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THE 12 & WUTHERING HEIGHTS Set to Premiere at San Jose Rep in 2014-15 Season

San Jose Rep, the flagship theatre of San Jose, has just announced its full 2014-15 season, which is set to include two world premieres- Wuthering Heights and The 12. They write: "Our 2014-2015 season is an extraordinary journey around the world and across centuries featuring two world premieres, larger than life characters with sizzling international flair and spectacularly diverse music -brought to life by daring and award-winning actors, directors and designers." The full season is as follows:

THE 12
August 28 - September 21, 2014

Book and Lyrics by Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize-winner (Kentucky Cycle)
Music by Neil Berg
Directed by Richard Seyd

What happens when twelve ordinary people are torn apart by the unthinkable death of their leader? In the wake of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, this story of doubt, fear, faith, and ultimately love, explodes with a classic rock score inspired by rock 'n' roll's greatest including U2, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and award-winning composer Neil Berg's new rock musical tackles one of most powerful stories in history with terrifying honesty, grit and extraordinary, heart-pounding music.

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso
October 16 - November 6, 2014

Written by and starring Herbert Siguenza, of Culture Clash
Directed by Todd Salovey

The first rock-star artist, Picasso was also a ferocious pacifist, obsessive creator, flamboyantly opinionated philosopher and self-proclaimed clown. He relished passionate views about love, death, war, beauty, eternity and creativity. Herbert Siguenza of the award-winning theatrical troupe, "Culture Clash," creates a mesmerizing portrait of the maestro as he dances, sculpts, shares secrets, clowns, draws and impersonates a matador while extensively quoting the father of modern art. Spend three days with a genius inside his private studio on the southern coast of France. We promise a weekend you will never forget.

A Christmas Carol
November 26 - December 24, 2014

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed by Rick Lombardo
Original music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo

Rick Lombardo's smash hit musical adaptation of the most popular holiday tale returns to delight audiences of all ages. If Charles Dickens could imagine his story on stage, it would come to life as Lombardo has interpreted it, with beautiful Victorian carols, stunning period garb and superb performers filling the theater with joyous music. Make this a must-see family tradition and join Scrooge on his transformative journey while we celebrate the spirit of redemption, hope and happiness together.

Wuthering Heights
January 22 - February 15, 2015

Adapted and directed by Kirsten Brandt
Based on the novel by Emily Brontë

Inseparable since childhood, Heathcliff and Cathy believe themselves eternally bound. But when they are brutally torn apart, the resulting course of retribution provides an unflinching look into the cyclical nature of revenge, injustice and the unknowable passions of the heart. Travel across Yorkshire's stormy moors with one of literature's darkest antiheroes in this legendary tale of devotion and redemption. Emily Brontë's epic love story is re-imagined in Kirsten Brandt's gripping adaptation.

The Importance of Being Earnest
March 26 - April 19, 2015

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Rick Lombardo
Starring Danny Scheie as "Lady Bracknell"

This delicious satire skewers upper crust society with mistaken identity, mocked codes of etiquette and ridiculed social decorum. Imaginary characters are invented by the dashing men-about-town in Oscar Wilde's greatest comedy of manners. The formidable Lady Bracknell holds court as the men invent alter egos to woo the women they love but soon discover the true importance of being earnest. Recognized as a near perfect piece of writing, Wilde's comedy of class, courtship and wit is a nonstop dazzling delight.

May 14 - June 7, 2015

The artistic team is busy searching for just the right show for this slot. Stay tuned - you'll be the first to know!

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
July 2 - July 26, 2015

English lyrics and additional material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman
Directed by Rick Lombardo
Musical direction by Dolores Duran-Cefalu

The genius of singer, songwriter Jacques Brel is captured in this brilliant collection of songs including "Ne me quitte pas," "Madeleine," and "Amsterdam," with sweeping sentiments of love, war, forgotten dreams, death and the passionate joys of life. Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters who ever lived, Brel's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Judy Collins and David Bowie. Born in Belgium but French in spirit, his provocative and lyrical poetry set the standard for sophisticated, French cabaret music - with each song telling a story of what it means to be alive.

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