Connecticut Repertory Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season

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Storrs:  The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces its 2014-15 Season, filled with classic comedies and challenging, engaging new work.   The 2014-15 Season is full of characters in search of their identity.  Their journeys explore the dramatic moments and decisions that allow for self-discovery.  For detailed information and tickets call the box office at 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

“There is a point in life when each of us must give up the luxury of being ‘nobody’, if only for a moment, to become ‘somebody’ –no matter how dreary, exciting or frighteningfacebook season post.  These self-defining moments – some comic and some tragic – are the subject of the plays we are offering in the 2014-15 season,” said Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal.

The 2014-15 season begins with a fascinating new play, Olives and Blood, by UConn Professor Michael Bradford. It investigates Spain’s search for national identity following the Spanish Civil War through one man, Juan Luis Trescante Medina. He has defined himself as the heroic executioner of the playwright Federico Garcia Lorca.  Now, late in life, he faces a trial by memory for a 60-year-old killing, an event whose truth may define him as a champion or silence him as a coward.  Gary English directs this informative and compelling play.

Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, directed by Cardinal, isa wild, erotic, gender-bending story that crosses oceans and centuries as Betty journeys to embrace her identity while managing her off-kilter family. It’s a hilarious, obscene romp populated with unforgettable characters, situational foolishness, and sight gags that leave room for a bittersweet conclusion of love and acceptance.

CRT is thrilled to welcome back the talented team of director Paul Mullins (I’m Connecticut, Much Ado About Nothing) and choreographer Gerry McIntyre (Legally Blonde and the 2013 CT Critics Circle Award winner for Best Choreography for Hairspray) to stage The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  This award winning musical comedy from William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman is a joyously embellished tale of the public school system in a head-on collision with brainy puberty and self-discovery through the amped up competition of a spelling bee.   This heartwarming and clever show promises to bring hearty laughter to the holiday season.

Aristophanes’ ribald comedy Lysistrata will invade CRT’s Nafe Katter Theatre to warm the evenings with hilarity during the cold nights of February and March.  The play’s heroine, Lysistrata, rallies the women of Athens, Sparta and Corinth to discover their power to end the Peloponnesian War with great comic consequences and startlingly current commentary.

The world premiere of Band of the Black Hand comes to the Studio Theatre stage guided by the deft hands of Split Knuckle Theatre’s Artistic Director Greg Webster and Puppet Arts Professor Bart. P. Roccoberton.  This noir style journey of one man’s search for justice will combine movement theatre, modern Indonesian shadow puppetry and jazz music to create a sensual, dark and mysterious world.  The production will be featured in the summer of 2015 at the National Conference of the Puppeteers of America.

The final offering for the season is Associate Artistic Director Dale AJ Rose’s staging of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This magical comedy, set in Victorian times, ends the yearlong search for self, as we follow four young lovers into the fairy forest to discover their hearts’ true desires.

Current CRT subscribers have been sent a subscription renewal form.  New subscriptions are on sale now.   Single tickets go on sale August 1.  Please call 860-486-2113 for information on subscribing and general ticket information. The CRT Box Office is located at the Nafe Katter Theatre, 820 Bolton Road, on the Storrs campus.  The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

Performances are usually Wednesdays through Sundays.  Wed. & Thu. evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. evening performances start at 8 p.m., Sat. and Sun. matinee performances start at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $7 to $36, and subscribers receive a discount of up to 24 percent off regular ticket prices.

All plays, dates and times are subject to change.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre

CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists.  The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.