Friday, April 17, 2015

Behind the Season Part II

Signature Theatre's exciting 2015/16 season includes world premieres, a DC premiere, American classics, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and of course, Sondheim – Signature's Signature. We have a breakdown of what to expect in the second half of this coming season, along with some additional resources to prepare yourself for the groundbreaking productions ahead. 

Road Show (February 9 – March 13, 2016)

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Gary Griffin

The third collaboration between Weidman and Sondheim (AssassinsPacific Overtures), Road Show is a freewheeling musical travelogue of the optimism and opportunism of the early twentieth century through the eyes of two ambitious, eccentric, yet playfully charming brothers.

Based on the real-life Mizner siblings, Road Show follows the dreamer and the schemer’s quest for the ever elusive, shape-shifting American dream. From the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York and finally the real-estate boon of Florida’s Boca Raton, the dazzling pace scours not only the map, but also forty years of boom-and-bust and brotherly love (or hate).

For Signature’s 26th Sondheim production, we welcome back director Gary Griffin (A Funny Thing…Forum) with his acclaimed Chicago Shakespeare Theater staging of Road Show.

Additional Resources: Addison MiznerWilson MiznerThe Evolution of Road Show

The Flick (March 1 – April 17, 2016)

By Annie Baker
Directed by Joe Calarco

Set in the popcorn-strewn, empty aisles of a crumbling Massachusetts movie theater, this 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner exposes the surprising tenderness and comedy in the everyday.

Spilled soda on the floor. Leftover food wrappers stashed in the seats. Three minimum wage employees perform the humdrum labor necessary to keep one of the last 35 millimeter projectors running. Through seemingly small conversations about movie actors, broom techniques and weekend plans, the characters divulge heartbreak, hopes and a compelling story all their own.

With her finely-tuned comic eye, Annie Baker (Circle Mirror TransformationThe Aliens) brings a rich humanity to three people who desperately strive to connect, help each other move on and accept their place in the world.

Additional Resources: Letter from Playwrights Horizons Artistic DirectorDownsides of Working in a Movie Theater

The Mystery of Love & Sex (April 5 – May 8, 2016)

From one of the writer of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Showtime’s Masters of Sex comes an unexpected love story of evolving friendship, finding your own path and the value of family.

Complete opposites, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were children. Now, as college students on the eve of graduation, they toy around with taking their friendship romantic. Or not. Why decide? After all, neither is sure they are even attracted to the other. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s parents, an unlikely couple themselves, push the kids for a definition even while their own relationship founders. Gradually, secrets and truths emerge as playing grown-up turns into actually growing up.

Funny, insightful, with an intense and complex core, Bathsheba Doran’s (Nest) newest play brilliantly examines intimacy, identity and, of course, the many mysteries of love and sex.

La Cage aux Folles (May 31 – July 10, 2016)

Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret
Directed by Matthew Gardiner

The beloved gender-bending musical comedy and winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical closes out the Signature season with Bobby Smith.

The twenty year relationship between Georges, a club-owner, and Albin, the head drag performer, faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative political parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their lifestyle and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. However, Albin’s different definition of “normal” threatens to upend the entire supper with hilarious results.

With an iconic score by Jerry Herman (Hello, DollyMame) featuring “I Am What I Am” and “The Best of Times” and hilarious book by Harvey Fierstein (NewsiesKinky Boots), La Cage Aux Folles is a fabulously fun musical about family, identity and loving who you are.

Additional Resources: Drag Queens in HistoryHarvey Fierstein InterviewRuPaul's Drag Race

To purchase tickets for our exciting 2015-16 season, please visit our website or call our Box Office at 703 820 9771.


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