TheatreWorks to Present 'Grey Gardens,' 'Radio Golf,' New Works by Schwartz & GrooveLily

TheatreWorks, the nationally-acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, announced its 2008-09 season. The company has once again snagged the rights to several news-making productions, and deepened its commitment to presenting new works, unveiling a vibrant season that will feature one World Premiere, two West Coast Premieres, and several Regional Premieres. In chronological order, the TheatreWorks 2008-09 season is as follows:

(West Coast Premiere)
Conceived by Michael Scheman and David Stern
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by David Stern
June 18-July 13, 2008 (press opening: June 21)
Mountain View
Center for the Performing Arts

TheatreWorks opens its 39th season with the dazzling West Coast Premiere of Snapshots, the latest musical from legendary Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin; film Enchanted). Snapshots reinvents the musical with the help of a photo album filled with memories. A bittersweet chronicle of a marriage that's lost its way, Snapshots combines some of Schwartz's most cherished hits, including "Popular" from Wicked, "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin, and "All Good Gifts" from Godspell, with new songs, including the title song "Snapshots" and "Making Good" (a song cut from Wicked during the rehearsal process), transforming the remnants of love into the musical of a lifetime. Book author David Stern and composer Stephen Schwartz will be in residence at TheatreWorks to work on Snapshots with TheatreWorks founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, who will helm the newly-revised production.

By John Patrick Shanley
July 16-August 10, 2008 (press opening: July 19)
Lucie Stern Theatre

TheatreWorks is excited to bring Silicon Valley its first look at John Patrick Shanley's gripping Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Doubt. When she suspects a popular and dedicated priest of misconduct with a student, Sister Aloysius takes matters into her own hands. But the truth is clouded in complexity as doubt thwarts all assumptions in this engrossing mystery. A headline-hot story of suspicion and moral certainty, this riveting clash of conscience and conviction is one of the great plays of the decade. Doubt calls into question what to do when you're not sure.

(First Post-Broadway Production)
Book by Doug Wright
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Based on the film Grey Gardens by David Maysles,
Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, and Susan Froemke
August 20-September 14, 2008 (press opening: August 23)
Mountain View
Center for the Performing Arts

TheatreWorks continues its 39th season with the first post-Broadway production of the scandalously delicious Grey Gardens. Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, this beguiling musical, winner of three Tony Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award, brings to life a delightfully eccentric tale of fallen American royalty. Once among the brightest names in the pre-Camelot social register, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale, aunt and cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, became East Hampton's most notorious recluses. Chronicling their journey from giddy fortune in the 1940s to seclusion in the 1970s, this is an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking saga.

(Regional Premiere)
By August Wilson
October 8-November 2, 2008 (press opening: October 11)
Mountain View
Center for the Performing Arts

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