George Street Season Will Feature Clever Little Lies, Our Town, Gettin' The Band Back Together and More

By Andrew Gans
June 25, 2013

George Street Playhouse and artistic director David Saint have announced four of the five plays comprising the New Brunswick theatre's 40th season.



The season will include the world premiere of Gettin' The Band Back Together — The Musical, which features a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz and music and lyrics by Mark Allen; the world premiere of Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies; Jacque Lamarre’s adaptation of Giulia Melucci’s memoir, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti; and the inaugural production of a theatrical partnership between George Street Playhouse and Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts — Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. One other selection for the theatre’s five-play mainstage season will be announced at a later date.

“You only turn 40 once,” stated artistic director Saint, “so I thought we should celebrate this important milestone properly, with a season of theatrical events. Both Gettin’ The Band Back Together and Our Town have the largest casts seen on the George Street stage. Not only are we premiering a New Jersey-based rock musical, much in the same vein as The Toxic Avenger (also directed by John Rando and premiered at GSP), but we have forged a partnership between George Street Playhouse and the Mason Gross School of the Arts. It has been a long-held goal of mine, and I am thrilled that it has come to fruition.”

Season details follow:

Gettin’ the Band Back Together - The Musical
(previously announced with the title Garage Band)
Book by Ken Davenport and The Grudelshotz
Music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award winner Mark Allen
Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando
Sept. 24-Oct. 27
"We’re gettin’ the band back together! Mitch Shapiro is 40. And he’s fired. When Wall Street cuts him loose, he moves back to Mom’s house (in Sayreville, NJ) and reconnects with the old gang for en epic high-stakes battle of the bands. Best buddies, old girlfriends, high school bullies that never grew up and one hot New Jersey momma make for fast times and a new start for this Jersey boy. Who says you can’t go home?"

Clever Little Lies
By Joe DiPietro
Directed by David Saint
Nov. 19-Dec. 22
"A mother always knows when something’s up. Bill Jr. is distracted, under pressure and off his game. Will a surprising evening with his parents send him further off-kilter? Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected revelation that could change everything."

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
Adapted by Jacques Lamarre from the memoir by Giulia Melucci
Directed by Rob Ruggerio
with Antoinette LaVecchia
March 11-April 6, 2014
"Life is just a bowl of ... pasta! A mouth-watering comedy, this deliciously hilarious play celebrates Italian home cooking as both an expression of love and a source of comfort when the romance goes cold. Antoinette LaVecchia plays Giulia Melucci, conjuring up a culinary masterpiece before our eyes as she recounts stories about the men in her life and the meals that she made them. From an affectionate alcoholic, to the classic New York City commitment-phobe, to a hipster aged past his sell-by date, and not one, but two novelists with Peter Pan complexes, Giulia has cooked for them all."

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by David Esbjornson
April 22-May 25
The inaugural production of a landmark theatrical partnership between Mason Gross School of the Arts and George Street Playhouse, in which a cast of twenty-four -- both professional actors and graduating superstars of one of the country’s most revered masters degree programs -- will bring to life Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play on the George Street Playhouse stage."

One other selection will run Jan. 28-Feb. 23.

Season subscriptions for the mainstage can be ordered by calling the Box Office at (732) 246-7717 or by visiting www.GSPonline.org.