MAINSTAGE IRVING-LAS COLINAS
ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SEASON
IRVING, TEXAS: MainStage Irving-Las Colinas unveiled three plays, two musicals and a special collaboration that will be produced as part of the 2017-18 season to a packed house of volunteers, subscribers, and supporters on Saturday night, April 15 at the Irving Arts Center. The new season features Sister Act: The Musical, The Gazebo, Witness for the Prosecution, The Full Monty: The Musical and George Washington Slept Here. Additionally, MainStage will partner with the thinkIndia Foundation to produce Rang De: Color Me India, a one-of-a-kind multicultural production celebrating the traditions of India. All MainStage productions are performed in the Dupree Theatre at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Irving, Texas 75062).
Season ticket packages for all five shows range from $82-$126 (including a convenient “Flex Pass”). Season ticket renewals are being accepted now. New season ticket orders will be available for purchase June 16 through the Irving Arts Center Box Office at 972-252-2787 and online at www.irvingtheatre.org.
About the Shows:
RANG DE – COLOR ME INDIA! Season Add-On • a collaboration with thinkIndia
(September 8-23, 2017)
Explore the many facets of India through a Broadway style production that will sweep you off your feet – from sharing the road to finding a bargain, from classical music and dance to the latest Bollywood, from roadside vendors to street entertainers, from festival celebrations to spiritual wisdom. To top it all off, relish the mouthwatering fare in the lobby bazaar! Join us for a creative, colorful and interactive experience – as you get immersed emerge dyed in the color of India! Feel the sights, the sounds, the traditions – the sensations that make up the kaleidoscope of India!
SISTER ACT: The Musical Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner
(November 3-18, 2017)
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she’s thrown into protective custody in the one place she’d never be spotted—a convent! Her loud, abrasive nature doesn’t mesh well with the rigid, uptight nuns, but that won’t stop her from breathing new life into the church and, in the process, blowing her cover. This divine musical comedy is inspired by the smash hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. A divine musical comedy!
THE GAZEBO A Comedy Thriller by Alec Coppel
(January 19-February 3, 2018)
After his wife falls victim to blackmail, a writer of TV whodunits himself commits a real do-it-yourself murder, silencing the ol’ so-and-so with a six-shooter. The writer and his wife plot to plant the blackmailer’s corpse in their new gazebo’s fresh concrete foundation. Miraculously, he later discovers the body has reappeared on his living room floor. Suddenly cops and gumshoes are on the scene and this writer of crime fiction finds himself on the other side of the typewriter!Love, laughs and murderous fun!
WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION A Courtroom Drama by Agatha Christie
(March 16-31, 2018)
Leonard Vole is on trial for the grisly murder of esteemed London socialite Emily French. While facing these vicious allegations, only one thing stands between Leonard and the end of a rope … his wife. Will she come to his defense even though she is a witness for the prosecution? Or will her testimony be the evidence that hangs him? This chilling courtroom thriller unfolds one biting detail at a time, twisting your perceptions of fact and fiction. Innocent until proven guilty…you be the judge.
THE FULL MONTY: The Musical Book by Terrence McNally, Music and Lyrics by David Yazbeck
(May 11-26, 2018)
It’s the cult classic musical comedy with 10 Tony Award nominations and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. After spying on their wives enjoying male strippers at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed, jealous and emasculated steelworkers from Buffalo concoct a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash by letting it all hang out. Unzip this Broadway hit!
GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE A Classic Comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
(July 20-August 4, 2018)
Newton Fuller just wants “a little place in the country to call his own.” Despite disgust from his city-slicker wife and daughter, Newton drags his family out to their own personal “Green Acres,” a wreck of a homestead with broken windows, falling plaster and a cow in the kitchen. But with a little bit of faith and a lot of guts, maybe Newton can make this house into a home. Will they flip the house or just flip out?!
About MainStage Irving-Las Colinas:
Located in the heart of the Metroplex, MainStage Irving-Las Colinas supports the City of Irving’s efforts to improve the quality of life for its citizens by providing quality, award-winning theatre to the Irving community. An all-volunteer organization, MainStage strives to offer affordable and entertaining theatre experiences! For more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.IrvingTheatre.org.
Main Stage Irving-Las Colinas is funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.
MAINSTAGE IRVING-LAS COLINAS PRESENTS
HORTON FOOTE’S POWERFUL TEXAS DRAMA
IRVING, TEXAS: MainStage Irving-Las Colinas will present Horton Foote’s Texas-based drama TALKING PICTURES. Directed by Amber Devlin, the production runs May 19 through June 3, 2017, at the Irving Arts Center’s Dupree Theater (3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062). All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Single tickets range from $19-28 and are on sale now at the Irving Arts Center Box Office (972.252.2787/ www.irvingartscenter.com). Ticket discounts are available for seniors and students.
The play is set in 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, and America is on the precipice of big change with a looming financial crisis. In the small town of Harrison, Texas, the residents of a local boarding house deal with numerous dilemmas, both large and small. Quarrels arise between estranged husbands and wives, the future of a railroad engineer hangs in the balance, and the town is turned upside down with the coming of the 'talkies' to the local movie theatre. It's the end of an era, and a job, for the woman who plays live music for the films.
Playwright Horton Foote was born in Wharton, Texas, and incorporated semi-autobiographical nuances into his plays and screenplays. His Texas roots shine through a number of his works, which often focus on the rural South, including 1918, On Valentine’s Day, Courtship, The Young Man From Atlanta (winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), and, of course, his adapted screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird, which won him the first of two Academy Awards. TALKING PICTURES marks only the second Horton Foote play produced by MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, the last being The Trip to Bountiful in 1997.
TALKING PICTURES stars Marisa Duran (Katie Bell Jackson), Kristi Mills (Vesta Jackson), Tracie Foster (Myra Tolliver), Eric Devlin (Mr. Jackson), Rose Anne Holman (Mrs. Jackson), Cory Germany (Willis),Elmer Mejia-Yanez (Estaquio Trevino), Grayson Oliver (Pete), Rhonda Durant (Gladys), Nick Forrest (Ashenback), Jason Oliver (Gerard Anderson).
The TALKING PICTURES production team includes Director Amber Devlin, Producers Mary Bongfeldt and Tom Ortiz, Stage Manager Branson White, Costume Designs by Dallas Costume Shoppe, Lighting Designer Sam Nance, Set Designer Clare Floyd Devries, Sound Designer Jeff Mizener, Properties Designer Jo Anne Hull and Master Carpenter Kris Hampton.
Tickets to TALKING PICTURES are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Irving Arts Center’s Box Office at 972.252.2787 or by ordering tickets online at www.irvingartscenter.com.