Uptown Players has just announced its 2012 season via its website and Facebook. For the third year, the group will be back in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, doing five shows there and one at the Rose Room at the dance club S4 on Cedar Springs Road.
The season opens with Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out, about the response of a major league baseball team when one of the players comes out. It'll be the second major production of it in North Texas (WaterTower Theatre did it in 2006).
The mainstage shows also include the area premiere of Charles Busch's most recent, and acclaimed, play The Divine Sister, which will feature the only local actor who can do justice to Busch's great drag roles, Coy Covington. After that, there are the musicals The Producers (with the big number "Keep It Gay") and the early John Michael LaChiusa musical Hello Again, which recently had a revival off-Broadway and is based on Schnitzler's La Ronde. LaChiusa's getting some play in the area, as his musical See What I Wanna See is currently at Theatre Three, and the world premiere of the musical Giant, based on the novel and featuring music by LaChiusa, is in January 2012 at the Dallas Theater Center (a co-production with the Public Theater in New York).
Here are the deets on Uptown's 2012 season. All shows are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater unless otherwise noted (descriptions are from Uptown's news release):
Take Me Out Feb. 3-19, 2012
Uptown Players kicks off its 11th season with the 2003 Tony Award winning play by Richard Greenberg, Take Me Out. In Take Me Out, Darren Lemming, the star center fielder of the world champion New York Empires, is young, rich, famous, talented and handsome. He is so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces he's gay, he assumes the news will be readily accepted by everyone. It isn't. Friends, fans and teammates react with ambivalence, and when the slipping Empires call up the young phenom Shane Mungitt to close their games, the ambivalence turns to violence. Angry, lonely, guilt-ridden and confused, Darren finds some unlikely solace in the form of friendship with his new business manager, Mason Marzac—a brilliant but repressed guy, who, as everyone around him copes with disenchantment, blooms in the ecstatic discovery of baseball.
Broadway Our Way March 16-25, 2012
Now in its 10th year, Uptown Players’ fundraiser, Broadway Our Way, light-heartedly pits the men against the women to determine who the true Divas of the Dallas stage really are. The evening features selections from your favorite Broadway shows both past and present, done with an Uptown Players twist!
Silence of the Clams April 27-May 20, 2012 (at the Rose Room)
Uptown Players 2012 bonus show at the Rose Room Theater is another parody from Jamie Morris, the creator of the smash hits The Facts Of Life and Mommie Queerest entitled Silence of the Clams. In this parody of the 1990 Oscar-winning Jodie Foster/Anthony Hopkins thriller, butch FBI agent Clarice Startling is assigned to help find Nancy Pelosi's missing daughter and save her from "Beaver Bob," a serial killer who skins his victims "down there." Clarice attempts to gain better insight into the mind of the killer by interviewing Dr. Hannibal Lichter, a convicted psychopath who "eats" his female victims before he kills them. The twisted relationship forces Clarice not only to confront her own psychological demons, but leads her face-to-face with a demented killer so evil that even she may not have the courage—or strength—to stop him!
The Divine Sister July 13-29, 2012
Uptown Players returns to the Kalita Humphreys Theater in July for the regional premiere of the holy outrageous off-broadway hit, The Divine Sister, by Charles Busch. The Divine Sister is a comic celebration of such Hollywood films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary’s and The Singing Nun! St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior, played by drag diva Coy Covington, leads us on this madcap trip through Tinseltown’s religiosity…it’s miraculous, zany fun!
The Producers Aug. 24-Sept. 16, 2012
Uptown Players presents the regional premiere of the musical comedy, The Producers. With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and music and lyrics by Brooks, The Producers won a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001. In The Producers, a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show, hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
Hello Again Oct. 5-21, 2012
Uptown Players will close its 2012 season with the regional premiere of the musical Hello Again. The joys of sex are here for the asking in this adult musical fantasy suggested by Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde. As though seen through the lens of a combination time machine and bawdy, old-time kinescope, Hello Again crisscrosses beds and jumps from decade to decade, intimately examining the painful secrets that drive characters into each other's arms and towards the bruising effects of reckless passion. With a score that saturates the mind, Hello Again has an unforgettable, dreamlike quality—and all the luxuriance of an insistent seduction. With music, lyrics and book by Michael John LaChuisa.
Ticket prices for all shows, except Silence of the Clams, range from $25 to $50. Performances at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd at Blackburn, will run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 2 p.m. on Sundays with an added Thursday performance at 8 p.m. during the run of each show. Tickets for The Silence of the Clams at the Rose Room Theater at S4, located at 3911 Cedar Springs Road, are $20-25 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Four, five or six show season ticket flex packages are also available and include great discounts on premium seating. Individual and season tickets can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718.