Fri08012014

Stepping Out

TheatreWorks’ new season includes Broadway hit


Photo By: Courtesy of Lauren Gunderson
Photo Courtesy Of Lauren Gunderson

Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” is part of TheatreWorks’ new season.

TheatreWorks recently announced the lineup for its 44th season, scheduled to begin in August and run through June 2014.

Opening with a world premiere developed at TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival, the lineup includes a regional debut of a Broadway hit, a historical drama and a musical journey told through little-known gems from Stephen Sondheim.

The 2013-2014 season, in chronological order:

• “The Loudest Man on Earth.” The world premiere by Catherine Rush debuted at last summer’s New Works Festival. The romantic comedy again features deaf actor Adrian Blue as a deaf, reclusive stage director who works with a bold, charismatic journalist to navigate a police bust, among other things. “Earth” kicks off the 2013 New Works Festival, during which leading playwrights and composers from across the country present new works to audiences who can participate in discussions, view works-in-progress and attend book-in-hand readings and sing-throughs of new musicals. The play is slated July 10 though Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

• “Other Desert Cities.” The regional premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Broadway hit and Pulitzer Prize finalist is a comedic drama set at a Hollywood star’s desert estate during Christmastime. A tell-all book by the star’s daughter – a novelist home for the holidays – threatens to rip the politically divided clan apart. “Desert” is set Aug. 21 through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Warrior Class.” The California premiere of Kenneth Lin’s political drama, which debuted Off-Broadway last year, centers around Julius Lee, the son of Chinese immigrants and a decorated war veteran and charismatic speaker running for Congress. But when word of his youthful indiscretion threatens scandal, Lee – dubbed “The Republican Obama” – discovers the dangerous intersection of politics and idealism. The play is scheduled Oct. 9 through Nov. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Little Women.” Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, the musical (book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland) is about four precocious New England sisters as they come of age. The novel, written in 1869, is considered a classic. The musical is slated Dec. 4-29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

• “Silent Sky.” The regional premiere by Lauren Gunderson is a comedic drama set at the Harvard College Observatory in the early 1900s. Assistant Henrietta Leavitt maps stars in galaxies beyond our own, but the brilliant, headstrong pioneer must struggle for recognition in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century astronomy. “Silent Sky” is set for Jan. 15 through Feb. 9, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Once on This Island.” Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, the musical features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. “Island” follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl on a tropical island in the French Caribbean. The play is slated March 5-30, 2014, at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

• “Hound of the Baskervilles.” Spoofing detective Sherlock Holmes, the play is based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The comedy involves an ancient family curse, a spectral hound, a deranged killer and a pair of well-known sleuths. “Hound” is scheduled April 2-27, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

• “Marry Me a Little.” Conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, the musical – featuring a collection of rare Sondheim songs – is a tale of love and possibility. In their walk-up apartments just a floor apart, two lonely 20-somethings each pass the night by expressing their poignant dreams and romantic fantasies. The play is slated June 4-29, 2014, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

For season tickets ($99-$492) and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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