The 2015 season for Amphibian Stage Productions has been announced, and it's exciting on multiple levels. Most notably: Amphibian is dedicating time and resources to playwrights, establishing an in-residence structure.
The three playwrights receiving readings—Fort Worth's T.J. Walsh, plus Allison Gregory and David Davalos, whose Wittenberg was a hit at Amphibian in 2011—will be in-residence here while their work is being rehearsed and performed. One of the mainstage productions, Artistic Director Kathleen Culebro's France from a Roman Hill, will also be developed here. The other is a season extra of a new adaptation of Don Quixote.
That means that four of the seven works on the subscription season (four mainstage, three readings) are new plays.
The other three plays on the season are less than 10 years old: Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still (regional premiere), Michael Milligan's Mercy Killers and Mark St. Germain's Freud's Last Session. The NT Live series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will also continue.
Here's the complete news release, with the schedule and descriptions:
Amphibian Stage Productions (Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director) today announced the plays to be produced in its 2015 season. The company will present four mainstage productions, including one world premiere, and three staged readings as well as National Theatre Live screenings presented in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Amphibian’s main stage season will include: Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; the searing one-man drama written and performed by Michael Milligan, Mercy Killers; France from a Roman Hill, a world premiere by Amphibian Artistic Director Kathleen Culebro; and Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session.
Additionally, Amphibian will offer a season extra with a new adaptation of Don Quixote de la Mancha, a collaboration with Amphibian’s stilt troupe Tad-Poles.
Amphibian will continue its staged reading series working closely with playwrights TJ Walsh, Allison Gregory, and David Davalos on unpublished works. This year, in a vigorous effort by the company to foster new plays, each playwright will be in-residence at Amphibian at the time of their staged reading. Amphibian will present Pleading Infinity by TJ Walsh, Not Medea by Allison Gregory and Daedalus by David Davalos.
The company will continue to present National Theatre Live screenings in association with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Screenings scheduled for next year include Broadway’s Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, Treasure Island based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, and George Bernard Shaw’s Man & Superman starring Ralph Fiennes.
“The seven plays I’ve selected tell very different stories, but all show us characters who suddenly find themselves confronting obstacles that will change the course of their lives,” said Amphibian Artistic Director Kathleen Culebro. “Whether in a comedy or a drama, these characters have moved through the world as if they know exactly what the future will bring—as if they are bullet proof. When the unexpected happens, they are forced to reevaluate all their previous assumptions, values and relationships. I’m particularly proud that five of these seven plays are new, unpublished works. This means that we’ll have some outstanding playwrights right here in Fort Worth perfecting their scripts.”
Tickets for the main stage season are $33 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $18 for students and industry professionals. Tickets for staged readings are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for students and industry. Season subscriptions start at $160. Individual tickets and memberships for the 2015 season go on sale October 21, 2014 and can be purchased at 817-923-3012 or www.amphibianproductions.org.
PLEADING INFINITY by T.J. Walsh
January 25 – 26, 2015
In this funny and moving solo play Bob Donovan, Hollywood screenwriter, wrestles with life’s big questions including miraculous births, the nature of art, near death experiences, ghosts, UFOs, the creation of the universe, and, finally, the meaning of life.
TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Marguiles
February 26 – March 22, 2015
Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent try to find happiness is a world that’s gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. When their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.
NOT MEDEA by Allison Gregory
April 12 – 13
What if the show you came to see is not the show you need to see? When a working mother escapes to the sanctuary of the theatre and encounters a play she desperately doesn’t want to see, she manipulates the show – and the audience – and leads them reluctantly, undependably, humorously into her own very private story. Through a synthesis of myth, magic, and real world, Not Medea is a fierce slap-down about love, lust, parenthood, and forgiveness.
MERCY KILLERS written and performed by Michael Milligan
May 7 – May 31, 2015
Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down. In Mercy Killers, a new one-man play, Joe struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty.
FRANCE FROM A ROMAN HILL by Kathleen Culebro
July 9 – August 2, 2015
Rooted in magic realism, France From a Roman Hill begins on New Year's Day as everyone in the world wakes up to find a letter containing the name of their one true love—all except for one woman. The story follows five people as they realize the vision they had for their life is instantly and dramatically changed; families are broken, new ones are made, and sexual identity is now unquestionable. Meanwhile, one woman must navigate the world alone and uncoupled.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain
October 29 – November 22, 2015
Just weeks before he will take his own life, legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life. Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time.
DAEDALUS by David Davalos
After suffering a major artistic disappointment in Milan, Leonardo Da Vinci renounces art and instead works briefly as a military engineer for the ruthless leader of the Papal armies (and illegitimate son of the Pope) Cesare Borgia. But after his time with Borgia, he returns to art and creates his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Daedalus is a fictionalized account of the time in Leonardo’s life when he was struggling with the question of his identity, and with the responsibility that creators bear to and for their creations.
About Amphibian Stage Productions
Winner of the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Award in 2014, Amphibian Stage Productions was founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU's Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging works of theatre that challenge the way we see the world around us. Now in its fourteenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts.
Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, a summer acting workshop for teens, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, that is steadily increasing the company’s visibility and following. The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance.
Amphibian is generously funded by the American Theatre Wing, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Ann L. and Carol Greene Rhodes Charitable Trust, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Bates Container, Alcon Foundation, Pangburn Foundation, Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, BBVA Compass Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Louise Carvey, Betty J. Sanders, Jill and Charles Fischer, Jeff Davis, Kay and Robert Bolz, and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian’s devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.