Playmakers 2013-2014 Season
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin,
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Additional Material by Jay Reiss.
Directed by Cameron Tyler
September 6-22, 2013
Auditions: Monday, July 15, 5-9 p.m.
Callbacks: Tuesday, July 16, 6-9 p.m.
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. (Read more on MTI)
By Ira Levin
Directed by Melanie Hayno
November 1-17, 2013
Auditions: Sept. 9-11
This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its dissolute caretakers, the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan’s strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever* *(not part of season ticket)
By Barbara Robinson
Directed by Jason Leader
December 13-15, 2013
Auditions: Friday October 4, 2013 – 5:30 p.m. and
Saturday October 5, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale—the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating—has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year's pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
I Hate Hamlet
By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Kay Files
March 14-30, 2014
A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.
By John Cariani
Directed by Adolfo Rodriguez
May 9-25, 2014
Auditions: March 16, 5-7 p.m. and March 17, 7-9 p.m.
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
The King and I
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein.
Directed by Joel Rainey.
July 11-27, 2014
Auditions: April 21 and 22 (and May 11 and 12, if needed)
It is 1862 in Siam when English widow AnnaLeonowens and her young son arrive at the royal palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as a tutor to him many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the west, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another in this unique love story.
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