The 2014 season for Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, its 12th, has been announced. The five-show season mostly sticks to well-loved titles, but what's interesting is that the group is doing something it has rarely attempted: musicals. Not one, but two. The season kicks off with the latest version of Stephen Schwartz's Working (with new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and others) and closes with the musical version of Little Women. Both are directed by Michael Serrecchia.
In between, we'll get revivals of Jim Leonard's The Diviners, Michael Frayn's Noises Off and A.R. Gurney's Sweet Sue, with directors René Moreno, Robin Armstrong and Sharon Benge, respectively.
Below is the breakdown of the season, followed by subscription information.
WORKING the Musical
by Stephen Schwartz & Nina Faso
Directed by Michael Serrecchia
January 24 – February 16, 2014
WORKING is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. The strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions. People’s relationship to their work ultimately reveals key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. This show is set in contemporary America and contains timeless truths.
WORKING is one of the most accessible, relevant, and substantial musicals ever created. Songs by IN THE HEIGHTS Tony Award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.
by Jim Leonard, Jr.
Directed by René Moreno
April 4 – April 27, 2014
This marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young, he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy's father. Yet, the town folk urge him to preach while he attempts to persuade the child to wash. When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism, and confusion erupts.
by Michael Frayn
Directed by Robin Armstrong
June 6 – June 29, 2014
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, onstage and backstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Sharon Benge
August 15 – September 7, 2014
A comic (and creative) tour de force, in which two actresses and two actors, portray different aspects of the same two characters—a middle-aged, but still very attractive divorcee, and her son's college roommate, to whom she is romantically drawn, despite the difference in their ages.
LITTLE WOMEN the Musical
by Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein & Jason Howland
Directed by Michael Serrecchia
October 10 – November 2, 2014
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and the novel), LITTLE WOMEN, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing, and heart. LITTLE WOMEN embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache, and hope—the sounds of a young America finding its voice.
Season Ticket pricing ranges from $132 to $140 and are now on sale. Renewal deadline is November 8. Call the box office at 214-828-0094 or visit http://www.contemporarytheatreofdallas.com.