Stage West is one of the final local theater groups to announce their 2012-'13 season—seriously, what's up with securing rights this year? Almost every theater has been way later than usual with the season-announcing—but it turns out to be worth the wait.
The group's 34th season will, like the '11-'12 season, feature seven productions, one of them a subscriber special. And two of the shows are return engagements of titles that Stage West has done within the past 12 years: Thank You, Jeeves (2001), one of Mark Richard's installments in the Wodehouse book series, and the first of the four Jeeves plays that Stage West has produced; and Marie Jones' two-actor/multiple character Stones In His Pockets (2007).
Two of the titles are pretty new, having debuted in this decade: Ken Ludwig's Fox on the Fairway and Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, which won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play and ended its second off-Broadway run in July.
The season begins with the classic musical She Loves Me, and also includes Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and Moira Buffini's 1997 play Gabriel.
Here's the scoop from the Stage West news release:
She Loves Me, Book by George Masteroff, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
November 1 – December 9
A classic musical love story based on the same source as the films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail. Funny and intelligent, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy set in 1930’s Budapest, with an endearing innocence and a touch of nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romance. And there’s a holiday theme, with the happy ending arriving on Christmas Eve.
Gabriel, by Moira Buffini
January 10 – February 10
In this riveting drama set on a German-occupied English island during World War II, a mysterious unconscious man is pulled from the waves and taken in by a young widow and her family. The family maintains a delicate love-hate relationship with the German occupiers, and is concealing some deep secrets, including the fact that one of them is Jewish. The mysterious stranger (RAF pilot? Spy? The angel Gabriel?) may be the force which breaks this tightly-woven circle of subterfuge.
The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare
February 21 – March 24
A new look at an iconic comedy. Kate and Bianca are sisters. Bianca can’t marry till Kate is wed. Lucentio wants Bianca, Bianca wants Lucentio. Petruchio wants Kate. And Kate wants no one! But in the war between the sexes, there always comes a time to surrender. The question is—for whom? This timeless play is about the eternal divide between men and woman, and who gets the last laugh.
4000 Miles, by Amy Herzog
April 4 – May 5
After a life-changing cross-country bike trip, 21 year old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year old grandmother Vera in her Manhattan apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately, reach each other. 4000 Miles looks at how two outsiders, one young and one old, help each other to find their way. Winner of the 2012 Obie for Best New American Play.
The Fox on the Fairway, by Ken Ludwig
July 5 – August 11
The Quail Valley Country Club is preparing to take on arch-rival Crouching Squirrel in the annual Inter-Club Golf Tournament. As the stakes grow ever higher, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, and objectionable sweaters. This is a charmingly madcap farce about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair—with golf!
Thank You, Jeeves, adapted by Mark Richard from the book by P. G. Wodehouse
August 22 – September 29
Bertie Wooster and his faithful servant Jeeves return with a full cast of characters, including tyrannical relatives, beastly acquaintances, demon children, and a banjolele. Bertie has taken up an irritating new hobby which drives Jeeves to resign. As usual, Bertie gets caught up in a sea of entanglements, and fearsome complications develop. But will Jeeves be there this time to save the day?
Plus—a Special Added Attraction!
Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones
May 16 – June 23
The return of a much-requested favorite, about two Irish extras on a film shoot. In County Kerry, an American production crew has set up residence, and their presence offers the locals opportunity, trouble, and temptation. Two actors portray an ensemble of characters in this witty and engrossing play about how the little things can make a big impact.
Tickets for the 2012-2013 season are now on sale. Tickets purchased by October 15 range in price from $120 to $135, with discounts for students, seniors, and teachers. Tickets purchased after October 15 will range from $130 to $150, also with discounts for students, seniors, and teachers.
Tickets for Stones in His Pockets may be purchased in advance with a season ticket order for an additional $20 each (regular ticket price will be $28). For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.stagewest.org/season-tickets.