The 2013-'14 season for Pfamily Arts in Plano, which serves the Collin County cities of Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney (thus the first four letters of the group's name) has been announced. The four-show season has three musicals and one play, and keeping with the theater's mission from recent years, it's a mix of new works and lesser produced shows, with the best-known title being Rupert Holmes' musical Drood.
The other shows include a song cycle from the up-and-coming duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the new musical version of A Christmas Story and the musical Dogfight, which WaterTower Theatre will produce next season. There's also a play by novelist Cormac McCarthy and a revival of Stephen Schwartz's 1989 musical The Baker's Wife, which is loved by musical theater aficionados, but rarely produced.
DROOD (THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD)
October 3-12, 2013
This musical by Rupert Holmes is inspired by the unfinished Dickens mystery; this recent Broadway hit deals with John Jasper who is madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud, who in turn is engaged to Jasper's nephew, young Edwin Drood, who disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunit? Only the audience will decide.
December 12-21, 2013
From the award winning duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is an exciting new show about burgeoning adults asking classic coming of age questions. The contemporary song cycle carries an honest voice advocating introspection while maintaining wit and charm covering such universal issues as love, commitment, identity and meaning.
THE SUNSET LIMITED
February 6-15, 2014
This play, by Cormac McCarthy (best known as a novelist), begins on a subway platform in New York City, when “Black”, an ex-con from the South saves the life of “White”, an intellectual atheist who wasn't looking for salvation and follows their articulate and moving debate about truth, fiction and belief. Is Black a guardian angel or just a sinner looking for redemption? Was White really saved, or is he stuck in a kind of purgatory?
THE BAKERS WIFE
April 3-12, 2014
A gently bittersweet and off-beat fable of life, love and bread by Stephen Schwartz. The bickering residents of a rural village in Provence, France in 1935 have been without a Baker for seven weeks. They finally find peace and contentment in the new Baker, Aimable, and his attractive young wife, Genevieve. However, when Genevieve is lured away by a handsome young gigolo, the middle-aged Baker loses all zest for life and baking. When he refuses to bake, the villagers must work as a team to bring Aimable and Genevieve back together.
Pfamily Arts is located at 4017 Preston Road in the LakeSide Market shopping center in Plano. For subscriptions, tickets and other info, call 972-378-1234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pfamilyarts.org.