Burbage Theatre Co Announces 2017-18 Season

Burbage Theatre Co Announces 2017-18 Season

Jeff Church, Burbage Theatre Co Artistic Director and President, is pleased to announce the theatre's 2017-2018 Season.

"Our last season was about the simple relationships between people and how the extraordinary can arise out of the commonest of circumstances," says Church, "we chose this season to focus on how extraordinary want begets extraordinary circumstances. These plays are about unstoppable forces meeting with immovable objects. These stories each exhibit our unique human capacity to inexhaustibly pursue an all-consuming idea and the consequences we face when our expectations are at odds, and ultimately clash, with reality."

"In our current post-truth America, "Galileo" speaks to the oppression of scientific fact and the great threat posed by the willful ignorance of those with power. "The Great Gatsby," demonstrates that a pursuit into the past to make what once was great, great again, no matter the nobility of the pursuit itself, is doomed to disappointment. "Venus in Fur" exemplifies how the devoted pursuit of one's art will ultimately blur the line between reality and creation, leading to a dangerous game of domination between the two. "Twelfth Night" is debatably William Shakespeare's comedic masterwork, a timeless example of how the inescapable pursuit of love and our own duplicitous natures often quarter with chaos. We conclude with "Thinner than Water," an exquisitely crafted story about an estranged and segmented family's varied and embittered attempts to reconcile their lives around the all but present patriarch fallen ill."

Ticket information and subscription packages for Burbage Theatre Co's 2017-2018 Season may be found at www.burbagetheatre.org. ABOUT SEASON 7 (2017-2018)

GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht (August-September)
Galileo examines the tension between the pursuit of knowledge and the power of official ideology, and is widely considered one of Brecht's masterpieces. In the wake of Copernicus's discovery that the sun is the center of our solar system, Galileo Galilei perceives about him a time of scientific upheaval and general improvement, providing a vision for generations to come grounded in the joyful and fevered pursuit of knowledge. But his hopes of a general enlightenment are cut short when his heretical discoveries about the solar system bring him to the attention of the Inquisition.

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted by Simon Levy (November-December)
Midwest native Nick Carraway arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, just across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom Buchanan. Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and -- as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits -- narrates a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy that embodies the breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age.

VENUS IN FUR by David Ives (January-February)
Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress-oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare (February-March)
When Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, her twin brother swallowed by the sea, she enters into the service of the Duke. Disguising herself as a man, she plunges into a world where no one is what they seem to be, whether they know it or not. Just after Viola falls in love with her new employer, she becomes the object of Olivia's desire, the very same Olivia that Duke Orsino had sent Viola to woo on his behalf. In what is most likely William Shakespeare's comedic masterwork, everyone stumbles (in more ways than one), but is driven forward to resolve by love's inescapable hold.

THINNER THAN WATER by Melissa Ross (April-May)
When their father falls ill, three estranged half-siblings reunite. As the world around them crumbles, they argue with each other and with everyone around them in a desperate struggle to do the right thing and mend their rapidly deteriorating lives. Thinner than Water is a blood-raw, wicked production about fighting through the thick and thin of family.

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