Theatre Arlington Season

 

Theatre Arlington proudly announces their 45th Anniversary Season

 

Arlington, TX, June 14, 2017:

 

“Celebrating 45 years of LIVE Theatre in Arlington!” That’s our tagline for season this year. I suggested “still alive at 45,” but fortunately more creative heads prevailed. For a theatre to not only “survive” for 45 years, but to grow and flourish as Theatre Arlington has, is an anomaly, and we are thrilled to be growing and flourishing at a phenomenal pace. We are the second oldest operating theatre in Tarrant County and the fifth largest community theatre in the Southwest. TA serves over 30,000 people each year, and our intimate 199-seat venue is destination for the best artists in DFW. Theatre Arlington continues to lead and promote the development of a true downtown arts district, and this season, our guests will see big musicals, new comedies, thought-provoking drama and professionally staged all-youth productions. Guests will also have the opportunity to be a playwright at the staged reading of a brand new script. Their input could shape the next Broadway hit! How’s that for theatrical excitement? So welcome to “Celebrating 45 Years of Live Theatre in Arlington!”

~ Valerie Galloway, Executive Director

 

BUS STOP

  An American Classic

               By William Inge

SEPTEMBER 22 – OCTOBER 22, 2017

 

Featuring Todd Hart

In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and it appears the weary travelers are stuck with each other until morning. Cherie, a nightclub entertainer is the passenger with most to worry about. She's been pursued, courted and finally kidnapped by a 21 year-old cowboy with the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. While she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, the audience is introduced to the other characters and all of their quirks and conflicts. This sentimental and charming American classic will touch your heart and your funny bone.

Appropriate for audiences aged 12 and up

 

BRANCHING OUT

               By Tony Arangio

NOVEMBER 3, 4 & 5, 2017

 

Have you ever wanted to be part of the creative process? Theatre Arlington subscribers will have the opportunity to view the staged reading of a brand new play by local playwright, Tony Arangio. After the show, there will be a talk back with the playwright, the producer and actors. You can let us know what you liked and what did not work. We want your input on this hilarious, yet poignant, comedy about a man in mid-life crisis who discovers he is not who he thinks he is. Or is he?

               

Appropriate for audiences aged 12 and up

 

PLAID TIDINGS -   Holiday Edition of FOREVER PLAID

                By Stuart Ross

DECEMBER 1 - 17, 2017

 

Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized," our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first, Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky aren't sure why they've returned to Earth for another posthumous performance, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites, like their riotous three-minute-and-eleven second version of The Ed Sullivan Show – this time, featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, as well as a Plaid Caribbean Christmas that puts the "Day-O" in Excelsis!  Appropriate for all ages

 

SYLVIA

               By A.R. Gurney

JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 4, 2018

              

After twenty two years of raising children in the suburbs, Greg and Kate move to Manhattan. As Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is taking off. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Appropriate for audiences aged 16 and up. Adult Language.

 

 

DreamWorks SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.

  All-Youth Musical

                Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

                Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

                Music by Jeanine Tesori

FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 11, 2018

 

It's a "big, bright, beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Once upon a time, in a far-away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek. One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task – if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn't be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Appropriate for all audiences

 

 

RED

         By John Logan

MARCH 30 – APRIL 15, 2018

 

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play

Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art - a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. This raw and provocative portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability brings to light     the meaning of art, integrity, commerce and audience, and pushes both characters to confront their fears, irrelevance and meaninglessness as each struggle to discover his place in the shifting cultural and political world of the late 1950s.

Appropriate for audiences aged 16 and up. Adult language.

 

 

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL

                Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

                Music by Tom Snow / Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

                Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman

MAY 11 – JUNE 3, 2018

 

This explosive movie musical bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. A heartfelt story about fathers and son emerges and celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and open mind, complete with all the Oscar and Tony-nominated Top-40 songs you love!

Appropriate for all audiences

 

STELLALUNA

                By Saskia Janse

JULY 13 – 22, 2018

 

Baby bat Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should– she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces.

Appropriate for audiences aged 4 to 12.

 

THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL

                By Rebecca Gilman

AUGUST 10 - 26, 2018

 

Dana Fielding is a hot commodity in the art world, but fear of failure after critical acclaim in her early career, and a recent disastrous gallery opening drives her to a suicide attempt. She finds herself in the mental ward, in this quirky comedy, enjoying the structured days. When she finds out her health insurance will only pay for a 10-day stay, she cooks up a scheme with two fellow patients to fool the doctors into believing she’s psychotic. Without knowing much about him, she takes on the personality of the troubled baseball star, Darryl Strawberry known for having “sweetest swing in baseball.” Michael an alcoholic, and Gary the stalker, coach the artist in Strawberry’s stats, while she instructs the would-be killer in the finer points of negative space.

Appropriate for audiences aged 16 and up. Adult language.

 

 

 

ABOUT THEATRE ARLINGTON:

Located in the center of Arlington's arts district, Theatre Arlington is one of the largest semi-professional, non-profit theaters in the Southwest, with roots that date back to the 1973. Forty-five years later the staff and board of directors are still as dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Texas by presenting superior, diverse, artistic experiences through performance, production and education as they were during their humble beginnings.

 

Besides a regular season featuring nine productions a year, TA runs a year-round theatre school and partners with the Arlington ISD and local community organizations to provide free and low-cost art enrichment programs for area children and teens. Theatre Arlington enhances the quality of life for all ages by presenting superior, diverse, artistic experiences through performance, production and education.

 

 

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