The 2012-13 season for Rover Dramawerks, its 13th, has been announced. As is their mission, the line-up features six plays and musicals that you don't usually see, although there are titles from playwrights who have become big names in the past 15 years, Rebecca Gilman and David Lindsay-Abaire. There'll also be two more installments of its popular One Day Only event.
Here's more about the season from the news release:
by Reed Martin and Austin Tichener, with additional material by Dominic Conti
directed by Paul McKenzie
October 25 - November 17, 2012 at the Cox Building Playhouse
America’s “bad boys of abridgement,” best known for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), have taken on the movies in this seriously silly show biz satire, rummaging through the reels and flicking through the films in this riotous carnival of the classics! Giving Hollywood more than just a nip and a tuck, three brave actors slash through the celluloid to condense the 186 greatest films in Hollywood’s over-100 year history into a complete compilation of classic cinematic clichés—plus a few brand new clichés they just made up.
Book, Music and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach; with additional music by Ed Linderman
directed by Mark C. Guerra
January 24 - February 9, 2013 at the Courtyard Theater
In this wonderfully zany musical parody of Agatha Christie mysteries, ten people are stranded in an isolated English country house during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they’re picked off by fiendishly clever, yet villainously murderous, devices. As the bodies pile up (in the library, of course), the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit before they become the victim—all while singing and dancing!
Boy Gets Girl
by Rebecca Gilman
directed by Rebecca McDonald
February 28 - March 23, 2013 at the Cox Building Playhouse
Theresa Bedell is a successful reporter in New York who agrees to go on a blind date with a friend of a friend. Tony is attractive and funny, but after a second date she’s convinced they have nothing in common and sees no point in continuing the relationship. Tony, though, thinks otherwise, and it quickly becomes apparent that he is unstable and Theresa has had the misfortune to become his latest obsession. Boy Gets Girl examines the living nightmare of stalking, sexism and the nature of the idea of romantic pursuit in this somber, grown-up play about a very real and dangerous phenomenon.
One Day Only 20
April 19-20, 2013 at the Courtyard Theater
Wonder of the World
by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by Mikey Abrams
May 23 - June 15, 2013 at the Cox Building Playhouse
When Cass discovers a shockingly dirty little secret in her husband's sweater drawer, our heroine has no choice but to flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she’s missed out on. It’s a wild ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel of laughs as Cass embarks on a journey of self-discovery that has her crossing paths with a blithely suicidal alcoholic, a lonely tour-boat captain, a pair of bickering private detectives, and a strange caper involving a gargantuan jar of peanut butter, all of which pushes her perilously close to the water's edge in this hilarious tragicomedy of marital discord run amok.
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
by Liam O’Brien
directed by Carol M. Rice
July 11-27, 2013 at the Courtyard Theater
Horace Pennypacker, Jr. is a very progressive though quiet thinker and the easy-going father of a large family in Wilmington in the late 1800s. He also spends half of his time at his branch office in Philadelphia...with his second family, never dreaming the twain should meet. But they do. The minister, whose son is to marry Pennypacker’s daughter, is speechless. His wife hysterically refuses to believe it. His children are merely curious about his other children. Can a solution to his two-family system be reached? With all the talk today about what constitutes a family, this rollicking social comedy is even more relevant now than when it was first presented in the late 1950s.
One Day Only 21
August 23-24, 2013 at the Courtyard Theater
It Runs in the Family
by Ray Cooney
directed by Ashley White
September 5-28, 2013 at the Cox Building Playhouse
Britain's master farceur, Ray Cooney, who penned the exuberantly popular Run For Your Wife, is at it again! Set in a hospital three days before Christmas, all Dr. Mortimore wants to do is deliver the Ponsonby Lecture in an international conference, but he is prevented by a paternity suit, Boxing Day pantomime rehearsals, a dead man who keeps popping up alive, an ex-lover he has to keep from meeting his wife, a nurse who ends up at the wrong end of her syringe, and various other lunatics. It’s a farce, so naturally all’s well that ends well...but getting there is all the fun!
Season tickets are now on sale here.