The Broadway-bound musical A Little Princess features the music of Lippa (The Wild Party) and a book by Brian Crawley (Violet) based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It will play Aug. 18-Sept. 12.
The musical adaptation follows the story of a young daughter of an adventurer who is sent to a London boarding school, but soon finds adventure is also in her blood. Susan Schulman (the upcoming Little Women musical) directs with scenery by Heidi Ettinger (The Secret Garden) and costumes Catherine Zuber (Dinner at Eight).
Vincent in Brixton which explores a 20-year-old Vincent Van Gogh's brief sojourn in England will play the California stage, March 9-April 3, 2005. The play won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best New Play for its London run and was also nominated for the Best Play Tony Award.
The newly-added works join the 2004-2005 season which also includes Chay Yew's Red, starring Thoroughly Modern Millie's Francis Jue; as well as Living Out, Striking 12, Crowns, Shakespeare in Hollywood and Arcadia.
Tom Stoppard's love story, Arcadia which is set in a 19th century estate, will now kick off the season — in the slot previously announced for Enchanted April. Robert Kelley will direct the work which jumps back and forth in time, between the inhabitants of the estate and the modern-day historians who are studying them. Red, a drama set during China's cultural revolution, will be directed by Robert Kelley and star Francis Jue — the actor who currently plays the role of Bun Foo on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie. The play follows the story of a famous Chinese-American romance writer who travels to Shanghai to investigate an interrogation.
Lisa Loomer's Living Out — which played a critically acclaimed run Off-Broadway recently — will also play at TheatreWorks. The story of a Salvadoran woman, who must juggle her duties as a nanny, mother and wife, hits the stage for its northern California premiere.
Rock trio Groovelily (Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheikin and Valerie Vigoda) presents its new holiday musical Striking 12 — a new spin on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale story "The Little Match Girl."
Ken Ludwig — who reworked Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's Twentieth Century for the upcoming Broadway revival — penned Shakespeare in Hollywood. Robert Kelley directs the work set in 1934's Tinseltown which follows filmmaker Max Reinhardt's struggles to remake A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Closing the season will be Regina Taylor's Crowns making its California Premiere at TheatreWorks. The stagework based on the best-selling book by Michael Cunnigham and Craig Mayberry centers on the celebration of African-American women and the fashion of church hats.
TheatreWorks productions will be mounted at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, California. The season is as follows: (subject to change)
Crowns (April 6-May 1, 2005) - Stern For subscriptions, call (650) 463-1960, or toll free (888) 273-3752. For more information, visit www.theatreworks.org.