Maryland Ensemble Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season

Maryland Ensemble Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season

Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) has announced its 2013-2014 mainstage season. MET's sixteenth mainstage season will run from September of 2013 through June of 2014 and will feature a British comic classic, an American masterpiece and several contemporary crowd pleasers. MET Artistic Director Tad Janes believes that each of the six mainstage shows in MET's upcoming season will help, "build on the strong reputation we have earned over the past decade and a half as a destination for challenging, entertaining, professional theater."

The season will open on September 5 with a seriously silly show biz satire. Completely Hollywood (abridged), written by ReEd Martin and Austin Tichenor(additional material by Dominic Conti) will be directed by MET Associate Artistic Director Gene' Fouche'. "This will be the fourth play we have produced by this team of playwrights. The Reduced Shakespeare Company wrote The Complete Shakespeare (abridged), The Complete History of America (abridged), and The Complete Bible (abridged), all of which we've produced and I directed for MET", said Fouche'. "I'm drawn to shows that are more physical. Our audiences seem to appreciate their brand of comedy and it's done with a great deal of improvisation, so it's not unusual for people to see the show multiple times and find something new each time they come." Completely Hollywood (abridged) cuts through the celluloid to condense the 186 greatest films in Hollywood history into a complete compilation of classic cinematic clichés. The show will run through September 29th on the MET mainstage.

From comedy to more comedy, the second show in MET's season is a classic that is considered, "still one of the funniest plays in the English language" (The Hollywood Reporter). The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde will run on the MET stage from October 17 through November 10. The show will be directed by Joe Bradywho made his debut directing at the MET last season with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Brady returns to direct the story of multiple mistaken identities, both deliberate and unintentional, and what ultimately becomes a hilarious exercise in keeping everyone's name and pseudonym straight. First performed in 1895, Wilde's most popular play is considered his wittiest and finest comedy.

It seems only appropriate to keep the smiles coming with our holiday offering,Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. The outlandish and true, chronicles of Sedaris' experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy's Santaland display, this hilarious cult classic features comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. Produced previously by Maryland Ensemble back in 2003 the show will offer audiences that saw the previous production the chance to catch up with both Crumpet the Elf and the artistic team of Rona Mensah as Sedaris' alter ego and Suzanne Beal as the show's director who previously collaborated on the project a decade ago. "It is such a privilege to be able to work with Rona on Santaland again, I loved the wonderful characters she created from the text and, of course, David Sedaris is one of the premier humorists of our time", said Beal speaking of her leading lady and Sedaris, the NPR humorist and best-selling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day. "His acerbic wit and apt observations along with Rona's exceptional skills as a performer will definitely perk up this year's holiday season." The show will run from December 5 through 29 on the MET mainstage.

Beginning February 13, 2014 the MET will present the modern classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. Perhaps as well know today for Mike Nichols' film adaptation featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton back in 1966, recent productions have proven the play, "has lost none of its searing psychological power over the years" (Entertainment Weekly) and that, "Albee's marital-warfare masterwork remains in a class of its own." (The Hollywood Reporter) The dark comedy portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games. By the evening's end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years. Peter Wray who most recently directed another American classic for MET, The Glass Menagerie, returns to helm the show that will run through March 9, 2014

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