Ithaca's Kitchen Theatre Announces 2009-10 Season; Moving Day Will Come in 2010

News   Ithaca's Kitchen Theatre Announces 2009-10 Season; Moving Day Will Come in 2010
Kitchen Theatre Company's Main Stage season in Ithaca, NY, will feature Secret Order, the world premiere of First Day: Suite for 4 Actors and Percussionist, Last Train to Nibroc, Speech & Debate, In This Place, Private Lives and an encore production of the Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired Precious Nonsense.

The Main Stage slate is one of four separate performance series that also includes Counter Culture, Family Fare and Kitchen Sink. For the season, actors, directors and designers from New York City join regional professionals to develop and produce new and recent plays and reimagine the established repertory.

More than 191 performances will happen Wednesdays to Sundays, August 2009 through July 2010. This is the troupe's 19th season.

The biggest event of the coming year is the Kitchen Theatre Company's anticipated move to its new space on W. State/Martin Luther King Street sometime after January 2010.

"This season was planned knowing we will pick up and move everything on short notice, and we have chosen plays that will work beautifully in either space," stated artistic director Rachel Lampert. "We are looking forward to a diverse and thought-provoking season with lots of humor and lots to talk about."

Guest artists on the Counter Culture Series include Vijai Nathan, Darian Dauchan, Lee Chamberlin and Tim Miller. The Family Fare series includes two original Kitchen Theatre musicals, I Have a Song to Sing O! and Park Play, and guest artist Alice Eve Cohen's The Parrot.

Kitchen Sink Specials include Ho! by Brian Dykstra, Losing Myself by Rachel Lampert, and a four-performance run of the one-act opera La Voix Humaine starring Deborah Lifton.

For tickets and more information call (607) 272-0403 or (607) 273-4497 or visit


Here's the Main Stage season at a glance:

Aug. 26-Sept. 20
Secret Order
By Bob Clyman
Directed by Rachel Lampert
"A psychological drama about the high-stakes world of medical research: the battles for funding, the need to stay at the top of the game, and the ends to which one will go for recognition and success. Regional premiere."

Oct. 14-Nov. 1
First Day
By Ted LoRusso
In collaboration with and directed by Sturgis Warner
"A theatrical event unlike any other, First Day follows a young man on his way to his first day of his first job in the big city. Three other actors play his thoughts and all the people and sights around him. The excitement of the city pulsing around him and his thoughts pulsing within drive this rhythmic, innovative new piece."

Nov. 18-Dec. 6
Last Train to Nibroc
By Arlene Hutton
"May and Raleigh meet in 1940 on an east-bound cross-country train carrying the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Raleigh is a charming young flyer who aspires to be a writer; May is proper and bookish and wants to be a missionary. Their story is a touching portrait of two young people falling in love against the backdrop of World War II-era America. Regional premiere."

Feb. 24-March 14, 2010
Speech & Debate
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Samuel Buggeln
"Sex. Secrets. Video blogs with a Casio keyboard beat. Stephen Karam's black comedy throws together three high school misfits in a clever and contemporary portrait of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood. Regional premiere."

April 14-May 2, 2010
In This Place
Written & directed by Ain Gordon
"1830: Samuel and Daphney Oldham are the first free African-Americans to build their own home in Lexington, KY. Five years later, they disappear. Obie Award-winning writer/director Ain Gordon imagines the full story behind these bare facts in this new one-woman play starring Michelle Hurst. Regional premiere."

June 23-July 18, 2010
Private Lives
By Noël Coward
Directed by Margarett Perry
"Noël Coward's sophisticated comedy turns 80 this year, but it remains remarkably young for its age. The brilliant wit, barbed humor and passionate characters are the perfect ingredients for a delightful summer production."

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