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Pandora Productions Announces The Lineup For its Upcoming 2009-2010 Season

Pandora Productions is pleased to announce the lineup for its upcoming 2009-2010 theatrical season with five fresh, fabulous, and fun-filled productions. All from the Louisville-based theatre company that goes ‘Beyond Broadway' to present rarely seen productions exclusive to our community, the new season promises to be a lively, entertainment experience as only Pandora can present.


The new season kicks off in a wonderfully wild and raucous way on Thursday evening, September 24, with The Rocky Horror Show. You've danced to it in your living room, performed it at parties, and dressed as the characters for Halloween, now live it in the theater! By Richard O'Brien, Rocky Horror is the madcap story of an ordinary couple and one unforgettable night at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transexual. Lead characters Brad and Janet have arrived on a very special night, that of the creation of Dr. Furter's ‘beautiful creature' Rocky, the Adonis humanoid created specifically for the release of the good doctor's 'tension'. This cult classic is a non-stop package of twisted romance, thrills and chills, and 16 sensational songs including "Sweet Transvestite", "Whatever Happened To Saturday Night?", and the now-classic karaoke anthem, "The Time Warp". Performances through Sunday, October 4.

The Kathy & Mo Show - Parallel Lives is the acclaimed comedy by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney that debuted off Broadway and later became a wildly popular HBO special of the same name. Kicking off on Thursday evening, November 5, this hilarious production is a montage of scenes featuring a wide variety of characters, encompassing all ages, genders, and backgrounds, all portrayed in a hilariously insightful commentary on everyday life. From the opening scene with two supreme beings planning the beginning of the world, to two actresses playing a man and woman together in a country-western bar, Parallel Lives is a celebration of the diversity of modern perspectives from a uniquely female point of view. Upon its opening the show was hailed as playful, post-feminist satire and sketch comedy at its best; two decades later it continues to live up to its original content, delivering a theatrical experience as contemporary, topical and entertaining today as it was then. With performances through Sunday, November 15.

On Thursday evening, January 7, 2010, Pandora presents the regional premier of a sassy, satirical spin on the classic tale of Cinderella, Ron Lytle's award-winning musical Oh My Godmother! This brash and bawdy theatre event is all about Albert, a love-struck gay teen in San Francisco with a haughty, homophobic Stepmother, two odious stepsisters, and a drag-loving Godmother. Others in this crazy quilt of characters include the leading queens of Castro Street who worry that their adopted son Prince, through a twist of fate, is questioning his own sexuality. It all adds up to give new meaning to the term ‘fairy tale'. The musical score is in the toe-tapping tradition of Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hammerstein and Cole Porter, and provides a showcase of showstoppers including "Cinder-Albert", "Somebody for Everybody", "Fabulous!", "Old Fashioned Commitment Ceremony", "Bitch" and "It's A Boy". Performances run through Sunday, January 17, 2010.

As Bees In Honey Drown, a satirical comedy about the pitfalls of the unquenchable hunger for fame, by Douglas Carter Beane, the same playwright who brought us last season's The Little Dog Laughed, debuts on Thursday evening, March 11, 2010. Eager almost-famous artists, musicians, and authors are displayed as easily trapped victims of con artists who promise big, yet empty, dreams. Alexa Vere de Vere, a flashy fast-talker who captivates and takes advantage of these victims, has a new target in Evan Wyler, an aspiring New York writer. Alexa meets with Evan, asking him if he will write a screenplay based on her glamorous life story which will require him to follow her around and take notes. She promises him fame and fortune in return--the same things she has promised, but never given, to so many others. Evan's trust soon gives way to suspicion and the tables then begin to turn with sweet revenge. Performances through Sunday, March 21, 2010.

Who will be chosen as Miss Glamoresse? Miss Bible Belt; Miss Industrial Northwest; Miss West Coast; Miss Industrial Northeast; Miss Great Plains; or Miss Texas? Find out as Pandora presents Pageant: The Musical, premiering Thursday, May 6, 2010. An off-the-charts wild and funny satire of beauty contests, Pageant is a musical performance like no beauty pageant you've seen before. Live at every performance six contestants battle it out for the title of Miss Glamoresse. Judges picked from the audience determine a different winner at every performance with the contestants competing in several categories including swimsuit, physical fitness, spokesmodel and beauty crisis counseling. Did we mention all the contestants are played by men? This is definitely not your grandmother's Miss America. Maybe you will be chosen to help decide who gets to wear the crown of Miss Glamoresse at yet another regional premiere for Pandora audiences! Through Sunday, May 16, 2010.

All productions are presented by Pandora Productions; at the Henry Clay || Bunbury Theatre, 604 South Third Street, 3rd Floor, Downtown Louisville. Running time for each show is approximately 2 hours with intermission. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., all matinees at 2:00 p.m. Purchase the entire five shows seasonal subscription package now on sale at the discounted rate of $70, a 20% discount off regular price tickets, by visiting www.PandoraProds.org or calling (502) 216-5502. Senior and Student subscription pricing also available for $55. Tickets for individual productions may also be purchased in advance of each performance for $15, $17 day of show.

Pandora Productions, founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1995, represents the transformational power of theatre. Its mission is to entertain, engage and inspire its audience, the community, and the greater human communities by presenting bold, cutting-edge theatrical productions that reveal the commonality of all people while investigating the diversity of human nature, particularly the nature of sexual orientation, through artistic expression. Pandora Productions is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that benefits largely from the generosity of the community. Donations are encouraged and welcomed, in any amount, whether one dollar or a thousand. Please visit www.PandoraProds.org for more information.

 


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