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preparing for a new season

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Topic: preparing for a new season
Posted By: drose
Subject: preparing for a new season
Date Posted: 2/03/15 at 7:51pm
Looking for some shows to consider for our upcoming season. I'd like to get away from the old time community theater classics and start trying some new things. Adult content will be an issue: our patrons seem very adverse to adult language and sexual content. But it will kill me if we have to keep doing shows I did in high school (back in the 80's). Any suggestions of great titles?

Posted By: edh915
Date Posted: 2/03/15 at 10:53pm
Not sure what you're specifically up against.

See my remarks at your other posting in "Other Topics" for a start.

Do you want drama? comedy? sex?

There are a lot of shows that talk about things, rather than show them. They would be a good place to start, in my opinion.

Other Desert Cities


Voice of the Turtle

Second Samuel

Visiting Mr. Green

Somewhere in Between

Just a few thoughts.

As I said, I could recommend more if I knew what you were looking to do.

Break a leg!

Posted By: Ogreking4
Date Posted: 2/04/15 at 9:41am
Complete Works of William Shakespeare; Abridged
"Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)"
"Funny Money" or "Run for Your Wife" (R. Cooney)
"Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire
"Big Five-Oh" or "Mostly Minnesota Christmas"by Brian Mitchell
"God of Carnage"
"Leaving Iowa"
"My Three Angels"

Posted By: drose
Date Posted: 2/04/15 at 1:47pm
Not looking for anything in particular, just seeking title suggestions based on your opinions and the responses of your audiences. I have several shows I love, but were received poorly. And then we did Boeing Boeing...which the attendees loved. There were a few complaints about the sexuality of the show, but they were few and far between. However, Young Frankenstein was not well received. So, I guess I'm looking for shows that did well with your audiences: particularly newer titles. Not the same old/same old. We are almost completely lacking in racial diversity here, so shows with racial minorities are almost impossible for us to mount.

Posted By: bnk01
Date Posted: 3/20/15 at 9:27am
Take a look at "Long Joan Silver" - it has the name recognition of being an adaptation of "Treasure Island"... but a modern, very funny take on it. Also, more female roles than male roles. It's written for adult actors, but has been played by all ages.

Posted By: Raging Thespian
Date Posted: 4/14/15 at 1:26pm
I think we have the same type of audience. Ours love Norm Foster comedies - Melville Boys, Self Help, Kiss the Moon/Kiss the Sun are good ones. Go to for synopsis of the plays and excerpts from the script. His agent will email you an electronic copy of any script.

We just finished doing "Love, Loss and What I Wore" by Nora and Delia Ephron. Our audiences absolutely LOVED it. Alan Ayckbourn farces are always fun - "Taking Steps", "How The Other Half Loves".

Posted By: trcg
Date Posted: 10/21/15 at 11:32pm
Look at: The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Arsenic and Old Lace both did great for us.  Other good titles: Philadelphia Story (was a movie with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn after the play came out). For a good drama The Death and Life of Larry Benson is super. Funny Money is great as well. There is a lot of sexual innuendo in it though. Oh, Dearly Departed had audiences laughing non-stop.  It is actually part of a trio of comedies someday we'll get back and do the other two in the series as well.   Another good drama is Summer and Smoke.

Musicals: CASH Ring of Fire is super.  One we keep looking at doing is The Good War. One that looks like great fun to do is Forbidden Broadway greatest hits.

Posted By: edh915
Date Posted: 10/22/15 at 10:09pm
If they loved Boeing, Boeing, I highly recommend Love, Sex, and the IRS, or anything by Jones, Hope & Wooten.

Something like Bus Stop might bring them in, or Enchanted April (the Matthew Barber version), or one of the many Agatha Christies that are available.

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