Fort Worth — The Stolen Shakespeare Guild's 2017-18 season repeats last season's formula but adds one more show. It begins with a non-Shakes classics festival, an adaptation of a beloved novel by a woman author (this year SSG moves from Austen to Alcott), and finishes the season with three musicals, Into the Woods, the first locally produced Bullets Over Broadway, and The Music Man. Early in 2018 is a themed Shakespeare festival: "Lost at Sea." That, of course would mean Twelfth Night and The Tempest. (The Comedy of Errors would have worked for that, too; maybe next year they'll have a "Stormy Weather" theme and do King Lear and Pericles.)
Below is the schedule and subscription info.
She Stoops to Conquer
by Oliver Goldsmith
October 13 – 27, 2017
Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy of manners, tells of clever schemers and comic ruses that unfold one night at a country house. An ambitious step mother impassioned sweethearts, a pragmatic father and a pair of star-crossed suitors are sent spinning through a hilarious comedy of errors.
The Three Sisters
by Anton Chekhov
October 20 – 29, 2017
The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they long to escape. Their hopes for a life more suited to their cultivated tastes and sensibilities provide a touching counterpoint to the relentless flow of compromising events in the real world.
By Louisa May Alcott (adaptation not announced yet)
December 1 - 17, 2017
Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up.
STOLEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: LOST AT SEA!
February 9 – March 4, 2018
by William Shakespeare
After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria. Viola, disguised as a man named Cesario takes up services with Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the Lady Olivia. But Olivia is in mourning over her brother’s death, so Orsino sends Cesario over as an emissary of love, except that Olivia falls for Viola! And so begins the Great Bard’s delightful comedy of romance and confused identities, darkened only by the cruelties of the deceitful Malvolio.
by William Shakespeare
The Tempest follows the story of Prospero the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero has spent twelve years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a storm at sea, bring within his grasp he enemies who robbed him of his dukedom.
INTO THE WOODS
Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
April 13 – 22, 2018
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
Written by Woody Allen
Based on the screenplay for the film, Bullets over Broadway by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath
Original Broadway Production Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman
July 13 – 29, 2018
The 1920s come roaring to life with showgirls, gangsters and more in this musical adaptation of Woody Allen's madcap film.
THE MUSIC MAN
Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
August 17 –September 2, 2018
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, even though he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian.
Season Ticket $112.00 (8 shows for $14.00 each)
A season ticket allows you to attend all 8 shows for the 2016 - 2017 Season. You are allowed at no charge to change your reservation with 48 hours’ notice as long as the performance you want to change it to is not already sold out.
Opening Night Preview Pass $72.00 (8 shows for $9.00 each) - Attend all eight opening nights of the 2016 - 2017 Season. There is a $10.00 charge per ticket to move reservation.
Tickets go on-sale at our website www.stolenshakespeareguild.org on July 11th 2017 or you may call Theatre Mania at 1-866-811-4111. All performances are at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in the Sanders Theater, 1300 Gendy St. Fort Worth.