Celebrating Success In Season Nine
TheatreSquared continues choosing ‘five best plays’
Posted: April 18, 2014 at 5 a.m.
As directors of TheatreSquared, it's up to Bob Ford and Martin Miller to balance creativity and cash flow.
“One Man, Two Guvnors” — Adapted from “The Servant of Two Masters” and winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, the comedy follows the increasingly perilous attempts of Francis Henschall to keep his two “guvnors” straight. The play blends satire, live music, commedia and wit. Aug. 28-Sept. 21.
“Proof” — Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, it is the story of Catherine, the caretaker for her father, a genius mathematician whose mind slowly unraveled. Upon his death, his former student Hal arrives to survey the cryptic notebooks that are left behind. A romance begins to kindle until Catherine wonders how much of her father’s genius — or madness — she has inherited. “If someone asked me, ‘What are your favorite three plays,’ ‘Proof’ would be in there,” T2 founder Bob Ford says. Oct. 16-Nov. 2.
“Around the World in 80 Days” — When Phileas Fogg makes an outrageous wager that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he sets out with his clever servant Passepartout, but his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a criminal on the run. “The reason it’s a TheatreSquared piece is the amazing amount of theatrical magic that will happen,” Ford says. Nov. 26-Dec. 21.
“Look Away” — It’s the dead of summer in Wilson, Ark., 1936. Matty and Alonzo are young black men accused of a crime they didn’t commit, and now there’s a mob on their heels. Written by Bob Ford and based on research by Jeannie Whayne, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. Jan. 29-Feb. 22.
“Superior Donuts” — Arthur Przybyszewski, the cantankerous proprietor of a run-down donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, may have met his match in Franco, an ambitious teenager with plans to modernize the shop full circle in the new comedy/drama from the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of “August: Osage County.” “A great way to wrap up the season,” says Ford. April 2-26, 2015.
2015 Arkansas New Play Festival — June 18-28, 2015.
— Source: Staff report & theatre2.org
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