Saturday, October 02, 2010

Arena Stage is nearly ready to open its door to the new Mead Center for American Theater

Arena Stage is nearly ready to open its door to the new Mead Center for American Theater with the inaugural  productions of the 2010-2011 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!  and every tongue confess.

Oklahoma!, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, is the first show in the newly renovated Fichandler Stage, the iconic theater-in-the-round space of Arena Stage.
October 22-December 26, 2010

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, original dances by Agnes de Mille, directed by Molly Smith, choreography by Parker Esse in the Fichandler.

This is not your mother's Oklahoma! Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, Artistic Director Molly Smith sets her production in the robust world of territory life filled with a dynamic cast as rich and complex
as the great tapestry of America itself with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy.

every tongue confess, is a world-premiere performance in ArenaStage’s brand new 200-seat theater, the Arlene and Robert Kogod
Cradle, designed specifically for new plays and to “cradle” artistic
risk. November 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011 in the Kogod Cradle

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every tongue confess by Marcus Gardley, directed by Kenny Leon.

In the backwater town of Boligee, Alabama, the summer heat is rising higher, driving the townsfolk to distraction and conjuring the spirits of the past to walk the earth. Wrapped in the combustible music of a Deep South juke joint and the sweat-soaked gospel of a revivalist church tent, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Playwright Gardley blends ancient myth with magical realism, Biblical allegory with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged and the truth cannot escape.

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