A Little Night Music, Hesperia, The Real Thing and Pinter Punctuate IL Writers' Theatre Season

News   A Little Night Music, Hesperia, The Real Thing and Pinter Punctuate IL Writers' Theatre Season
 
Writers' Theatre, the Glencoe, IL, company that first produced the new musical A Minister's Wife, now in rehearsal for an Off-Broadway production at Lincoln Center Theater, announced its 20th season, to include works by Randall Colburn, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter.

Writers' Theatre, led by artistic director Michael Halberstam and executive director Kathryn M. Lipuma, performs in two performance spaces in Glencoe: its 50-seat venue at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, and its 108-seat theatre at 325 Tudor Court in the Woman's Library Club.

The Writers' 20th anniversary season is:

The Real Thing
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam
Sept. 13-Nov. 20
Performed at 325 Tudor Court

"A married playwright blurs the line between reality and his dramas on the stage as his personal life unravels before his very eyes. Deeply moving and bitingly funny, Tom Stoppard's razor sharp drama brilliantly examines the complex nature of love, art and reality. Artistic Director Michael Halberstam directs this multi-award winning modern classic."

The Caretaker
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
Nov. 8, 2011-March 25, 2012
Performed at 664 Vernon Avenue

"Aston brings Davies, a fast talking tramp, to his cramped home full of odds and ends — best characterized as junk — offering him a bed and a much needed place to get on his feet. Davies quickly realizes that Aston and his brother Mick have a different take on the world around them. From Aston's constant puttering and half finished fix-it jobs to Mick's grand plans for the future, the three become an unlikely trio desperately trying to connect to one another but always missing the mark."

Hesperia
By Randall Colburn
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden
Jan. 24-March 18, 2012
Performed at 325 Tudor Court

"When Claudia left Ian and her old life in adult entertainment to return to her small-town roots, she found more than just a new start — she met her soon-to-be husband Trevor, the local youth minister and a man of god. But when Ian shows up on her doorstep just weeks before her wedding, their past together comes roaring back to life bringing doubts to Claudia's now moral and well-ordered existence. In this honest exploration, playwright Randall Colburn brings an original voice to the complicated topics of love, sexuality and religion." A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by William Brown
May 1–July 8, 2012
Performed at 325 Tudor Court

"Set in turn of the century Sweden, A Little Night Music is a sumptuous musical celebration of love. Desirée Armfeldt has always captured the hearts of men. When both of her lovers — and their wives — show up for a weekend in the country, the boundless possibilities of an old romance and newly awakened passions bring endless surprises."

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead
By Robert Hewett
Directed by TBD
A Limited Engagement Production
May 22–July 29, 2012
Performed at 664 Vernon Avenue

"Thwarted housewife Rhonda Russell loses herself in a heated moment of passion, setting into motion an unbelievable series of events that ripple through the lives of everyone around her. One performer intricately weaves together the many different sides of Rhonda's story with engrossing narrative, wit and compassion. An international hit, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead is a surprising and touching tale of loss and ultimate redemption."

(The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead is currently only available to Writers' Theatre subscribers and members.)

For more information, visit writerstheatre.org.

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