of the SRTs 2008 sell-out hit THE SEAFARER, will helm this masterful piece.
I AM MY OWN WIFE, By Douglas Wright
Director: Carl Walker . Regional Premiere
November 4 December 6, 2009
PRESS OPENING: November 7 . PREVIEWS: November 4, 5, 6 . NOTE: No performances Thanksgiving Week
Co-Production with All Kinds of Theatre
Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner for Best Play, I AM MY OWN WIFE is the hauntingly complex true tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who successfully outwitted not only the Nazis and Communists, but could also spot a priceless antique at 100 yards. Local director Carl Walker returns to Southern Rep after his much-lauded direction of DOUBT in the All Kinds of Theatre/Southern Rep co-production two seasons ago.
SOUTHERN REP NEW PLAY BACCHANAL, From the South and Beyond
Directors: Local Talent TBA . New Workshop Each Week
January 14 31, 2010
PRESS OPENINGS: Wednesdays, January 14, 21, 28 . NO PREVIEWS
Media Sponsor and Collaborator: WWNO/KTLN Radio
Adventurous theater-goers will gorge on the new, the daring, the theatrical at SOUTHERN REP NEW PLAY BACCHANAL. Theyll experience the birth of new work, revel in the voices of the South and feast on workshops, readings and explorations. A highlight of the Bacchanal will be the Southern Rep 10 Minute Play Riot. One new play will be the curtain-raiser for the final show in our 2009/10 Season and another will be broadcast on local NPR affiliate WWNO/KTLN Radio.
AMERIVILLE, By Universes
Universes Members: Gamal Abdel Chasten, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, William Ruiz aka Ninja & Steven Sapp
Director: Chay Yew . Regional Premiere
February 24 March 7, 2010
PRESS OPENING: Wednesday, February 24 . NO PREVIEWS
Co-Presentation with JuneBug Productions, Ashé Cultural Arts Center & Tulanes Department of Theatre and Dance
SRT and our partners present the amazing theatre collaborative, Universes, performing in their newest work, AMERIVILLE. This young group fuses poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and smoldering Spanish melodies, creating an unforgettable theatre experience. AMERIVILLE takes on what it means to be an American with heart, impassioned dance and incandescent harmonies.
WITH A BANG, By Peter McElligott
Director: Aimée Hayes . World Premiere Comedy
March 24 April 18, 2010
PRESS OPENING: Saturday, March 27 . PREVIEWS: March 24, 25, 26
Co-Production with The NOLA Project
WITH A BANG is a ridiculously absurd, terrifyingly comedic tale penned by NOLA Project member, Peter McElligott. Our young heroine, Margaret, finds out that her father has died again. When shes confronted by one very awkward messenger who vehemently denies being an angel, Margaret realizes she must take on her fathers mission to save the world. This brand-new piece is sure to be an exhilarating ride, as it features members of the much ballyhooed NOLA Project. Artistic Director Aimée Hayes directs, after winning a Gambit Big Easy Award for Best Direction of a Comedy last year.
GREY GARDENS, By Doug Wright (Book),
Scott Frankel (Music) & Michael Korie (Lyrics)
Director: Aimée Hayes . Regional Premiere Musical
May 11 30, 2010 on the Le Petit Stage
PRESS OPENING: Friday, May 14 . PREVIEWS: May 11, 12, 13
Co-Production with Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
A scandalously entertaining musical continues Southern Reps Season in a co-production with Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré. Directed by SRTs own Aimée Hayes, GREY GARDENS will make its regional premiere on Le Petits stage. The Broadway smash musical GREY GARDENS is a witty and gorgeous riches to rags epic about Jackie Os most infamous relatives, Big Edie and her fashion forward daughter, Little Edie. A Tony Award winner, a land-mark documentary, and now a film, its a survivor story of two giddily eccentric women who started as American aristocrats and ended up secluded in their genteel decaying mansion.
THE PIANO TEACHER, By Julia Cho
Director: Julie Hamberg . Regional Premiere
and a curtain raiser
THE SOUTHERN REP 10 MINUTE PLAY RIOT WINNER
Director: Julie Hamberg . World Premiere
May 19 June 13, 2010
PRESS OPENING: Saturday, May 22 . PREVIEWS: May 19, 20, 21
When the sweet, cookie loving Mrs. K, the epitome of the caring grandmotherly piano teacher, reaches out to her old students, she unleashes a creepily dark mystery she cant quite keep in her piano bench. This Off-Broadway hit features a stunning tour de force role for Mrs. K, and will keep audiences guessing until the very end. Paired with this quiet wonder, SRT continues its tradition of championing new work by showcasing the winner of Southern Reps 10 Minute Play Riot. Director of last seasons stunning (Times-Picayune) DYING CITY, Julie Hamberg, will direct.