American Century Theater 2012-2013 SeasonBy Laura & Mike Clark • Sep 3rd, 2012 • Category: News
American Century Theater has released their planned 2012-2013 season:
- J.B., September – October 2012 Schedule
- The Show-off, January – February 2013 Schedule
- Voodoo MacBeth, March – April 2013 Schedule
- Biography, June 2013 Schedule
- Summer 2013 Musical, July – August 2013 Schedule
Schedule is subject to change due to performance rights conflicts or other issues.
- J.B. by Archibald MacLeish (1958). Directed by Rip Claassen.
Performed in a circus ring, this theatrical updating of the biblical story of Job begins when two vendors in a circus take on the roles of Satan and God to examine the meaning of life by observing the travails of J.B., a banker whose life falls apart in chunks. The play is one of the few that won both a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony for Best Play, and was initially conceived on Broadway by Elia Kazan, the director who shaped so many of Tennessee Williams’ best works.
- The Show-Off by George Kelly (1924). Directed by Stephen Jarrett.
A classic by the American playwright some credit with inventing “the well-made play,” The Show-Off has defied time and conventional wisdom by being that rarity, a comedy that is as funny now as it was when it was first performed, almost a century ago. An ambitious and audacious young faker–also an apparent fool–somehow manages to transform the lives of those around him, at the same time proving that even the most obnoxious of us have our virtues.
- Voodoo Macbeth adapted by Orson Welles (1936). Directed by Kathleen Akerley.
Arguably the best-remembered and most sensational of the Federal Theater Project’s theatrical productions, the so-called “Voodoo Macbeth” was a reimagining of the play using the imagery and traditions of Voodoo. The only records of what took place on stage are contemporary descriptions and Welles’ notated script of the Shakespeare play. Director Kathleen Akerley will take Welles’ structure to craft a “Voodoo Macbeth” for Theater Two.
- Biography by S.N. Behrman (1932). Directed by Steven Scott Mazzola.
S.N. Behrman was the American Noel Coward, a master of witty drawing-room comedy, and Biography was his masterpiece. The plot revolves around a single career woman’s acceptance of a hefty fee to write her tell-all memoirs and the problems her threatened candor creates. Director Steven Mazzola made TACT’s previous Behrman comedy, The Second Man, one of the company’s high points, and Biography promises to be better still.
- TACT Summer 2013 Musical. Directed by TACT Artistic Director Jack Marshall. Musical Direction by Thomas Fuller.
A lively musical event from the same artistic team that produced such previous TACT triumphs as Danny and Sylvia and Marathon ’33.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.