I believe that people will be surprised at the range of shows and opportunities we will be offering to our members. We have been able to secure the rights for some amazing shows – there is literally something for everybody. We will be continuing with our Play Reading selections again this season, a great way of exposing ourselves to new works and to Canadian plays that we might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience.
The play reading series with Bea Quarrie and Friends will continue and expand this season, with 4 dates to look forward to in September 2015, October 2015, March 2016 and May 2016.
August Osage County, by Tracy Letts is heralded by many as a contemporary American classic. In the grand tradition of plays that reveal destructive forces within families, August, Osage County spins a Shakespearean tale of three daughters and their families returning to their father’s home after his funeral. Repressed anger spills over into rage, as revelations, disclosures, ancient grudges are revealed, sparks fly and some ignite, but thankfully, much of this searing tale is leavened with black humour. This play opened in 2007 in Chicago and was lauded by critics after its New York opening as the most exciting new American play Broadway had seen in years.
Last Hour, Last Day, by Hugh Brewster
In doing research about Sir Arthur Currie, playwright Hugh Brewster came across excerpts from the famed 1928 libel trial which impressed him with their dramatic potential. The courtroom scenes in Last Day, Last Hour incorporate actual dialogue from the transcripts of the trial.
A Certain Singing Teacher, by Linda Hutsell-Manning
Singer and songwriter, Francine LaSalle, leaves her philandering partner, theatrical agent Alan Fairfax, to become a small-town singing teacher. She gives her three students versions of her only published song, I’m Not Through With You Yet. When Radio Station CFQJ announces its “Small Town Big Talent Contest” in Kraymer’s Corners, all three enter hoping to win. Allan, who has kept trying to contact her, shows up as a judge, infuriating Francine. Contest results spawn surprising new romances while Francine’s unexpected good fortune mellows her animosity but not her need for independence.
By The Skin of Our Teeth, by Thornton Wilder is an absurd comedy that reflects today’s absurd global condition. In the play, civilization is almost destroyed three times- by ice, then by flood, and finally by war. Values of the past are outmoded, but we are reminded that we are always free to choose our values and create a new world. Sabina, Wilder’s lead character, takes on the role of the conventional comic maid who is at once the family confidante, the siren who threatens family solidarity, and eventually the peacemaker who restores balance in the world. Sabina also breaks convention to guide the audience through the banalities of school days, family life, and urban turmoil. Mr Antrobus, the lead male character, is ready to start life over again at the end of the play with some vision that might guide us all into the unknown. Wilder, who wrote Our Town, is never preachy or didactic, but offers humorous and intelligent social and philosophical comments on our current plight on this planet.
VOS will produce a ground-breaking 3 musicals this season, with dates in November 2015, February 2016 and April 2016.
Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Adapted for the Stage by Jeremy Sams Licensed Script Adapted by Ray Roderick Based on the MGM Motion Picture
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Company, and Young Frankenstein are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com