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by Robert Harling
Directed by Carolyn Howarth
September 29 – October 15, 2017
Longtime friends in a small Southern town fill Truvy’s hair salon with laughter, gossip, and tears. Truvy’s new assistant Annelle, sociable M’Lynn, and her pretty daughter bride-to-be Shelby, as well as the hysterical bickering Ouiser and Clairee, support each other with love, laughter and beauty products. As hair is dried, dyed, and styled, women’s lives unfold and show the meaning of true friendship.
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
by Kristoffer Diaz
November 10 – 19, 2017
The Mace is brilliant, the best at his job. He’s so good that he’s paid well to lose. Mace is the ring name of Macedonio Guerra. He has to be better than all the champs in his pro-wrestling league so that he can make them look good. Even if he never gets credit for his skill, and his privileged bosses don’t care how good he is, he’s in love with what he does: taking a fall so the biggest champ, Chad Deity, always wins. But when he meets VP, his new friend whose charisma may be big enough to upend even Chad Deity, things start to get interesting. Audience members are ringside spectators to real pro-wrestling throw-downs and intimate, smart reflections from Mace as he’s revealed as the one spark of truth and honor in an industry based on mutual illusion and suspension of disbelief. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a funny and quirky look at pro wrestling, geopolitics, and capitalism.
A Christmas Carol
by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney based on the book by Charles Dickens
Directed by Art Rotch
December 15 – 29, 2017
Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas Eve transformation in Perseverance Theatre’s adaptation of Dickens’ famous book. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy businessman, with no place in his life for kindness, compassion, or charity, and destined to a lonely old age. But when four ghosts appear and warn him of a miserable afterlife, Scrooge is reminded of all the chances he had before to make different choices. Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption skillfully faithfully adapted by Arlitia Jones and Michael Evan Haney never ceases to please.
by Jacqueline Goldfinger
Directed by Art Rotch
January 12 – 21, 2018 ( World Premiere )
After running out of a cloud of smoke and sirens with a large, slightly bloody bundle, a woman hides the package under the floorboards of her cabin, changes her clothes, and hides with the lights off until the sirens fade off in the distance. When the coast is clear, she sings songs with her father, packs for a long trip, and burns the cabin down to leave no evidence behind. Based in part on the myth of Electra, The Arsonists is the story of a woman who comes of age in the family arson business before an unexpected accident sends her out on her own.
by Lucas Rowley
Directed by Randy Reinholz
March 2 – 11, 2018 ( World Premiere )
William is an Alaska Native professional with a high-pressure job and demands at home too. To cope with his stress, he has formed a Native corporation inside his head, but the strategy backfires when his board of directors get out of control and start hijacking his real life. Though it costs him a relapse and lots of problems at home, he negotiates his politics to find the balance he needs. Getting there is both affirming and hilarious.
Cyrano de Bergerac
by Edmond Rostand. Translated and adapted by David Grimm
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
April 27 – May 6, 2018
Cyrano de Bergerac–soldier, poet, and musician, is clever, charming, and disarming, but he’s ashamed of his appearance and believes he’ll never win the love of the beautiful Roxanne. To ensure her happiness, he helps his fellow soldier Christian to woo her. Panache–Cyrano’s word for living life with flair, honor, and eloquence–prevents Cyrano from ever telling Roxanne the truth about Christian and his own deep love for her, until it is too late. Panache undoubtedly killed Cyrano, but without it, he would not have found a life worth living in the first place.
Book by John Strand
Music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt, Lyrics by Georgia Stitt
Based on the book by Eowyn Ivey
Directed by Molly Smith
May 25 – 27, 2018
Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel The Snow Child, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is reborn as a magical new musical that dances on the edge of legend. In the 1920s Alaskan wilderness, a couple reeling from the loss of an unborn child struggles to rebuild their lives. Everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. Featuring a vibrant and haunting score that combines backcountry bluegrass and contemporary musical theatre, this world premiere musical is as evocative as the land it depicts.