TRIASSIC PARQ, TIME STANDS STILL and More Set for Chance Theater's 2013 Season
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by BWW News Desk
Chance Theater has announced its boldest season ever. Chance subscribers and audiences will be taken on seven journeys during 2013, from prehistoric dinosaurs trying to find love, to a musical about a President trying to rock out to democracy, from a young girl finding a secret garden to a young man whose spirit lives on more than ten years after his death, This truly is the season to "Chance it" and join Southern California's bravest and most audacious theatre company!
CHANCE THEATER 2013 SEASON is:
January 25 - February 17, 2013
April 19 - May 12, 2013
In honor of The Chance Theater's 15th Anniversary Season, we bring you a theatrical event that combines past and present. The critically acclaimed Laramie Project, produced at The Chance in 2005, will run in rep with the recent history-making epilogue The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. These two pieces will celebrate the Chance history while continuing to bring the most current, provocative work to our community.
In 1998, the brutal murder of a gay college student, Matthew Shepard, made the town of Laramie, Wyoming the focus of an international news story. The Laramie Project, adapted from a collection of real-life interviews, is a cultural pulse-taking that examines the events of the murder and its aftermath while asking the question 'Could this be our town?'
10 years later, the same team traveled back to Laramie to investigate the long-term effects of this event. This powerful sequel reveals a range of views from regret to denial, and includes first-time interviews with Shepard's murderers as well as his mother. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later explores how the town has changed in the last 10 years and how we measure that change. This powerful companion piece asks us to look at a town -- and a nation -- wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.
You're about to see scenes from both pieces – First, with the attack on Matthew Shepard very recent, residents of Laramie speak about being gay in small town America. Then we fast-forward to the 10 year anniversary of the attack, when a local newspaper editorial sheds light on the community's conflicting views of history.
The show is a satiric Wild West grunge/indy pop rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.
This show was developed by New York-based experimental company Les Freres Corbusier. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson first premiered in January 2008 in Culver City at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, produced by Center Theatre Group and later opened in 2009 at The Public Theater in New York for a three month run which earned it an Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding new Off Broadway musical. It then opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 13, 2010. It won a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2011 as well as Tony award nominations for Best Book and Best Scene Design of a Musical in 2011.
BBAJ is a fiery, merciless satire. It creates this heightened, anachronistic world that meshes the politics of Andrew Jackson in the 19th century with the liberating, expressive musicality of contemporary music and pop culture. This "rockstar" world is emotional, combative, and aggressive which is not at all dissimilar to the political climate that exists today. As we experience Jackson's quest for democracy we are constantly reminded of our own political questions and responsibility. BBAJ is fearless and passionate in its journey to comment on and shake up one's perspective on American politics and culture.
September 27 - October 20, 2013
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and a Tony nominee for Best Play, Time Stands Still is an unflinching examination of relationships and the media-saturated world in which we live. Margulies himself stated the purpose of the play was "to capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with."
To do so, Margulies takes a compelling look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug of war between her career and the quiet of domestic life. Returning home into the care of her long-time lover, James, Sarah's caught off-guard by his desire for family. With wit and intelligence, Time Stands Still follows two people with a shared passion for documenting the realities of war as they confront the prospect of a more conventional life.
This enchanting classic of children's literature is now a brilliant musical by a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Orphaned in India, an 11 year old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden. This Tony Award winner is a treasure for children and adults alike.
November 26 - December 21, 2013
Our favorite team of reindeer still have plenty to say! So much, in fact, that this year's production will incorporate a roster of rotating performers so that you'll never see the same show twice!
Subscription Tickets for this season are now on sale. All tickets can be purchased by calling (714) 777-3033 or by visiting www.chancetheater.com. Student, Senior and group discounts are available. (Groups call 1-714-900-3284). CHANCE THEATER is located at 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills, Calif., 92807. Parking is free.
Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-based Contemporary Theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER recently received the Ovation Award for Best Musical (Intimate Theatre) and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for its Southern California premiere of "Jerry Springer: The Opera." Twice named "Outstanding Arts Organization" by Arts Orange County, Chance Theater is also a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics.
Circle's Polly Warfield Award for Excellence. Founded in 1999, Chance Theater is focused on its goal of being Orange County's premiere mid-size contemporary ensemble theater. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.