Moliere's Tartuffe, directed by Josh Chambers and set in a world that resembles the San Fernando Valley, will launch the season Feb 21, 2009. In it, "suburbia becomes the battleground for a spiritual and cultural civil war between art and commerce, charlatan and saint," according to The Theatre @ Boston Court.
The world premieres are Laura Schellhardt's Courting Vampires, opening May 9, 2009, and Deborah Stein's God Save Gertrude, opening Oct. 10.
The West Coast premiere of Bruce Norris' The Pain and the Itch, a co-production with Furious Theatre Company, will open July 25, 2009. Dámaso Rodriguez will direct the scathing family comedy "about the politics of class and race…denial and its consequences."
Performances play Boston Court Performing Arts Center.
Courting Vampires is billed as "a deeply moving allegory that straddles graveyard and courtroom." In it Nina, "a vitally alive, headstrong young woman falls victim to a fatal blood disease, and her protective older sister, Rill, vows revenge on the vampire who infected her. With righteousness and impassioned love Rill puts the vampire on trial for his life. But does anything — even justice — avenge death?" Courting Vampires will be directed by Jessica Kubzansky, co-artistic director for The Theatre @ Boston Court.
In God Save Gertrude, "a punk rock riff on Hamlet" directed by Michael Michetti, co-artistic director of The Theatre @ Boston Court, angry crowds gather outside an abandoned theatre as Queen Gertrude takes the stage. "She riffs on Patti Smith and sings about her many loves and her many mistakes while her country simmers in a volatile state of transition," according to the troupe. "As the bombs rain down and her coked-up son sells out to MTV, Gertrude hopes to incite one more riot before she goes."
Each play previews for six performances prior to its opening date and runs for four weeks, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM.
Tickets for individual plays in the 2009 season are $17 for previews and $32 for regular performances and may be purchased online at www.bostoncourt.org. Season memberships and discounted senior/student tickets are also available.
For more information visit bostoncourt.com.
The Theatre @ Boston Court is the non-profit company that programs the state-of-the-art 99-seat main stage theatre in Boston Court Performing Arts Center at 70 North Mentor Avenue at Boston Court.
Z. Clark Branson is the developer of the center and founding director of The Theatre @ Boston Court. Michael Seel is the executive director of Boston Court Performing Arts Center.