TRIASSIC PARQ, TIME STANDS STILL and More Set for Chance Theater's 2013 Season


Chance Theater has announced its boldest season ever. Chance subscribers and audiences will be taken on seven journeys during 2013, from prehistoric dinosaurs trying to find love, to a musical about a President trying to rock out to democracy, from a young girl finding a secret garden to a young man whose spirit lives on more than ten years after his death, This truly is the season to "Chance it" and join Southern California's bravest and most audacious theatre company!


January 25 - February 17, 2013
Music by Marshall Pailet
Book by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo
Directed by Marshall Pailet

TRIASSIC PARQ – THE MUSICAL, 2010's Best Musical winner at FringeNYC, comes to The Chance straight from an off-Broadway run The New York Times called "Flat-out ingenious".
A fresh new musical with as much heart as raunchy wit, Triassic Parq is the story of Jurassic Park told from the perspective of the dinosaurs. It takes a minor premise from the movie - that a handful of the genetically engineered female dinosaurs have spontaneously turned male - and runs with it until the audience's legs get tired. An epic tale of love, loss and interspecies fornication, these resurrected reptiles will touch you in ways both moving and inappropriate. The ride is ridiculous to say the least, but beneath the absurdity and chaos is a sincere story of identity crisis and loss of faith. What you're about to see is one of those sincere moments - two T-Rexes struggle to redefine their friendship now that one of them has sprouted a new appendage down below … and the other has not.

April 19 - May 12, 2013
First Time Done in Repertory!
by Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre Project

In honor of The Chance Theater's 15th Anniversary Season, we bring you a theatrical event that combines past and present. The critically acclaimed Laramie Project, produced at The Chance in 2005, will run in rep with the recent history-making epilogue The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. These two pieces will celebrate the Chance history while continuing to bring the most current, provocative work to our community.

In 1998, the brutal murder of a gay college student, Matthew Shepard, made the town of Laramie, Wyoming the focus of an international news story. The Laramie Project, adapted from a collection of real-life interviews, is a cultural pulse-taking that examines the events of the murder and its aftermath while asking the question 'Could this be our town?'

10 years later, the same team traveled back to Laramie to investigate the long-term effects of this event. This powerful sequel reveals a range of views from regret to denial, and includes first-time interviews with Shepard's murderers as well as his mother. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later explores how the town has changed in the last 10 years and how we measure that change. This powerful companion piece asks us to look at a town -- and a nation -- wrestling with its legacy and its place in history.

You're about to see scenes from both pieces – First, with the attack on Matthew Shepard very recent, residents of Laramie speak about being gay in small town America. Then we fast-forward to the 10 year anniversary of the attack, when a local newspaper editorial sheds light on the community's conflicting views of history.

July 5 - August 4, 2013
BLOODY BLOODY Andrew Jackson
Book by Alex Timbers
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

The show is a satiric Wild West grunge/indy pop rock musical about the founding of the Democratic Party. It redefines Andrew Jackson, America's seventh President, as an Emo rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.

This show was developed by New York-based experimental company Les Freres Corbusier. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson first premiered in January 2008 in Culver City at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, produced by Center Theatre Group and later opened in 2009 at The Public Theater in New York for a three month run which earned it an Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding new Off Broadway musical. It then opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 13, 2010. It won a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical in 2011 as well as Tony award nominations for Best Book and Best Scene Design of a Musical in 2011.

BBAJ is a fiery, merciless satire. It creates this heightened, anachronistic world that meshes the politics of Andrew Jackson in the 19th century with the liberating, expressive musicality of contemporary music and pop culture. This "rockstar" world is emotional, combative, and aggressive which is not at all dissimilar to the political climate that exists today. As we experience Jackson's quest for democracy we are constantly reminded of our own political questions and responsibility. BBAJ is fearless and passionate in its journey to comment on and shake up one's perspective on American politics and culture.

September 27 - October 20, 2013
by Donald Margulies

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and a Tony nominee for Best Play, Time Stands Still is an unflinching examination of relationships and the media-saturated world in which we live. Margulies himself stated the purpose of the play was "to capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with."

To do so, Margulies takes a compelling look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war. After barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin finds herself caught in a tug of war between her career and the quiet of domestic life. Returning home into the care of her long-time lover, James, Sarah's caught off-guard by his desire for family. With wit and intelligence, Time Stands Still follows two people with a shared passion for documenting the realities of war as they confront the prospect of a more conventional life.

November 15 - December 22, 2013
Music by Lucy Simon
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

This enchanting classic of children's literature is now a brilliant musical by a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Orphaned in India, an 11 year old girl returns to Yorkshire to live with an embittered, reclusive uncle and his invalid son. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden. This Tony Award winner is a treasure for children and adults alike.

November 26 - December 21, 2013
by Jeff Goode

Our favorite team of reindeer still have plenty to say! So much, in fact, that this year's production will incorporate a roster of rotating performers so that you'll never see the same show twice!
Accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are flying fast and furious around Santa's toyshop this holiday season. Go behind the tinsel and hear the truth about Santa straight from the eight reindeer who know him best. When a doe says "No", she means "No Way, Sucka!"

Subscription Tickets for this season are now on sale. All tickets can be purchased by calling (714) 777-3033 or by visiting Student, Senior and group discounts are available. (Groups call 1-714-900-3284). CHANCE THEATER is located at 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills, Calif., 92807. Parking is free.

Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-based Contemporary Theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER recently received the Ovation Award for Best Musical (Intimate Theatre) and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for its Southern California premiere of "Jerry Springer: The Opera." Twice named "Outstanding Arts Organization" by Arts Orange County, Chance Theater is also a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics.

Circle's Polly Warfield Award for Excellence. Founded in 1999, Chance Theater is focused on its goal of being Orange County's premiere mid-size contemporary ensemble theater. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.

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