Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011-12 theatre arts season at Grossmont College

Check out the plays being performed this season at Grossmont College! The first show is on October 6.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Martin Katz
October 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm October 8 & 15 at 2:00pm A café, a dead man, and a cell phone that won’t stop ringing. When Jean, a stranger from the next table, decides to answer it she sets in motion a chain of events that is, by turns, baffling, mysterious, comic, and grim. As Jean becomes involved with the dead man’s wife, mother, mistress and brother, she begins to suspect that her life will never be the same again.

Aesop’s Fables
Directed by Jerry Hager
October 21 & 22 at 7:30pm; October 22 at 2:00pm
"Don't count your chickens before they’re hatched!" "He’s a wolf in sheep's clothing." "She has a sour-grapes attitude." These expressions and many more come from the fables of one of the most famous and legendary storytellers of all time, Aesop. Through his imaginative fables he illustrates our foibles, common sense, and humanity. Beginning in Fall 2011, the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Deartment Elementary Touring Show will present a collection of Aesop's Fables, brought to life through creative theatre, vocal chorus, narration, and audience participation. Don't miss out on the whimsical wit and profound tales of master storyteller Aesop as our cast of animal characters explore life lessons for all ages!

Tata Twins - The  Remix (A World Premiere)
Adapted by Jeannette Thomas
Based on The Twin Menaechmus by Plautus
Directed by Beth Duggan
December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30pm
December 3 & 10 at 2:00pm
What would you do if you suddenly found out that world-famous rock star Lady Tata is your missing twin? The problem is, she doesn't even know you exist! When Stefani travels to the big city in search of her long-lost sister, their identical looks but conflicting personalities wreak havoc with friends and family. Come see a hilarious modern adaptation of the Roman comedy of mistaken identity that served as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. (Adult situations and language)

Inside the Actors Process - Readers Theatre
Directed by Jerry Hager
February 3 & 4 at 7:30pm; February 4 at 2:00pm
Join us in 2012 as the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department’s Inside The Actor's Process cast presents “Readers Theatre—The Theatre of the Imagination.” In this unique form of oral storytelling, space and time can stretch to create fantastic worlds and marvelous journeys that soar through the imagination. Enjoy theatrical and imaginative delights as our touring troupe presents spirited speech from traditional and non-traditional theatre, bringing the magic of the written word to life!

The25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Susan Jordan DeLeon
Musical Director Ron Councell
March 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm March 10 & 17 at 2:00pm
“Please spell ‘Honorificabilitudinitatibus!’” This delightful musical comedy, full of characters are sure to remind you of your own elementary school days, is a chance to root for the next Spelling Bee Champion. Musical numbers, both comic and poignant, weave together a tale of triumph and loss on a stage of immense proportions: the auditorium stage of Putnam County Middle School! This show includes some on-stage audience participation, so be sure to bring your thinking cap… (Mature language)

Lost in Yonkers
By Neil Simon
Directed by Jeannette Thomas
May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30pm
May 5 & 12 at 2:00pm
When brothers Artie and Jay are sent to live with their grandmother, they find out that their father’s family puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. Set in 1942, Neil Simon’s Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award winning play is a heart-warming, honest and funny look at how we define “family.” With an uncle who is a small-time gangster, an aunt with the mentality of a child, and a formidable, steely grandmother who struggles to understand love, Artie and Jay are thrust into a crazy world that they must somehow survive. Will it be the longest ten months of their lives?
Or will they all learn that “love” comes in many forms?

In consideration of audience members, children under 10 years of age will not be permitted to attend any performances, except Aesop’s Fables.
Box Office Phone: (619) 644-7234 (24-hour message). All reservations must be paid and/or guaranteed 24 hours prior to the performance you wish to attend.
Tickets are $12 general admission; $11 for faculty, staff, seniors and military; and $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca students. Season tickets are available for $45 for the public, and $40 for staff, seniors, military and students.
Theatre Arts Box Office, Room 200A-1, at Grossmont College, near parking lot #1, next to Aztec mural. Box Office opens 2 weeks prior to every production. Hours: M-F, 10-2 and 1 hour prior to all performances.

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