The 2011-'12 season for MBS Productions, which produces in the tiny Stone Cottage at the Addison Theatre Centre, has been announced. It looks like the success of the group's recent Satyricon has sparked interest in finding other ancient Roman works, as the new season kicks off with a tragedy by Curiatius Maternus. Mark-Brian Sonna (the MBS of the group's title) will also bring back his popular holiday show, and there's also some original plays, the return of a character Sonna introduced last year, and a new translation of a 1730 French comedy.
Here's the season lineup, with descriptions from the MBS news release.
Octavia Oct. 13-31
By Curiatius Maternus
A world premiere of the Roman tragedy from circa 90 AD. It is the true story of Octavia and Nero and their doomed relationship. It probably was never performed because Maternus angered the Roman Emperor Domitian for his political writings attacking the ruling class' tyranny and was executed because of it. There is no historical or archeological record of this play ever being performed and it gives us much pleasure to present this play's first stage production.
The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents:A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker! Nov. 25- Dec. 27
By Mark-Brian Sonna
This show is one of the DFW's most popular Holiday Entertainment for adults. How popular? People are beginning to show up at the theatre dressed as the characters on stage! If you've seen it, you know you'll come back. If you haven't, you really have been missing out. Be sure to visit www.BurlesqueNutcracker.com to get a taste of the zaniness of the show if you've never seen it! So what is it about? The Beulaville Baptist Book Club inadvertently books The Velvet Kittens Burlesque to do a fundraiser performance of the Nutcracker!
The Game of Love and Chance Feb. 2-18
By Pierre de Marivaux
Sylvia is a single young woman still living at home. Her father thinks it's time she considers finding a suitable man to marry. He talks her into agreeing to meet Dorante, a possible suitor. Despondent that her father is trying to impose his taste of men on her she switches places with the house maid Lisette in order to more objectively asses Dorante's character. Unbeknownst to her, Dorante has also traded places with his butler so as to get a better assessment of Sylvia. What follows is a comedy of mixed up identities and employees taking advantage of their employers. This world premiere translation and adaptation will delight audiences with its clever and unexpected twists.
Fortune March 22-April 14
By Bretton B. Holmes
Roger is the estranged father to Winston. Due to the requirements in a will left by Roger's ex-wife who was Winston's mother they are required to spend 7 days locked up in a house in order to inherit the fortune left by her. If either one of them step a foot outside the house that person forfeits their part of the inheritance to the other. As cabin fever sets in and greed augments, family skeletons come tumbling out. Will either man be able to put up with the other before the 7 days are up? Will they survive? This world premiere black comedy explores the underside of familial bonds. It is written by the same award winning playwright who penned Sex & War, and Homeland Insecurity, or how I learned to love the Patriot Act. The play stars Dylan Peck as Winston, Mark-Brian Sonna as Roger and is directed by Charles Ballinger.
2 Couples 2 May 31-June 23
By Alejandro de la Costa
Two young married couples decide to take a weekend vacation together out by a lake. They've known each other since college and are best friends. What the men don't know is that their wives are having an affair. What the wives don't know is that their husbands aren't being faithful either. This play is inspired by the over-the-top Spanish Telenovelas and is written by our most popular and resident playwright Alejandro de la Costa.
The Importance of Being Lovely July 16-Aug. 11
by Alejandro de la Costa
"Hell hath no fury like a drag queen Scorned." Everyone's favorite second rate drag queen is ready for her close up! Follow along with Lovely Uranus' misadventures as she dispenses unsolicited advice and wrestles with her wigs, make-up, and men, while wearing 6 inch stilettos. This world premiere promises to shock, titillate, and, of course, make you laugh. But then, what else would you expect from the demented mind of Alejandro de la Costa who penned last season's Outrageous, Sexy, (nekkid) Romp, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Delights or Love, and Dream Café?
A season pass for all six shows is $100, or $90 if you order by Sept. 15, 2011. To purchase season passes go to www.MBSProductions.net or call 214-477-4942.