THE LYONS, SAINT JOAN & More Set for 2nd Story's 2013-14 UpStage/DownStage Season
Can there be too much of a good thing? From the enthusiastic response to the news that 2nd Story planned to double the number of plays produced this season, it seems the answer is a resounding "no". Of building a 70-seat second space and adding programming, Artistic Director Ed Shea said, "For years 2nd Story operated under the assumption that less is more, but it turns out more is more. When it comes to professional-quality live theatre, there cannot be too much of a good thing. Not only is there a market for more, there is a need and a desire for more. With the construction of our second space, we can give audiences more comedy, more drama, more entertainment, and more food for thought."
2nd Story's UpStage/DownStage plays will be very different, yet much the same: same high quality, same low price. DownStage will be a little more intimate, a little more intense. UpStage will provide a little more spectacle, a bit more bling. Subscription packages are available. See all 10 plays for $210. Stay UpStage for 5: $105. See the 5 DownStage plays for $105. Or try a taste of both: 7 plays for $147. Preview packs are also available. Call the box office at (401) 247-4200 for more information.
$20 preview tickets are available for the first three performances of all UpStage and DownStage plays. The regular price for individual tickets is $25. "Under 21" tickets are $20 at any performance.
Performance times will be staggered. UpStage plays perform on the half-hour - Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm. DownStage starts on the hour, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.
2013-2014 UpStage/DownStage Season At-A-Glance
UPSTAGE: All Plays Perform on the Half-Hour
DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel
A lyrical, haunting play set in Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland in the summer of 1936, around the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa. Told through the memory of Michael, Chrissie Mundy's young, illegitimate son, as he remembers the women who raised him: his mother and her four older sisters.
Previews: September 27 & 28 @ 7:30PM, September 29 @ 2:30PM
Performances: October 3 - October 27 - Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 2:30PM
Additional Performance: Monday, October 7 @ 7:30PM
Discussion Sunday: October 13 - humanities discussion immediately following the 2:30PM performance
SAINT JOAN by George Bernard Shaw
Love of country and love of God are put to the test in a passionate examination of the life of Joan of Arc, a young peasant girl who bravely responds to her inner voices, challenging the power structure of both church and state.
Previews: November 15 & 16 @ 7:30PM, November 17 @ 2:30PM
Performances: Nov. 21 - Dec. 15 - Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 2:30PM
Additional Performance: Monday, November 25 @ 7:30PM
Discussion Sunday: Dec. 1 - humanities discussion immediately following the 2:30PM performance
SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE by George M. Cohan
Providence's own George M. Cohan's medley of mystery, farce and intrigue tells the story of a writer sequestered in a deserted hotel who has been challenged to pen a novel in one night, and who gets much more than he bargained for.
Previews: January 24 & 25 @ 7:30PM, January 26 @ 2:30PM
Performances: January 30 - February 23 - Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 2:30PM
Additional Performance: Monday, February 3 @ 7:30PM
Discussion Sunday: February 9 - humanities discussion immediately following the 2:30PM performance
LE DINDON or THE DUPE by Georges Feydeau
A comedic romp by a master of farce that is chock full of mistaken identities, illicit assignations and frenzied libidos.
Previews: March 14 & 15 @ 7:30PM, March 16 @ 2:30PM
Performances: March 20 - April 13 - Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM; Sundays at 2:30PM
Additional Performance: Monday, March 24 @ 7:30PM
Discussion Sunday: March 30 - humanities discussion immediately following the 2:30PM performance