Geva Theatre Season Will Feature Good People, Vanya and Sonia and World Premiere of Women in Jeopardy!

By Carey Purcell
25 Mar 2014

Geva Theatre Center has announced the lineup for its 2014-15 season.



The Rochester-based non-profit will present the thriller Wait Until Dark, the Tony-nominated play Good People and the world premiere of the comedy Women In Jeopardy!

The season also includes the musical Little Shop of Horrors, Katori Hall's award-winning play The Mountaintop and the 2013 Tony winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang.

The Fielding Mextstage season will present the Festival of New Theatre, with Maripat Donovan's ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3, and the Fielding Studio Series will include the world premiere of Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Lee Blessing's A Body Of Water and the world premiere of True Home, by Cass Morgan.

A special production of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will also be presented.

"Professional theater-making at Geva involves hundreds of guest artists and resident staff, who have devised a wide variety of artistic work to be on the Geva stage in 2014-15," artistic director Mark Cuddy said in a statement. "Playwrights, directors, actors, and designers are eagerly anticipating joining with the over 130,000 expected attendees to create memorable theatrical performances specifically for our community."

"The 2014-2015 Season will continue to build on Geva's tradition of top quality theatre and educational programming made right here in Rochester, for Rochester," executive director Tom Parrish added. "We are grateful to the thousands of season subscribers that have already committed to making this memorable season with our artists, and to our many donors, whose philanthropic support makes all of Geva's artistic, education, literary and community building work possible."

The season-at-a-glance follows.

Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by David Ira Goldstein
Sept. 9–Oct. 5

"A Greenwich Village apartment becomes the setting of a suspenseful game of cat and mouse when a group of thuggish con men manipulate and terrorize the recently blinded Susan over a mysterious doll hidden inside — waiting until dark to play out this classic stage thriller's chilling conclusion. The vulnerable Susan must muster her resources to outmaneuver her tormentors, turn her disability to advantage, and survive."

Good People
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Mark Cuddy

Oct. 21–Nov. 16
"In South Boston, this month's paychecks cover last month's bills; bingo is a night on the town and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she risks what little she has left to look up an old flame, hoping he'll help her make a fresh start. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, a humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate can determine our path."

Little Shop of Horrors
Book by Howard Ashman
Music & lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
Directed by Sean Daniels
Jan. 13–Feb. 15, 2015

"A hapless skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation — and gets the girl of his dreams — when he discovers an exotic man-eating plant. This delightfully demented, charming and tuneful family musical blends doo-wop, rock and Motown into an affectionate cult classic send-up of B-movie horror flicks and the American Dream. From the award-winning songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken."

World Premiere
Women In Jeopardy!
By Wendy MacLeod
Directed by Sean Daniels
Feb. 24–March 22

"'Thelma and Louise' meets 'The First Wives Club' in this fun and flirtatious new comedy by Rochester-born playwright Wendy MacLeod. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz's new dentist boyfriend. He's not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure."

The Mountaintop
By Katori Hall
Directed by Skip Greer
March 31–April 26

"A soul-stirring reimagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night on earth. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel. A visit from the feisty hotel maid compels him to confront his own doubts, destiny and legacy."

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Bruce Jordan
May 5–May 31

"Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. When their movie-star sister Masha makes a surprise visit with her hot boy-toy Spike in tow, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret and hilarious racket in this wacky, Chekhovian mash-up. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won't ever be the same!"

2014-2015 Fielding Nextstage Season

Festival of New Theatre
October 2014
"A two-week showcase of new plays and projects that are currently in Geva's developmental process. More than 250 full-length or short works have received readings and/or workshops as part of Geva's new play development programs, and more than 65 have had subsequent productions around the country and the globe."

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3
By Maripat Donovan
Starring Colleen Moore
Nov. 4–Nov. 30

"After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Colleen Moore returns as ‘Sister' to offer up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of 'The Newlywed Game.' Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the world's feistiest couples counselor!"

2015 Fielding Studio Series

World Premiere
Katherine's Colored Lieutenant
By Nora Cole
Feb. 5, 2015–Feb. 22

"Nora Cole digs deep into her family's history to tell the story of her uncle, a Tuskegee airman, and her aunt, a Louisville schoolteacher. A moving and captivating love story set amidst the racial divisions of the American South during and after WWII."

A Body Of Water
By Lee Blessing
March 19–April 5

"A long-married couple wakes one beautiful morning in an idyllic summer house surrounded by lush lawn and a vast body of water. There's only one problem — they have absolutely no memory of who they are, or how they got there. Their world is complicated further when a mysterious young woman arrives, offering information and potential explanations. Without the foundation of memory, life is a never-ending stream of possibilities — and secrets."

World Premiere
True Home
By Cass Morgan
April 23–May 10

"With the help of two talented musicians, Broadway veteran and writer Cass Morgan searches for her roots in True Home. A trip to the West of Ireland sparks memories of her childhood in Rochester, her growing up in a Florida trailer park, and a need to reconcile with her parents in an enchanting evening of story and song."

Special Productions
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman and additional material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson
July 9–July 27

"A hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical that follows six over-achieving and awkward adolescents on their quest for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, the eccentric group of outsiders learns that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This tuneful, clever and heartwarming coming-of-age tale also invites volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night."

Rochester's Holiday Tradition
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Mark Cuddy
Music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin
Directed by Mark Cuddy
Nov. 26–Dec. 27

"On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who remind him who he was and what he might yet become. He learns the true meaning of the season and that it's never too late to make a new start."

For more information visit gevatheatre.org or call (585) 232-4382.