The Cleveland Playhouse has announced its 2002-2003 mainstage season. Among the plays chosen are Dirty Blonde, Proof, and the world premiere of Bright Ideas. The three-venue theatre
The complete season is as follows:
Lost Highway: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik plays Sept. 24-Oct. 20 at the Bolton Theatre. CPH artistic director Myler will direct this production that honors the late country music icon. Myler's other works include Love, Janis and garnered a Best Book of a Musical Tony Award nomination for It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues.
The world premiere of Cleveland playwright Eric Coble's Bright Ideas will play the Drury Theatre Oct. 15-Nov. 10. The play follows the parents of a three year-old boy who is next on the waiting list for one of the best pre-schools.
Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond will run Nov. 12-Dec. 8 at the Bolton. Carol Dunne directs the Pulitzer Prize winner about a couple who have spent 50 years worth of summer at their New Hampshire cottage and now meet up with their daughter and her fiancé. Last year's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Proof by David Auburn will hit the Baxter Stage Jan. 7-Feb. 2, 2003. The play about the daughter of a recently deceased mathematician deals with her father's absence and the shadow cast upon her work by him.
Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage will play at the Drury space Feb. 4-Mar. 9, 2003. The production about the uproar in an African-American family when the widowed father marries a German immigrant and insists on acting as caretaker for his late wife's attractive sister will be directed by Chuck Patterson.
David Edgar's adaptation, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's novel will run at the Bolton Feb. 25-April 6, 2003. Artistic director Peter Hackett helms the play about a man who leads a double life.
Claudia Shear's signature Dirty Blonde plays the Drury stage April 8-May 4, 2003. Hackett again helms the production for CPH about two office workers who meet by chance at the grave of Mae West.
Art scribe Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man will run April 29-May 25, 2003. Edward Payson Call directs the play about a famous author who is recognized by a fan in a shared compartment on a train. The production will use the Christopher Hampton translation.
The season and 2003 will conclude with the Jaston Williams-Joe Sears-Ed Howard holiday modern classic, A Tuna Christmas. The story of Texas' third smallest town will follow the citizens dealing with the trauma of its disastrous production of A Christmas Carol and a mysterious yard-contest sabotage by a Christmas Phantom.
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