Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Co. Announces 2013-14 Season: OKLAHOMA!, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON & More!


Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including a special, student-devised production, a rock musical and a famous Irish play, in the 2013-2014 season. The season begins Oct. 18 and runs through April 19, 2014.

Opening the season is Rodgers and Hammerstein's enduring staple of musical theatre, Oklahoma! directed by Broadway star Patrick Cassidy, son of Shirley Jones, who starred in the Academy Award-winning 1955 movie version of the musical.

The season's other productions are the Greek tragedy Hecuba, directed by Monica Payne, The Alchemists' Lab, a comedy devised and written by Gab Cody in collaboration with students of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, directed by Michael McKelvey, and J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World, directed by Kim Martin.

The 2013-2014 season:

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Patrick Cassidy
Friday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 27
Rockwell Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, which tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with strong-willed farm girl Laurey Williams, has enchanted audiences since its first production in 1943. It features unforgettable songs such as "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "People Will Say We're in Love." The 1955 film version starred Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger and Gloria Grahame, and won three Academy Awards.

Best known for his roles in musical theatre and on television, director Patrick Cassidy has appeared on Broadway in numerous productions, including The Pirates of Penzance, Leader of the Pack, Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street and Elton John's musical, Aida. He co-starred with his mother, Shirley Jones, in Aida on Broadway, as well as in a production of The Music Man at Music Circus in Sacramento, Calif. He toured nationally with Aida, and won the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Touring Musical for his performance. Cassidy also originated the role of the Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins off-Broadway. He has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Castle, CSI, CSI Miami, Smallville, ER, Crossing Jordan, and Law and Order SVU.

By Euripides
Directed by Monica Payne
Friday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 24
Studio Theatre
Written by Euripides in 424 BC, Hecuba is a tragic story of sacrifice, revenge, and the brutal aftermath of a war between the Trojans and the Greeks. In her darkest hour, Hecuba, the fallen Queen of Troy, exacts revenge on those who have wronged her.

Monica Payne directed The Playhouse Jr. production of Huck Finn in May. Her other directing projects include her own adaptation of The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and her Heartless Grandmother by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Elektra by Euripides, Gross Sales by Erica Jones, and Natural Affection by William Inge. As an actress, Payne appeared in several productions with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and worked with many off-loop companies in Chicago, including The Hypocrites, Famous Door, The Journeymen, and the Artistic Home. She is the recipient of the James Pendleton Foundation Prize and is a member of the 2008 Lincoln Center Director's Lab, as well as the 2012 Director's Lab West in Los Angeles.

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