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Stepping Out

Los Altos Stage Company announces new season

Los Altos Stage Company recently revealed is lineup for next season, scheduled September through June 2015 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The 19th season – the second after changing its name from Bus Barn Stage Company – will feature two musicals and three comedies.

The season opens with “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a caustic fable ripe that touches on adultery, hysterical pregnancy, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades. The campy comedy – with music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso – centers on a trashy Greek chorus of trailer-park divas in Armadillo Acres, Florida’s most exclusive mobile home community. A young stripper on the run descends on the trailer park like a hurricane, coming between an agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector husband.

Performances are scheduled Sept. 4-28.

Next comes “The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy that takes aim at the stuffy denizens of the private country-club world. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, Ken Ludwig’s furiously paced play recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. The madcap adventure is about romance, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf.

Performances are scheduled Nov. 20 through Dec. 14.

Los Altos Stage Company opens the new year with Jordan Harrison’s provocatively dark comedy “Maple and Vine.” When the fast-paced demands of modern society become unbearable, successful couple Katha and Ryu escape to a community of 1950s re-enactors, forsaking cellphones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. Will replacing Wi-Fi with hi-fi provide the contentment this couple so desperately craves?

Performances are scheduled Jan. 29 through Feb. 22.

Another dark comedy follows. Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” centers on a couple in serious need of marriage counseling. On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war – a tour de force of humiliation, frustration and manipulation – in which the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged long ago for their own survival.

Performances are scheduled April 9 through May 3.

The season closes with the musical comedy “Urinetown,” winner of three Tony Awards. Featuring music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, “Urinetown” provides a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government. It tells the story of a futurist Gothamlike city plagued by a 20-year drought. As a result, the government has banned private bathrooms and the citizens must use pay toilets regulated by a monopolistic company. A custodian at the poorest urinal in town decides that enough is enough and – with the help of the townspeople – he leads a rebellion with a surprising ending.

Performances are scheduled May 28 through June 27.

Season subscriptions, now on sale, range from $90 (students) to $184 (opening-night shows and receptions). Single-play tickets are $18-$36.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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