The 2011-'12 season for Addison's WaterTower Theatre has been announced, and it includes the area premieres of two important award-winning works from the past five years—Spring Awakening and August: Osage County—plus revivals of popular titles.
If anything, it says that the theater isn't taking risks on unproven works, although Spring Awakening, a rock musical based on a 19th-century German play about teenagers discovering sexuality, certainly couldn't be seen as playing it safe.
It also marks the return of a holiday show, one that WTT has produced a few times before.
Here's the full lineup:
- Spring Awakening, the 2007 Tony-winner for Best Musical, with music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by Terry Martin. Includes mature themes and adult language. The tour of the show has been to Dallas and Fort Worth, but this will be the area premiere for a local production. Sept. 30-Oct. 30
- Rockin’ Christmas Party, a non-subscription show, written by Dave Steakley, features songs in the style of early rock 'n' roll. Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, who helmed WTT's Circle Mirror Transformation in 2010. Nov. 26-Dec. 18
- The Diary of Anne Frank, adapted by Wendy Kesselman, based on the original play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, all based on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, about the Jewish girl and her family, who lived in hiding from the Nazis for more than two years in Amsterdam. Directed by Terry Martin. Jan. 6-Feb. 5, 2012
- The 12th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, with a schedule to be announced later. March 1-11
- August: Osage County, the 2008 Tony-winning for Best Play (it also won the Pultizer Prize), written by Tracy Letts, about a family in Oklahoma dealing with a death and the matriarch's addiction to painkillers. It will be directed by René Moreno, who directed the show in 2010 for Oklahoma City Rep. No word yet on whether it will star Dallas actress Pam Dougherty, a WaterTower regular who played Violet in OKC. The national tour came to Dallas in 2010. March 30-April 29
- Boeing-Boeing, the 1960s farce by Marc Camoletti, about a British man juggling love affairs with three flight attendants of different nationalities. Directed by Robin Armstrong, who recently directed the same show for Fort Worth's Circle Theatre. May 25-June 24
- Smokey Joe’s Café, a revue featuring the tunes of early rock 'n' roll songmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which include "Yakety Yak," "Hound Dog" and "Love Potion No. 9." Directed by Terry Martin. July 30-Aug. 19
Like the current season, the shows (except for the holiday one) will have previews on Friday and Saturday, a pay-what-you-can preview on Sunday, and an opening night on Monday. After that, performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays.
A five-play season subscription ranges in price from $75 to $150, and will go on sale in June. For more info, see www.watertowertheatre.org.