off the WALL Announces 2014-2015 Season
Great plays, bold choices, talented artists. off the WALL is announcing the 2014-15 season, featuring three Pittsburgh premieres in the Acting Company's four-play program, as well as repertory theater.
August 14-16 and Oct, 2-4 2014, January 29-31 2015
Underneath the Lintel's sole character-the Librarian-embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that is 113 years overdue. A clue scribbled in the margin of the book and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket take him on a mysterious adventure that spans the globe and the ages. Previously presented in Pittsburgh by 12 Peers Theater. Directed by Randy Kovitz and Cameron Knight.
THE ACTING COMPANY
The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs by Carole Frechette
Oct. 17 - Nov. 1
"Somewhere in an enormous house, there is a hidden staircase." Grace has stumbled into a fairy-tale marriage complete with her own Prince Charming and resplendent mansion, but she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the mysterious room her husband has forbidden her to enter. Can Grace resist temptation, or will she let her curiosity get the best of her and confront the secrets of the man she loves? Gilbert Theater Artistic Director Robyne Parrish returns to off the WALL to direct this contemporary variant of the Bluebeard legend.
OR, by Liz Duffy Adams
Dec. 19 - Jan. 10
The neo-Restoration comedy OR, takes place during one night in the life of Aphra Behn (1640-1689), poet, spy, first professional female playwright, and one of the most influential dramatists of the late 17th century. Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne, complicated royal love, King Charles II, and a very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scot - who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Directed by John Shepard.
Feb. 27 - March 14
Mrs. Helen Alving has accepted her pastor's counsel and endured her husband's many infidelities in silence. Ten years after Alving's death, she is to dedicate an orphanage in his memory. Her son Oswald, kept innocent of his father's profligacy, returns home for the dedication, and his attraction to the housemaid conjures up the ghost of his parents' unhappy marriage. This disastrous romance, along with Oswald's increasing symptoms of the venereal disease inherited from his father, force Mrs. Alving to confront her own "ghosts." Directed by Simm Landres.
The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
April 24 - May 9
On the outskirts of Mormon country, Idaho, a six-hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment eating himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places. Directed by Linda Haston.
All performances are scheduled at off the WALL performing arts center. For more information , please visit: http://www.insideoffthewall.com.
About Off the Wall Productions
Off The Wall is a non-profit 501 C3 whose Resident Professional Theater Company works under contract with Actors Equity Association and produces a minimum of four plays during its regular season (October to May). In addition to its seasonal offerings, Off The Wall has joined Chicago, New York and San Francisco in the revival of Repertory Theater. Off the Wall has taken a significant step towards its collaborative goal by adding firewall dance theater and Cabaret Nights.