The coming year is a time of change for the resident Equity troupe. Signature will move from its converted garage space into a new $12.5 million two-theatre complex in the Village at Shirlington.
Schaeffer said, "It'll be bittersweet to say goodbye to the little garage we've called home for the past 12 years, but the move to a bigger space is overdue. The new complex will provide Signature the muscles it needs to focus energy on the art and not the physical and technical obstacles. The great thing about the new space is that we're building two intimate, flexible black box theatres that will maintain the unique feel of our current theatre, but with state- of-the-art acoustics allowing for unamplified musicals and unobstructed ceiling height allowing unlimited set design capabilities."
In addition to the Tony Award-winning dark musical satire Urinetown, directed by Joe Calarco Aug. 16-Oct. 2, Signature's two other works in its current home will be Quiara Alegria Hudes' Yemaya's Belly, a tale of an island boy and the big city; and the world premiere of an Edgar Allen Poe-inspired musical, Nevermore.
Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes is a 2004 recipient of both The Paula Vogel Award for Playwriting and The Kennedy Center ACTF Latina/Latino Playwriting Award. Yemaya's Belly was seen at Portland Stage in Maine earlier this year. Here's the 2005-06 Signature season:
The Sex Habits of American Women by Julie Marie Myatt, directed by Rick DesRochers and starring Helen Carey and Rick Foucheux. "The Kinsey Report meets 'Desperate Housewives' in this voyeuristic peep into the sex lives of American women during the era of pointy bras and pompadours. Beginning in 1950, a respected male psychotherapist is writing a handbook on female sexuality. His wife of 47 years and their unmarried daughter meanwhile are conducting their own 'research.' Juxtaposed against this 1950s story is a videotaped documentary-style interview with a contemporary single mom — a feisty product of women's liberation. Bridging the 50 years between these moments in social history, the intertwined stories ask provocative questions and take a hard and hilarious look at the unexpected repercussions of the sexual revolution." Dates to be announced. A 2005-06 Cabaret Series will include:
Date TBA: Graduates of Catholic University's Musical Theatre program in The Kids From Catholic. "Discover the hottest young talents being trained as the newest generation of musical theatre stars." For more information, visit signature-theatre.org.