Sunday In The Park With George
McKenna Theatre, October 14-24
Inspired by the painting "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by George Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George focuses on the famous French pointillist painter himself, who believes that reality can always be improved upon in art. Through the act of painting, he washes away the petty disagreements of the characters in his landscape, creating a world of order, balance, and harmony. Locking himself in his solitary studio filled with paints and canvasses, Seurat devotes himself fully to his art, unable to commit to anything else-including his longtime mistress, Dot. Sondheim's songs merge past and present into basic, heartfelt truths about life, creation, and emotion. This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical confirmed for London's Daily Telegraph that Sondheim is "one of the finest theater composers of his generation."
Anton In Show Business
Parker Theatre, November 11-21
Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business, a hit at the 24th Humana Festival of New American Plays and the winner of the 2000 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award, is a fast-paced and critical look at American theatre. The play focuses on three women who are cast in a production of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters in San Antonio, Texas: Casey, a struggling veteran of 200 non-salaried roles off-off Broadway; Lisabette, a Texas youngster ready to trade in a third grade teaching job for a fling in the theatre; and Holly, a sexy, successful TV actress who has been convinced by her agent that doing a classic stage play (where no one will see it) is her ticket to major movie roles. Variety calls Anton, a 'smart, acerbic crowd-pleaser' simultaneously a love letter and a poison pen letter to the American theatre.' The New York Times described the play as 'consciously an example of the problem it addresses, often with aching hilarity," in its observation 'that the world of theatre is growing ever more estranged from the straightforward business of telling stories."
McKenna Theatre, February 17-20
The popular annual production of the Department of Theatre Arts unites professional dancers, regional dance companies, and students. With a focus on choreography and performance across a diverse spectrum of dance, the production offers original solo and ensemble works accompanied by an array of musical accompaniment.
A Flea In Her Ear
Parker Theatre, March 10-20
This classic French farce is a masterpiece of mistaken identities, slamming doors and revolving beds. Madame Chandebise suspects her innocent husband of adulterous betrayal. Convinced of the honest man's infidelity, the jealous young wife forges a passionate lover's note designed to trap her husband in a compromised position. But in the brilliant logic that underlies all great farces, this note embarks on a misdirected journey that inevitably sends a thunderous crowd of guilty and jealous lovers to an infamous Paris Hotel. It is a marvelous romp through marital mayhem.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
McKenna Theatre, April 28-May 8
William Shakespeare's magical tale of two pairs of lovers who flee into the woods outside Athens, only to become the playthings of a group of sprites, fairies and other supernatural mischief makers. An inept troupe of would-be actors is also drawn into the web. "What fools these mortals be."