Arden Will Stage Two Pulitzer Winners in 2009-10; Coon, Fraelich, Hobbs and Gonglewski Are Cast

News   Arden Will Stage Two Pulitzer Winners in 2009-10; Coon, Fraelich, Hobbs and Gonglewski Are Cast Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia has announced its 2009-10 mainstage season, to open with Alan Bennett's The History Boys and close with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park With George featuring Jeffrey Coon as George.

A second Pulitzer winner, David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, will also be offered.

Here's the Arden's 2009-10 slate:

The History Boys
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
Sept. 24–Nov. 1, on the F. Otto Haas Stage

"Winner of a Tony Award and Olivier Award, Bennett's international comedy chronicles the final year of eight clever young history students at a British boarding school in pursuit of sex, sport and admission into Oxford or Cambridge. Two teachers become rivals for the hearts and minds of the boys in this hilarious and provocative new play."

Rabbit Hole
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by James J. Christy
Oct. 22-Dec. 20, on the Arcadia Stage

"As improbably funny as it is heartbreaking, this story of a family in crisis won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Becca and Howie had the perfect life — a great marriage, a beautiful house and a lovely son. But after a tragic accident, the couple faces the challenges of surviving great loss and making a life with the family that remains. Director James J. Christy and Philadelphia actress Grace Gonglewski return to bring this modern masterpiece to life."

Blue Door
By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Walter Dallas
Jan. 14-March 21, 2010, on the Arcadia Stage

"Johnnie Hobbs Jr. stars as Lewis, a successful mathematics professor whose wife has just left him. So begins his sleepless night where a series of ancestors visit him and reveal the hardships and victories of their lives. Lyrical, funny and poignant, Lewis' journey is a thought-provoking window into the soul of one African-American man grappling at the intersection of his own identity and his cultural history. Recommended for ninth grade and older." Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Pfeiffer
Feb. 25-April 4, 2010, on the F. Otto Haas Stage

"Remember what it feels like to love with abandon and surrender to raw elation? We give you an unadulterated Romeo and Juliet. Come experience Shakespeare's masterpiece, without pretense or gimmick, and tap into the heart of this timeless love story."

Sunday in the Park with George
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
May 27-July 4, 2010, on the F. Otto Haas Stage

"[The] Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was inspired by Georges Seurat's stunning masterpiece, 'Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.' Brimming with beauty and light, Sunday in the Park celebrates the power of creation. Jeffrey Coon (Seurat) and Kristine Fraelich (Dot) star in this passionate production featuring Sondheim's full orchestrations."

To purchase subscriptions, call the Arden box office at (215) 922-1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.

Single tickets go on sale Sept. 1, 2009. Arden Children's Theatre will present two productions during the 2009-10 season, which will be announced later this summer.

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Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia. According to Arden, "Our mission is to tell great stories by great storytellers. We produce five mainstage and two children's theatre productions each season and offer theatre classes for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade through Arden Drama School."

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