The 11th season for Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and it's a calendar-year season, moving away from the traditional fall to summer roster CTD has done. The four-show season reflects founder/owner Sue Loncar's love of Neil Simon, with two of his shows, Plaza Suite and The Sunshine Boys, bookending the season. The later will feature Stage West's Jerry Russell as one of the brothers.
In between we get two American dramas, Lanford Wilson's Angels Fall and Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God.
Also, CTD has a new managing director, Brad Jackson, an actor who cut his teeth in Fort Worth at Casa Manana, then followed Casa's former director Denton Yockey to Kansas City's Starlight Musicals, and has been back in Texas for a few years. This year, he has appeared onstage in Lyric Stage's Oklahoma! and Uptown Players' The Producers.
Here's the scoop on CTD's 2013 season. You can get info on subscriptions at the end:
Written by: Neil Simon
Directed by: Cynthia Hestand
January 11 – February 3, 2013
Contemporary Theatre of Dallas begins its eleventh season with Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they once honeymooned. This wry tale of a marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her, or, as Mother yells, "I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!"
Written by: Lanford Wilson
Directed by: René Moreno
April 19 – May 12, 2013
CTD is honored to have René Moreno return to direct Lanford Wilson’s brilliant work, Angels Fall. Masterfully constructed, the play blends humor and compassionate insights as it explores an absorbing encounter between six people who are brought together by chance in a remote mission church in New Mexico. Mr. Moreno was awarded best director for last season’s The Night of the Iguana by the DFW Theatre Critics Forum. Contemporary Theatre audiences will be certain to find themselves transported once more by one of Dallas and Fort Worth’s great directors.
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
Written By: Mark Medoff
Directed by: Susan Sargeant
July 5 – July 28, 2013
Contemporary Theatre is proud to present the Tony award-winning play, Children of a Lesser God. This deeply moving, beautifully written play will feature CTD favorites Marianne Galloway and Ashley Wood. The play details the romance and marriage of a sensitive but spirited deaf girl and the devoted (and hearing) young teacher whom she meets at a school for the deaf. “…an extraordinary play—illuminating, consistently interesting and moving." —Variety. "In any season this play would be a major event, a play of great importance, absorbing and interesting, full of love, understanding and passion." —NY Post. "…an authentic work of art." —The New Yorker.
THE SUNSHINE BOYS
Written By: Neil Simon
Directed by: Michael Serrecchia
September 20 – October 13, 2013
CTD closes its season with the Neil Simon hit, The Sunshine Boys starring Jerry Russell and directed by Michael Serrecchia. Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. "It's ham on wry...Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." - New York Post, "Delicious and oddly affecting." - The New York Times, "Another hit for Simon in a shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life." - New York Daily News
Season Ticket pricing ranges from $86 to $102, and go on sale November 17. Call the box office at 214-828-0094 for more information.
Location: 5601 Sears St., Dallas, TX 75206 (one block west of lower Greenville Avenue). Visit our website for directions: www.contemporarytheatreofdallas.com.