TheatreWorks to Stage Pitmen Painters, Secret Garden and GrooveLily World Premiere

News   TheatreWorks to Stage Pitmen Painters, Secret Garden and GrooveLily World Premiere
California's TheatreWorks has announced that it will stage the world premieres of the new GrooveLily musical Wheelhouse, as well as Fly By Night, a musical set during the 1965 New York City blackout, and the new drama Clementine in the Lower 9.

The season will launch with Fly By Night, running July 13-Aug. 13 in Palo Alto. Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock penned the musical about a hapless sandwich maker, torn between his wife and her sister, who discovers romance during the 1965 NYC blackout.

Jane Austen's romance Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Roger Parsley and Andy Graham, will be presented Aug. 24-Sept. 18 in Mountain View. The production will mark the American debut of the work about two young girls and their romantic pursuits.

The world premiere of Dan Dietz's bluesy drama Clementine in the Lower 9 will run Oct. 5-30 in Mountain View. An on-stage jazz band will create a musical background for the New Orleans-set work about a saxophonist and his wife, who rebuild their home and their lives post Hurricane Katrina.

The Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden, with a score by Lucy Simon, and book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, will bloom Nov. 30-Dec. 31 in Palo Alto. Based on the beloved Frances Hodgson Burnett novel, The Secret Garden centers on a young orphan girl sent to live with her reclusive uncle and the unlikely spring of hope she unearths.

Following will be the West Coast premiere of The Pitmen Painters, penned by Tony and Academy Award-winning Billy Elliot playwright Lee Hall. The story of a group of coal miners in northern Britain who uncover their own passion for art, will be staged Jan. 18-Feb. 12, 2012, in Mountain View. Carly Mensch's quirky comedy Now Circa Then, about the love affair between two mismatched historical reenactors who work at New York City's Tenement Museum, will run March 7-April 1, 2012, in Palo Alto.

John Steinbeck's Depression-era classic Of Mice and Men, about migrant workers in the Salinas Valley, will run April 4-29, 2012, in Mountain View.

The final production of the season will be GrooveLily's new musical Wheelhouse, presented June 6-July 1, 2012, in Mountain View. Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda authored and will star in the musical about a rock band on the road in a worn-out Winnebago, who have their bonds tested when they cut expenses. GrooveLily previously performed at TheatreWorks with Striking 12 in 2004, and developmental productions of Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me and Long Story Short.

TheatreWorks will also hold its annual New Works Festival in late summer 2011. Details will be announced at a later date.

For subscriptions phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks. Single tickets will go on sale June 1.

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