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FIREHOUSE THEATRE ANNOUNCES SEASON 24
This is a list of projects that will be produced and/or are under consideration for Firehouse Theatre's 2017/18 Season. It's our 24th season -- A SEASON OF POSSIBILITIES.
We'll be continuing our practice of programming work in three series -- FIREHOUSE PLAYS, FIREHOUSE FRINGE, and FIREHOUSE STUDIO. Our website will have more information on these projects, project teams, and project schedules as the season unfolds -- www.firehousetheatre.org.
POSSIBILITIES: Something that may happen or be chosen or done out of several alternatives. Synonyms: chance, likelihood, probability, hope, option, alternative, choice, course of action.
Based on the 1980’s cult movie favorite, our summer blockbuster is HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, directed by Debra Clinton, in partnership with TheatreLAB. Performances begin June 2017.
World premiere of Firehouse Artist-in-Residence Bo Wilson's new play FOOD, CLOTHING, AND SHELTER, directed by Joel Bassin. Performances begin September 2017.
DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, Eugene O’Neill’s searing tale of passion and betrayal, directed by Josh Chenard. Performances begin October 2017.
The world premiere of Richmond composer Walter Braxton’s opera TO DAMASCUS, directed by Joel Bassin, in partnership with Capitol Opera Richmond. Performances begin January 2018.
An aviatrix confronts her final stunt in the haunting chamber musical WINGS, directed by Adam B. Ferguson. Performances begin February 2018
Director Mark Lerman explores the relationship between reality and illusion in Tim Crouch’s AN OAK TREE. Performances begin March 2018
Spin or fact? THE EXTREMISTS, by C.J. Hopkins, directed by Todd Labelle. Spring/summer 2018.
GHOST QUARTET and PRELUDES -- two stunning new musicals by Dave Malloy, creator of the hit Broadway show NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Spring/summer 2018.
FIREHOUSE FRINGE and FIREHOUSE STUDIO projects include Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's DREAM LOGIC and A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS (June 2017); a new musical from Dreamers Theater (July 2017); ALICE -- a contemporary new musical based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, directed by Adam B. Ferguson – in partnership with TheatreLAB (August 2017); magicians galore; topical new plays based on Richmond headlines by Bo Wilson and Firehouse Working Group; K Dance’s YES! Dance Invitational (December 2017); more Hamiltunes RVA; new work from RVA playwright Doug Jones; Dory Previn’s MARY C. BROWN AND THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN, directed by George Boyd; Lunchtime Theatre; Sam Shepard’s AGES OF THE MOON; Firehouse Radio Players bimonthly productions -- and the 3rd annual performance of WAR OF THE WORLDS (October 2017); storytelling; a follow up to Season 23’s ALBEE FEST focusing on the works of an important playwright or theatrical movement; River City Vaudeville; Marc Blitzstein's THE CRADLE WILL ROCK; 3rd annual Weekend of New Works; Happy Hour Poetry; Firehouse Play Reading Roundtable; Scarlet Starlet’s Burlesque; Directors Projects; live music; and more…
THE GLASS MENDACITY
by The Illegitimate Players, Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper, and Maureen Morley
Directed by Jeff Clevenger
Thu, May 25 - Sun, May 28
$8 in advance / $10 day of / $5 students & artists
What do you get when you combine the most notable characters from "The Glass Menagerie," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and "A Streetcar Named Desire" into one outrageous hour long parody? Heat, hate, hubris, and hilarity!
Who will care for Laura's animals? Who will get Big Daddy's estate? Is Blanche really crazy? Why isn't Stanley wearing a shirt? Come see Laura, Brick, Big Daddy, Maggie the Cat, Blanche, and other Williams characters as they create and hide their lies and ally mendacity.
AURA CURIATLAS PHYSICAL THEATRE PERFORMS NEW WORK AT FIREHOUSE
Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre will present DREAM LOGIC and A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS at Firehouse Theatre on Friday June 2 (7:30pm);Saturday June 3 (7:30pm), and Sunday June 4 (3pm). The production begins with selections from the company’s DREAM LOGIC repertory and ends with their newest work -- A LIFE WITH NO LIMITS -- that is inspired by the work of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and has been created in Aura Curiatlas' signature style that blends dance, theatre, and acrobatics. There will be post performance talkbacks following each show.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Aura: Lightness and breath
Curiosity: A quality found in our characters and ourselves
Atlas: Strength and power
“It's especially gratifying to see companies like Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre return to Washington with a fascinating new work, A Life With No Limits, dedicated to the ideas of the physicist Stephen Hawking. Aura Curiatlas has developed a unique, intensely physical brand of performance without words, incorporating circus and dance techniques into narratives that are eye-popping in their execution and touching in their meaning.”
- Andy White, BroadwayWorld.com, March 1, 2017
“Combine strength and humor, a dash of curiosity, a pinch of whimsy, and a generous dose of inventiveness, mix thoroughly and you have Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre's compelling brand of storytelling and movement.”
- Pamela Roberts, BroadwayWorld.com, March 2016
MEET THE ARTISTS
Joan Gavaler (Co-Artistic Director) has choreographed over 50 original works and been a driving force behind four professional companies. She relishes collaborative discovery and has worked with poets, visual artists, composers, musicians, actors, directors, acrobats, and physicists on dance and theatre projects. She has been invited by over 40 organizations to present and teach in the U.S., Europe, and Asia including presentations on the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland, a dance residency at Beijing Normal University, performances for American Dance Guild, showcases in New York City, and movement consulting for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Joan is a Professor of Dance at the College of William & Mary.
Dan Plehal (Co-Artistic Director) studied and performed physical theatre at the College of William & Mary and with Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia), FLIC Squola di Circo (Torino), Familie Floz (Berlin), and Accademia dell'Arte (Arezzo). He has directed and designed movement for Lifeline Theatre and Boho Theatre (Chicago), Red Dot Theatre Company (Arezzo), The Groundswell Players (Philadelphia), and Sinfonicron Light Opera Company (Williamsburg). He has taken on various roles at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Arden Theatre, Theatre Horizon, and Team Sunshine (Philadelphia). Dan directs, performs, and teaches in Chicago.
Friday, June 2 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, June 3 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, June 4 @ 3pm
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