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A season of adventurous performances at Red Curtain

The 2017-18 theater season opens Sept. 8

 

August 23, 2017 | View PDF



Red Curtain’s 2017-2018 season features seven unique productions: two popular musicals, an original play you won’t see anywhere else, a time travel adventure, an urbane dark comedy with lots of special effects, a modern playwright’s take on current issues, and a feel-good non-traditional holiday tale.

The beloved musical classic “The Fantasticks” kicks off the season, with nine performances set for Sept. 8 through Sept. 24. The longest-running musical of all time, “The Fantasticks” offers a bittersweet look at young love and the loss of innocence, coupled with timeless music and imaginative staging.

Noel Coward’s witty “Blithe Spirit” conjures up laughter and excitement during the Halloween season (Oct. 20-Nov. 5). A writer and his wife host a just-for-the-fun-of-it séance that unwittingly calls forth the mischievous ghost of the writer’s first wife…mayhem ensues.

Three convicts are the unlikely bearers of Christmas magic in “My Three Angels,” which runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 17. The tropical play, which was made into a popular movie starring Humphrey Bogart, demonstrates the power of human kindness when it’s least expected.

Annie Baker’s “Body Awareness” is a highly entertaining dark comedy that explores modern issues including same-sex parenting, autism, body dysmorphia, and art censorship. “Body Awareness” is scheduled for Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2018.

Three Victorian female explorers find themselves on an unexpected and remarkable expedition through the wilds of Terra Incognita – and time itself – in “On the Verge, Or the Geography of Yearning,” on stage March 2-18, 2018. Think “Charlie’s Angels” meets Jules Verne.

Local playwright Griffin Harwood’s original script, “Family Business,” is a fantasy about love, acceptance, mistaken identity, and Death (with a capital D). Death comes to collect a soul, only to find out he has the wrong address, and the young woman who answers captures his interest. “Family Business” runs April 20-May 6, 2018.

Finally, the season ends with “Angry Housewives,” the head-banging musical written by another native son, Chad Henry, and running June 1 through 17, 2018. Bored with their everyday, underappreciated lives, three housewives form a punk rock band to enter a local talent competition, and change their families forever.

Performances for all shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Red Curtain Arts Center (9315 State Ave, Suite J -- in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the EvCC cosmetology school). Ticket prices for individual shows are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors (62+), students and military personnel; and $7 for kids ages 12 and under. (Some productions contain adult situations and language, and may not be appropriate for children under the age of 12.) Season tickets are also on sale at the RCF box office by phone at 360-322-7402, or in-person at the arts center Tuesday-Saturday from 2-6 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.redcurtainfoundation.org or see the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RedCurtainFoundation.

 

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