By Andrew Gans
28 May 2014
The season will kick off with John Patrick Shanley's 2014 Tony-nominated Best Play Outside Mullingar, helmed by artistic director Saint. The New Jersey venue will also present John Markus and Mark St. Germain’s a cappella musical comedy The Fabulous Lipitones, Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man and John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. One final selection, which will run March 3-29, 2015, will be announced at a later date.
“I love the depth and variety of plays this season,” said artistic director Saint in a statement. “There is something for everyone – whether you enjoy comedy, drama, or a meaty subject matter that you can discuss on the car ride home – there is something in this season for you. Honestly, there are elements of drama and comedy in all these plays that I am sure will touch your heart, tickle your funnybone, and ignite heated discussions long after you see the show.”
George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue. For tickets and additional information, call (732) 246-7717 or visit GSPonline.org.
Season details follow:
By Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony-winning writer John Patrick Shanley
Directed by David Saint
Oct. 7-Nov. 2
"Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that – due to his painful shyness – suits him well. Rosemary, living right next door, determined to have him, is watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way toward solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, incredibly funny, and ultimately deeply moving."
The Fabulous Lipitones
by John Markus and Mark St. Germain
Nov. 18-Dec. 14
"What happens when a barbershop quartet loses a key member to a heart-stopping high 'C?' The three surviving members suddenly find themselves scrambling to find a tenor before the national competition. When the golden tones of 'Bob' are heard through the phone the Lipitones are all ears … but when they meet him in person, he’s not quite what they expected. An uproarious comedy of misunderstanding, stereotypes and the path to perfect harmony."
The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez
Jan. 20-Feb. 15, 2015
"Richmond, April, 1865. In this powerful and evocative historical play, a wounded Jewish confederate soldier returns to his family home that now stands ruined and abandoned – except for two former slaves also raised in the Jewish faith. As the three men share an improvised Seder to mark Passover, they discover that, though they are no longer tied by ownership, they remain bound by faith, history and long-buried secrets." (Recommended for ages 13 and up.)
Six Degrees of Separation
The 25th Anniversary Production
By John Guare
Directed by David Saint
April 21-May 17
"What would you do when the son of Sidney Poitier shows up at your door? In the high-stakes world of the New York art scene, appearances are everything. When a young man with a famous father turns up at their home injured and with no money, the Kittredges are immediately drawn to his charming ways, home-cooked gourmet meals and tales of Hollywood royalty. But as their involvement with him takes unexpected twists and turns, they begin to question not only his identity but their own."