OUR TOWN, BURIED CHILD, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2014-15 Season

OUR TOWN, BURIED CHILD, 'LADY DAY' and More Set for Palm Beach Dramaworks' 2014-15 Season

Palm Beach Dramaworks celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with a lineup of illustrious plays, beginning on October 10 with Thornton Wilder's Pultizer Prize-winning Our Town, and continuing with Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, the Christopher Hampton adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, and Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. All performances are at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre (201 Clematis Street).

"It's humbling to be observing our fifteenth anniversary," says Producing Artistic Director William Hayes, "and we decided to mark the occasion by opening the season with one of our most ambitious productions to date: Our Town will have the largest cast we've ever featured. As always, throughout the season we'll be presenting some of the finest actors working in theatre today, many of them very familiar to our audiences. Given the special nature of the season, we want to bring back many of the terrific local actors who have been working with us over the years, the people who have helped get us where we are today."

Subscriptions for current subscribers are on sale now. New subscriptions go on sale on March 24. Individual tickets go on sale on September 15.

Prior to the launch of the new season, Palm Beach Dramaworks will present its second annual Musical Concert series, in which both the score and book are staged with minimal design. Zorba!, with a book by Joseph Stein, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, will run from June 20-29. The Most Happy Fella, with book, lyrics, and music by Frank Loesser, will run from July 18-27. Both productions will be directed by Clive Cholerton.

Musical Concerts

ZORBA

Book by Joseph Stein

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Music by John Kander

Director Clive Cholerton

June 20 - 29, 2014

Zorba the Greek shares his joyous philosophy of life with Nikos, a young American student, as they each navigate love, romance, and heartbreak. The spirited score includes "Life Is," "The Butterfly," and "Only Love."

THE MOST HAPPY FELLA

Book, music, and lyrics by Frank Loesser

Director Clive Cholerton

July 18 - 27, 2014

An older, unprepossessing grape farmer who believes love has passed him by, romances a young waitress aching to find love in this glorious musical featuring such songs as "My Heart Is So Full Of You" and "Standing on the Corner."

2014-15 Season

OUR TOWN

By Thornton Wilder

Director J. Barry Lewis

October 10 - November 9, 2014

The beauty of ordinary life is celebrated in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, as the citizens of Grover's Corners experience birth, love, marriage, and death, and the attendant joy, heartbreak, and transience of being alive.

MY OLD LADY

By Israel Horovitz

Director William Hayes

December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015

A down-on-his-luck New Yorker inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with his tenants, an old lady and her rigid daughter; their lives soon intertwine in unexpected and profound ways.

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

By Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Adapted by Christopher Hampton

Director Lynnette Barkley

January 30 - March 1, 2015

Seduction, humiliation, and degradation are all part of the dangerous games being played by the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, bored aristocrats who eagerly shatter lives for their own cruel amusement.

BURIED CHILD

By Sam Shepard

Director J. Barry Lewis

March 27 - April 26, 2015

In the heartland of America, a young man returns home with warm memories after an absence of six years to find he is unrecognized by his decaying family in this tragicomic, unsettling, Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL

By Lanie Robertson

Director J. Barry Lewis

May 15 - June 14, 2015

Just four months before her death, the great Billie Holiday takes the stage at a watering hole in Philadelphia, where she relates the story of her hard-knock life and triumphantly shares more than a dozen songs.

Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 7PM; Matinee performances are on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. Post-performance discussions are presented after Sunday evening and Wednesday matinee performances.

Dramaworks' Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. For ticket information contact the Box Office at (561) 514-4042, ext, 2 or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

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