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Palm Beach Dramaworks Announces Casting For 2010 2011 Season

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11th Anniversary Season Will Begin October 8th
Palm Beach Dramaworks Announces
Casting for 2010-11 Season

Jim Ballard, Barbara Bradshaw, Eric Brown, Cliff Burgess, Will Connolly, Kim Cozort, Dennis Creaghan, John Felix, Kevin Kelly, Margery Lowe, Chris Oden, Erin Schmidt, John Thompson, and Sarah Wilson lead The Acting Company

West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks will kick off its 11th Anniversary season with George Bernard Shaw's play "Candida" on Friday, October 8th (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). The season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays including the southeast premiere of "Freud's Last Session" by Mark St. Germain, "Dinner With Friends" by Donald Margulies and "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh

"Most directors agree that casting a production well is half the job of mounting a hit show. I'm thrilled to announce that we've assembled some of the finest actors in the industry to tackle some deceptively challenging but artistically rewarding plays next season. These local and visiting artists embody all the necessary talent to ensure another triumphant season of highly entertaining and thought-provoking theatre at Palm Beach Dramaworks," stated Dramaworks' Producing Artistic Director William Hayes

Launching the season in mid October is the acclaimed play "Candida," staring Kim Cozort, John Leonard Thompson, and Will Connolly, by the Nobel Prize winning playwright George Bernard Shaw. In this witty exploration of marriage, a beautiful Victorian woman finds herself caught in a romantic triangle between her pastor husband and a young poet. The production will also feature John Felix, Cliff Burgess, and Margery Lowe (October 8th- November 21st). The season continues with "Freud's Last Session" by the award-winning playwright Mark St. Germain. On the day England enters World War II, the legendary Dr. Sigmund Freud invites C.S. Lewis, played by Dennis Creaghan and Chris Oden, to his London home, where they clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life. (December 17th- February 6th). Following on February 25th is Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize winning "Dinner With Friends," featuring Erin Schmidt, Jim Ballard, Eric Brown, and Sarah Wilson. This candid bittersweet Pulitzer Prize winning play examines two married couples who have been close friends for years, and what happens when one marriage falls apart. (February 25th - April 17th).

The season concludes with "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh. The darkly comic tale of a lonely woman and her manipulative mother, whose interference in her daughter's only chance at love sets the stage for deceptions, secrets and betrayal. The production will feature Barbara Bradshaw and Kevin Kelly (May 6th - June 19th).  

The productions will be directed as follows: Dramaworks Resident director J. Barry Lewis will stage "Candida" and "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," and Dramaworks Producing Artistic Director William Hayes will stage "Freud's Last Session" and "Dinner with Friends."  

Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. 

The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM with select Sunday's at 7PM; and Matinee performances are on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM with select Wednesday's at 3PM. 

Individual tickets are $47 for all performances. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available. 

The theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 322 Banyan Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and Olive Avenue, Florida 33401. The NEW official parking facility for the theatre is the City Center Garage located at the corner of Banyan Blvd. and Dixie Highway. Parking is offered across the street for a nominal fee, or in the City Garage on the corner of Olive Avenue and Banyan Boulevard for $1.00 per hour with the first hour free. Parking is free on Sunday, only in the garage and at city meters. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, or visit their website at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

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