In very short order you’re going to hear a lot more about our new 2010-11 season at THEATREWORKS, but for our loyal fans here’s your sneak peak. This may be our most varied season ever, and that’s saying something. We begin and end with two unbeatable classics, one by Shakespeare, one by Chekhov. In between you’ll meet Ben Franklin, Nicola Tesla, Fumio the rubber duck, Ebenezer Scrooge, and three air hostesses—one Italian, one German and one American—all fabulous. There’s a blackout in Colorado Springs, a summer night in the park, a founding father, ghosts on the ranch, chaos in Paris, and love by a lake. We won’t say we’ve got it all—-but there’s plenty to keep you richly entertained for a whole year. And that’s the big idea. Here’s our lineup:
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare. August 5-28
Produced at Rock Ledge Ranch
Along with everyone else, Queen Elizabeth loved Sir John Falstaff, and wanted another play about him from William Shakespeare. He gave her this comic romp, featuring the famous fat knight with designs upon the ladies. The ladies, however, are more than a match for him. This summer, Shakespeare comes home---to our festival tent in the park. What’s better than a summer night outdoors , a fat man with antlers on his head and little fairies to pinch him?
I AM NIKOLA TESLA by Murray Ross and Co. September 16- October 3
In 1899 the legendary scientist Nicola Tesla came to Colorado Springs to conduct an eventful series of experiments in wireless energy. Our new production explores this extraordinary and mysterious character, a real genius and perhaps a real fraud, and his momentous stay in our home town. Pigeons will flutter. Night will fall. Sparks will fly! Produced in association with All Pikes Peak Reads.
BEN FRANKLIN’S TEA PARTY with Christopher Lowell October 14-17
What might happen if our best loved founding father was teleported to the 21st century for a news conference with representatives from our cable radio and television stations? Find out—and ask your own questions---in a very lively evening with the man Franklin’s Pulitzer Prize winning biographer calls “the best Ben Franklin I have seen.”
CAPSULE 33 by Thaddeus Phillips October 21-31
Milo is an unhappy astrophysicist living in a cube in Tokyo tower, scheduled for imminent destruction. He’s thinking about going down with his pod--- but after he meets a rubber duck named Fumio he changes his mind. This extraordinary piece of fantasy and stage magic is a transport of delight for the whole family—and the first indoor play entirely powered by clean energy!
A COWBOY CHRISTMAS CAROL with Waddie Mitchell December 9-24
Ebenezer Scrooge owns the ranch; Bobby Cratchit is his overworked hand. The sun’s gone down and Scrooge has no idea he’s headed for a Dickens of a night. Christmas heads west with this rousing and innovative holiday premiere by one of America’s best known and best loved cowboy poets. God Bless us every one!
BOEING-BOEING by Marc Camoletti January 20-February13
Bernard is a Parisian architect with three air hostess fiancées, each convinced she’s the only one. It all works perfectly until an old school friend arrives and a new fast jet messes up the precision timetables. This classic French farce of the sixties was the most deliriously funny show we saw in London three years ago, and we promise it will fly just as high and just as fast in our own air space.
UCCS STUDENT PRODUCTION: THE INSPECTOR GENERAL by Nikolai Gogol March 10-20
The corrupt officials of a small town in Tsarist Russia are worried about the forthcoming visit of a government official. when a mysterious stranger turns up, they think he's the Inspector General. He's not. He's a kind of wild-and-crazy guy. Delirious mayhem follows in the student production of this classic satire.
THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov April 21-May 8
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the great Russian playwright, we proudly present the play that launched the modern theater at the turn of the last century. As the author explained, it has three women, six men, a view of a lake, and five tons of love. There’s also a seagull. It’s wonderful.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL...
THEATREWORKS has scheduled an extraordinary series of special events next season you won’t want to miss. These include a one night only cabaret evening with jazz great Dave Valentin; a special performance of Shakespeare at the Forest Edge Garden;, a conversation with Oskar Eustace, Artistic Director of the New York Public Theater; special broadcasts of performances direct from England’s Royal National Theatre; our annual gala dinner with a cowboy theme; Valentine’s day of poetry and champagne; readings of letters between Anton Chekhov and his actress wife Olga Knipper; the annual London Theatre tour in January; workshop performances by the Double Edge Theatre from Massachusetts, and the student production of Gogol’s great farce, The Inspector General. Just amazing!