Announcing the 2012-2013 Season!
By August Wilson
Directed by Jade King Carroll
September 12 – October 7, 2012
It is Pittsburgh, 1948, and the laughter of friends mingles with the sound of blues and the crow of a rooster. The play opens with a small group of friends who gather in the dirt backyard of an apartment house after the untimely death of guitarist Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. Part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy, part mystery, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars is a sultry riff on the American Dream.
“A play whose epic proportions and abundant spirit remind us of what the American theater once was… As funny as it is moving and lyrical.” The New York Times
Aladdin: A Musical Panto
By Samantha Bellomo and Pete Pryor
Music & Lyrics by Michael Ogborn
Directed by Pete Pryor
November 14, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Our annual holiday Panto returns! When the young ne’er-do-well Aladdin and his animal pals discover a mysterious lamp, the hilarious adventure begins. Join our heroes as they rescue Princess Mai Tai, fly a magic carpet, and join forces with the beloved Dame, Widow Twinkey, to save their village of Paolistein from the machinations of an evil magician. Aladdin is a magical and musical romp that is sure to have you jumping out of your seats and singing in the aisles!
The Winter's Tale
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Guy Hollands
January 31 – March 3, 2013
Internationally-acclaimed Scottish director Guy Hollands reinvents this tale of kings and queens, revenge and betrayal, spanning countries, seasons, decades, and generations. Inspired by the ancient pagan festivals, our Winter’s Tale will be a viscerally-dynamic event featuring live music and acrobatics. We begin the play in winter, looking toward spring and all the new possibilities it holds: the rite of rebirth and regeneration, and the healing powers of time and forgiveness.
The Trip to Bountiful
By Horton Foote
Directed by Abigail Adams
March 13 – April 7, 2013
The air by the river, the song of the red bird, and the feel of the soil in her fingers, Carrie Watts’ fondest wish is to revisit Bountiful, the small town of her youth. Guided by her feisty spirit and generous heart, Carrie decides to undertake the pilgrimage to the place she calls “home” one last time. A beautiful and heartbreaking story from one of our country’s greatest writers, Horton Foote (Dividing the Estate, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, and the screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies).
By Bess Wohl
Directed by Jackson Gay
May 29 – June 23, 2013
Late night in Barcelona. An American woman leaves her own party with a tall, dark stranger—an older Spanish man. Is it a carefree one-night stand or an invitation to danger? A scintillating World Premiere that takes a funny and seductive look at the politics of who we pretend to be versus who we really are.
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Pete Pryor
July 10 – August 4, 2013
Lacy lingerie and plates of sardines appear both in the air and underfoot while a dysfunctional company of actors prepare for the opening performance of the play-within-a-play Nothing On. They flub their lines, forget their props, miss their cues, and somehow survive each other’s flaws, foibles, theatrics, and love triangles. From award-winning playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off is a wickedly funny revelation of what can happen on the other side of the curtain.
Includes Aladdin: A Musical Panto, plus these other family-friendly tales!
Mark Twain: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers
Adapted by Wendy Bable
Directed by David Bradley
October 10 – November 4, 2012
Often irreverent and always irresistible, Mark Twain returns to the 21st century to share his most-loved classics and lesser-known works with a modern audience. Long before Jon Stewart and Tina Fey became household names, Mark Twain’s observations on the grandeur and folly of America captivated audiences far and wide. Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, (and a few other favorite characters) join People’s Light company member Tom Teti as “the man in the white suit” for Twain’s not-so-final farewell performance.
By Y York
Adapted from the novel by Jerry Spinelli
Directed by Samantha Bellomo
April 20 – May 12, 2013
When an eccentric homeschooler named Stargirl arrives at Mica Area High School, hallways buzz with texts, whispers fill the air, and 11th grader Leo Borlock’s life is changed forever. With her colorful costumes, ukulele, pet rat, and unique view of the world, Stargirl lives every moment to the fullest and challenges those around her to do the same. Based on the critically-acclaimed young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl celebrates first love, nonconformity, and the similarities that connect us all.