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Theatre Arlington Announces Big Season Changes

As the brand-new Interim Executive Producer of Theatre Arlington I am thrilled to announce our brand-new 2018-2019 season. We had to make some changes in our season due to national tours and licensing restrictions. One show change affects the balance of the season as a whole and gave me the opportunity to make new artistic choices.

I have been active with Theatre Arlington since my first show in 1981 and I am excited to bring back some of my favorite shows: Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men and Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. I am also pleased to announce that B. J. Cleveland will be return to Theatre Arlington to star in the first show he did with us - They're Playing Our Song.

Along with the new changes I wanted to bring a new work to the theatre and fell in love with Sarah Ruhl's quirky romantic comedy Dead Man's Cell Phone.

Our Youth Productions of The Adventures of Nate the Great and Junie B Jones The Musical JR will be a big hit and we will also add The Magical City of Oz which will have adult actors and participation by the children in the audience.

I know that you will love our brand-new sizzling season and I look forward to seeing you at all of the shows at Theatre Arlington. ~ Steven D. Morris

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton Book by Patricia Resnick Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film

SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 7, 2018

This hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy - giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she? Appropriate for audiences ages 13 and up.

THE ADVENTURES OF NATE THE GREAT

All-Youth Play

By Pamela Sterling

Based on the Nate the Great series of books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

OCTOBER 19 - 28, 2018

On a darkened stage, a tall figure in a trench coat and fedora blows a warm jazz refrain on a saxophone followed by ... the "cool" and very serious, Nate the Great, the sharpest kid detective ever to solve his neighborhood's mysteries. With his faithful dog, Sludge, and his friends, he solves important cases, always remembering to leave a note for his mother and wear his galoshes! It's the Our Gang comedies meet Raymond Chandler. It's a spoof of "B" movie mysteries. It's a perspective of a child's vision of life's everyday mysteries-when past, present and future all combine to create a wonderful Now. Appropriate for audiences aged 3 and up

For Release June 29, 2018

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THE MAGICAL CITY OF OZ

Book and Lyrics by Steven D. Morris Music by Don Powers

NOVEMBER 8 - 18, 2018

This charming adaptation of the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, has all the characters you love and a few new ones that will make you laugh.

Appropriate for audiences ages 3 and up.

MIRACLE ON 34

TH

STREET From the novel by Valentine Davies

Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 16, 2018

By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. Appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up

DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE

By Sarah Ruhl

JANUARY 18 - FEBRUARY 3, 2019

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Appropriate for audiences ages 16 and up. Mild adult themes.Strong Language.

JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL JR.

All-Youth Musical

Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler Music by Zina Goldrich Based on the Book Series by Barbara Park

FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 10, 2019

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend Lucille has found new best friends; Junie makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school; Junie has trouble reading the blackboard in Mr. Scary's class and she may need glasses. Now add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament, a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal" and fun-filled songs - and first grade has never been more exciting! Appropriate for all audiences ages 3 and up.

A FEW GOOD MEN

By Aaron Sorkin

MARCH 29 - APRIL 14, 2019

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Appropriate for audiences ages 16 and up. , 2016/

For Release June 29, 2018

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THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG

Book by Neil Simone Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager

MAY 3 - 26, 2019

A funny, romantic show about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist, not unlike Carole Bayer Sager. Professionally, their relationship works beautifully-but ultimately leads to conflict on the home front. Of course, there's a happy ending. Appropriate for audiences ages 13 and up.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

By Neil Simon

AUGUST 9 - 31, 2019

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon- style. Appropriate for audiences aged 13 and up.

ABOUT THEATRE ARLINGTON:

Located in the center of Arlington's arts district, Theatre Arlington is one of the largest semi-professional, non-profit theaters in the Southwest, with roots that date back to the 1973. Forty-six years later the staff and board of directors are still as dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Texas by presenting superior, diverse, artistic experiences through performance, production and education as they were during their humble beginnings.

Besides a regular season featuring nine productions a year, TA runs a year-round theatre school including spring break and summer camps, and also partners with the Arlington ISD and local community organizations to provide free and low-cost art enrichment programs for area children and teens. Theatre Arlington has become a key player in enriching the city's cultural environment. The remarkable pioneering vision of the theater's early leaders to create and spearhead a true artistic community in Arlington has incredibly come to fruition! As Richard Daley, the Former Mayor of Chicago said, "Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do."



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