Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, Urinetown and Violet on Gallery Players Upcoming Schedule

News   Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams, Urinetown and Violet on Gallery Players Upcoming Schedule
 
The Gallery Players, the Park Slope Equity Showcase theatre that frequently stages well-reviewed and affordable productions of titles recently seen on and Off-Broadway, has announced its 40th anniversary season.

A double-bill of Christopher Durang one-acts will kick off the Gallery Players season. The Actor's Nightmare and Sister Ignatius Explains It All for You will be presented Sept. 9-24.

The award-winning musical Urinetown, originally directed on Broadway by Gallery Players alum John Rando, will follow. The Greg Kotis-Mark Hollmann musical will run Oct. 14-Nov. 5 under the direction of Tom Wojtunik will.

Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning play Torch Song Trilogy will be mounted Nov. 25-Dec. 10. Fierstein's groundbreaking opus concerns a Jewish female impersonator searching for love. The play was eventually made into a film with Fierstein reprising his Tony-winning performance opposite Matthew Broderick.

The first New York revival of Terrence McNally's Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams will follow, playing Jan. 13-28, 2007. The play, which was presented at Primary Stages in summer 2005, concerns a couple who run a children's theatre in upstate New York. Heather Siobhan Curran will direct.

Violet, the cult favorite musical presented at Playwrights Horizons in 1997, will be the next offering by The Gallery Players, running Feb. 17-March 11 with direction by M. R. Goodley. Violet features book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by Jeanine Tesori and "follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman accidentally scarred by her father." Molière's The Learned Ladies, translated by Richard Wilbur, will run March 31-April 15, and the Gallery Players season will then offer the Broadway musical Victor/Victoria. With a score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse (additional material by Frank Wildhorn) and a book by Blake Edwards, the gender-bending musical will play May 5-27.

The 10th Annual Black Box New Play Festival will bring the Gallery Players season to a close, running June 7-24. This celebration of new work will offer world premiere productions of plays by tri-state area playwrights.

The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street. For further information or to purchase tickets visit www.galleryplayers.com.

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Operating under an Equity showcase contract, The Gallery Players has entertained Brooklyn audiences for nearly 40 years. Among its well-known alumni are Hairspray Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and Urinetown's Tony-winning director John Rando, Chicago's Diedre Goodwin, Avenue Q's Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q) and Rent producer Jeffrey Seller.

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