THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
A Play in Music by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Diana Sheehan
THE CRADLE WILL ROCK has been called “one of the most historically significant pieces of American theater ever written,” and is the only show ever shut down by the Federal government. Composer Marc Blitzstein wrote it in a specific political and social context, but the questions it raises regarding economic power, class structure, agency, hypocrisy, and opposing forces remain as relevant today as in 1937. Rather than accusing or lecturing, this piece uses humor and 1930’s musical traditions to reveal and reflect our ongoing challenges, and is a tribute to the artists, who, in 1937, risked everything for art.
Book by James Goldman
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed and Choreographed by Jeremy Dumont
A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created. Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart wrenching and epic in scope, FOLLIES is a tribute to the glamourous musical theater traditions of the 1930’s and 40’s. Songs are presented by past and present incarnations in unison, which creates constant, shimmering reflections between age and youth, hope and hopelessness. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Score, FOLLIES includes many well-loved songs, such as “Broadway Baby,” “Losing My Mind,” and “I’m Still Here.”
Presented in collaboration with Park Cities Dance Studios, DANCE CALL presents an opportunity for local choreographers to develop and workshop their skills with the music and the mirror, and culminates in a powerful, showcase performance exhibiting the immense talent of the dancers and choreographers in this area.
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry
Music by Robert Aldman
Based on the novella by Eudora Welty
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM is based on the rambunctious, Southern fairytale from the Pulitzer-Prize winning beloved author, Eudora Welty. One of the only genuine blue-grass scores ever heard in a musical, it’s a fun, jubilant hoedown. This wildly creative show engages a unique kind of storytelling—an exciting kind—in which the audience helps put the puzzle pieces together, and then sees themselves reflected in it. It’s sure to steal your heart, and whatever else it can get its hand on!
A MIDWINTER NIGHT'S DREAM
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Marianne T. Galloway
One of Shakespeare’s best loved plays, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM enacts what Artistotle called “mimesis” or the imitation of life itself. Imitation is how we learn, how we see, by reflection, our stark truths and ambiguities, our darkness, our lightness, our absurdities, our fears. Taking us into an enchanted forest and bridging the worlds of dreaming and waking, Shakespeare reveals, by reflection, the magic of life and love. And what if a wintry, holiday spin is woven into this classic? What happens in the forest, stays in the forest!