Friday, March 29, 2019

FAC's 2019-2020 theater season is studded with big titles and regional premieres

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge The second-to-last mainstage show of the FAC's 2018-2019 season, Hands on a Hardbody, opened March 28 and runs through April 14. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
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  • The second-to-last mainstage show of the FAC's 2018-2019 season, Hands on a Hardbody, opened March 28 and runs through April 14.

On March 29, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College announced its 2019-2020 theater season, stuffed with big titles, regional premieres, and some special productions we’re looking forward to. Producing artistic director Scott RC Levy says: “There’s a deep well of variety. There’s a lot of different styles of storytelling, something I think everyone will appreciate, and maybe audience members can surprise themselves, and get tickets to something they don’t even know about, and find out it’s their favorite show of the year.”

In putting together the season, Levy noticed that almost every show explored the idea of "home" in its own way — either how one defines home for themselves, or how one creates a home in a place where they’re initially uncomfortable. He mentions Maria finding life and love with the von Trapp family in The Sound of Music, and “Christopher, the autistic teenager in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time going on this journey to discover what happened to his home, and what happened to his mother, who he thinks is dead."

The season actually starts with these two incredible works: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which won the 2015 Tony Award for best play, will open on Sept. 26. Levy says rights to this show were only recently released, so the FAC is “just jumping on that as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, The Sound of Music, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and Levy expresses excitement at staging a show that was written six decades ago while continuing to prove its relevance and give audiences a new and unique experience within it. It will function as the FAC’s holiday show, opening Dec. 12.

While it might seem impossible to follow The Sound of Music, the rest of the mainstage season lives up to its beginnings. Beloved musical The Bridges of Madison County (opening Feb. 13, 2020) is followed by Silent Sky (opening April 2, 2020), which tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female scientist in the early 1900s whose passion for her work went unappreciated in her patriarchal field. The season will end with In The Heights (opening May 28, 2020), Lin Manuel Miranda’s first Tony Award-winning musical.

And, hell, that’s just the mainstage shows. The Family & Studio Series has its own surprises in store. Levy says he has been wanting to stage one of them, Lonely Planet, for years, since he saw the original production off-Broadway. This play by Steven Dietz is about 25 years old, written during the height of the AIDS crisis. It captures themes of the time that remain relevant today, and should prove incredibly affective with the FAC’s stellar team behind it.

The rest of the season includes special productions of Carrie the Musical and more, so peruse the full lineup below, from a FAC press release:

2019-2020 Mainstage Theatre Season
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Sept. 26-Oct. 20, 2019
The Sound of Music Dec. 12, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020
The Bridges of Madison County Feb. 13-March 1, 2020
Silent Sky April 2-19, 2020
In the Heights May 28-June 21, 2020

2019-2020 Family & Studio Series Theatre Season
Busytown: The Musical Sept. 14-Oct. 13, 2019
Tiny Beautiful Things Nov. 8-Dec. 1, 2019
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane March 6-April 5, 2020
Lonely Planet June 26-July 19, 2020

2019-2020 Special Added Attractions
Carrie the Musical: A Staged Concert Oct. 25-27, 2019
Men on Boats April 24-May 3, 2020

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