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The Studio Theatre Releases 2012-2013 Season

By • Apr 5th, 2012 • Category: News

The Studio Theatre has released their planned 2012-2013 season:

Schedule is subject to change due to performance rights conflicts or other issues. Specific dates of performances are yet to be announced.

Information on these shows, as provided by The Studio Theatre:

  • Invisible Man Adapted for the stage by Oren Jacoby; based on the novel by Ralph Ellison; directed by Christopher McElroen; a co-production with Huntington Theatre Company.

    A blistering adaptation of Ellison’s 1952 masterpiece. The play follows an anonymous black man as he journeys from the Deep South to a basement in the borderlands of Harlem, from a betrayal at his Negro ivy-covered college to a nightmare job in a paint factory in New York City to the story’s violent climax at a Harlem race riot. Ellison’s hero moves through an America divided by race and class, and grapples with the paradoxes of identity that have rendered him invisible. This savage, hypnotic, and impassioned adaptation of Invisible Man explores bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators.

  • The Aliens by Annie Baker.

    The dingy back alley of a sleepy Vermont coffeehouse is home to trash bins, weathered patio furniture, and two affable slackers. KJ and Jasper fill their languid days with Bukowski references, low-key jam sessions, and ‘shroom-spiked tea. When smart but awkward teen Evan, a new employee, attempts to evict them from their makeshift perch, KJ and Jasper recruit him as their unlikely protégée over a summer of small triumphs and quiet, unforeseen devastations. From the critically acclaimed writer of Circle Mirror Transformation, this artful and indelible drama is a subtle ode to the truth and compassion hidden in unexpected people and places.

  • The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis; directed by Serge Seiden

    Jackie, out on parole and newly sober, is determined to start anew with his childhood sweetheart Veronica, but her unrelenting coke addiction, his slick-talking AA sponsor, and the discovery of another man’s hat in his living room all threaten to derail Jackie’s tenuous progress. With profane passion and genuine vulnerability, Jackie and Veronica untangle their decades of co-dependence as they wrestle with the painful limitations of trust, desire, and rehabilitation. A smash hit on Broadway, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ rapid-fire black comedy is an intoxicating and cheerfully vulgar look at the complicated recovery from love and other addictions.

  • A new American play, to be announced. Starring Tana Hicken (Road to Mecca, The History Boys).
  • The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard; directed by David Muse.

    Henry is a celebrated playwright, his wife is an actress, and his latest play is a Coward-esque take on relationships and adultery. But as the intricate web of off-stage infidelities unfolds, relationships prove much more demanding than a droll retort. A distinguished play about the complexities of commitment, the power of great writing, and the mysterious ways of love from one of the world’s most celebrated playwrights.

  • Dirt by Bryony Lavery. World Premiere.

    Harriet is about to die. Ellie is her waitress. Matt will eventually sleep with them both. Mesmerizing, stylish, and unnervingly funny, this world premiere from the author of Frozen explores the politics of dirt and the ways that modern life is suffocating us emotionally and physically.

  • Contractions by Mike Bartlett; directed by Duncan Macmillan. US Premiere.

    Emma’s manager is concerned that she is in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between “sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts. An ink-black satire from one of Britain’s most acclaimed and provocative writers.

  • Skin Tight by Gary Henderson.

    A husband and wife relive the torrid fervor of their marriage in this physically intense, erotically charged duet from one of New Zealand’s premier playwrights.

  • 2-2 Tango by Daniel MacIvor.

    Witty and kinetic, this sweet and stylish play explores the universal obstacle course of love, from pickup to hookup to boredom, breakup, or bliss. A revival of one of 2ndStage’s first hits from one of Canada’s most well-known and innovative playwrights.

  • Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary. Production book, music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien; directed by Keith Alan Baker.

    Celebrate Studio 2ndStage’s 25th anniversary with this original horror comedy musical! Two naïve lovers, Brad and Janet, seek shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle and find themselves thrust into the laboratory of pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter and his cadre of madcap minions. Stripped of their inhibitions–and their clothes–Brad and Janet embark on a wild, unforgettable odyssey of carnal pleasures and self-discovery. Reality, fiction, and camp collide in this mashup of comics, rock and roll, and late-night horror flicks.

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