Monday, July 9, 2012

THEATREdART goes insane with new season

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Avant-garde theater company THEATREdART has always taken pride in doing plays you can't see anywhere else in town. And in its sixth season, announced at its annual fundraiser on Saturday, the company will be continuing that tradition with a tantalizing menu of both the rare and the weird.

While co-founder Brian Mann didn't mention a theme for the season, nearly all of the plays seem to involve either insanity or politics.

Or do I repeat myself?

Dates haven't been announced yet, but they will be soon. For the latest updates, check the THEATREdART website.

THEATREdART co-founder Brian Mann (man with mustache) chats up playwright Phil Ginsburg (man with hat) at the theater companys annual fundraiser on Saturday
  • Todd Wallinger
  • THEATREdART co-founder Brian Mann (with mustache) chats with others, including playwright Phil Ginsburg (with hat), at the company's annual fundraiser Saturday.


A fresh batch of short original plays. Some are sick. Most are just twisted.

Adapted by Jeff Keele
Directed by TBD

This uber-talented playwright blew the walls off the Osbourne Theatre last season with his outrageous farce The Show Trial. (Read our review of it here.) This season he returns with something a little more mainstream, his original adaptation of John Milton's epic poem about angels and devils.

Adapted and directed by Brian Mann

Based on Franz Kafka's dystopian novel about a bank officer who finds himself entangled in a legal nightmare after being arrested for an unspecified crime.

Written by Dario Fo
Directed by Sean Verdu

In this offbeat play that includes political satire, farce and the medieval maskwork of commedia dell'arte, a media mogul turns the tables on her kidnappers through manipulation and deceit. Verdu promises "you will laugh at least every two minutes."

Adapted by Dale Wasserman
Directed by Michael Lee

Ken Kesey's story about inmates in an Oregon insane asylum was a play long before it became an Oscar-winning movie. This marks the first co-production between THEATREdART and the Star Bar Players. I can't wait to see which local actor is crazy enough to take on the Jack Nicholson role.

Written by Jose Rivera
Directed by Anna Faye Hunter

This 1993 Obie winner offers an apocalyptic vision of a New York City ravaged by war between a senile god and a band of rebellious angels.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ben Bonenfant

Shakespeare's last and perhaps most autobiographical play, this tragicomedy centers on an exiled duke who seeks revenge after the brother who deposed him is shipwrecked on his island. Bonenfant plans to put his actors through rigorous physical training so they can perform the magical illusions that form an important part of the story.

Written by Peter Weiss
Directed by Jon Margheim

This modern classic is only rarely referred to by its complete title, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. And that pretty much sums it up. Despite its absurdist leanings, it managed to snag the Tony Award for Best Play in 1966.

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