Firehouse Theatre Sets 21st Season: HAIR, WAIT UNTIL DARK & More
Firehouse Theatre has announced Season 21, slated to be one of its most diverse and adventurous seasons yet. Season 21 will feature five remarkable offerings: A Tony and Drama Desk Award winning rock musical, a classic American thriller, a new American Christmas musical, a world premiere play, and an Obie Award winning Off-Broadway hit.
Season 21 begins this summer with the first great American rock musical HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot (June 26 - July 19, 2014). A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. In 2008, TIME magazine wrote, "Today HAIR seems, if anything, more daring than ever."
From the author of Dial "M" for Murder comes the American classic of Season 21, Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott, a masterfully constructed thriller that moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, heart-pounding final scene. Commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War is Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration. Incorporating traditional carols and music of the era, Vogel's story of that winter night is alive with history, hope and humanity. In February, Firehouse presents This World We Know - a World Premiere - by Kelly Younger as its 2015 Acts of Faith Festival entry. Winner of the 2013 Festival of New American Plays, This World We Know tells the story of an estranged brother and sister with their younger selves as they struggle to reconcile. And a pair of thirty-something dropouts in Annie Baker's Obie Award winner The Aliens become cult heroes, putting modern day American under the microscope.
"We are absolutely thrilled to bring our most diverse offering of contemporary American plays and musicals to Richmond audiences with Season 21," said Artistic Director Jase Smith. "This is our biggest and boldest season yet, as we have expanded our offerings from four to five productions. Every show is special to me, but I must say the thought of world premiering one of our Festival of New American Plays winners for the first time in our history is especially exciting! We're not kidding when we say Firehouse Theatre is the hottest ticket in town."