WOLVES, INTO THE WOODS and More Set for The Ringwald's 2013-14 Season
Taking a cue from last season's artistically (and commercially!) successful "Season of Family", the 2013/2014 Ringwald season also adheres to a theme: the power of words.
Obviously, plays are made of words, but the plays in this season all deal with words specifically; how words can fail us, how they can sustain us, how they can identify us, or how we string them together to create stories that inform our lives for good or bad. In these plays, a wrong word can set off a maelstrom; the right set of words creates a creed by which we live out our everyday existence.
These words soothe, they sting, they stroke, and they hurt.
All productions are to be performed at The Ringwald Theatre, located at 22742 Woodward Avenue in downtown Ferndale. For more information and to find out about ticket reservations, call 248-545-5545 or visit www.TheRingwald.com.
TONIGHT, September 6-September 30, 2013
Wolves by Steve Yockey
Ben is a timid young city-dweller who freaks out when his roommate, Jack, brings home a big bad wolf for a one-night stand. When he tries to rescue Jack, Ben sets into motion a dangerous chain of events that will alter the world as they know it. Throw in a peculiar narrator who knows more than she's letting on, and this savagely funny fairy tale for grown-ups twists and turns toward its breathtaking climax! Featuring Robbie Dwight, Lisa Melinn and Jonathan West.
Directed by Joe Plambeck.
· October 11-November 4, 2013
reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute
A love story about the impossibility of love, reasons to be pretty introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few physical imperfections, and when he casually mentions them, all hell breaks loose. A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, reasons to be pretty is a gorgeous play.
Directed by Joe Bailey.
· November 15-December 9, 2013
The Submission by Jeff Talbott
Danny has written a new play about an African American family trying to get out of the Projects, and it has just been selected for a preeminent play festival. Problem is: Danny, a young white playwright, submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author. What starts as a terrible idea becomes more terrible as Danny drags Emilie, his boyfriend, and his best friend down a long and dirty path of lies and betrayal. A fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other - and the things we'll do to get what we want.
Directed by Lisa Melinn.
The SantaLand Diaries & Season's Greetings
The delightful anti-holiday treat makes its annual return to the Ringwald stage for another round of twisted holiday fun!
· January 10-February 3, 2014
The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley
This seminal work premiered in 1968 and, for the first time, allowed gay men to be living, breathing characters. In his upper eastside Manhattan apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-awoved "32 year-old, pock-marked, Jew fairy", complete with a surprise gift: "Cowboy" a street hustler. As the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved resentments among the guests come to light when a game of "Truth" goes terribly wrong. The Boys in the Bandremains just as relevant and important today as it was when it premiered.
· February 14-March 10, 2014
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee