Vincent J. Cardinal – Artistic Director

Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
And what’s wrong with that?
I’d like to know…

- Paul McCartney

Last season dealt with the pressures our youth face when coming of age in a political landscape of hyper polarized rhetoric. It was challenging, tragically prophetic, and ultimately uplifting, but about half way through the season one of our subscribers asked, “Can’t we see a play about something simple like love?”

This season we bring you six stories that are about the wonderful simplicity – and the awesome complexity — of love.

Helene Kvale, the director of CRT’s popular Pride and Prejudice, will helm Charles Mee’s Big Love – a boldly theatrical and surprisingly funny contemporary retelling of Aeschylus’s The Suppliants. As in the original work, fifty brides vow to assassinate their grooms, but one bride rebels. Mee asks why and how and audaciously attempts to figure out the true nature of love.

Love takes an intensely idealized romantic form in The Three Musketeers. Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tony Simotes will join us to direct and serve as fight choreographer  for this swash buckling, entertaining stage adaptation. Mr. Simotes has been with Shakespeare & Company since 1995. He served as Associate Director and Fight Director on many of Tina Packer’s shows over the years and together they have created some of the Shakespeare & Company’s most inspired productions.

Paul Mullin’s, the brilliant director of last season’s Hairspray, will direct Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing – a comic play that looks at love as the inadvertent result of other goals, foibles, and follies. One of Shakespeare’s most constantly “current” comedies, it promises to heat up our winter months with lighting fast wit and warm-heartedness.

Finally, on our main stage Gerry MacIntyre, the award-winning choreographer of last season’s Hairspray, will direct and choreograph the Olivier Award winning musical, Legally Blonde.  Based on the hit movie, Elle heads to Law School in pursuit of her first love and learns to love herself. It’s a frothy, fun and joyous silly love song.

Scott Ripley, best known to our audiences as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray and Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, will direct Dead Heavy Fantastic in our autumn Studio Series production. It follows of a group out on a wild night in Liverpool in search of love or a good substitute for it.  In the spring we will premier MFA Puppetry student Penny Benson’s adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market a tale of the dangers of erotic appetite and the dangers of love.

Although each season closes with the graduation of many of our students whose work on stage and behind the scenes inspires and impresses us, this season marks the penultimate year for our MFA Acting class; a group that our audiences have gotten to know over the years through their performances along side our professional company. This group, in particular, has become a beloved part of our greater community. We will celebrate them as they are featured prominently all season and as they move to their well-earned commencement and launch into the profession.

I look forward to joining you for these “love songs” all season.

Vincent J. Cardinal
Artistic Director
Head, Dept. of Dramatic Arts