Irving — The 2014-15 season for Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas (formerly ICT Mainstage) has been announced, with four plays and a musical, including the American classic The Heiress, Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention and David Ives' translation of Georges Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear. The season is bookended with tales of backstage murders: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and the Kander/Ebb musical Curtains. Below is the complete press release:
IRVING, TEXAS: MainStage Irving-Las Colinas unveiled the four plays and one musical that will be produced as part of the 2014-15 season to a packed house of volunteers, subscribers, and supporters on Saturday night, May 10 at the Irving Arts Center. Met with tremendous excitement, the “Curtain Up!” season features The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, The Heiress, A Flea in Her Ear, The Farnsworth Invention and the Kander & Ebb musical Curtains. All MainStage productions are performed in the Dupree Theatre at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75062).
Season ticket packages for the five shows range from $50-$75 (including a convenient “Flex Pass). MainStage also offers a “Pick 3” package that ranges from $51-$60. Season tickets are available for purchase now and are available through the Irving Arts Center Box Office at 972-252-2787. Season ticket information and downloadable order forms are also available at www.IrvingTheatre.org.
About the Shows:
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
by John Bishop
November 7-22, 2014
It’s an ingenious and wildly witty whodunit that enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and off Broadway. A farcical escapade, it features a non-stop barrage of hilarity as the cast of characters untangles the mystery of the infamous “Stage Door Slasher.” In a house replete with sliding panels, secret passageways, knives springing out of nowhere, and a maid who just seems to keep popping up everywhere, this diabolical mystery leaves you guessing ‘till the last laugh.
by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz
January 16–31, 2015
This Tony Award-winning play presents awkward and shy Catherine Sloper and her affluent father, Dr. Austin Sloper, in mid 1800’s New York. When Catherine is swept off her feet by a dashing young suitor, her father learns of this romance and threatens to disinherit her, convinced that the young man could only be interested in her vast fortune. Catherine becomes trapped in the middle of this inheritance quarrel and learns a harsh reality of life.
A Flea In Her Ear
by Georges Feydeau and Translated by David Ives
March 20 – April 4, 2015
This turn-of-the-century French farce is full of comedic chaos! Enter Victor, an elegant barrister in 1900 Paris, whose wife Raymonde’s suspicions of her husband’s philandering are confirmed when his suspenders are returned from the Hotel Coq d’Or, a notorious house of assignation. In her attempt to catch her husband “in the act,” the entire cast ends up at a hotel that specializes in romantic tete-a-tetes, chasing each other through slamming doors or in beds that spin, seeing double, and getting thrashed by an insane Englishman while they’re at it. Will Victor & Raymonde find their marital bliss again?
The Farnsworth Invention
by Aaron Sorkin
May 29 – June 13, 2015
It's 1929. Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to invent a device called “television.” Separated by two thousand miles, who gains the edge and unlocks the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: the ruthless media mogul, or the self-taught Idaho farm boy? The answer comes to life in this compelling historical drama from acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin, creator of the hit TV series The West Wing, The Newsroom, and the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network.
Book by Peter Stone & Rupert Holmes, Music by John Kander & Fred Ebb
July 24 – August 8, 2015
It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a brand new musical. But when the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew become suspects in a murder investigation. Enter a local detective who just happens to be a musical theatre fan! In a quest to find the culprit, the detective feels the surest way to solve the crime will be to keep the entire cast of suspicious characters sequestered in the theatre.