Friday, April 29, 2011
The MET's 2011 - 2012 Season
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Rules for Widows by Michael Ruth
Sept 8 - Oct 2, 2011
Shortly after her husband's unexpected death, Iris uncovers mystery secrets about the man with whom she built her life and family. As the family gathers together, Iris finds herself in an emotional standoff with her overbearing sister Liddie, dealing with the nagging questions and frustrations of her thirty year old, unemployed son Chuck and her daughter Erika, who has returned for the funeral with her new girlfriend, Nif. One good question leads to another. Comedic and poignant by turns, as allegiances shift and more secrets are unearthed, this family repeatedly faces the question: "How much do you really want to know?"
Featuring Jan Rogge as Iris and MET Core company member Marilyn Lynch as Liddie. Other casting in progress..
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Nov. 10 - Dec. 4, 2011
The quintessiential American family drama by one of America’s greatest playwrighst! All My Sons by Arthur Miller, based on a true event, is the Post-World War II story about the Kellers, a seemingly “All American” family. Layer after layer of secrets cover a terrible truth. During the war, the father, Joe Keller, allowed his factory to ship faulty airplane cylinders to the U.S. Armed Forces, killing over twenty American pilots. He framed his business partner for the crime and engineered his own exoneration. Now his older son, Larry, is missing in a plane crash and the younger has come home to reveal that he is about to marry the partner's daughter. Held up to the clear light of day, the affair is revisited, and truth is revealed.
Casting in progress: Featuring MET Core company members: Matt Griggs, Donette Coleman and Courtney Stephens, Costumes by Atif Rome.
The Seagull by Anton Chekov
Jan. 12 - Feb. 5, 2012
An international masterwork! When a hush descends on Chekhov’s restless country estate dwellers — as it often does, abrupt and unbidden — the air remains alive with crosscurrents of thought, clashing chords of longing and the steady thrum of time passing. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience this 19th century masterpiece. The play elegantly displays the poetry of everyday life; The silences, cliches, stammerings and attempts at high expression by his characters are a mirror to our own improvised lives. The Seagull contains, as Chekov put it, “5 tons of love.”
Featuring MET core company member Bob Paisley as Trigorin, Coleman Crenshaw as Konstantin and Jessica Franz as Masha. Other casting in progress. Costumes by Atif Rome.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman
March 1 - 25, 2012
McMurphy is a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. It seemed like a good idea at the time! This, he learns quickly, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, Nurse Ratched. In the contest of wills that ensues, he quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for 12 years, he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. Funny and moving, horrifying and tragic, tour de force roles for every actor involved and an unforgettable theatre experience for every audience member.
Featuring MET Core company members Alan Tilson and Jan Chapman as Nurse Ratched. Other casting in progress.
Pride and Prejudice by John Jory
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
April 12 - May 6, 2012
All the wit and romance of Aune Austen’s classic 1813 novel comes to life in this refreshingly past paced and engaging new adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, and overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense— but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?
Featuring Robert Gibby Brand as Mr. Bennet and MET Core company member Katie Ligon as Charlotte. Other casting in progress. Costumes by Georgianna Londre Buchanan.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
May 31-June 17, 2012
Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy Tonight! Outrageous, farcical things pile upon one another to create a glorious car wreck in this riotous “Roman” musical farce. The slave Pseudolus strikes a bargan with young Hero—if Pseudolus can arrange for Hero to get the girl of his dreams, Hero will reward Pseudolus with his freedom. And from this, all else ensues. Winner of multiple Tony Awards, this play could accurately be titled, “Many, many, funny things happened on the way to the Forum!”
Casting in progress. Directed by Bob Paisley. Costumes by Georgianna Londre.