Washington Stage Guild Announces 2013-14 Season: THE OLD MASTERS, THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA & More!
The Washington Stage Guild announces its 28th Season of our distinctive repertory, an array of eloquent plays of idea and argument, passion and wit - smArt Theatre for a smart town. The Washington Stage Guild's 2013-2014 season will focus on the fundamental basis of all art - the imagination. We will present four plays that examine the need to see beyond the mundane in order to create, to survive, to develop, to live. The Season of Dreams will travel from Vincent van Gogh's studio to Bernard Berenson's villa, and from the apartment of two fragile lives to as far as thought can reach. All four plays are Washington area premieres, and among the four is the first installment in a multi-year cycle leading up to our 30th anniversary, as we inaugurate our production of George Bernard Shaw's rarely seen Back to Methuselah.
"Art of any kind is imagination expressed, whether in words or images," says Artistic Director Bill Largess. "This season we'll focus on our need to dream things that are not real in order to make them so. Painters, poets, critics, scientists, and even a creative fraud or two will show up on stage at the Undercroft Theatre this year. We begin with American playwright Steven Dietz' Inventing Van Gogh, a clever and time-warping story where a young contemporary artist is asked to forge Van Gogh's lost, final painting, and finds that Vincent has some influence on the attempt. That perfectly pairs with Simon Gray's The Old Masters, where the famed critic Bernard Berenson finds his expertise challenged by economic demands. The Old Masters has a Washington connection, since it revolves around a painting that ended up in DC's National Gallery of Art. Next we'll embark on a journey unparalleled in Stage Guild history, as we begin a project that will take us to our 30th year - a multi-year presentation of GB Shaw's ambitious, brilliant Back to Methuselah. The cycle begins in the Garden of Eden and ends 30,000 years in the future, one of the first plays written that can truly be called science fiction. Funny and profound, it's not only about the power of imagination, it's one of the most imaginative dramatic works ever written! Finally, we'll present the area premiere of the London hit Elling, a touching and humorous story of two misfits who make their way through life together, and find that poetry gives them both a voice and a purpose. Besides these wonderful plays, we'll welcome back directors Kasi Campbell, Laura Giannarelli and Steven Carpenter who've done such fine work for us in past seasons."
A time-twisting look at Van Gogh and his legacies, both real and fake, as a contemporary young painter is hired to forge a lost painting, but then must justify his decisions to Vincent himself. The area premiere of the popular American playwright Dietz's play.
The DC area premiere of the London hit - The famed art critic Bernard Berenson is trying to ignore the approach of WWII in his villa outside Florence, when the arrival of Joseph Duveen, the dealer who sold many of the works now in the National Gallery, sparks a battle royal over a Renaissance painting that Andrew Mellon might buy - but only if it's by the right artist.
BACK TO METHUSELAH: IN THE BEGINNING &
THE GOSPEL OF THE BROTHERS BARNABAS by George Bernard Shaw
"To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything." Anatole France
Directed by Bill Largess
February 20 to March 16, 2014